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Old 10-06-2007, 08:40 AM   #11
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"The prime sin of the father is delivered upon the son when it comes to “More Proficient Motorcycling.” Sin? Yes indeed. Both books share an egregious flaw that you will discover when you crack them open the first time. The cracking sound you will hear is the sound of the spine (binding) breaking. Both books then commence shedding pages like a Labrador in springtime."

Hilarious! Excellent article, Mr. Beast!
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Old 10-12-2007, 11:12 AM   #12
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I'm impressed with both books in the series and am prevailing upon my wife and my father-in-law to read them. I also picked up an excellent book for the mechanically inexperienced called "The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance." It covers everything from basic maintenance tasks to an approachable explanation of component interiors. I figured the cover price + a set of tools would be cheaper and more convenient than dealing with the nearest Aprilia dealership (50 miles away with only one mechanic).
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:40 PM   #13
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Love your humor, Leif! Hough's work definitely deserves a better publisher.
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:16 AM   #14
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For the record, we've added a short paragraph to the book review from the publishers of "MPM".

(After the initial posting of this story, the publishers of "MPN" responded with the following: "Sorry to hear that you got the printing with the bad glue. Newer printings have a stitched binding and will be much harder to rip apart. So sell your stock in rubber band companies.")

Also, they say: "In the interest of full disclosure, only Proficient Motorcycling is bound differently but both books are in later printings than the ones with the bad glue. Specifically the 9<SUP>th</SUP> printing of PM has the better binding. But we have not had problems with the current printing of More Proficient Motorcycling. Only parts of that bad MPM printing have been problematic as well. The printer must have refilled the glue bin with the lousy stuff in the middle of the print run. (PM was reprinted at the same time.) The problems did not show up for months as well. As far as we can tell, the books that are now in the main retail outlets are OK. We haven’t had many complaints lately."
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