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The Real Way Round: 1 year, 1 motorcycle, 1 man, 6 continents, 35 countries, 42,000 miles, 9 oil changes, 3 sets of tyres, and loads more ... Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 Jun 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845842944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845842949
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Libraries are full of reflective, overthought travelogues. If you prefer yours presented with all the cheer of a tall tale told in a pub and put together with the artistic elan of a family Christmas newsletter, you will strike gold with The Real Way Round. No analysis here (Kyrgyzstan is like the UK's Lake District on steroids!), but as we follow Mr. Yates's journey around the world on his Yamaha Tenere XT66o motorcycle, it's hard not to be infected by his enthusiasm for the people and environments he encounters. As his journey progresses - across Europe, through Asia to Beijing, south to Australia, up through South and Central America (with a side trip to Antarctica) and eventually through the United States to Canada - we're treated to more reflection and noticeably better photography as Mr. Yates matures as a traveler. Covering every continent but Africa, Mr. Yates's running commentary is sprinkled with helpful and up-to-date advice for anyone hoping to replicate his trip. The preface of his book is a useful to-do list, including suggestions on banking while traveling, customs documentation, visas and downloading the bike's full manual. Mr. Yates's best gift to the reader is how easy he makes it all sound - just take a sabbatical, rent out your house, do some paperwork and hit the road. For us repressed bikers among the world's deskbound multitudes, it's a hard argument to resist. JULIA S. MAYERSOHN- The New York Times --Adventure Bike Rider Magazine

Yates has a nice touch ... you get the impression that he was interested in the people he saw and the countries he was riding through: It wasn't just about clocking up the miles to prove he could do it ... he engages with his surroundings and brings people and places right into the book ... [he] also proves to be a damn good photographer, showing not just the scenery (some of which is spectacular) but also the people ... a proper adventure and one that makes a terrific book ... Even if you start by just wanting to read about his travels, be careful: you might find yourself tempted to try something similar! --Bike Rider Magazine

In this quality hardback Yates explains what to do first, what to plan for, and how to cope with the unexpected. He gives details of bike modifications, route maps, points of interest, and practical guidance on freighting your bike in broad terms because this is not intended as manual for adventure motorcycle travel, there are plenty of those already on the bookshelf ... In fact what he has managed to do is create a book with seven hundred inspirational images that tell the story so that even non-motorcyclists will pick it up and enjoy the experience. He has even managed not to get too technical or go too deep on the actual riding so as to keep every reader on side from start to finish ... it is pitched at anybody who loves travel. In fact it could be said that it is a travel book with some motorcycling thrown in for good measure and that is what makes it stand out - universal appeal! --Inter-bike.co.uk

I met Jonathan in the midst of his trip around the world on a Tenere, the pair of us colliding somewhere in the middle of Kazakhstan. Four years later his book arrives in the office and what a professionally put together hard-back artefact of his trip it is ... this isn't a fictionalised narrative as some books of this genre tend to be, it's a straight-forward, 'this is my trip, these are my pictures, this is what happened,' kind of book, and it's all the better for it. --Adventure Bike Rider Magazine

a great insight into a year's road trip that took in six continents, 35 countries and 42,000 miles. A diary of a great journey on a Yamaha Tenere with brilliant pictures of life on the road, this is a must-read for anyone planning or yearning to do the same. --Daily Express/Sunday Express

I met Jonathan in --Adventure Bike Rider Magazine

good production values and a great deal of information ... If you re planning a round the world trip I think this could be quite a useful read --The Road

I met Jonathan in the midst of his trip around the world on a Tenere, the pair of us colliding somewhere in the middle of Kazakhstan. Four years later his book arrives in the office and what a professionally put together hard-back artefact of his trip it is ... this isn't a fictionalised narrative as some books of this genre tend to be, it's a straight-forward, 'this is my trip, these are my pictures, this is what happened,' kind of book, and it's all the better for it. --Adventure Bike Rider Magazine

About the Author

Jonathan Yates has always been a keen traveller, backpacking Australia and Asia immediately after graduating from university. His father's motorcycling exploits on a BSA Bantam back in the 60s left a lasting impression, encouraging him to finally pass his bike test in 1999. The combination of wanderlust and a motorcycle licence proved a great temptation. Jonathan soon part-exchanged his Yamaha Fazer for a Ténéré, and the trip was on. He left the UK on the Eurostar, riding east to Beijing before continuing through South East Asia, Australia and the Americas during a one-year sabbatical. This book details how to organise such a trip, and features a series of daily photographs capturing Jonathan's own experiences on his amazing journey.



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