Motovudu: Dark Art of Performance

By Ari Henning, Photography by Joe Neric

What’s a World Superbike and 500 GP racer to do once he’s done racing for a living? Like many former racers, New Zealander Simon Crafar couldn’t imagine a life separate from motorcycling, so he embarked on a career as a riding coach.

Crafar raced professionally for 13 years— winning at Donington Park in 1998 aboard his YZR500—and the knowledge and experience he gained has been condensed into a bound volume. Printed on thick, glossy paper that makes us magazine schmucks drool, Motovudu covers body position, corner entry, apex and exit, braking, throttle control and even how to prepare for and behave at track days. Open to any page and you’ll find a pearl of wisdom that you can use during the next session. There’s no fller, just useful information, though some complex concepts are overly simplifed. Crafar’s delivery is straightforward and the techniques illustrated with numerous diagrams and photos.

Much of what’s contained in this book will already be second nature to experienced track riders, but its still flled with valuable tips for most. I ended up with a list of areas I intend to work on the next time I head to the track. Motovudu doesn’t reveal any new go-fast secrets. Rather, it proves that riding fast isn’t a dark art. Riding a motorcycle with speed and precision takes skills that anyone can learn, and the basics are all contained in this book. Want something more engaging? Motovudu is also available as a 2-hour DVD.

MOTOVUDU: DARK ART OF PERFORMANCE

PRICE: $30
CONTACT: Motovudu
www.motovudu.com

VERDICT - 4 out of 5 stars
A concise and fairly complete outline of how to ride a motorcycle quickly.

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