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Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and More (Motorcycle Journeys) [Paperback]

John Hermann
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Press; 4Rev Ed edition (27 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884313701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884313707
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Hermann's fourth edition of "Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and More" is the complete resource for any traveller to this part of Europe. Now covering more area than any previous edition, John 'King of the Alps' Hermann brings nearly 100 trips to life. Everything has been updated: Hermann's fun-to-read text has been thoroughly refreshed, with more new trips in the Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa mountain ranges, the maps now have mountain relief backgrounds to view the exciting changes in topography, and Hermann has added spectacular new pictures. Anyone considering a European trip on two wheels needs this book. Riders of all brands of bikes the world over have kept "Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps" in their tankbags ever since the first edition in 1993. And no wonder: all of the important roads and passes are described and critiqued.Every region of the Alps is covered: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and other special Alpine lookalike places such as Corsica, Slovenia, and the Pyrenees are included. Each trip has a detailed route description, easy-to-follow maps, and unique photographs - all brought to life by Hermann's informed and witty narration.

Local customs, history, and amusing travel anecdotes dot every page to enrich your journey.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity 3 July 2010
This book disappointed me. It is well produced, on quality paper with plenty of reasonable pictures and maps. However the structure and writing style get in the way of an efficient transfer of information and opinions.

It neither organises information in a way that can be readily extracted nor does it provide entertaining narrative that can be dipped into for enjoyment.

The "beyond" part of the title generally relates to South France and North Spain, I had assumed it meant it strayed into Eastern Europe.

This book is written by someone living in the USA for readers in the USA and the very many misconceptions about Europe within it are amusing. However they demonstrate a lack of true understanding about many of the issues being presented.

For example, he believes Europeans don't drink tap water and goes on to encourage the reader to drink water from taps labelled as not drinking water as they are a "ruse" to encourage us to purchase bottled water! (More likely they are an indication that the water comes from an open tank in the roof space that is shared with vermin).

He refers to French priority signs on roundabouts without describing the "priorité à droite" system that creates the need for them. It is unsafe to ride on these roads if you are unaware of the significance of priorité à droite.

It offers a comprehensive coverage of the central Alps and eclectic references to a few other areas in Europe. It has useful advice for someone from North America who wishes find a way of riding in the Alps but I have found little in it that I will be able to make use of in planning my Alpine journeys.

It is a missed opportunity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but ... 19 Jun 2010
I bought this book after recommendation from good friend, also motorcycle driver. Since this was my first trip to the Alps with motorcycle, I had in mind only few end-points, but I wasn't sure about the route. I was hoping that this book is going to help me - but the help was only partially. The thing I'm missing in this book is some bigger picture - overview of the region, big map, how to get from place A to place B. It is excellent for smaller regions with lots of tips and suggested routes, but you need another map and more preparation if you have in mind to scan some larger areas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info 22 Dec 2009
Just what I needed, I found in this book. Higly recommended for those wanting to ride their way through the Alps and more :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny 16 Feb 2012
By Robert
I bought this book when planning a trip to the Alps and found it invauable, without it I would have probably only covered half as many passes and they may not have all been as great as the ones chosen using the book.

I have since returned to cover a bit more of the Alps (the place is bigger than the entire UK with over 300 passes listed in the book over 80 odd half - full day trips) and again the book helped greatly with deciding upon the roads we really wanted to ride.

Sure it does not cover exactly how to get from A-B, but imagine trying to write a book with a single trip covering 85,000 square miles and describing a route to suit everyone (not to mention it would take about 30 days solid riding and be over 10,000 miles long)

If you really wants a complete holiday itinery and everything worked out for you then book with a tour company.

I also find John Hermans knowledge of the Alps pretty good, which it should be as he has ridden over a million miles through them over several decades, and I think he probably has learned a bit about Europe on those travels, although the book is written with the American in mindit does not detract from it being a brilliant reference for other nationalities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very nearly perfect, even for a car driver 5 May 2010
Read about this book on a couple of bike biased forums and decided to give it a look see as I do quite a bit of touring/ road tripping. Most of the routes are passable by car and there are one or two that I had not found before and this book is pointing me in the right direction for summer. If I had any criticism it would be that the book is written neither as a narrative/story or a guide point to point but a mix of the two being greedy I would have preffered the Authors tale followed by a point to point guide for each route as he does make an interesting writer as well as route planner.
The other mild criticism is really another 'want' I would love the book to include a large fold out map with all the suggested trips marked, which would make for much easier planning when threading the passes together.
Still a full 5 stars, it would be unfair to mark it down.
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Was struggling to work out what would be good in terms of touring in the alps. Between this book and my large AA French road atlas its now a doodle. Original plans have changed and I now feel pretty confident about what we'll be doing next year. Getting there and hotels/hostels etc I can deal with, but I needed to get my head around good routes. Its fine people throwing names of passes etc around, but this was so much better and more helpful for me - just what I needed for that. Really pleased with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential guide
buy it now if you get this and dont visit the alps i will eat my hat so there, if you can afford the hotels mentioned again usa authour
Published 14 months ago by R T BARRATT
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! Wouldn't go in the Alps without it!
It is by far THE greatest guide for motorcycling through the Alps. I used in two trips I took with my motorcycle in the Dolomites and it was as if I have been there a thousand... Read more
Published 21 months ago by K. MICHAIL
5.0 out of 5 stars Do it yourself
Saw this and it turned out to be the start of what can only be the best Motorcycling Holiday I have ever been on. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Nige
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoping it'll be useful
Very much a reference work rather than a book to read through in one go, but hopefully it will provide plenty of inspiration and useful source of information for planning future... Read more
Published on 8 July 2010 by Mr. Richard G. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and More (Motorcycle Journeys)
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Published on 15 Jun 2010 by M. E. J. Leonard
3.0 out of 5 stars The problem with high expectations is...
When we decided to ride through the Alps, this book was a common reference among every specialized forum or discussion group. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2009 by Jose B. Pinheiro
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read the book now...
the proof of the pudding will be in June when I put the information to the test. Much of the content is inevitably sujective but it provides details of many lesser known routes and... Read more
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