I bought the second edition direct off Chris at a bike show in the dim past and that copy is almost fallen apart so I was overjoyed to see a new edition in preparation.
The extra work in this is easily worth the purchase of a new book, the changing world will always outstrip the speed that guidebooks can be written but this is as close to having a mate on the phone where you want to go giving you the latest info.
The bike prep and gear sections are also superb.
If you want to head off over the horizon on a motorbike you need this book.
This book should be made compulsory reading for anyone leaving the UK on a motorbike. Very well written, full of vital tips for crossing continents. But also useful for shorter European trips, as it makes you think about the preparation thats needed for any trip. Its full of information that would take you a life time to aquire. Buy it, because a thousand miles from home, you will have wish you had.
This book captures in one place all of the things you need to consider when planning an adventure ride. It is well written and, refreshingly, includes experienced opinion and not just vague description, so really gives you something to work with. Its a great place to start investigating and planning your own overland adventure.