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I was given 'Twist of the wrist II' written by the much respected and recommended Keith Code.

Anyone else think this is a very hard read?

I do not mean to criticise the intent or the content but I feel that the author does not make his points clearly or particularly concisely and this would all be extremely difficult for a novice rider to understand or an experienced rider to absorb.
 

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Yeah, I've always said that the content was good, but the writing was horrible. Also, Code's insistence on defining common English words is mystifying.
 

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I agree with you totally. I tried several time to read that, but the writing style was sooooo tedious I just couldn't get through it. One the other hand I absolutely LOVED reading and learned so much from Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch. So much so that when I was ready to take a high performance riding school I chose Freddie Spencer's because he is the lead instructor there. I fgured that I could learn and relate more to that teaching style.
 

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I agree with you and Michael. It is a great read, I like in better than twotw 1, but defining the common English words is annoying.

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The thing that pisses me off about the book (Twist of the Wrist 1)... There are so many open ended questions.

Such as:

Will you try it?

Will this help you?

Can you apply it?

etc..

I hate those friggin foot notes!! :mad: ;)
 

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I got a Twist of the Wrist vid from the library and found it horribly tedious to watch. I won't try reading the books after that.

I too like Sport Riding Techniques.
 

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I am glad to hear all your opinions somewhat concur with mine.

I was so worried that I had lost the ability to read and learn from the written word.

I believe the content is in there but blame very poor editing or no editing (an Editors job is to make the book readable)
 

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I bought 'Soft Science'... it seems like it's written in english, but I'm really not sure.
I gave up the first time I tried to read it.
I spent $20 on it, maybe I'll try again.
 

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I got a Twist of the Wrist vid from the library and found it horribly tedious to watch. I won't try reading the books after that.

I too like Sport Riding Techniques.
Me too, except I bought the video. I was underwhelmed by the presentation style & overall production.

Ienatsch's book was easier to read and more enjoyable than watching the Code video.
 

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I've read TOTW II, but it's been a few years. It was definitely difficult to understand and learn from. More recently I read Total Control by Lee Parks and found that more useful. I'll probably read TOTW II again, just to see if I can pick up anything useful after having read a few other books on riding technique since then.
 

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I'm not knocking Code's content; just his presentation. I did get some useful info from it, but nothing you can't get elsewhere in a more readable format.
 

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I had a similar experience with Twist of the Wrist I, although I did find that once I got about halfway through it, it got much more readable. I don't know if that's because I got used to the style, or if it really did get better, but either way it started to make sense and become useful.
 

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I'm currently reading- Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques by Lee Parks

I like it better than Sport Riding Techniques (so far) ......

His writing style is very easy to comprehend and the practice 'drills' are good, too
 

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The TOTW books may be difficult reads, but the info in there is invaluable and the guy really knows his stuff. Everyone should read them anyway, or at least #2. I signed up for his school about 8 years ago at Texas World Speedway but got rained out on the first lap. I was able to meet him at a Doc Wong ride once though and have an interesting conversation about something I had discovered about finishing my turns better. Seemed like a really great guy with an open mind.
 

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I agree just finished reading it again after about 8years and it was a labor. Great info but poor delivery. I think it could use a good updating and reprint. I think the side notes are usually not needed and don't help the flow if the book. I would also like to see and appendix with a brief follow up of exercises and the SR's. I believe there is some great information that could be presented in an easier was too follow and understand and also make the reading process enjoyable.
 

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I got all three of Code's books for sale.

Will anyone buy them?

Will they stay awake while reading?

Should I have sold them before this thread?

(Sold: to exchange money for something)
 
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