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Alaska by Motorcycle: How to Motorcycle to Alaska [Paperback]

Gregory W. Frazier


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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The #1 book in preparation for a motorcycle trip to Alaska. 23 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Dr. Frazier covers all the essentials in preparation for a motorcycle trip to Alaska. His book is full of helpful hints ranging from what to take to where to gas-up. The book is compact and easy to carry in your tank bag. Alaska by Motorcycle is an easy and enjoyable read. I read several other books about traveling to Alaska but found Alaska by Morotcycle the most complete and accurate guide as to what to expect when traveling by motorcyle. Another book I found helpful was The Alaska Highway, An Insider's Guide (revised edition) by Ron Dalby. I disgarded the Mile Post half-way through the our 3 week trip and relied on the books by Dr. Frazier and Ron Dalby. I believe that Dr. Frazier has another book about motorcycling through Europe which will undoubtedly inspire future motorcycle adventures.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated 3 July 2011
By bike2workdog - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very disapointed with this book. I felt that it was way too expensive and very outdated. The book takes about an hour to read, as 2/3 of the book is old black and white photos. There may be more value, if you are planning to ride specific routes as detailed in the book, provided that there have been no changes in them over the past decade (unlikely).
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It deserves more credit.. 15 Jun 2000
By Heiko Stribl - Published on Amazon.com
...than I am giving it, because it gives a detailed description of "how to.." drive through Alaska. It even has little maps, and gives all possible helpfull advice. It doesnt tell much of a story though, and should rather be used as a reference for your trip.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh... 19 Feb 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book over winter while planning for summer rides here in Alaska. Honestly, I was somewhat...underwhelmed...by this book. First, the book is rather out of date. South-central Alaska (the area around Anchorage all the way north to Mt. McKinley) has grown up a lot since Dr. Frazier last visited. Second, Dr. Frazier's section on dealing with bears -- always a distinct possibility in Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon Territories -- left much to be desired. In particular, I disagree with his assessment of the use of bear spray and firearms. If you don't, won't or can't carry either a very large caliber handgun or shotgun, then at the very least, carry bear spray in bear country! While most of the time, bears will leave you alone unless you provoke them, homo sapiens is *not* at the top of the foodchain in the 49th state. Third, I'm just not a big fan of Dr. Frazier's writing style. In my humble opinion, there are plenty of other adventure motorcycling writers whose work I'd much rather read -- notably Ted Simon, Gregg Heggstead and Chris Scott.

To sum up, if you are wanting to ride to Alaska, rather than this book, I'd recommend a general adventure touring book (for the motorcycle portion of the trip) and the most recent edition of the Alaska Milepost (for information on traveling in Alaska).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very practical and helpful resource. 15 Oct 2009
By Jean M. Fairclough - Published on Amazon.com
I this this is a very helpful book. Highway conditions and distances and where to buy gasoline and
what to expect as far as camping or "motels" along the way is great. Photos are black and white, but the beautiful color scenery on the DVD Alaska by Motorcycle makes up for that. I found the DVD inspiring and the book very practical. Since I sell the book at [...] my opinon could be slanted toward the book and DVD because of that, but I don't believe so. I know reading it makes me wish I could take time to motorcycle to Alaska myself, but maybe when my husband and I retire. The only thing that makes me think twice are the mosquitoes. I hate mosquitoes.
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