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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2009
I really wanted to like this book and even pre-ordered it but..... I have given it two stars. Two because I have huge respect for Simon Pavey and having attended his excellent offroad BMW training school (but take some body armour with you)and am now a regular green laner. The book starts weakly - what bike to choose? Well to keep the shelf life of the book the author appears to choose nothing except states the "different strokes for different folks" philosophy which isn't much help. Doesn't even try to weigh up the few main stream bikes available in this area. Try Adventure motorcycling handbook or TBM magazine. What luggage er - depends what you want but no real weighing of the pro's and con's of hard over soft etc. In fact two articles of about 900 words in the Jan and Feb edition of TBM covered more detail than the whole of this book on bike and luggage selection.

That could all be forgiven if the rest of the book was solid after all it is about riding techniques - but it isn't. Some good info initially and how to pick a bike up etc but - putting wieght on the handle bars if you ride ruts! That's not what they teach at the off road school if you do that the front tyre edge grips the rut edge twists the front tyre and spits you off. You lighten the front and steer through the foot pegs. Basically any book that trys to teach a physical sport is going to struggle but I think some aspects are basically misleading or not properly described. I got so frustrated with the thing that I gave it to my son (age 12- keen dirt biker) to look at the pictures which are ace. My recomendation is save your money and put it towards some off road training you won't learn riding skills through a book and if you want a good book on the subject of adventure riding then go for the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook by Chris Scott
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on 8 November 2013
This book has great photography; the images alone really motivate you to get out there and start riding your bike. The quality of the photography means that this would make a reasonable coffee table book (everyone picks it up and starts looking at the images).

That said it does have a lot of useful & practical information. For someone new to motorcycling, or new to dirtbike riding this would be very helpful. Obviously nothing beats having actual training, but this is the next best thing I reckon.

I never had any dirtbike training, but taught myself over the years. This book confirmed a number of things I already knew (which was a relief to know I was doing it right), and helped me correct a few other aspects of my riding.

All in all a good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A very handy book for anyone contemplating going off the balck stuff! Great tips and techniques with a forward and extra tips from who I see as one of the worlds greatest off road riders - Mr. Simon Pavey, Dakar extrodinnaire! Respect.
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on 28 November 2012
I bought this for my son having completed a journey with him this year to Barcelona on our bikes and he loves it. In fact I love it too of course! It has inspired us to go futher.....but then agian so did Ted Simon when I met him in 1978 and bought Jupiters Travels! At least now when we do we might knwo how to ride better!
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on 14 May 2011
I wanted to read up before going on an off road course in Wales. It provided some very useful and practical advice. I'd recommend it for anyone interested in adventure riding.
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on 3 April 2013
This is a must read for any budding adventure riders who are comtemplating a tour where they may encounter off road surfaces. Gives you the basics in easy to understand terms.
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on 4 December 2013
Written for the complete novice but some has something enthusiastic amateur. Very good pictorials and keeps the scientific bit nice and simple yet very informative.
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on 12 February 2013
Really enjoyed this book - good advice with some nice photos. Have read it more than once and will read it again
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on 26 July 2015
Great read, full of useful tips and good advice
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I highly recomend this book to anyone interested in advanced offroad riding.

The book is well written and it has good pictures that describes the different techniques.
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