Ultimate Street Strategies – Book Review

Ultimate Street Strategies by Pat Hahn

I just finished reading Ultimate Street Strategies – Riding Hard, Smart and Safe. This is the second book I have received from the Motorcycle Riders Club of America Library. The author, Pat Hahn, has put together an excellent book “For Advanced Motorcyclists”.

I expected this book to rehash common sense advice and the same old wisdom found in the MSF Basic Rider Course and countless magazine articles. I was wrong! This book opened my mind to countless safety factors. The end result is I will be a more confident rider this spring. I am now armed with a wealth of information and statistacal data about motorcycle crashes. What causes them, where they occur, and who they happen to. It was well worth $24.95 for this hard cover glossy 160 page book.

Some riders go out assuming nothing bad will ever happen to them. I know this because I see them riding around with no helmets, shorts and flip flops. Some riders, like me, are thinking it is only a matter of time before some unexpected disaster takes them out. After reading this book my comfort level is much higher. Now I know I don’t fit the profile of most crash victims.

Interesting information:

  • Animals and road hazards do cause accidents, but only a small portion of them.
  • Most or half of all motorcycle crashes DO NOT involve another vehicle depending on what state you live in. So in a way we are our own worst enemy but we can take comfort in the fact that our safety is more in our control than we think.
  • Riders who take riding seriously are much less likely to have an accident. By taking motorcycle safety courses, practicing your emergency riding skills, having a motorcycle endorsement on your license, having the proper insurance, wearing the appropriate motorcycle protective gear, not riding at night and not riding impaired puts you in the group of riders who usually don’t crash.
  • Intersections are the most dangerous place for a motorcycle. Most crash hazards will come at you from the front. Getting rear ended is rare. Cars pulling out in front of you from side roads and cars taking a left turn in front of you are common causes of multi vehicle crashes. Most motocyclists do not know how to swerve to avoid this common occurance. This skill does not come naturally. It must be learned and practiced.
  • Most accidents happen during rush hour before and after work and late at night when bars close. Most accidents happen on short trips within 6 minutes from home.
  • The severity of a crash is directly related to speed. The faster you are moving when you hit the ground will dictate the severity of the accident. You are more likely to have an accident on suburban roads with their many distractions than you are on the freeway; but you are are more likely to die in a freeway accident.
  • The difference between riders who crash and those who don’t is how seriously they take riding.

Knowing where, when and why lightning will strike has given me a new feeling of confidance and power over my fate.

5 Responses to “Ultimate Street Strategies – Book Review”

  1. Like the old GI Joe cartoons, “Knowing is half the battle”. You can never learn enough or know enough. Yeah, you might get the same old stuff over sometimes but isnt it amazing that you really don’t think about it again until you read it again. I have been convinced to go out and get this read.

  2. Like Dave, I think I’m gonna have to get this book myself. In a couple of weeks our H.O.G. chapter is having an advanced riders course, I can’t wait to take it. I continually try to improve on my riding skills. Thanks for the review my friend.


  3. I received the book through a special motorcycle book club. Let me know if you guys have any trouble finding it. I saw it listed on Amazon, but there was not an option to purchase it.

    Thanks for the support.

  4. In my present reduced circumstances, it’ll be a while before I have 25 bucks that isn’t spoken for. Looks like a good book though. At least I’ll be taking the Advanced Rider’s Course myself sometime this Spring. You all know that in view of past events, safety on the road is at the front of my mind.

  5. Joker, here is some advice if you want it… learn to swerve and practice doing it. Also, be especially vigilant if you are going to commute back and forth to work. Don’t be over confident on roads that you know well; stay alert. Avoid area’s that you know are dangerous. Maybe that spot or that street that you had your previous incident is not a good place to ride.

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