Presents a guide to planning and executing a selection of motorcycling adventures around the world, offering advice on dealing with culture shock, off-road riding, navigation, medical emergencies, and other issues that could arise.
From the publishers of Motorcycle Consumer News, Shifting Gears at 50 is a one-of-a-kind motorcycling manual for returning and late-entry riders, essentially anyone 40 years old and up who’s looking to hit the road on two wheels. Author Philip Buonpastore, a motorcycle journalist and retired US Air Force photographer, helps readers gear up to get back on a motorcycle (or get on one for the first time). In Part 1, “Becoming a Motorcyclist,” Buonpastore discusses the basics of buying the right bike, gear, and equipment and getting the bike up to speed. The book continues with a good overview of learning to ride, the importance of taking a road course, venturing out on the first ride, and extending rides to long-distance jaunts. Throughout Part 1 are sidebars by riding- safety instructor and expert Walt Fulton, offering sound advice on safety precautions and execution for every leg of the new and returning rider’s journey. The author emphasizes what older riders should be aware of and which factors can affect their rides. Adding lots of great firsthand advice are humorous and helpful stories collected by the author and related by returning riders at various ages, from their late 30s to 60s. In Part 2, Buonpastore shares five of his favorite travelogues covering his long-distance tours around the US, from the American South to the west coasts. This section is illustrated by over 100 of the author’s breathtaking photographs of the various locations he toured on his bike. The foreword to the book is provided by best-selling motorcycle author David Hough (author of I-5 Press’s Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride). Hough writes, “If you’re getting into today’s motorcycling at an age your doctor would describe as ‘middle aged’ or ‘senior,’ do you yourself a clever favor and read Phil’s book.”
Worldwide Cycling Route & Planning Guide Every cyclist dreams of making the Big Trip, the Grand Cycle Tour abroad. The Adventure Cycling Handbook is the comprehensive manual that will make that dream a reality whether it’s riding the Karakoram Highway, cycling in Tibet or pedalling from Patagonia to Alaska. So whether you're planning your own Big Trip or just enjoy reading about other people's adventures, the Handbook is guaranteed to illuminate, entertain and above all, inspire. Practical information – Which bike to take, Top ten internationally-available bikes, Setting up your bike for the Big Ride, Load carrying, Bike Equipment Checklist (Tools, Spares & Repairs), Clothing, Camping Gear , Health and Survival Trans-continental route outlines – across Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. Tales from the Saddle – first-hand accounts of spoke-bending biking adventures worldwide; battling against the elements on epic journeys. 10 new tales for this new edition.
Be vigilant when driving through Africa: camels are careless when crossing the road, and women carrying waterpots are little more watchful. So warn the authors of this fifth edition of Africa Overland. They also give updated information on each country’s political and security situation (Angola, Sierra Leone and Liberia are on the up; since this guide’s last edition, security in Western Sudan and Eastern Chad has turned sour); provide an expanded Route Outlines section including information on border crossings; and offer revised recommendations on vehicles including practical coverage on buying a vehicle, maintenance and driving. ‘This is the ultimate roadies' guide to traversing the wilderness of Africa. An indispensable guide to negotiating the unchartered perils of Africa's vast plains.’ Daily Express (UK)
Practical guidebook for those planning a long cycle-touring trip. Part 1 deals with choosing a bike and preparation; Part 2 covers suggested routes around the world and within each continent; Part 3 is a selection of trip reports from round the world cyclist tourists. The book that has become the cycle-tourist's Bible and inspiration has been re-researched by Neil and Harriet Pike, who are well known online for their intrepid cycle journeys and entertaining blogs.
The Rough Guide to Australia is the essential guide to the continent. Features include: bull;Full-colour section introducing Australia's highlights. bull;In-depth coverage of all the attractions, from glamorous Sydney and the east coast's stunning beaches to the rugged grandeur of the Red Centre. bull;Up-to-date reviews of the best places to stay, eat and drink, for every budget. bull;Practical details on everything from exploring the wilderness of Kakadu and diving the reefs to braving an Outback drive. bull;Informed background on history, film, Aboriginal culture and Australia's unique fauna and flora. bull;Maps and plans for every region.
Whether readers are traveling by 4WD or camel, this acclaimed guide covers all aspects Saharan and includes 10,000 miles of itineraries in Morocco, Mauritania, Libya, Mali, Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad, and Egypt.
The Rough Guide Snapshot to Victoria is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating part of Australia. It guides you through the region with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the sights and attractions, whether you're bushwalking in Wilsons Promontory National Park or cruising down the Great Ocean Road, giving in to gluttony in the Milawa Gourmet Region or revisiting the goldrush in Bendigo. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best cafés, restaurants, hotels, shops, bars and nightlife, ensuring you have the best trip possible, whether passing through, staying for a few days or longer. Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to Australia, with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around Australia, including transport, food, drink, costs, health, entry requirements and outdoor activities. Also published as part of the Rough Guide to Australia. Full coverage: the Great Ocean Road including Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay, the Shipwreck Coast, Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland, the Goldfields including Bendigo, Castlemaine, Daylsesford and Ballarat, Ararat, the Grampians, the Murray Region including Mildura and Echuca, Gippsland including Wilsons Promontory and Mallacoota, the Hume Highway and Kelly Country, the Victorian Alps including Bright. (Equivalent printed page extent 114 pages).
25th anniversary edition of the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook The first thing we did was buy Chris Scott's 'Adventure Motorcycling Handbook Ewan McGregor, The Long Way Round Adventure motorcycling (a term Chris was credited with coining in the late 90s)has grown massively since the last edition of AMH. Now in itsfourth decade, the much revised and expanded AMH7 catches up with all of it, coveringamong other things: planning, sponsorship, riding seasons, fuel prices bike choice and recommended models the gear: what youneed, not what you can buy Life on the Road: borders, comms, police trouble, satnav, filming and moto troubleshooting Comprehensive overland route outlines in Africa, Asia and Latin America aka: theAdventure Motorcycling Zone Contributions from among others: Lois Pryce, Walter Colebatch, Gaurav Jani, Grant Johnsonand many other two-wheel adventurers.Maps byNick Hill Now at400 pages, the book no longer assumes you re an experienced tourer who s decided to take off to the outer limits. Many AM riders are much like Ted Simon was in 1970s; individuals in search of adventure and who happen to choose a motorcycle. Readers aren t expected to have an in-depth knowledge of mechanics, travel health or navigation, so there are fuller explanationsof how things work and why certain choices are worthwhile, as well as a comprehensive listing on troubleshooting. This now makes AMH7 as much a take-with book as one to consult during the planning stage. What really makes the AMH special, however, is that it capitalizes on the knowledge and experience ofover 30 globetrotting contributors covering regions, topics or their specialist knowledge in added detail. These contributors as well as a light touch is what s helped make Trailblazer sAdventure Motorcycling Handbookthe legendary manual after 25 years in print. .AMH6: everything you need to know, in one book"
The Rough Guide to Australia is your indispensable guide to one of the most unmissable countries on earth. Packed with practical information on once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Oz, from sunrise walks around Uluru to viewing Kangaroo Island's wild seals, sea lions, kangaroos and koalas; bush-camping safaris in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to exhilarating helicopter flights down the dramatic gorges of Aboriginal-owned Nitmiluk National Park - not forgetting the stunning harbour side bars and restaurants of Sydney. Written by a team of widely-travelled, dedicated authors, this Rough Guide will help you to discover the best hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and festivals around Australia, whatever your budget. Plus, you'll find expert background on Australia's history, wildlife, cinema and fascinating aboriginal culture and the clearest maps of any guide. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Australia.