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Only consider this book if ' travelling abroad' means European Travel only,
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This review is from: Motorcycling Abroad: Adventure, Advice, Safety, Laws (Paperback)If you are travelling in europe this book is a reasonable source of information with a acceptable amount of detail regarding road laws and legal requirements, including the new EU members. However for the the rest of the world (the riding further afield section) this book is very very disappointing and big let down.
This book is 222 pages long, yet ridiculously the continents and countries that are non European only get 32 of these pages! For example the country of Canada (2nd largest country in the world with the longest transcontinental highway in the world) gets only three paragraphs and one small photo of a roadsign which barely amounts to two pages. The entire continents of Asia and Central\South America suffer the same fate with only two pages devoted to them, with only one of the pages having any 'useful' written information. Bearing in mind the quirks of the border crossings and natural hazards in Central and South America and varying currencies etc.. only having two pages for this part of the world is a joke.
I bought this book for two reasons. Firstly i bought it because i am considering travelling extensively around North America in the near future and 2. I trusted the Haynes brand to deliver a quality publication. To be honest i think i have wasted my money. I could have obtained more information about non european road laws by using google. Having read this book i feel no better prepared for non european travel then before i read it.
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Initial post: 20 Mar 2009 23:46:48 GMT
Dr Zippy Moonflower says:
Fair enough, thanks for informing us about the lack of information regarding non-European countries, but you couldn't explained what information the book DID provide for Europe.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2009 12:01:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Aug 2010 13:05:07 BDT
I guess my review expresses my own personal disppointment with the publication as it is way too biased towards Europe to truly encompass 'travelling abroad'. I feel i wasted my money for my own personal needs hence my review title of "Only consider this book if ' travelling abroad' means European Travel only".
Haynes should really have published one guide for the EU and then another for world travel. The book as it stands is too biased towards europe. So I guess if you are planning a european trip (car or bike) this could be a very good guide, but a world motorcyclist travelling guide book it isn't.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2009 07:37:58 BDT
Dr Zippy Moonflower says:
Well this is the thing, I am planning on just going abroad, so whilst I agree with your decision to give it the low score you did, and can understand why you're angry at the book as your points seem completely valid, for me this book would actually be of great help.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2009 12:20:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Aug 2010 13:03:04 BDT
I see there are plenty of examples available now via amazon for only £1.49 so if you can pick the book up for that price, maybe it is worth a go..
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