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Building the Ultimate Adventure Bike

Let’s face it, we all dream of making that BIG motorcycle trip to discover faraway lands and unfamiliar cultures, but fear of the unknown prevents many riders from giving up the security of their home lives and making the switch from office chair to motorcycle seat – and quite possibly having the experience of a lifetime.

My passion for adventure motorcycling has led me to publish three books on the subject – Adventure Motorcycling, Adventure Riding Techniques and just last month the third title in the series was published by Haynes.

Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle is the essential guide to preparing a bike for the journey of a lifetime. Such is the extent of the debate about which motorcycle is best for the purpose that, in an ideal world, an adventure motorcyclist would own more than one bike! Choosing one is just the first step…

Among the most important factors to consider as an adventure motorcyclist are your choice of motorcycle and how you best go about enhancing it for the journey ahead. As a general rule, the tougher the terrain you are likely to encounter, the lighter and more agile your bike needs to be – but there are other schools of thought. On the one hand there are people who believe that a smaller, lighter bike is the only way to go, irrespective of terrain, but others take the view that bigger is always better – it is a truly fascinating question.

Much pleasure can be derived from customizing an adventure bike and the exercise forms a vital part of any pre-trip preparation. Modifications are essentially undertaken for ergonomic reasons to enhance rider comfort, for protection to reduce risk to both bike and rider, for improved performance and handling, and ultimately for a better all-round riding experience.

Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle is the definitive guide to choosing and modifying your motorcycle and has been prepared in conjunction with some of the world’s leading adventurers as well as many companies involved in adventure motorcycling.

All aspects of motorcycle preparation and modification are covered in detail in the 176-page hardback book, with picture-led informative text and step-by-step instructions including motorcycle equipment and accessories, luggage systems, and personal gear and equipment. The book also includes 12 useful bike and rider profiles, two in-depth real-world case studies that provide extensive information for aspiring adventurers, and the most comprehensive reference guide ever compiled on the subject of adventure motorcycling.

There is a foreword by Grant Johnson, Founder of Horizons Unlimited, who says: “Virtually any bike can, and probably has, travelled around the world, but exactly ‘which one’ is always a lively topic for discussion among motorcycle travellers. This book makes choosing and preparing the ultimate adventure bike a whole lot easier.”

Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle is published by J H Haynes & Co Ltd and is available in 176-page hardback (ISBN: 978 1 84425 836 9RRP). It is available now for £19.99 or local equivalent and can be bought from all the usual quality retailers such as Amazon.

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