So what do I do when I'm not travelling on my motorcycle?
I talk about my motorcycle, I tinker with my motorcycle and I watch, read and listen to others who have a similar interest.
I'll try and share my thoughts about what I watch/read/hear in this section.

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in Books
Created: 01 January 2014


Title: Jupiter's travels
Tagline: One man, one motorbike, one planet
Author: Ted Simon
ISBN: 9780140054101
Review copy: Amazon
Published: First published 1979
Language: English
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This is truly the be all end all of adventure travel books.
The inspiration for Ewan and Charley's Long way round/down journeys and probably countless others.
Ted quits his job as a journalist and heads out on a four year and 63000 mile journey around the world and as this is taking place in the 70's it is a vastly different world out there than the one we have today.
Or as he himself so eloquently puts it in a passage in the book: How was I to know the world was about to change, I hadn't been there yet.
As a full-time cynic the quasi-philosophical parts of the book makes this a bit of a hard read at times but as it was written in the late 70's I guess you can't really blame him for being a child of his time.
An inspirational epic journey and must read for any aspiring motorcycle adventurer.

in Movies
Created: 01 December 2007


Title: Long Way Round
Tagline: Chasing shadows across the world
Type: DVD Boxset
Review copy: eBay
Length: 7 hour 19 minutes
Price: £12 (Standard Edition)
Producers: Alexis Alexanian, David AlexanianCharley Boorman,
Russ Malkin,Ewan McGregor,Cori Abraham
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This gets a pretty mixed bag in the adventure riding community, you either love it or hate with the hardcore purists leaning heavily towards hating.
I don't really understand why.
Sure they're given bikes and a bunch of gear but I wouldn't say no if someone were to give me stuff.
And then there's the support crew, oh my god the pure hatred in the adventurer's eyes when they talk about the LWR support crew.
Who cares? They did it their way and credit to them, the exposure they've given the adventure motorcycle creed is completely astronomical and if it makes a bunch of posers having a mid-life crisis go and buy a brand new fully kited adventure bike they'll hardly ever use then so much the better, eventually they'll hit the second hand and get in the hands of someone that'll actually ride it.
I really don't think there's anyone who has found this webpage that doesn't know what this is but still:
This is a documentary series about two actor friends Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman who set out on a journey from London to New York due east, four months and 22000 miles through western Europe, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia and across the pacific to Alaska through Canada and America.
It takes them across Siberia and the notorious Road of bones.
At that point of the journey they are really starting to struggle which has given many the hardcore adventurer a reason to go there and prove how to really do it.
It starts out a bit slow but picks up nicely and has such a great mix between the pure travelling and entertainment aspect and the motorcycling that you can watch this with someone completely disinterested with motorcycles (I've heard there are such people out there) and they will still enjoy it.
The production is amazing with the true hero of the series being Claudio Von Planta who shoots the footage in a way that makes you almost feel like your there, riding with them.
The extras don't really add much to the story so when I bought it new I guess I could have saved myself a few quid but as you can now pick up a used copy on eBay for <£5 you might as well get the SE for a bit more insight into the production that you get from just watching the series.
Despite all the hate I absolutely loved this, it's a completely epic series and a must-have in the DVD-collection of anyone even remotely interested in motorcycle travel.