Adventure Motorcycling Handbook Paperback – 23 Dec 2000
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The first thing we did was buy Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook. --Ewan McGregor, The Long Way Round
The first edition of the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook ... inspired motorcyclists across the world and launched the motorcycle websites that today bring bikers together to share information and plan their overland adventures. -- The Daily Telegraph
This book has, pound for pound, more hard facts and information about international motorcycle touring than anything else around --webBikeWorld
Recommended --Wanderlust, October 2009 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Author
Desert Travels, a travelogue describing my early motorcycle adventures in the Sahara in the 1980s.
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The book is absolutely fantastic. I love this kind of books and this is really "hors-du-common". The explainations are concise and straighforward and it covers an amazing array of topics in a short space (I cannot think about a single unnecessary phrase). In each section, Chris Scott refers to brands and products -yes, real names- in the most objective way: "who needs this?", "they tend to break", "good but overpriced" and the like. So honest that he can even look "politically incorrect". And there is also some acid humour and found it never boring: you are not interested in tyres? Just skip it and go for camping equipment.
I planned a long motorbike trip but in the end was a overland journey by car, and the book was still VERY helpful since many topics are actually in common (tips about regions, carnet de passage, etc). If I wanted to be extremely picky, I could only blame the tiny b/w pictures, but there are so many all around supporting the sections that it is the only way to keep the book small and cheap.
The two stars reviewer should have bought something titled "European Motorcycling", and even for Europe, I find Adventure Motorcycling useful (luggage, winter, etc). At least for me, it has been.
You can re-read and still find it interesting, you can take a couple of minutes to cover just a matter, you can learn from others' experiences (they summarize experiences in regions with data like what bike, how much, how long, biggest mistake, etc), enjoy the excerpts from some motorbike travel books included or just dream about a desired adventure motorcycle travel reading any of the sections.
A MUST, 5 well merited stars. Full stop.
A practical book that sits on the bookshelf next to "Jupiter's Travels" - Buy it now!
Chris Scott and the various contributors write in an engaging, no-nonsense style, covering aspects such as bike choice, bureaucracy, camping, practical skills such as puncture repair (practice at home!) and routes in S. America, Africa and Asia.
A strong point of the book is explaining what might go wrong and the precautions to take in way that does not intimidate the reader into staying at home.
Tales and wise words from both accomplished and less experienced adventurers are littered throughout, including an extended section at the end. These double up as useful leads to other relevant books and films.
Even if you don't fancy a bike trip yourself, you can still enjoy reading about how you might go about it and the stunning places you might visit!
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