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The Longest Ride: My Ten Year, 500,000 Mile Motorcycle Journey [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Emilio Scotto
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1 Mar 2007
On a 1100 Honda Gold Wing, Scotto travelled from his native Argentina across the world: earthquakes in Mexico, attacked by Sierra Leon cannibals, blessed by the Pope, given money by Muhammed Ali, fleeing Somalia on a freighter, crossing Checkpoint Charlie...This is a true-life adventure story unlike any you have ever read before: the ride of a lifetime!


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780760326329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760326329
  • ASIN: 0760326320
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best book on motorcycle adventure travel i have read so far...I highly recommend this book. it is a vivid tale of a truly amazing trip throguh some of the most beautifull, and horrific parts of the world, with fascinating insights into the unique cultures and universal friendships found along the way. Abusinessresource.com-Every motorcycle ride in history pales in comparison to Scotto's decade on the raod. he spent ten years on his GoldWing 1100 and found himself in all manner of scrapes. the argentiniat survived earthquakes in mexico, was attacked by cannable in Sierra Leone, got blessed by the Pope, was give money by Muhhamed Ali, fled Somalia on a freighter, and crossed Checkpoint Charlie amongst oher almost unbelivable stories. Scotto's understanding of the world changes and developes in a way you are soon drawn into.Every motorcycle ride in history pales in comparison to Scotto's decade on the raod. he spent ten years on his GoldWing 1100 and found himself in all manner of scrapes. the argentiniat survived earthquakes in mexico, was attacked by cannable in Sierra Leone, got blessed by the Pope, was give money by Muhhamed Ali, fled Somalia on a freighter, and crossed Checkpoint Charlie amongst oher almost unbelivable stories. Scotto's understanding of the world changes and developes in a way you are soon drawn into-Bike magazine, January 2009-If you are only going to read one book this year, it should be this one ... I have just read the first few chapters, but I'm totally hooked. Scotto is a great story-teller ... I definitely recommend it. Motorcycle travel writer Emilio Scotto s book The Longest Ride chronicles his amazing 10-year, 500,000-mile journey around the world on the 1980 Honda Gold Wing he dubbed The Black Princess. In his native South America and almost everywhere else, Scotto took lots of compelling photos and tells even more compelling stories about the 279 countries and territories he visited-Cycle World- The following list is in no special order of preference, except for one book in particular that topped the list hands down: The Longest Ride-The Sun-Scotto is a natural born story-teller who is able to effectively relate much of the excitement of his trip into the Longest Ride --Friction Zone

This book is so incredibly fun, I can't adequately put into words how enjoyable it is. As I write this review I'm only on page 60, but I feel so strongly about it I had to write this review before I finished. The writing is very enjoyable, very humorous and colorful. I am guessing it was initially written in Spanish and translated into english (the version I am reading) so the language ends up being very enjoyable. It is clearly a remarkable translation. In addition to the text there are literally hundreds of pictures, most of them full color, which are a delight to look at. The book is a larger format (slightly larger than a standard american magazine) which really allows the room necessary to see all these pictures. Quickly buy this book before word gets around because I have a feeling it will sell out soon-Green Mountain Boy-He has my sincere admiration- --American V magazine, January 2009

By the end of the Introduction I was hooked. I expected the intro to aquaint me with the author and define the beginning of his trip and the reasons for it. I could not have been more in error. By the time I completed these beginning pages I was convinced he'd never make it. Even if you have never even seen a motorcycle, you will be enthralled by this story. Amazing courage, a guardian angel, and uncommon good luck are a part of each paragraph. Don't miss this great story.- Nelson kasberg-Words can not give this book justice. I bought it to read about a ride and I was given an in-depth geography and political lesson. This is a fun book but with tremendous insight and humor. One of the few books about motorcycle travel I could not put down. It is real and revealing not only about the man but the peoples and human nature of the world. If you can't take a trip like this, this is one book you can read and almost experience the ride yourself. I plan to buy two more, one for friends to read and one for my college Library. This book will always be on my personal bookshelf, Thank you Emilio Scotto-Glenn Boswell-I highly recommend this book. It is a vivid tale of a truly amazing trip though some of the most beautiful, and horrific parts of the world, with fascinating insights into the unique cultures and universal friendships found along the way. It is also an inspiration and warning to anyone who wants to take on a great adventure-Spectre-This book is one of the most exciting adventure books I have ever read, and strongly recommend it to anyone who may want to travel around the world in this unique way. 270+ countries on a motorcycle in 10 years --Manuel Jordan Susilla

About the Author

Emilio Scotto fufilled a childhood ambition to travel round the world when he saw a Honda Goldwing. it took him 10 years, and he covered half a million miles doing it. His story is told in ;The Longest Ride;.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story 25 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Emilio Scotto had never ridden a motorcycle in his life, but as a boy he'd dreamt of travelling the world. On a visit to a Honda motorcycle dealer with a friend, he saw a poster for a Honda Gold Wing - and just had to have it.

That was the beginning of his journey. He started with no money and no travel experience, but still he rode nearly 500,000 miles through 279 countries, spending over 10 years on the road.

During those 10 years, he was shot at, imprisoned six times, robbed five times, and suffered his way through three major illnesses (including malaria). The Honda used 12,500 gallons of gas, 300 gallons of oil, 86 tyres, 11 batteries, and nine seats.

He met the Pope, Antonia Banderas, and Muhammad Ali, as well as a host of characters across the globe that all, in their own way, made his adventure possible.

The book itself is utterly compelling. Scotto comes across as a charismatic, disarmingly naive man, and you quickly find yourself egging him on, particularly as he struggles the enormous Gold Wing through the thick jungles of Africa.

The story-telling does fade a little in the last third of the book, where the author resorts to using pictures to describe the last few years of his journey. That's a shame, because there's a real sense the book could easily have been twice the length without running out of steam.

That aside, I found this to be a fascinating story. More inspirational than Ted Simon's books but, as the author himself notes, it has now become a 'period piece'. With much of the journey taking place in the late 1980s, any attempt to recreate this adventure would now be impossible.

It's a one-off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Last 3rd becomes a picture book 8 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is barely a motorbiking book, it is more of a very very long holiday interspersed with bits of biking in it. Similar style to ted simon, he does discuss women and the local people much more than any specific biking books and is a little light on the history or local significance of things.

The last 3rd is essentially a photo book though as I felt he ran out of steam at the end and had little to say without going over himself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ride 23 Nov 2009
By dog FM
Format:Hardcover
Wow - this guy took a Goldwing around the world! Apart from the fact that it is maybe the most unsuitable bike to take through the jungle, transport across rivers etc so it was bound to generate some good stories he is also a good stroyteller and managed to take alot of good photos along the way.
I really warmed to this guy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride........... 18 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
Interested in motorbikes? Interested in the rest of the world? Then this book is for you. Probably the most amazing bike journey ever taken, unlikely to be bettered.
Get it, read it.
STEVE....................
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story, beautiful book! 1 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book.
Glossy pages, great photos.inspiring story.
I could'nt put it down !
Highly recommended.
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