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Here are a few of my favorite Motorcycle Books...

 

 


Proficient Motorcycling David HoughBook Title:
Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well

Author:
David Hough

Explains the dynamics of safe motorcycling, including ways to become a better rider, navigating the roads, and lifesaving tips to remember while riding.


Two Wheels Through Terror Glenn HeggstadBook Title:
Two Wheels Through Terror

Author:
Glen Heggstad

Ripped from his motorcycle by Colombian rebels and robbed of everything, adventure motorcyclist Glen Heggstad journeyed through South America, and the trip became a nightmare as he was forced to march through strange jungles carrying heavy equipment with assault rifles at his back. Even with all the hand-to-hand and sophisticated combat training Heggstad possessed, this chronicle shows that it was his shrewd thinking, precise planning, and a "do-or-die" last act of desperation that eventually secured his freedom. The shocking personal tale of an unimaginable journey through Central and South America, this travelogue details one man's capture by Colombia's rebel National Liberation Army and the eventual realization of his dream to complete his journey.


Into Africa Sam ManicomBook Title:
Into Africa

Author:
Sam Manicom

"I see myself as a pretty ordinary bloke and when I sat down to write this book it all felt a bit of a cheek. I mean who was I to think I had the right to write? I wasn't sure, but the itch in the back of my mind came from people I've met over the past years. Many said to me, 'You're incredibly lucky to have been able to travel the world, I wish I could'. At first when people said that, my self-centred attitude was 'if I can so can you'. I believed that people generally have the ability to make their lives head in the direction they wish; I was wrong." ~Sam Manicom


Jupiter's Travels Ted SimonBook Title:
Jupiter's Travels

Author:
Ted Simon

Simon rode a motorcycle around the world in the seventies, when such a thing was unheard of. In four years he covered 78,000 miles through 45 countries, living with peasants and presidents, in prisons and palaces, through wars and revolutions. What distinguishes this book is that Simon was already an accomplished writer. In 25 years this book has changed many lives, and inspired many to travel, including Ewan McGregor.


Ghost Rider Neil ParatBook Title:
Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road

Author:
Neil Parat

This bold narrative written by the drummer and lyricist for the band Rush shows how Peart tried to stay alive by staying on the move after the loss of his 19-year-old daughter and his wife. The book will be sold as part of the band's official merchandise during its 47-city American tour. 20 photos. 15 maps.


Two Wheels To Adventure Danny LiskaBook Title:
Two Wheels To Adventure

Author:
Danny Liska

In this book the author Danny Liska rode his motorcycle - a BMW R60 - from Alaska to Argentina. He was the first person to complete an overland route, riding over 95000 miles between the Arctic Circle and the tip of South America. For this feat, he's included in the Guinness Book of Motorcycle Facts and Feats as a champion rider along the Pan American Highway.


Long Way Round  Ewan McGregor, Charley BoormanBook Title:
Long Way Round
Chasing Shadows Across the World

Author:
Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman

It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor - actor and self-confessed bike nut - noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head. So he picked up the phone and called Charley Boorman, his best friend, fellow actor and bike enthusiast. 'Charley,' he said. 'I think you ought to come over for dinner...'From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads. And yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride over 20,000 miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they travelled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire. Long Way Round is the result of their adventures - a fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream.


Adventure Motorcycling Handbook  Chris ScottBook Title:
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook

Author:
Chris Scott

Every red-blooded motorcyclist dreams of making the Big Trip--the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook is the comprehensive manual to make that idea a reality. Timbuktu to Kathmandu or Patagonia to Mongolia--it's all here. This expanded and re-designed new edition is packed with essential advice and practical know-how on the vital preparation for undertaking a long journey off the beaten track, be it in a nearby wilderness area or on the other side of the globe. So whether motorcyclists are planning their own Big Trip across Africa, Alaska, or Asia, or just enjoy reading about other people's adventures, this handbook is guaranteed to illuminate, entertain, and above all, inspire.


Adventure Motorcycling Robert Wicks BMWBook Title:
Adventure Motorcycling
Everything You Need to Plan and Complete the Journey of a Lifetime

Author:
Robert Wicks

This book is designed to fill the reader with the confidence to plan and undertake a journey that he might otherwise not have thought possible. It will appeal to the person who has the means, both financially and otherwise, to consider a motorcycle adventure, as well as to those who might never be able to do so. In this way it will be both inspirational and aspirational. The book delivers a practical and simple approach to planning for and embarking on a successful adventure on two wheels. A motorcycle journey of this sort is a significant undertaking and guiding the reader in the best possible way through the planning process is where the book’s unique difference lies, providing insightful information, handy tips and specific, relevant information that first-time adventure riders will need to know.


Against The Wind Ron AyersBook Title:
Against The Wind

Author:
Ron Ayers

Ten consecutive thousand-mile days on two wheels in a mental race against imponderable odds and a ceaselessly ticking clock--welcome to the legendary Iron Butt Rally. Against the Wind is a riveting new book, written by sixth-place 1995 finisher Ron Ayres, telling the story of what many call the most grueling test of human endurance in all of motorcycling. With guts and shear willpower, riders must overcome (or succumb to) fatigue and danger, calling upon human reserves buried deep within. Ayres reveals the innermost thoughts of a successful contestant and lets us share the anticipation, the thrill, the fatigue, the heartbreak, the euphoria, and ultimately the controversy of completing this merciless trial. More than the mere mechanics of making it through the eleven-day ordeal, Ayres describes the elegant strategy necessary to be a contender.


American Borders Carla KingBook Title:
American Borders

Author:
Carla King

A four-month solo journey around the United States borders with Canada and Mexico on a cranky Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle turns into a comedy of breakdowns in small towns all around the USA.

 

Alaska by Motorcycle Greg FrazierBook Title:
Alaska by Motorcycle
How to Motorcycle to Alaska

Author:
Gregory W. Frazier

Greg Frazier says of this book:
"Each year hundreds of motorcyclists realize their dream of riding their motorcycle to Alaska, America's last frontier. There are actually several ways to get there. It took me some time to learn how best to prepare for the options, how to save money doing so and how to avoid making costly mistakes. After answering questions and giving lectures on motorcycling to Alaska, I was finally convinced to publish a book that drew on my personal experiences as well as those of other adventurers who had made similar expeditions. Alaska by Motorcycle has found its way around the world. I am always amazed when I see it in someone's personal library, especially in places like Africa or New Zealand".


Leanings Peter EganBook Title:
Leanings
The Best of Peter Egan from Cycle World Magazine

Author:
Peter Egan

For added perspective, each feature article is preceded by commentary from the author. This is an unforgettable collection of the works of a master writer, whose simple adventures of life remind us all why we love to ride.


The Longest Ride Emilio ScottoBook Title:
The Longest Ride

Author:
Emilio Scotto

Thus began a decade-long journey that landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records." Through words and photos, Emilio takes you on the journey of a lifetime in The Longest Ride.


Bikes of BurdenBook Title:
Bikes of Burden
(picture book)

Author:
Hans Kemp

In Vietnam the motorbike is the main mode of transport, not only for people but for every imaginable and unimaginable product and produce. Without the motorbike the economy would come to a halt. Bikes of Burden shows in 148 stunning, full color photographs how the motorbikes, the drivers and their loads ride around the cities and countryside in acts that defy your wildest imagination.


10 Years on 2 Wheels Helge PedersenBook Title:
10 Years on 2 Wheels

Author:
Helge Pedersen

Helge established his credentials as a world traveler, photographer, journalist and with the publication of 10 Years on Two Wheels, a lovingly crafted photo-essay of his globe-spanning travels.


10 Years on 2 Wheels Helge PedersenBook Title:
Mondo Enduro

Author:
Austin Vince

Mondo Enduro was an round-the-world adventure motorcycle expedition in 1995-1996. Team members Austin Vince, Gerald Vince, Chas Penty, Bill Penty, Clive Greenhough, Nick Stubley and Mark Friend set off to go round the world by the longest route possible in the shortest time.


 

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