It’s a sad irony that the author spent his career teaching people to ride more safely, then died himself in a collision with a deer one evening in 2006 … even more ironically, on his way home from a safety conference. Still, it’s just one of the "there but for the grace of God" things, and certainly points up that anything can happen to any of us, any time.
Grodsky was best-known for his column "Stayin’ Safe" in Rider magazine from 1988 to his death, this book being a selection of same chosen by a good friend and colleague of his.
Many of Grodsky’s friends and fellow writers, riders, and teachers contributed personal notes and introductions to many of the columns.
Grodsky’s writing was clever; he had a nice way of getting technical information across without seeming pedantic, and often a wry sense of humour was evident.
I miss his writing, and I’m sorry I never got the chance to meet the guy and talk. There’s lots of good advice here for anyone who spends time on the roads; definitely a worthwhile addition to the old motorcycle library.
Stayin’ Safe: The Art and Science of Riding Really Well, by Lawrence Grodsky, hardbound, 352 pages, $24.95 U.S. Published by Whitehorse Press, Centre Conway, NH, www.WhitehorsePress.com , ISBN 978-1-884313-72-1.