Touring on a motorcycle has never been more popular than it is today, but with more and more people hitting the open road, a growing number are doing so without the proper skills and information they need to survive the ordeal. Far too often the trip of a lifetime turns into an unmitigated disaster, leading to expensive breakdowns, arrests, lost wages, broken limbs, death, and even, on more than one ocassion, divorce. Most people who travel aboard motorcycles have learned these lessons the hard way, if theyrs"ve survived long enough, but now readers of theMotorcycle Touring Biblecan learn an easier way; they can learn from author Fred Raurs"s mistakes rather than through the school of hard knocks.
Fred Rau has been a professional motorcycle journalist for more than 35 years, serving as the editor of Wing World, the magazine for the Gold Wing Riders Association, and as the managing editor of Road Rider. In 1991 he co-founded Motorcycle Consumer News. He has ridden well over one million miles on all types of motorcycles and currently operates Fred Rau Adventure Tours. He lives in Mission Viejo, California.