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Is That Bike Diesel, Mate? : One Man, One Bike and the First Lap Around Australia on Used Cooking Oil

Is That Bike Diesel, Mate? : One Man, One Bike and the First Lap Around Australia on Used Cooking Oil [Kindle Edition]

Paul Carter
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Some people cure boredom by going shopping; Carter does it by taking a bio-diesel motorbike around Australia... Don t buy this book if you re offended by seriously bad language: we re talking direct quotes from hardened oil riggers.
Sun Herald

I laughed so hard I cried but there is also poignancy here... Carter captures the moment with pithy observations that achieve an almost transcendent lucidity at times, and is funny enough to frame.
Western Australian

When Carter eases off on the profanity and throttles up on the wit, he gets the chequered flag every time. The book is funny, entertaining and for rev heads informative.
Sunday Herald Sun


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At forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer toiling on offshore drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labour? Was he f**k! With his manic life left far behind and the perfect opportunity to take it easy stretched before him what else would a middle-aged, bike obsessed, man want? Yes, that's right, he'd want to be the first guy to ride around Australia on an underpowered experimental motorcycle that runs on used chip fat, wouldn't he? (Preferably without getting hit by an articulated lorry full of bridge parts along the way - ) Is he out of his mind? Quite possibly - Embark on a rollickingly funny, downright dangerous and often unhinged quest that starts on an environmentally friendly motorcycle built on a shoestring budget by students, and ends with a plan to land speed record for biofuel-powered motorcycle. Carter is at his balls-to-the-wall best: prepare to laugh out loud.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1777 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (23 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857885627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885620
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this book a pot-boiler, mate? 9 Jan 2012
By Mike
Paul's first book, 'Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs' was funny and a great read. This one is neither.

It's supposed to be the story of a journey round Australia on a motorbike, so I expected it to be a litany of hilarious stories about people, places and mishaps along the route. It isn't.

The first half of the book is just a diary of how Paul prepared for the journey, with lots of names of different people who helped him (all of whom call each other mate). The second half is just a diary of the places Paul visited, with lots of names of different people who helped him etc etc. At least, I think it is - quite frankly I gave it all up for lost about half way round.

If you're interested in the details of CVT belts for Italian irrigation pump diesels, if you like to read about lots of people you don't know calling each other mate, then this book may be for you. Oh yes, Paul does include his much-vaunted 'seriously bad language' and - helpfully - puts much of it in capital letters just in case you might miss it. Great.

Sorry Paul, loved your first book. Bored by this one, which seems to be just a means of paying for the trip and thanking the sponsors and others who helped him.
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I think it is a very good book, just like Paul Carter's other two book.

I recommend this book :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Again Carter delivers!!!! 20 Jun 2014
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This man was born to write everything he does is interesting funny or gripping he's love for his family and friends is mind blowing it makes you think how boring your own life is at times..need some more Paul "" if you would be so kind have read them all now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first 11 Jun 2014
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But still a very good read, and a great travel novel for those wishing to travel round Australia. In fact I was left with so many places I had turned the corner of the page over on, it was a shame I had to leave the book in Cuba whilst 'saving weight' coming home.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book from Paul Carter 15 Feb 2014
By tfranks
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i enjoyed this, but the end seemed a bit rushed. There was a huge chunk of journey that was summed up in a couple of pages, which I felt I had been cheated out of. Still a good book, but his other books are better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the lads 15 Sep 2013
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After reading other Paul Carter books found this one tamer, funny in parts but very detailed about the bike, definitely a lads book, overall a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 16 Aug 2013
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Most definitely a "can not put down book" Now going to get his other books. why the hell should I have to put another six words then? Eh! Eh! Eh!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 25 Mar 2013
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After reading all of Paul Carters other books of travelling the world and working with interesting characters this book was a bit slow, however, that’s not to say it isn't worth a read! As a biker and engineer I relate to the connection he has within the book with the motorcycle and appreciate the task in hand. Still a great read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I've been waiting for a new book by this author...
...And this didn't disappoint. More hilariously written escapades from Paul Carter. It's more introspective than his earlier two (he's settled down with wife and kiddy down now),... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tomothy
4.0 out of 5 stars Is that bike diesel mate?
The reviews I read before purchase talked about it being a bit lightweight on adventure & too much tech talk. The tech talk swung it for me. Read more
Published 18 months ago by a aylith
3.0 out of 5 stars Is that bike diesel
I thought the book would be more interesting than I found it to be. It shows the ups and downs of such attempts but failed to hold my interest. Read more
Published 18 months ago by john evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not great.
If you are expecting an Australian version of Long Way Round then it won't quite meet it.

Paul Carter is an ex oil rig worker who after his partner becomes pregnant... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Half Man, Half Book
4.0 out of 5 stars funny
A funny and easy to read book. He is a big personality in search of a vehicle (in both senses) around which to write a book so the plot is a bit thin but his writing is hilarious.
Published 19 months ago by Sydneysider
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book - it is so funny
The book was bought for me as a birthday present. It is quite possibly the best book I have read in ages. I haven't put it down. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael Atkins
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