Proficient Scootering

The comprehensive guide to safe, efficient and enjoyable scooter riding.

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Two years ago, I set out to write what I hoped would become the definitive guide to safe riding written specifically for the scooter rider.

While there are books written for motorcyclists in general, none addressed the particular concerns and challenges faced by scooter riders. None were written solely with the scooter rider in mind.

Drawing on my years of motorcycle training and teaching, and coupled with my thirty-five years of real-world experience applying these techniques when riding scooters and motorcycles in both urban and rural environments in many countries, I set out to address that deficiency.

With over 186 pages of information, and 78 illustrations, “Proficient Scootering” takes the reader through the basics of scooter operation and control, through to advanced techniques. Techniques which will not only help to make you safer, but to help you make better progress on the road and to enhance your riding enjoyment by the sheer pleasure of doing something well.

“Proficient Scootering” introduces “The System for Safe Scooter Riding” – a specific system to apply during all your riding activities, along with many hints and tips that will help you every time that you ride. It expands on some of the topics covered in the ScootSafely blog, and introduces others. Topics include:

  • Observation Skills
  • Positioning for maximum view and visibility
  • Efficient and safe Cornering
  • Limit Point  Analysis – let the road tell you how to corner
  • The System for Safe Scooter Riding
  • APE – the system for ride planning and hazard anticipation
  • Dealing with road hazards, animals and bad weather
  • Group riding
  • And much more…


















I am pleased to announce that  “Proficient Scootering” is now available for the Amazon Kindle, on Apple iBooks and for the Barnes and Noble Nook by clicking on the links below:

For those who prefer the look and feel of a traditional book, a print version is available!
Proficient Scootering – Print Version. $24.95 + shipping.

Please note: To keep costs down, shipping is calculated at media mail rates for the US. For shipping outside of the US, please contact me, and I will arrange to send at cost of shipping.


“I became aware of your new Proficient Scootering book yesterday
through a post on the website of a scooter club to which I belong. I
immediately purchased the IBooks version and have read through most of
it. You have done a masterful job! I come from the motorcycling world
and had to learn the subtle nuances of scootering. Your book captures
these precisely. My GTS 250 also has a part time home on the back of
my motorhome! Thanks for helping to keep we scooterists safer and more

James Bullied, Ontario, Canada

“This is a very well written book. It is structured nicely and while being entertaining drives home important safety principles.”

Andy Duluth (Amazon)

“I found this to be an excellent resource for scooter safety. The approach to defensive driving is simple and clear. I have read similar books for motorcycle riding, but had to weed through much of the material.”

Paul S Arnold (Amazon)

A very usefull book that should be read by all scooter owners BEFORE they buy one and get on the public roads. Frankly, I don’t understand why this topics which are presented here are not mandatory during the license exam in all countries… It would only benefit to all the road users.

Adrian Dragomir (Amazon)

Motorcycle Mastery – Advanced Techniques for the Smart Rider

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Although, of course, much of good riding techniques apply equally to both scooters and motorcycles, there are some aspects which apply specifically to each.

For this reason, and not wishing to leave my motorcycle riding friends out, I undertook to write a book specifically for motorcyclists.

“Motorcycle Mastery” is aimed at the rider who wishes to take his or her riding to a highly-tuned level.

It is divided into two sections: “Control”, which covers basic, but sound aspects of machine control, before moving onto the main section of the book: “Proficiency”. The proficiency section introduces more advanced techniques, introduces the System for Safe Motorcycling, and offers countless techniques for truly honing your skills to an advanced level. It is my hope that in “Motorcycle Mastery”, even the most experienced rider will find much of value.

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“Motorcycle Mastery” is available as an e-book for the major e-book readers, and will shortly be released in a print edition. E-book links are shown below:


Buying Your First Scooter – Which Scooter to Buy.

Buying Your First Scooter

Are you thinking of buying your first scooter? Do you know someone who is thinking about buying a scooter?

From the author of the blog comes the first-time buyer’s guide to choosing your first motor scooter.

This new e-book discusses the types of scooters available on the market today – including upcoming trends and developments.

It helps you become informed about your choices, and guides you through the process of deciding which scooter is right for you – given your intended usage, and preferences.

It guides you through the most important decisions to be made when considering your first scooter purchase, including:

  • Engine Size – including what speeds you should expect to achieve, and estimated fuel economy.
  • Body Style
  • Wheel Size, and how that affects the handling.
  • Carrying Capacity
  • The various manufacturers, countries of origin, and what you need to look for, and avoid, with each.
  • Advice on buying new or used, and useful tips to protect yourself if you decide to go the used route.
  • Licensing requirements with links to where you can find specific information in your location.
  • Clothing and accessories for your new scooter – with, of course, an emphasis on safety!
  • And More…

As an added bonus, purchase of this book includes access to a free online wizard, which will guide you to specific makes and models you should consider.

All for just: $3.99!

Also available for your Kindle!

14 thoughts on “Books!

  1. I am in the process of switching from motorcycles to riding scooters. I’m waiting for winter to leave Michigan. Believe it or not, March 5 and we got more snow last night. I just have to wait a bit longer. I’m so glad I found this site. Ride safe my friends.

    1. Hi. Thanks for the enquiry, and sorry for the delay. I know that this has now been sorted for you (thanks very much). I am currently working on creating an ePub version which I can make available directly from this blog. This version will be able to be read by most e-book readers (with the exception of Kindle – which doesn’t read the standard ePub).

      Hopefully, this should be completed next week.

  2. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such magnificent information being shared freely out there.

  3. I don’t have paypal and would rather use the phone to pay for this. Do you have a number?

    1. Hi Elizabeth. Thank you for your interest in the book. Unfortunately, I don’t have a way to take payments over the phone. You don’t need to have a Paypal account to pay with a debit or credit card.

    1. Hi Maria. Thanks for stopping by. Currently, unfortunately, it isn’t available for the Nook. It is in the pipeline, but formatting for e-readers is a notoriously difficult and time-intensive task.

      Sorry to be missing the Nook currently. It’s a good e-reader, and I own one myself. Rest assured, I’m looking into it!

      1. And for those of you with Kindles, don’t forget there is a Nook App you can use on the Kindle to read Nook books.

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