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5.0 out of 5 stars Mondo A -Go -Go
In 1994, seven pals decide down the pub (where else?) to motorcycle around the world by the longest route possible. Before departure, not one of them has ever repaired a punctured tyre. They fail to get sponsorship, travel insurance, and most of their travel visas. Even a cursory glance at the map suggests that in Eastern Siberia the road is blocked by 400 miles of...
Published on 2 Dec 2006 by C. Payne

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2.0 out of 5 stars Probably a great adventure, but the book is very poor.
I have struggled through about two-thirds of this book and can't take any more. I thought that I ought to write a review now so that anyone thinking about buying it would have another point of view to consider.
The trip was apparently one great big lad-mag, all-the-boys-together adventure. However, none of these travellers are remotely capable of getting it down in...
Published on 19 Aug 2007 by Happy Henry


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5.0 out of 5 stars Mondo A -Go -Go, 2 Dec 2006
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C. Payne (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mondo Enduro: The Ultimate Adventure on Two Wheels - 44,000 Miles in 400 Days (Paperback)
In 1994, seven pals decide down the pub (where else?) to motorcycle around the world by the longest route possible. Before departure, not one of them has ever repaired a punctured tyre. They fail to get sponsorship, travel insurance, and most of their travel visas. Even a cursory glance at the map suggests that in Eastern Siberia the road is blocked by 400 miles of impassable swamp. When they ask a BBC journalist about Georgia, they are told - categorically - 'they will not last five minutes'.

Over the next year and a bit the bikers log their daily observations, gleefully recounting in classic British tradition every small discomfort, crash and humiliation to befall their fellow travellers. With little money to spare, wit and improvisation are the order of the day: lost bike documents are forged in Istanbul, gambling debts paid with fake watches, Russian traffic cops placated with a drunken shooting competition. They are attacked by skin eating insects, harried by border guards, swept away by floods, and in once case, nearly killed by an African lorry. Sleeping in barns or under the stars, the shocking state of personal hygiene scuppers (almost) every encounter with the opposite sex.

The triumphs more than make up for this. The former Soviet Union, South America and Africa come across like an infinite, awe inspiring biker's playground. They didn't know it at the time, but one of the lads actually meets his future wife on the road. While fear has become the national psychosis in today's post 9/11 world, these unassuming journeymen prove that if you greet the world with a joke and a smile, the world in the shape of Serbian farmers, Saudi businessmen and Kalahari bushmen almost always respond with humbling kindness and hospitality. Largely written for their own amusement, Mondo Enduro is nevertheless one of the cheeriest, most bracing celebrations of cultural difference, friendship, and the open road I think I have ever read. Brilliant.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Long Way Round" is "Mondo Slimline" by comparison, 23 May 2006
This review is from: Mondo Enduro: The Ultimate Adventure on Two Wheels - 44,000 Miles in 400 Days (Paperback)
Those of you who have seen the Discovery TV series "Easy Riders - Mondo Enduro" will know of Austin Vince and the rest of the boys as they attempt to motorcycle round the world the hard way: through Europe and Asia, down the length of the Americas and back through Africa. For those of you who haven't, you've missed out on a great travel adventure.

"Mondo Enduro" bears no comparison to "Long Way Round" - quite simply Austin &co. hadn't a clue what they were doing and blundered from adventure to adventure. From burst bike bearings in the middle of Siberia to being arrested for straying into the most restricted military zone in Turkey; they had to use their wits to get by. It's quite remarkable that they got out of Western Europe, never mind 44000 miles round the world!

This is a wacky, humorous, brilliantly entertaining book and it's not just for bikers: it's a shoestring-budget travel classic up there with the best of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the DVD, 11 Nov 2006
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Mr. C. J. Bone "Chris Bone" (England) - See all my reviews
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Whether you are planning a journey yourself or if you have never ridden a motorcycle and have yet to venture out of your home town, this book is a must read. Mondo Enduro prove that all you need is a 'get up and go' attitude to turn every day into the adventure of a lifetime; and all without the need for back-up teams, mechanics or sponsors.

WARNING: This book may be inspired to quit your job, sell your home and live under a poncho for a year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous lads tale of adventure, 30 April 2007
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Mondo Enduro is not the book of the DVD - you can enjoy both and spot where they connect but the sheer volume of escapades in the book (which is the write up of the daily journal kept throughout) would preclude making anything but a whole series of the lads adventures. If you have ambition to travel on two wheels then this is a great way to understand what you might need to do before you leave and then what to expect once you are out there. Given the style the book is written in, the lads themselves would probably sum it up by saying that the book would tell you what would happen if you really didn't know what you were doing. Its entertaining, unique in character, genuine and engaging enough to make you feel you are there. Read a 'Mondo day' entry each day over breakfast and work out whether you would rather be on your way to the office or out there that day on the road - then think it over in the context of what you would answer when you are retired !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mondo beyondo, dude !, 24 Oct 2006
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J. A. J. Hyde (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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These guys rock. In today's insulated, over-protective, over-cautious, armchair-adventurer society who amongst us would have the sheer cajones to attempt a feat such as this with bugger-all financial backing ? Mondo..that's who. The whole concept of putting life on hold for a year or more to ride the hard way (redefining 'hard' in the process) around the world defies belief, and the fact that the entire episode was suffused with good humour throughout speaks volumes about the personalities involved.

Although simply a transcribed diary, this reads like a travelguide/novel hybrid and is usually difficult to put down. You always want to read 'just one more day'.

Often hilarious, you really get to feel that you know the guys first-hand and the turn of phrase is as compelling as the content. Notwithstanding that the magnitude of their achievement knocks Ewan et al into a cocked hat. Will certainly read it again at some point and will definitely be on the lookout for more by the same crew.

Take my advice and buy it now. Pure entertainment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Adventure Motorcycling, 21 Aug 2006
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This is what its really like. I rode across Eurasia in the early 90s myself, before there was internet, mobile phones (let alone satellite phones) and accessable GPS. There were no reference works, no bulletin boards, no self help groups on how to do it. There was no idea what bike would do the job best, and there was no idea what luggage systems worked best. Thus "Mondo Enduro" is as real as it gets. Its about working it out as you go along, making up each day one day at a time, and having as much possible fun while you do it.

The book should be a compulsory text for anyone setting out on an adventurous international motorcycle ride. It shows you dont need sponsors, you dont need extensive planning, you dont need to spend a year and thousands of pounds prepping your motorcycle. If you have determination, balls and a sense of humour then get on your bike and ride.

Its clear that the producers of Long Way Round have leaned extensively on the experience and concept of "Mondo Enduro" and "Terra Circa" and its a pity that they were not big enough to acknowledge that in their own trip. If there is one thing that makes "Adventure Motorcycling" an adventure, it is surely making your own road, rather than following in the tyre tracks of others.

Mondo Enduro made the tyre tracks others have been following for the last 10 years .... or to put it another way, these are the giants on whose shoulders others now stand in order to see further.

Should the the first book purchase of any budding adventure motorcycling traveller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy, 8 Sep 2006
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C. R. Green "Charlie" (London) - See all my reviews
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This is an irresistible book, whether you have a desire to travel the world on 2 wheels or if you simply want to be entertained.

Great adventures and you can't help but read it and wish you'd been there with them. The lack of organisation is so obviously reckless, but they prevail through the sheer force of their personalities. Not once do they complain when times are tough (and they often are) and you sense that they've gone through the whole journey with a cheeky grin, in the knowledge that they are a fortunate few, sleeping under the stars, blending, drinking too much vodka, chasing the ladies (unsuccessfully) and repairing punctures.

The writing is completely honest and faultlessly humorous. The guys aren't trying to impress or entertain, but they do anyway and it had me laughing out loud throughout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, 12 July 2006
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Buy it - get inspired and then do the trip.

This is the real deal - 7 goons astride beasts of steel. Ponchos are the order of the day. A roadside brew and then back to the tracks. Austin Vince - a modern day hero for the sixties child who craves more from life than text messages and 'the red button'. Plywood panniers - what a daft idea! Gerald - the elder statesman, the senior member of the team who sells his house to fund the trip.

Forget Ewan and the hollywood playmates, that's for the dreamer... the one who has cash to spash and sleeps in hotels - this is book is for us, the real people, the idiots, the goons. Buy the book, build a bike and do a trip. Go on I dare you.

This is dangerous reading, it could change your life - be careful....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Agreement, 18 July 2006
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I absolutely agree with Fuzzy Duck. This book is what Long Way Round tried to be. I remember when this was shown on TV, but never watched the whole series. Recently, having watched Long Way Round and read the book, I had to get my hands on the Mondo Enduro log. It is so envolving with the madcap mayham that just leads you from chapter to chapter. These boys did around the world the real way, on a budget with no sponsership, unlike Ewan and Charlie who in their first chapter complained that they couldn't afford to buy their bikes or take time off work!!
I reccommend Mondo Enduro to everyone, and try Terra Circa and Roadside USA if you get the chance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mondo Enduro Epic, 25 Oct 2006
This review is from: Mondo Enduro: The Ultimate Adventure on Two Wheels - 44,000 Miles in 400 Days (Paperback)
What a fantastic saga! If you want to experience what it is 'REALLY' like to to see the world on a bike then this is the book for you!

None of the rehearsed and staged docu-drama that is available elsewhere, this is the real thing! We all dream of escaping and seeing the world, but these guys actually did it! they ACTUALLY DID IT!!! Fantastic. I want the DVD now!!

Buy this book and marvel at the tenacity, determination and sheer bloody-mindedness of these heroes!
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