But all was fixed eventually and the journey continued. In February they left the cold German winter and headed for warm southern Italy, followed by Istanbul and points east to India. Then it was mostly a sea route to San Francisco, off-loading the outfit in Hong Kong and Japan along the way. They had some financial support from a German magazine, but essentially this would be a trip done on the cheap. Severin was studying geography at Oxford in when he got the notion of following a path that Marco Polo might have taken on his way to China in the 13th century.
And he got three friends to agree to come along—on two BSA s with sidecars, donated for the purpose of this Marco Polo Route Project. Of course none were really experienced motorcyclists, and by the time they got to Kabul, Afghanistan, one of the four had returned home, and the remaining trio was riding three-up on a solo BSA. In Pirsig and his son took off from Minnesota for a motorcycle trip to California. Pirsig, a brilliant teacher, had suffered mental problems a few years previously and was concerned that his year-old child might be suffering the same.
The book he wrote was published in , having been rejected by publishers, and went on to sell more than five million copies. He writes about the trip in both a literal and philosophical sense, subtitling the book An Inquiry into Values. This has deterred some readers, but it is a travel book that should be read. In , a ish English journalist was a bit bored with life and decided to take a trip around the world on a motorcycle.
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Not that he knew much about motorcycles or even had a license. He flunked his first test, made it through on the second. He got a major British newspaper to support him, somewhat, and convinced Triumph to give him a cc T He overloaded the poor beast and then spent the next four years riding the bike nearly 80, miles on six continents, with a modest number of falls and breakdowns. And then proceeded to write one of the most entertaining travel narratives I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
So here was this Norwegian boy, living way up north and thinking about Africa. The bike was set up to carry 15 gallons of gas and five gallons of water, which would be needed for crossing the Sahara. But he had contracted the travel itch, and next we see him working on a Norwegian ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean on his way to Brazil, his BMW in the hold. For 10 years he did this, and ended up publishing this well-illustrated book.
Most motorcyclists who travel around the world have a constant worry—money.
Rogers did not have that problem, as he had made a heckuva lot of money working on Wall Street, sensibly choosing to retire at the ripe age of And now he could indulge his passion for motorcycles, convincing his girlfriend to learn to ride and take off on a two-bike trip around the world.
With the intention of writing a book—not merely a travel narrative, but veering off into the investment possibilities he sees in all the countries he visits during his two years on the road. Would that we all had his financial acumen. Here are a couple of successful British actors who decided in to ride motorcycles around the world—but with their commitments they only have four months. Funniest bit is at the beginning when they ask KTM if they could borrow a couple of bikes, and are denied as not being competent enough.
BMW was more generous and got a major hit when the story came out. An early crash slows him down a bit, but he presses on, riding the Road of Bones and following the Silk Road through China and Central Asia.
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Everywhere he goes, friendly locals take him in, feed him, and fix his motorcycle. The book is a positive statement for humanity. My book Keep Moving:Tokyo to Cape Town by Motorbike is inspiring because it shows you can be older and still do this adventure travel. That book is about a year long trip in Currently I am going from Alaska and the Arctic Circle to Chile on the same bike with my husband riding his bike.
I have read most of them and on the whole a pretty good list but should include something by Sam Manicom and remove Jim Rogers who in my opinion is a rather unpleasant character with a lack of respect for local cultures. Some great books in the list. I have a copy of the lushly illustrated Pederson book on my coffee table.
Time to get additional reading. Thanks for publishing the list.
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Guess I was looking forsomething a little more philosophical. I have read one book out of this list. My dad got me to read it about 10 years ago. Great list. Recently listed on Amazon as a bestseller in travel. Not so much an adventure travel book but a good read and it is alwats good to read a motorcycle book from a woman. Where are the books of Lois Pryce?
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These three recent additions to the Ducati range allowed the participants in WDW to live new and unique experiences. This allowed more and more unique opportunities to be offered, such as the DRE Enduro, or the Scrambler Flat Track School, a course to learn how to slide safely on oval gravel tracks. There was also more space for entertainment such as exhibitions and the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Ducati. The Scrambler village also featured live music featuring bands made up of Ducati employees! The high point of the three intense and exciting days of WDW came on Saturday 2 July, the day of maximum attendance.
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One such element is that we both require oxygen to operate at our core. And at this same core, there is the emotion these machines evoke within us. Is it primal, even carnal? We want to learn its inner workings and get to know its personality. We travel together, we trust it with our lives, and bask in its beauty. This relationship and resulting desire leads us to admire the intimate details: the form of the body; the curves; the delicate fins; the hard angles; the fitment; fluids; smells; the way it glistens; the tolerances, and sensitivities.
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