Save your money. This is a book for non bike owners, who want a cursory glance at the topic. The author spends too much of the book on non related areas. Engine types, selecting a bike, maintenence, and not enough real meat about the title topic. There are real issues related to traveling by two wheels in safety and comfort, with all the stuff you really need, over a long distance. These subjects are only superficially explored. And anyone who has ridden some of the machines he suggests would make good touring platforms, would know that they would be extreamly uncomfortable over any prolonged ride. Perhaps the authors idea of a tour is a one day hop to someplace, if so, most of his selctions might be adequate, but that really isn't the context of "touring". Another reviewer put it well when he said this book woulod make a better series of magazine articles which tend to be superficial in nature anyway. There are some good points made in the book. Unfortunately for the money they only comprise 20% of the material.