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.
I will also try to give some thoughts about the gear I buy.

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Created: 02 February 2018
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Title: A Kurdish Movie
Type: Streaming
Review copy: Vimeo On Demand
Length: 46 minutes
Price: Rent: €3 Buy: €10
Producer: Claudio Von Planta
Website: www.vonplantaproductions.com
Country/Region: 
Iraq, Kurdistan Region
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The legendary filmmaker that made Long Way Round/Down the eposes that they are Claudio Von Planta heads out on another adventure, this time along with Billy "Biketruck" Ward.
It's definitely fair to say that they have chosen the path less travelled by going to the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, by all accounts a war-zone to scope out the territory for future guided tours.
As transport they are actually lent a couple of bikes from the Kurdistan traffic police complete with lights and sirens which to be honest is pretty fucking cool.

The film is quite watchable as Cloudios filmmaking style is very immersive and it's very obvious that he and Billy get along very well as they have great chemistry.
That they've chosen to explore a to most westerners completely unknown region also makes this a bit of a novelty and peaked my interest immediately.
As far as the content is concerned this is definitely more of a travel documentary as the motorcycle element is not very prevalent.
An entertaining watch.

 
 
 
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Created: 22 January 2018
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Title: Red tape and white knuckles
Tagline: One woman's motorcycle adventure through Africa
Author: Lois Pryce
Website: http://www.loisontheloose.com
ISBN: 9780099513599
Review copy: eBay
Published: 5 February 2009
Language: English
Country/Region: 
Africa
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Lois Pryce follows up her 2007 adventure book Lois on the loose with an epic journey through the heart of Africa.
What makes this stand out a bit from other African overland crossings is that she has chosen not to go along either the west or east coast but rather through the more troubled regions of central Africa like Congo, DR Congo and Angola which to say the least makes things a bit more interesting for both the author and the reader.
The fact that she's chosen to do this crossing despite suffering from extreme heatstroke from just a short stint in Morroco is either proof that she is incredibly dedicated or very foolish, even after reading I'm not really sure which to be honest.
And apart from not choosing the obvious path she's doing this on a Yamaha TTR250 trail bike.
Lois has her own quirky narrative style and shares her journey in a very enjoyable way and really doesn't hold anything back when it comes to sharing her inner thoughts and even prejudices (after all whether we admit it to ourselves or not we all have them).
As she dedicates the narrative to mostly her thoughts and experiences along the way this might not be the most informative book if you're looking to read up in preparation for your own trip.
Apart from the mention of an oil change there really isn't much in the book about the practicalities of motorcycle travel.
I guess it's possible she got through the entire continent of Africa without so much as puncture but I think it's more likely that she's chosen to omit those parts because she'd rather tell her story.
It is an immensely enjoyable read none the less.

 
 
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Created: 17 December 2016
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Title: A story worth living
Type: Streaming
Review copy: Vimeo On Demand
Length: 1 hour 24 minutes
Price: Rent: €5 Buy: €9
Producers: Jon Dale,John Eldredge,Sam Eldredge
Website: https://www.astoryfilm.com
Country/Region: 
Colorado, USA
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I read in forums about this where it got completely slaugtered by the ADV riding community.
I also read that they even gave refunds to those that requested it at the screening.
Like a rubbernecker riding past the scene of a horrible accident I just had to see for myself what it was about.
What a mistake that was.

First of all the positive, and there is just one possive thing I can say about this:
There is some really epic drone footage in this but not by far enough to save it to something I would recommend watching.
The rest of it is basically a bunch of middle-aged to real oldtimer dudes filming themselves sitting around talking.
They're not even talking about motorcycles, it's all just quasi-philosophical bullshit.
And just when you just don't think it can't possibly get any worse it gets evangelical.

I read a challenge somewhere to do a drinking game to this and take a shot every time anyone says the word story.
I can't see anyone surviving that as they say story 15 in the first 5 minutes alone. 85 times in the total duration of the film. That's more than once a minute ffs!
(Yes, I counted, it wasn't like I had to concentrate very hard to keep up with the narrative because that was dead in the water from the first frame).
The most hilarious part of the film is when they shout out loud warnings to each other about a puddle with less than an inch of water, I'm no hardcore adventure rider myself but give me a break.
This isn't a motcycle film, I don't really know that it is or is supposed to be other than something I'd recomend you'd stay as far away from as humanly possible.

 
 
 
 
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Created: 24 November 2015
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Title: Where the glacier meets the sky
Type: Streaming
Review copy: Vimeo On Demand
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Price: Rent: €4
Producer: Shawn Edmondson
Website: https://vimeo.com/rsedmo
Country/Region: 
Iceland
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Iceland, a breathtakingly beautiful country well captured by filmmaker Shawn Edmondson.
Shawn travels to Iceland along with his friend Kevin and they rents couple of BMW:s to travel around the island for a two week long ride.
He fully immerses himself in the Icelandic culture even trying the local delicacy Hákarl (fermented shark meat) and interviewing charming locals.
The music is nice, the scenery is absolutely stunning with sublime drone footage and the production is stellar from what as I understand it is an amateur filmmaker.
Shawn had at first made this freely available but I can see why he decided to make this a pay-per-view as this film well exceeds many professional studio productions.
A thoroughly enjoyable production.

 
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Created: 01 July 2015
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Title: Biker's Britain
Tagline: Britains Best Routes for Bikers
Author: Simon Weir
Website: n/a
ISBN: 978-0749573966
Review copy: Book Depository
Published: December 1 2013
Language: English
Country/Region: 
Britain
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I actually bought this before the trip that eventually took us through the Balkans in 2015 because our original plan back then was to do the British Isles.
That fell through because of the lack of space on the DFDS ferry but it turned out alright I think and I still got some use for it on the 2017 trip.
The book contains 70 routes and tours in or through England, Wales and Scotland and is written by the Editor of Ride Magazine, Simon Weir.
I painstakingly transferred all these routes into Basecamp with the intention of including them fully or in part in my own routes.
In the end I didn't end up using more than parts of a couple of routes.
The routes seem nice, they are well documented and there are even directions if your a hundred years old or just a luddite.
There are even tips on what to see and do in the are of the routes.
It was just not very useful for me.
The routes are for the most part loops where you start and end up in the same place and thus are more oriented around a nice Sunday or weekend ride out with your friends and not towards cross-country travel.
This will most likely be more appealing and helpful to UK residents than visitors to the country.