In 1982, at the age of 23, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6.
With some savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes, and some tools, all packed on the bike, she was determined to prove herself and to get over a recent heartbreak. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was already well traveled, but this journey would be the toughest thing she’d ever done. By the time she returned to England two years later, she was 30 pounds lighter and decades wiser. She’d ridden through deserts and mountain ranges and war-ravaged countries. She’d faked documents and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs, and corrupt police who were convinced she was trafficking drugs. She’d survived brutal crashes and life-threatening illnesses, and she’d fallen in love with two very different men. In an age before email, the internet, mobile phones, and GPS, Beard had to navigate with unreliable maps, communicate by post, and fix her bike with the tools she carried with her, but she achieved her goal nonetheless. Told with honesty and wit, this is the extraordinary and moving story of a unique and life-changing adventure.
Motorcycle Classics: Tales From the Road is the next best thing to actually hopping on your bike and taking a long road trip with no particular destination in mind. Filled with stories of people who have ridden through places from the Big Sur coast in California to Australia, the issue will motivate you to get on your bike and take a ride. Packed with pictures of the riders’ travels and routes, this issue will help you see the beauty of different places from the view of a bike.
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There's something about motorcycles, the lure of freedom, and the open road. If you've ever wanted to take a motorcycling trip, you've been before and are looking for new ideas for places to go, or you just want to do something completely different, then this book will inspire you. Featuring 40 spectacular routes from the snowy passes of Patagonia to Australia's Red Centre, Magnificent Motorcycle Trips of the World is the perfect inspiration for your next big motorcycling adventure. All the featured journeys can be taken as part of a 2- to 3-week vacation or linked to form a longer trip. You can choose to take your own bike, rent one on arrival, or pick up a bike as part of an organized tour. Whether you’re an experienced overlander looking for a quick adventure fix or a novice rider seeking inspiration, these journeys will open up a whole new world of motorcycling possibilities.
The perfect book for anyone who has ever dreamed of taking off on a bike and exploring the globe, Magnificent Motorcycle Journeys of the World features 38 guided tours on six continents. It presents 40 awe-inspiring routes that take in the best of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas. Full of stunning photography and route maps showing points of interest along the way, the guide focuses on journeys that are accessible to everyone (regardless of their level of expertise on a bike).
The year was 1928 when two young Hungarians decided to travel around the world on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with sidecar. Like Robert Fulton, whose circumnavigation of the globe is chronicled in his popular 1937 book One Man Caravan, Sulkowsky thought his was the first around-the-world journey on a motorcycle. This account of his trip with friend Gyula Bartha gives a very clear-eyed view of the world in the 1930s -- a world where the colonizing influence of Europe had affected much of Africa and Asia but not all. The two experienced the riches of sultans, witnessed primitive cultures and extreme poverty in remote villages, traveled through wilderness with the ever-present danger of wild animals, and traversed roads of all descriptions. They dealt with mud, sand, extreme heat and cold, and rivers where the motorcycle had to be taken apart to cross in a small boat. This intelligent and engaging book offers a unique world view between the World Wars, flavored by the great diversity of cultures and the wide variety of human life that exists on the planet.
Recent statistics show that approximately 12 percent of motorcycle owners are women and that close to 25 percent of motorcycle riders are women. While it’s still a male-dominated field, the number of female bikers has increased by more than 25 percent in just five years, showing that women have a strong presence on two wheels. In The Women’s Guide to Motorcycling, author Lynda Lahman (herself a motorcycle owner and rider) provides a comprehensive look at motorcycling techniques, street smarts, and safety concerns. She also addresses female-specific challenges, as well as issues that all bikers face from a female point of view.
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Discovering the Motorcycle is a full-throttle, never-before completed history and cultural evaluation of motorcycling from 1867 to the present. Based on 49 years of the author’s personal experience, the book introduces readers to the vast world of motorcycling, its history, social impact, and how these machines are built and function. If you ride or have always wanted to ride and crave to know everything about the world of motorcycles, this 510-page book is now your bible.
Each individual chapter is devoted to a major aspect of motorcycling, ranging from historical discussions of the machines that led the way to our modern sportbikes; vintage classics; choppers and bobbers; off-road machines; touring rigs; and electric motorcycles. Chapters cover the history of motorcycle racing, bike events, museums, and clubs. The book honors motorcycling's great marques, with representation in each chapter.
Technical sections explore engineering matters, while the captions beneath more than 1,000 color photographs and illustrations add detail about the makes and their mechanical attributes. A chapter on the engine is unique in that it offers a glimpse into the 400-year evolution of the internal-combustion engine.
Many years of experience, research, and sharing of information between credible resources in the motorcycling world have resulted in an unprecedented biography of the sport. Discovering the Motorcycle will make a perfect gift for those who dream of cruising through the wind on two (or three) wheels, and for the casual weekend rider who just wishes to know more about this amazing world.
Filled with practical tips that any adult bike owner can use instantly, this resource includes advice on everything from how to ease a sore butt and avoid helmet hair to choosing accessories and mounting a bike while wearing a miniskirt. This updated edition contains new and revised information about bike types, the best locks, bicycle lubricants, and new-fangled bags and carriers. An updated supplier directory and list of bicycling resources, such as websites and advocacy groups, are also included. Illustrated with step-by-step instructions on every page, this reference is an ideal companion for casual and urban riders.
In 1969 the Honda Motor Company launched a motorcycle that many consider to be the world's first Superbike. The Honda CB750 had the first mass-produced 4-cylinder inline engine, a single overhead camshaft with four carburetors, a 4-into-4 exhaust system and came with electric start and front disc brakes as standard. This specification set the bar higher than had been seen before on a production motorcycle and led to the other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers introducing their own 4-cylinder motorcycles, albeit some time later. Following the success for the original CB750, Honda went on to produce a range of motorcycles using SOHC 4-cylinder engines. All with their own characteristics, they proved to be reliable and smooth-running, and even today they can offer reliable transport on modern roads if restored correctly. Now with some examples more than 40 years old, many enthusiasts wish to restore these classic machines. How to Restore Honda Fours has been written to guide the enthusiast through his or her restoration of these fine classic motorcycles.
When Honda released the CX500, the sales brochure stated “First into the Future,” and described the bike as a road sports V-twin. Honda’s first venture into the V-twin engine market, with water cooling and shaft drive, was certainly different from their previous twin- and four-cylinder models. Known for its good handling and fuel economy, the low-maintenance Honda was comfortable, loved by tourers and couriers alike and, after overcoming early teething troubles, developed a reputation for reliability. Sportier models incorporating turbochargers were also released for those looking for an additional adrenaline rush. After 30 years, there’s now a resurgence of interest in the CX models, both from restorers and custom builders, with aftermarket café racer kits available, too.
The techniques, tips and tricks used by an experienced restorer will save you time and money. You’ll see that you don’t need expert knowledge or a fully fitted workshop for a restoration project. Packed with photographs and detailed instructions, this book is your perfect guide from start to finish.
We've all stood at the front desk of a repair shop at some point, staring at an invoice, gritting our teeth and nursing our injured wallets. All vehicles will inevitably need maintenance, and we pay a premium in labor fees every time we take them in. Unlike an automobile, however, the electrical components on a motorcycle are on display for all the world to see. Out in the open, they are constantly subjected to destructive elements such as rain, sand, salt, dust and ultraviolet rays. Virtually everyone who owns a motorcycle will have to deal with electrical problems. In How to Troubleshoot, Repair, and Modify Motorcycle Electrical Systems, motorcycle expert Tracy Martin provides crystal-clear, fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions for every electrical repair imaginable on a bike: from the nuts-and-bolts basics to fuel-injection systems, onboard computers, repair and installation of factory and aftermarket accessories, and everything else in between. Complete with 600 full-color, how-to photos and 20 helpful diagrams, How to Troubleshoot, Repair, and Modify Motorcycle Electrical Systems will keep your bike on the road and your wallet in your pocket.
Suspension is probably the most misunderstood aspect of motorcycle performance. This book, by America's premier suspension specialist, makes the art and science of suspension tuning accessible to professional and backyard motorcycle mechanics alike. Based on Paul Thede's wildly popular Race Tech Suspension Seminars, this step-by-step guide shows anyone how to make their bike (or their kid's) handle like a pro's.
Thede gives a clear account of the three forces of suspension that you must understand to make accurate assessments of your suspension's condition. He outlines testing procedures that will help you gauge how well you're improving your suspension, along with your riding. And, if you're inclined to perfect your bike's handling, he even explains the black art of chassis geometry. Finally, step-by-step photos of suspension disassembly and assembly help you rebuild your forks and shocks for optimum performance.
The book even provides detailed troubleshooting guides for dirt, street and supermoto, promising a solution to virtually any handling problem.
It is speed, spirit and a sense of freedom that motorcycles give us. But how free can we be if we have to depend on a mechanic for every little repair and adjustment to our machines?
This book puts the basics of motorcycle repair and upkeep within every owners grasp. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions and 50 do-it-yourself projects, How to Repair Your Motorcycle introduces readers to the rudiments of motorcycle maintenance.
Illustrated sections on each system (from electrical and fuel to suspension and exhaust) cover straightforward procedures that could add years to your motorcycle's life … and save you thousands of dollars in the process!
The book also includes troubleshooting charts and helpful sidebars. From preventive maintenance to caring for a bike's appearance, this handy guide makes every owner with even a passing knowledge of motorcycle repair the master of his or her machine.