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Old Man on a Bike by Simon Gandolfi
Old Man on a Bike by Simon Gandolfi
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, but..., 19 July 2011
This book is the perfect antidote to those who say "you shouldn't be doing that at your age". Gandolfi was 73 when he undertook this journey. For that reason alone the book is inspiring. I also found his rather cavalier attitude to common motorcycle orthodoxy mixed; the machine (a 125cc Honda) was probably perfect for his needs even though it was looked down on by many but his clothing was not the best motocycle clothing available at the time. As a result there are occasions where the experienced motorcyclist will feel little sympathy when Gandolfi complains of being cold and wet. Maybe he did not feel top of the range clothing was approriate for such a bike, but there can be no doubt… Read more
Tortillas to Totems: Motorcycling Mexico, the USA &hellip by Sam Manicom
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this, then go, 22 Feb 2011
The first thing I would say about this book (and Manicom's previous three) is that it is not a motorcycle travel book; it is a travel book by an author who happens to use a motorcycle. Although I am a motorcyclist, and I enjoy travelling I am not a big fan of reading about how our intrepid hero changed his lower thrungle bracket at the roadside using only a stone and a length of baling twine. What I prefer, and what Sam Manicom delivers excellently, is to read about the people and the country through which he travelled.

This book is very different to its three predecessors in that the greater part of it is about more developed countries… Read more
One-Man Caravan by Roberet Edison Fulton
One-Man Caravan by Roberet Edison Fulton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware blythe comments, 15 Jan 2011
Having recently graduated, Fulton found himself at a dinner party discussing his immenent return to the US. It is possible drink had flowed, but rather than simply sailing to New York, Fulton said he planned to ride a motorcycle around the world. Had one of his fellow diners not had contacts with the Douglas motorcycle company the idea may have got no further, but the fellow guest had the contacts, provided the motorcycle, and Fulton set out around the world and this book is the result.

Apart from the motorcycle, Fulton also took a camera and large quantity of film. The book is well illustrated, although Fulton's discriptive writing does not really need this support. His… Read more

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