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David L. Hough

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David L. Hough
SubjectMotorcycle safety
Notable worksProficient Motorcycling, More Proficient Motorcycling
Notable awardsMotorcycle Safety Foundation’s Excellence in Motorcycle Journalism award (2x), AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

David L. Hough[pronunciation?] (born 1937) is an American writer on motorcycle rider safety, education and training. He has been a columnist for Motorcycle Consumer News, Sound RIDER! and BMW Owners News magazines. After his first book Proficient Motorcycling was published by Bow Tie Press it became one of the best selling motorcycle books. He currently has four published books and one 2nd ed. He has been recognized twice as a writer by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's (MSF) Excellence in Motorcycle Journalism award.[1]



He has also designed a rider skills course for sidecar riders.[2] Hough has been called "a premier motorcycling journalist"[3][4][5] and the author of "one of the most widely respected books on safe street riding."[6] In the media he is frequently called upon to provide expert commentary on motorcycling issues, and his work is on the recommended reading lists of many other motorcycling writers.

Hough was inducted to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in December 2009 for his work as a motorcycle journalist and riding safety books that "should be a mandatory read for every motorcyclist, from novice to expert."[7][8]


  • Hough, David (2000), Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well, USA: BowTie Press, ISBN 1-889540-53-6 (2008 2nd ed. ISBN 978-1-933958-35-4)
  • Hough, David (2001), Street Strategies: A Survival Guide for Motorcyclists, USA: BowTie Press, ISBN 1-889540-69-2
  • Hough, David (2003), More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride, USA: BowTie Press, ISBN 1-931993-03-3
  • Hough, David (2013), The Good Rider, USA: Mixed Media, ISBN 978-0-9747420-3-8

List of reading recommendations


Motorcycling recommended reading lists that include David Hough's books.


  1. ^ Bowtie Press Authors, Bowtie Press, archived from the original on 3 May 2009, retrieved 2009-05-11, David L. Hough (Proficient Motorcycling) is a two-time winner of the National Motorcycle Safety Foundation's award for "Excellence in Motorcycle Safety Journalism." He wrote a column called "Proficient Motorcycling" in Motorcycle Consumer News for 20 years. His column is often cited by rider training professionals as the best single source of riding tips and advice ever written for both the novice and veteran rider. David is an artist, photographer, riding instructor, and world traveler, and he makes his home in Port Angeles, Washington.
  2. ^ Sidecar and Trike Training Is it for You?, Sound Rider, archived from the original on 2007-09-28, retrieved 2007-03-05
  3. ^ "Parade Lap", American Motorcyclist, vol. 36, no. i, American Motorcyclist Association, p. 35, August 1982, ISSN 0277-9358, Governor John Spellman puts his signature on a piece of legislation that provides for a self-funded rider education program in Washington State. The Washington legislation was the second rider ed bill enacted during 1983. Looking over the governor's shoulder are (from left) David Hough of the Northwest Motorcycle Institute;
  4. ^ Trick, Randy (2007-05-13), "Crashes put motorcyclists on defensive", Peninsula Daily News, archived from the original on 2007-05-17, retrieved 2009-05-11, But more importantly, said motorcycle journalist David Hough, riders need to ride smarter and safer. Hough estimates he's ridden a motorcycle more than a million miles across the world and around his home in Agnew. For 16 years he wrote the "Proficient Motorcycling" column for Motorcycle Consumer News. In 2000 he published a compendium of his columns under the same name. Hough has studied collision and fatality statistics from the federal government, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the insurance industry
  5. ^ Grodsky, Lawrence (2004-08-01), "Safety wired: making the rounds of network prime time this season is a commercial for a new wireless technology that I can sorely relate to. I don't actually recall what the product is. It's the Howdy Doody marionette and his subsequent liberation that sets my heart aflutter. Let me tell you about my packing list for a typical weekend ride.(Stayin' Safe)", Rider, archived from the original on 2013-01-16
  6. ^ Grodsky, Lawrence (2003-09-01), "Brakes? Perhaps ...(Stayin' Safe)", Rider, archived from the original on 2013-01-16, David Hough, author of Proficient Motorcycling, one of the most widely respected books on safe street riding, takes an entirely different view. He says you should brake for every turn short of a freeway sweeper. Why? To get in the habit, says Hough.
  7. ^ Motorcycle safety author to join AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, American Motorcyclist Association, 2 June 2009, archived from the original on 2 August 2009
  8. ^ "David Hough inductee biography", Motorcycle Hall of Fame, American Motorcyclist Association, archived from the original on 2010-01-14, retrieved 2010-02-22