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Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route and Planning Guide

Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route and Planning Guide

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By (author) Chris Scott

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  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 210mm x 28mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Hindhead, Surrey
  • ISBN 10: 1905864469
  • ISBN 13: 9781905864461
  • Edition: 6, Revised
  • Edition statement: 6th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 120 B&W photos, 20 colour photos, 14 maps
  • Sales rank: 31,839

Product description

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. Expanded by 100 pages, this new edition includes: Practical information Essential documentation, ten overland machines rated, preparation and gear for riding in or across the countries of the developing world (the AM Zone ) as well as dealing with culture shock, borders, robbery, medical emergencies, accidents, shipping, navigation, wild camping, highway and off-road riding, fault diagnosis plus filming and also overlanding on quads. Trans-continental route outlines Across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Improved mapping shows overland routes. Tales from the Saddle Spoke-bending moto adventures from the earliest two-wheel pioneers to contemporary first-hand accounts from India, Morocco, South America, Pakistan and Siberia.

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Chris Scott is the author of Sahara Overland, Morocco Overland and the Overlanders' Handbook, also for Trailblazer. He's made films of his rides in the Yukon (Call of the Wild, 2001), Desert Riders in the central Sahara (featured on National Geographic Channel) and Gorge Riders in north-western Australia (2005). But most frequently he returns by whatever means to the Sahara where he occasionally runs tours.

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'The first thing we did was buy the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook'Ewan McGregor, `The Long Way Round` 'Biker's bible, packed with practical information.'THE TRAVELLER (UK) 'Whether you're just dreaming of an adventure, or you've already started planning, you must read this book ... Chris Scott's a veteran of serious travel'Bike magazine (UK) 'An absolute must for those who are thinking about seeing the world on their bike.'Inside Motorcycles (Canada) 'As essential as a set of tyre levers, and as dependable as the sunshine in the Sahara. Highly recommended.'Trail Bike Magazine (UK) 'Invaluable.'THE TIMES (UK) 'Does for adventure riding books what `Saving Private Ryan` does for war movies.'Motorcycle Consumer News (USA)

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'The first thing we did was buy the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook'Ewan McGregor, `The Long Way Round` 'Biker's bible, packed with practical information.'THE TRAVELLER (UK) 'Whether you're just dreaming of an adventure, or you've already started planning, you must read this book ... Chris Scott's a veteran of serious travel'Bike magazine (UK) 'An absolute must for those who are thinking about seeing the world on their bike.'Inside Motorcycles (Canada) 'As essential as a set of tyre levers, and as dependable as the sunshine in the Sahara. Highly recommended.'Trail Bike Magazine (UK) 'Invaluable.'THE TIMES (UK) 'Does for adventure riding books what `Saving Private Ryan` does for war movies.'Motorcycle Consumer News (USA) Every red-blooded motorcyclist dreams of making the Big Trip; Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook is the comprehensive manual to make that dream a reality. - Trans-continental route outlines - across Africa, Asia and Latin America, plus back-country riding in South-West USA, North-West Canada and the Australian Outback. - Practical information - documentation, preparing your bike for touring off the beaten track, shipping and air-freighting, navigation and survival, off-road riding techniques in deserts, mountains and even rivers! - Tales from the Saddle - a dozen first-hand accounts of spoke-bending biking adventures worldwide; battling against the elements on epic journeys: the Yukon, the Sahara, Afghanistan, Colombia and many more.``

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION PART 1: PLANNING & PREPARATION A plan 10 Which continent? 11 Seasons and climate 12 Time and budget 14 Getting information 16 Travel documents 18 Vehicle documents 22 Money and sponsorship 26 Travelling companions 29 PART 2: BIKE CHOICE & BIKE PREPARATION Which bike: factors to consider 33 Ten overlanders 44 Bike preparation 56 Carrying extra fuel 63 Protection, seats and screens 65 Equipment and spares checklists 70 Wheels and tyres 72 Puncture repairs 80 Load carrying: boxes, bags and racks 85 A question of quads (Jamie Keynon) 103 Clothing for the long ride 107 PART 3: LIFE ON THE ROAD Setting off 112 Riding abroad 115 Borders and checkpoints 118 Changing money and bargaining 121 Keeping in touch (Nick Taylor) 123 Maps and route finding 127 Wild camping 138 Off-highway riding 144 Health and medical emergencies (Dr Paul Rowe) 151 When things go wrong 165 Bike maintenance and troubleshooting 170 Adventure motorcycling - the bird's eye view (Lois Pryce) 180 Filming your trip 184 Shipping overseas (Grant Johnson) 190 PART 4: ASIA ROUTE OUTLINES Middle East and Caucasus 195 Iran and Pakistan 202 India, Nepal,Tibet 211 Russia 222 Central Asia 236 Mongolia 239 Southeast Asia 242 China 246 PART 5: AFRICA ROUTE OUTLINES North Africa and the Sahara 253 West Africa 257 Western route via DRC 264 The Nile route 272 East and Southern Africa 279 PART 6: LATIN AMERICA ROUTE OUTLINES Mexico and Central America 295 Panama 306 South America 309 Colombia 310 Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia 315 Chile and Argentina 325 Venezuela and the Guianas 334 Brazil 338 PART 7: TALES FROM THE SADDLE Early adventures with motorcycles Lois Pryce 344 Asking the audience James and Cat Rix 350 A tale of two bridges Tony Pettie 354 Surviving Morocco Carla King 358 Tea with Bin Laden's brother Simon Roberts 361 South America on a plate Jay Kannaiyan 364 APPENDIX Contributors 367 Suppliers' directory 368 INDEX 379 LIST OF BOXED TEXT Ag bikes for overland 43 Algeria 255 An American in Mexico 299 Asian climate 194 Asking directions in Africa 253 Back-up documents 24 BAM guidebook 230 BMW G650 Xchallenge 55 Breathable fabrics 107 Building your own bike 102 Cameroon to Congo direct 265 Carnet countries in Asia 194 Carnets in Latin America 295 Catching the Dakar 328 Chile to Peru on the Pam-Am 326 Cold-weather clothing 110 Cracking up in Russia 113 Cruising the Atlantic to Buenos Aires 330 Cyrillic alphabet 223 Difference between Satnavs and GPS 131 Do-it-all smart phones 123 Drowned engine: what to do 150 Eats, shoots and leaves 184 Emergencies: EPIRB versus Spot 126 Engines at high altitude 174 Equipment checklist 70 Exploring the Indian Himalaya 218 Fit new - keep spares 70 Flying a bike from UK to BA 330 Flying a bike out of South Africa 291 Fuel prices and currency: South America 313 Fuel prices: Mexico & Central America 301 Getting out of Vladivostok 235 Getting parts 171 History of AMH 6 India - You're Standing in It 214 India on an Enfield 216 Kinshasa to Brazza ferry 269 Lake Nasser ferry 274 Luggage choice - some factors 87 Malaria 158 Metric and Imperial map scales 128 Mongolia: You are the Road 241 Mozambique 287 My Kingdom for a Chair 143 Not Riding but Drowning 308 Old School Overlander - R80 G/S 36 On a mission 268 Pinpointing a location on Google Maps 116 Recharging electronics 176 Rentals and organised tours 31 Rwanda and Burundi 281 Selling bikes in or from South Africa 291 Shipping from US to South America 310 South America: climate and seasons 312 Southern Africa online 291 Spares and maintenance parts list 71 Sponsorship 27 Streetwise manifesto 114 Survival dos and don'ts 137 The way to Machu Picchu 321 Throwovers or throwbacks? 96 Tracks4Africa and other resources 250 Trail bikes and Enduro bikes 41 Trans Amazon North to South 339 Transit of Iraqi Kurdistan 203 Travel health tips 164 Travellers' cheques 26 Tubeless tyres and radial construction 77 Tyre creep 84 Tyre speed ratings and load index codes 75 Visas for Mauritania and Mali 256 Visas in Accra, Abuja and Calabar 262 Visas in Cairo 273 Visas in Luanda and Brazzaville 270 Visas in Yaounde, Cameroon 263 Vodka 229 West African visas 260 What about Uruguay and Paraguay? 331 Yamaha TTR250 55 Yamaha XTW250 Ryoku - a closer look 54