The Book

adventure-motorcycling-handbookadvin-boyRWelcome to the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook (‘AMH’). For the new book: Adventures in Motorcycling pictured on the right, see here. That one is not a handbook but it is Ride magazine’s ‘Book of the Year

Read AMH reviews here with extracts at Trailblazer Guides in the UK where you can also buy the book post free anywhere. Or just enjoy reading plenty of other AM-related stuff from the menu bar above.

I write other books on the same theme: Morocco Overland route guide, Desert Travels Sahara travelogue and Adventures in Motorcycling urban memoir.

‘Adventure motorcycling’ (a term I’m credited with coining in the late 90s) has grown massively since the last edition of AMH. Now in it’s third decade, the much revised and expanded AMH6.1 catches up with all of it, covering among other things:

• planning, sponsorship, riding seasons, fuel prices
• bike choice and recommended models
• the gear: what you need, not what you can buy
• a section on road legal quad bikes from the Quad Squad
• Life on the Road: borders,comms, police trouble, satnav, filming and moto troubleshooting
• Comprehensive overland route outlines in Africa, Asia and Latin America – aka: the Adventure Motorcycling Zone
• Contributions from among others: Lois Pryce, Walter Colebatch, Gaurav JaniGrant Johnson and many other two-wheel adventurers. Illustrations by Simon Roberts and maps by Nick Hill

snapshotNow with nearly 200 extra pages, AMH6.1 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 who choose a motorcycle.

Readers aren’t expected to have an in-depth knowledge of mechanics, travel health or navigation, so there are fuller explanations of how things work and why certain choices are worthwhile, as well as a comprehensive listing on troubleshooting. This now makes AMH6 as much a take-with book as one to consult during the planning stage.

By the book's definition the ‘AMZ’ comprises Latin America, Africa and Asia where for most of us, what is a simple touring holiday in the more developed West, becomes a less predictable and more complicated affair.

By the book’s definition the ‘AMZ’ comprises Latin America, Africa and Asia where, for most of us, what is a simple touring holiday in the more familiar places becomes a less predictable and more complicated affair.

But I don’t claim to know it all. No one can, so what really makes the AMH special is that it capitalises on the knowledge and experience of over 30 globetrotting contributors covering regions, topics or their specialist knowledge in added detail.

That – as well as some good jokes – is what helps makes the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook the legendary manual it’s become after nearly 30 years in print.

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AMH6: everything you need to know, in one book.

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