From a solo trip in the desert for weeks, to a few days off the beaten track closer to home, adventure motorcycling means different things to different people. It requires commitment - physical, mental and financial - but the rewards are far greater.
Could 2008 be the year that you finally decide to take The Big Trip on your motorcycle? If so, then a new book has just been published which tells you everything you need to know to plan and complete the journey of a lifetime.
Adventure Motorcycling, by Robert Wicks has just been published in hardback (ISBN: 978 1 84425 435 4) by Haynes and is available for pre-order online at all the usual quality retailers such as Amazon.
This 176-page book offers practical information on planning for and embarking on a successful adventure on two wheels. Drawing extensively on the experience of adventure motorcycling experts, this is an indispensable resource written from first-hand experience.
Adventure Motorcycling covers three key areas:
1. Before Leaving Home
Preparing well in advance for your overland adventure is the first step and this section provides a comprehensive review of everything that needs to take place before you leave home - from budgets and paperwork to deciding on the size of your group, as well as more practical issues such as choosing the right motorcycle and deciding on the most suitable route.
2. On the Road
You’ve taken the plunge and committed the time and money to an overland adventure - now life on the road begins and this section covers a range of topics including motorcycle maintenance, border crossings, personal health and navigation.
3. Typical Adventures
This final section gives a real sense of what can be achieved by highlighting three very different adventures, all with their own geography, budgets, encounters and objectives. That said, the riders all had one thing in common - the experience of a lifetime.
With more than 200 colour photographs from some of the world’s greatest adventure rides, this book will inspire, enthuse, invigorate and enable everyone - expert and novice alike - to undertake a motorcycle adventure with confidence.
The author Robert Wicks has worked in sports marketing for the past ten years and has always had a passion for motorcycles and adventure. He’s completed a number of adventure rides on BMW motorcycles and travelled to more than 50 countries, as far afield as Mozambique, Iceland, Peru and Japan. An avid outdoor enthusiast and keen photographer, he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and is a qualified paragliding pilot. Robert grew up in South Africa, but now lives near the New Forest in the UK, although he spends a lot of his time working in London.
Praise for Adventure Motorcycling comes from Ted Simon - the author of the acclaimed overlander’s bible, Jupiter’s Travels - who says that: ’This book will tell you much of what I had to learn on the road, and just reading it will sharpen your appetite’.
Available from publisher J H Haynes & Co Ltd from 31 January, the 176-page hardback book (product dimensions: 27.3 x 21 x 1.9 cm) is available in English language. For more information, please contact Emma Woodridge on 00 44 1452 886381.