Following his dismissal from a job he never should have had, the author packs a tent, some snacks, and a suit, and sets out on a two-wheeled adventure across Europe. With no idea where he's going, and only two very large and confusing maps to rely on, he heads out to prove that planning and forethought are the very antithesis of a motorcycle adventure. Is This Italy? offers a unique and often hilarious insight into the challenges and excitement afforded by a lone motorcycle journey though Europe. In his quest to escape the frantic nature of London life, Kevin Turner heads south across France, crossing the Alps into Italy, and onto Rome, before returning via Germany - and the treacherous Nurburgring - in the hope of rendezvousing with the beautiful Nina. Throughout, the author provides valuable advice to those considering a similar journey, noting the best and most scenic routes, where to stay, and what to see. This is interspersed with a raft of comic anecdotes that demonstrate exactly what NOT to do when lost on a motorbike in Europe.
Kevin Turner (www.haplessbiker.com) is an author and journalist with a passion for motorbikes and travel. He has ridden far and wide, writing about his experiences for various publications. His first book, Bonjour! Is This Italy? A Hapless Biker's Guide to Europe chronicles his month-long trip across France, Italy, Germany and a few other countries he stumbled into, largely on account of his inability to navigate.
Kevin's second book, From Crystal Palace to Red Square - A Hapless Biker's Road to Russia, is due out June 2014 and follows the author on a three-week, 6,000 mile adventure from London, to the fjords of Norway and across to Moscow. Then back through Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany, to the familiarity of Western petrol stations and hassle-free borders.
"Terrifying Estonian women; crazy Russian truckers; incontinent drunks; and...elk! From Crystal Palace to Red Square - part marathon, part sprint, but an ordeal in the finest sense of the word."
Bonjour! Is This Italy? has been described separately as "one of the funniest books I've read in a long time" (webBikeWorld); "a witty, humorous travel log" (Inter-Bike); "a highly recommended book that will keep you gripped this summer" (Burton Mail); and "an amusing story that should be an inspiration to others" (www.motorbike-search-engine.co.uk.)
Kevin currently rides a Kawasaki ZX636 and a KTM LC4 (rarely at the same time).
You can follow Kevin on twitter @haplessbiker; or Facebook /haplessbiker; or visit: http://www.haplessbiker.com/