Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, 6th : Worldwide Motorcycling Route and Planning Guide

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-11-20
  • Publisher: Trail Blazer Pubns
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Every red-blooded motorcyclist dreams of making the Big Trip - the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook is the comprehensive manual to make that idea a reality. This fully updated and re-designed sixth edition is packed with essential advice and practical know-how on the vital preparation for undertaking a long journey off the beaten track. Trans-continental route outlines across Africa, Asia and Latin America, plus back-country riding in South-West USA, North-West Canada and the Australian Outback. Practical information documentation, preparing your bike for touring off the beaten track, shipping and air-freighting, navigation and survival, off-road riding techniques in deserts, mountains and even rivers! Tales from the Saddle a dozen first-hand accounts of spoke-bending biking adventures worldwide.

Author Biography

Chris Scott is a veteran travel guide author, adventurer and tour leader. He’s made films of his rides in the Yukon (Call of the Wild, 2001), Desert Riders in the central Sahara (featured on National Geographic Channel) and Gorge Riders in north-western Australia (2005).

Table of Contents

1) Part 1: Practicalities (Planning and preparation, Getting information, Documentation, money and information, Money, Choosing a motorcycle, Survey of suitable motorcycles, Bike preparation and maintenance,       Engine, Chain and sprockets, Fuel tanks, Tyres, Load carrying , Baggage systems, Equipment checklist, Clothing for the long ride, Shipping overseas, Life on the road, Keeping in touch, Attitudes to security, Crossing borders, Changing money, Women and adventure motorcycling, Off-highway riding, Dirt roads, River crossings, Road riding, Navigation and survival,    Rules of survival , Health and water); (2) Part 2: Continental Route Outlines (Africa:        Continental route outlines, North Africa and the Sahara, West Africa, East and the Horn of Africa, Central and East Africa. Asia: Overland to India, India and the Enfield experience, India: you’re standing in it’, Caucasus and Central Asia, South-East Asia, Indochina.  Central and South America: Mexico and Central America, South America. Australia: Major Outback tracks          , Life on the Outback road, Cape York, The Central Deserts, The Kimberley. North America: South-west USA, North-western Canada; (3) Tales from the Saddle: 12 new motorcycle travel adventures;  (4) Appendices:   Books on motorcycle travels, Interview with Ted Simon, Contributors, conversion tables and index



What exactly is adventure motorcycling? As far as this book is concerned it involves a challenging unsupported journey into the wilderness or a significantly strange country. For most of us living in cities in developed countries, a visit to a wilderness involves leaving the security of the paved highways of Europe, Australasia, southern Africa and North America, and heading onto the dirt, while an exotic destination adds all sorts of challenges that are patiently waiting for you out there in Central and South America, Africa or Asia.

Mainstream touring on or off the highway is a fun way of getting to nice places or enjoying the thrill of a sharp-handling bike. But the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook sees motorcycles not as toys, but tools with which to escape from the mundane and predictable, and to explore the wild or exotic regions of our planet.

Since the last edition of this book the popular appeal of taking on an adventurous motorcycle journey has grown significantly. Though challenges will always be there if you want them, it’s no longer seen as an eccentric pursuit for a few hardcore individuals. Equipment need no longer be custom made and it is now possible to rent motorcycles right across the globe, enabling you to explore a given area without having to quit the job and sell up.

In Latin America, Asia and Africa, or in mountains and deserts closer to home, reaching out into the back country requires planning and confidence in your abilities, be they riding half a ton of bike through mud, or dealing with a shipping agent in a foreign port. In some situations the unfamiliarity adds an edge to your travels that you won’t necessarily appreciate at the time. You’ll be pitted against your wits, stamina and resourcefulness, but part of the education of hard travel is that give yourself a chance and you’ll find you have greater reserves of these qualities than you ever expected.

Sure you’ll be glad to cruise restfully along the blacktop and stay in hotels once in a while. But ask any of the many contributors to this book and in most cases they’ll vividly recall the places where the riding was most demanding, where every day was hard-won and threw up an unexpected challenge, a breathtaking view or a memorable human encounter.

This book spells out the practicalities of paperwork, the cost of a Big Trip, as well as which machine is best and how to equip it. It’s followed by an outline of routes around the world and ends with a selection of two-wheeled adventures from all corners of the globe to give a taste of what to expect.

There’ll be times when you curse the very notion of ever leaving home. But make no mistake, it will be a lifetime’s achievement that will remain with you forever.

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