Pass the Bike Test (and be a great rider too!), by Sean Hayes & Rupert Paul, £10.99
Time tested: Four months
What’s good? One thing that studying for my bike test has taught me is that the test syllabus is crap; it doesn’t really teach you what you need to know to be a safe rider, only what the government deems you need to know. It skips out completely things like road position, countersteering, and what to do after you’ve passed – maintenance, pillions and motorways. This book from experienced instructor Sean Hayes and MCN contributor Rupert Paul does just that. It’s bursting at the seams with things that’ll make you a much better, safer rider, not just let you pass the test. Even better, it’s done in a straight-up, no-bullshit way by two people who clearly know what they’re talking about. If you’re just learning like me, it’s invaluable, but if even if you’ve been riding for years, I bet you’ll still come away from reading it a better rider.
What’s not? I still haven’t passed my bike test! But that’s no fault of the book, and I’d be further away from passing if it weren’t for it, or, even worse, I’d have hurt myself by now.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5