Britains Best Routes for Bikers
Author: Simon Weir
Publisher: Aa Pub
Category: Sports & Recreation
The best motorcycle riding routes in Britain, tried and tested by RiDE magazine. Written by RiDE magazine's Simon Weir and with an introduction by Charlie Boorman, Bikers' Britain is all about the best roads for motorcyclists in the UK, from open throttle straights to expert curves, from soaring mountains to windswept coastlines. It's for the five million native riders and the tens of thousands who visit Britain each year. Each ride is ridden and reviewed and includes a route map so that the content stays fresh whether you use it as a top box essential or bedtime reading for your next dream trip.
Author: Fred Rau
Touring on a motorcycle has never been more popular than it is today, but with more and more people hitting the open road, a growing number are doing so without the proper skills and information they need to survive the ordeal. Far too often the trip of a lifetime turns into an unmitigated disaster, leading to expensive breakdowns, arrests, lost wages, broken limbs, death, and even, on more than one occasion, divorce. Most people who travel aboard motorcycles have learned these lessons the hard way, if they’ve survived long enough, but now readers of the Motorcycle Touring Bible can learn an easier way; they can learn from author Fred Rau’s mistakes rather than through the school of hard knocks.
The Essential Guide to the Greatest Motorcycle Journeys in the World
Author: Robert Wicks
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
Category: Sports & Recreation
This exciting book is an essential guide to more than 30 of the world’s best journeys for the adventure motorcyclist. The coverage for each route includes a first-hand account from someone who has made the trip together with comprehensive information on what to expect in terms of riding conditions, the best time to travel, choice of motorcycle, the history of the route, sights along the way, climate information and all kinds of other practical advice, all accompanied by top-class photography and detailed maps. This latest book in Haynes’ adventure motorcycling series will both inspire and inform.
Author: Colette Coleman,Ted Simon,Stephen H. Dew
Category: Motorcycle touring
Complete with amazing photography, the journeys described in this book are perfect for everyone, whatever their level of expertise on the bike. Each route suggests the best time of year to visit, other routes in the region to extend the ride, and exactly what options are available to you in terms of your machine - importantly whether you can take your own bike into the country, or must make arrangements to hire machines there. A map also illustrates the route and the points of interest on the way.
Author: Colette Coleman
Publisher: Hachette UK
Veteran biker and author Colette Coleman's guide lays out 50 of the most scenic and adventurous tours in Europe's most breathtaking locations. Whether you are an experienced biker or just discovering the joys of touring, this is the perfect introduction to the most inspiring motorcycle routes in Europe. Packed with breathtaking photography and practical information, Great Motorcycle Tours of Europe contains everything you need to plan an unforgettable trip. Motorcycle adventurer Colette Coleman takes you bend-by-bend along the narrowest passes and up the steepest climbs as you ride through some of the most impressive scenery in Europe. Experience the snowy peaks of Norway's Arctic Circle, head to the balmy French Riviera, ride through the valleys and peaks of the Italian Dolomites, tackle the twists and turns of Romania's Transfagarasan Highway and cruise down to the Aegean Sea. Over 200 stunning images are accompanied by insightful commentary from an author who has been exploring the world by motorcycle for over 25 years. Each tour features a locator map together with a fact file giving practical information on the route's length and terrain (from rocky tracks to snowy roads), highlighting local colour such as sites, events and the wildlife you might encounter, and including a wide range of valuable tips that will enhance your ride. This beautiful book is the definitive, all-purpose motorcycle reference, whether you are planning your own adventure or just enjoying some of the best views on the continent.
How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide
Author: Paul Howard
Publisher: Greystone Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
For Paul Howard, who has ridden the entire Tour de France route during the race itself—setting off at 4 am each day to avoid being caught by the pros—riding a small mountain-bike race should hold no fear. Still, this isn’t just any mountain-bike race. This is the Tour Divide. Running from Banff in Canada to the Mexican border, the Tour Divide is more than 2,700 miles—500 miles longer than the Tour de France. Its route along the Continental Divide goes through the heart of the Rocky Mountains and involves more than 200,000 feet of ascent—the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest seven times. The other problem is that Howard has never owned a mountain bike—and how will training on the South Downs in southern England prepare him for sleeping rough in the Rockies? Entertaining and engaging, Eat, Sleep, Ride will appeal to avid and aspiring cyclers, as well as fans of adventure/travel narrative with a humorous twist.
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
A comprehensive guide to exciting ways of seeing the most beautiful and interesting parts of the British countryside. Maps of each region's most picturesque walks and drives are provided, along with lists of local activities and attractions not to be missed. Illustrations.
The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World
Author: Elspeth Beard
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In 1982, at the age of just twenty-three and halfway through her architecture studies, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6. Reeling from a recent breakup and with only limited savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes and some tools, all packed on the back of her bike, she was determined to prove herself. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was well travelled. But nothing could prepare her for what lay ahead. When she returned to London nearly two and a half years later she was stones lighter and decades wiser. She'd ridden through unforgiving landscapes and countries ravaged by war, witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents, and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs. She'd survived life-threatening illnesses, personal loss and brutal accidents that had left permanent scars and a black hole in her memory. And she'd fallen in love with two very different men. In an age before email, the internet, mobile phones, satnavs and, in some parts of the world, readily available and reliable maps, Elspeth achieved something that would still seem remarkable today. Told with honesty and wit, this is the extraordinary and moving story of a unique and life-changing adventure.
Author: Richard Hammond
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
It's cold, wet and dangerous, so why do we do it? Richard Hammond's A SHORT HISTORY OF THE MOTORCYCLE attempts to explain what it is about bikes and biking that calls to some people, leaving them powerless to resist. This entertaining guide charts the history of the bike from its origins as a cheap and modest means of transport for the masses to its modern incarnations: a terrifying symbol of rebellion and menace, a high-tech racing machine and the rich kid's plaything. We look at the bikes that have propelled people across the world to work, to school and to their doom. As for the bikers ... Edwardian ladies did it, though not in large numbers. Young bucks desperate to prove their manhood did it, because it was the cheapest speed available. Hammond examines bikers of every type, from the happy farmer trundling through fields on their Honda Cub to the Hell's Angel terrorising Californian towns on their hog. Wittily written and lavishly illustrated, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE MOTORCYCLE is a thrilling ride for bikers and non-bikers alike.
Author: Daniel Meyer
Category: Sports & Recreation
"I was on a lonely stretch of road. There were no lights other than the moon and stars, and I had not encountered any traffic in at least 10 minutes. Far ahead of me a figure stepped out of the brush and stood on the shoulder of the road. The figure was still far out of my headlight range, but was visible as a stunning and marvelous silhouette in the bright moonlight." Capturing the essence of the riding experience through a series of adventures and a candid look into the author s mind, this book explodes the myths and shows the reader something few books have before-the complex motivations of an avid motorcycle rider.
Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture
Author: Jay Barbieri
There are millions of new motorcyclists hitting the blacktop every year. But being part of the American motorcycle culture takes more than just wanting to be cool. It takes a passion for the open road, freedom, and a lifestyle that even the best financing cant buy. This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, provides a road map to biker culture for anyone new to the experience. Jay Barbieri explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker. He begins with a brief history of motorcycles, and draws on his twenty-five years of riding experience for examples of what works and doesn't in this heady world. Most of all, he aims to spare new bikers the bad decisions neophytes typically make. With hundreds of motorcycle trips under his belt, there is not a mistake Barbieri hasn't made or a situation he hasn't encountered. By sharing the sometimes comical outcomes, he gives the new biker a head start to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about joining a community that is as much a part of American culture as baseball, hotdogs and apple pie.
Carl Stearns Clancy: First Motorcyclist To Ride Around The World 1912-1913
Author: Dr. Gregory W. Frazier
“The longest, most difficult, and most perilous motorcycle journey ever attempted.” The Bicycling World and Motorcycle Review “Anyone who desires to diverge from the beaten path and visit points that may be of peculiar interest to him personally, the motorcycle is undoubted the only satisfactory means of travel.” Syracuse Herald “One must die sometime and to die with one’s boots on is very noble.” Carl Stearns Clancy while riding his motorcycle at night in Spain, 1913. This travelogue originally authored by Clancy is for the avid motorcycle adventurist, the travel dreamer thirsting for motorcycle touring. Clancy circled the globe during 1912-1913 on a 1912 motorcycle. There were no GPSs, ATMs, Internet, and often no gas, roads or motorcycle repair shops. It describes the first motorcycle global adventure ride by the man who survived a dream quest with his gun, determination, grit, and guts. Edited by author Dr. Gregory W. Frazier, “America’s #1 extreme motorcycle adventurer,” who has raced, ridden, and repaired motorcycles over 1,000,000 miles and five times around the world. Best-selling author, journalist, film producer and professional photographer, Frazier’s works include 14 books and 10 films. He says of motorcycle adventures, “I hate adventure that involves snakes or sharks.”
Author: Automobile Association of Britain
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Covering the length and breadth of Great Britain, this definitive guide provides a wealth of information on over 500 of the country's most attractive, interesting, and historic destinations, both well-established tourist spots and those less well known. Maps are complemented by the latest gazetteer descriptions of places of interest. Each map extract features one or more centers that are good starting places for a tour, and authors with local knowledge outline the attractions of the area, such as castles, gardens, famous landmarks, and areas of outstanding beauty and interest. The Guide also includes an extended section on the unique attractions of London. Clear, large-scale AA mapping and concise gazetteer descriptions Special feature pages for London and Scotland's Highlands and Islands Ideal for planning walks and tours, with a guide to local tourist centers
Road Trips You Must Try Before You Die
Author: Cassell Cassell,Darryl Sleath
Publisher: Cassell Illustrated
From Cheddar Gorge in the UK to the Lost World Highway in New Zealand, this is a compilation of the most unforgettable and extraordinary journeys our planet has to offer. Divided into themed chapters (Scenic, Adventure, and Historical & Cultural), this book strives to inspire readers to strike out on their own adventures, while also being the perfect read for the armchair traveller. Scenic routes include trips along Hadrian's Wall or along the Amalfi Coast, while Adventure routes take you along the 'Road of Death' in Bolivia and the Tianmen Mountain Road in China. Historical & Cultural drives follow routes of literary, historical or artistic significance, for instance Che Guevara's route through South America, or retracing Bonnie and Clyde's final drive. Each trip is supported with digital mapping and is illustrated by evocative full-colour images. Whether you're raring to get out on the road, or you're looking for some escapist reading that will take you across the world from the comfort of your living room, this book has 1001 trips to stir your imagination.
A Visual Tour of the Enchanted Isles
Author: Robin Currie
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Colorful illustrations and maps accompany stories of Great Britain and Ireland, covering topics from landscapes to literature and rock bands to the mystique of the royal family.
Author: Tim Krabbé,Tim Krabbe,Sam Garrett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
The classic bicycle road racing book first published in 1978 chronicles a 150-kilometer European road race and its competitors in vivid, realistic detail. Reprint.
Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: Yale University Press
For members of the social elite in 18th-century England, extended travel for pleasure came to be considered part of an ideal education as well as an important symbol of social status. Italy, and especially Rome - a fashionable, exciting, and comfortable city - became the focus of such early tourists' interest. In this book, historian Jeremy Black recreates the actual tourist experiences of those who travelled to Italy on a Grand Tour. Relying on the private diaries and personal letters of travellers, rather than on the self-conscious accounts of literary travellers who wrote for wider audiences, the book presents an authentic picture of how British tourists experienced Italy, its landscapes, women, food, music, Catholicism, and more. illustrations, the book highlights the discrepancy between the idealised view of the Grand Tour and its reality: what people were meant to do was not necessarily what they did, what the guide books described as splendid was not always so perceived. Black quotes British visitors as they reflect on their trips, and he discusses what their Italian experiences meant to them. And he considers the intriguing effects of tourism on British culture during this most exciting of centuries.
Author: John Hermann
Publisher: Whitehorse Press
This fifth edition of John Hermann's classic alpine motorcycle touring guide is the complete, best loved resource for any traveler to the high and twisty roads of Europe. Covering more area than any previous edition, Hermann's fun-to-read text has been throughly updated and expanded, this time with more new roads in Switzerland and France. The maps have mountain relief backgrounds to highlight the topography, and many spectacular new pictures have been added. Every region of the Alps is covered: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and even special alpine lookalike places such as Corsica, Slovenia, and the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa mountain ranges of Spain. All of the important roads and passes are described and critiqued. Each recommended trip has a detailed route description, easy-to-follow maps, advice on places to stay and things to do, and plenty of photographs. Local customs, history, and amusing travel anecdotes dot every page to enrich the journey. There is no other book like this one. It is the guide of choice for every motorcyclist who wants the trip of a lifetime to motorcycling's nirvana.
A Solo Circumnavigation of the United States on a Russian Sidecar Motorcycle
Author: Carla King
Publisher: Carla King
An exploration of the borders between the United States, Canada, and Mexico becomes a comedy of breakdowns in small towns all around America.
Fifty Inspiring Stories of Adventure and Self-Discovery
Author: Liz Jansen
Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment explores the relationship between women, motorcycling and personal power. Fifty women motorcyclists share stories of how they have tapped into that power and how it has shaped their lives. Using her own story as a framework, Liz Jansen provides first-hand accounts of the transformational power of motorcycles. Stories from other women are lashed onto that framework and enhance the core message: that by embracing our authentic self and accepting our limitations, we move beyond what we ever dreamt was possible. The women represent all disciplines of riding and come from diverse backgrounds; including one of Hollywood’s top stuntwomen, federal politicians, artists, activists, adventurers, business leaders, racers, a dental hygienist. While the motorcycle is the vehicle of transformation for these women, it’s not necessary to be a rider to understand the book’s message. How one learns to embrace and overcome challenges and reap the rewards, weaves an exquisite tapestry that becomes the picture of who we are. At some point in our lives, we stand at a threshold we need to cross to reach our destination. This can be daunting, particularly when it is toward something non-traditional. Making the decision to take that step has implications for how the rest of our life unfolds. That threshold occurs at different periods in the life of everyone, often many times. The answer is to look within, discover where we are and summon the limitless power that resides within us and moves us forward. This book is about the journey along one’s personal, emotional and spiritual path to enlightenment and becoming all that we can be: why we’re on this road trip. The stories illustrate how motorcycling allows and encourages this.