I thought this might be interesting to new riders:
At the beginning of last season, when I got back into sportriding I realized pretty damn quickly that I needed to 'brush up' on my skills.
I found that 2 books were consistently recommended:
1: Sport Riding Techniques
2: Twist of the wrist II
At the time I got my hands on TOTW2 and I must say that it helped me a tremendous amount.
I just finished reading SRT for the first time. IMO, SRT is more suited for the first time rider or someone who just switched over to sport bikes from dirt or cruisers. It covers basics very well while relaying lessons learned from the racetrack. In addition it has a seperate chapter on taking your bike to the track with a focus on what to do the first time. A great read.
I found TOTW2 to be a much more technical read on riding technique with a very stong focus on riding on the track. While many of the lessons transfer extremely well to the street I believe that ideally folks new to sportriding would read SRT first. It is 'friendlier' to read, with nice newer pictures. There are some difference in techique as well, though I don't think I'll go into it here.
Don't get me wrong, both are excellent books and both are well worth reading. But in many discussions we had on the newbie rides last year people asked which they should start with...
HTH at least one of two folks out there.