Welcome to the website for the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook. ‘Adventure Motorcycling’ is a term I’m credited with coining in the late 1990s and the fully updated seventh edition of AMH will hit UK bookshops in February 2016 and North America three months later.
Celebrating 25 years in print, the new edition has been revised, expanded and refined to concisely pack everything you need to know into one comprehensive source that’s worth many times its weight in hard-won know-how.
I write other stuff on the same theme: Morocco Overland (right) covers tracks and road in the Atlas mountains and the Saharan fringe, Desert Travels is a Sahara travelogue spanning my early desert years. And don’t forget my urban memoirs from the 1980s, recently retitled as The Street Riding Years (left), and voted Ride magazine’s Book of the Year.
What’s new in AMH 7
• planning, sponsorship, budget, documents, riding seasons and world fuel prices
• new section on bike choice and outlines of the most popular models
• equipping your bike. Detailed sections on luggage, tyres plus suspension, screens and seats, lighting and clothing for the long ride
• all the gear: what you actually need, not what you can buy
• Life on the Road: borders, keeping in touch (including trackers), money changing, police trouble, satnav, filming, wild camping, off-road riding, medical emergencies written by a bike-riding doctor, roadside troubleshooting and shipping overseas
• A solo woman’s perspective by Lois Pryce and candid advice from Lisa Thomas on keeping a relationship thriving on the road
• Updated overland route outlines reflecting the latest access across Africa, Asia and Latin America, aka: the Adventure Motorcycling Zone
• Over a dozen full colour trip reports from right across the AMZ
• Contributions from Lois Pryce, Gaurav Jani, Grant Johnson, Austin Vince, Steph Jeavons, Jamie Duncan, Sam Manicom, Lisa and Simon Thomas, Mark Harfenist and many other two-wheel adventurists.
• Maps by Nick Hill, graphics by Simon Roberts
AMH readers aren’t expected to have an in-depth knowledge of mechanics, travel health or navigation, so there are full explanations of how things work, and why certain choices are worthwhile. More than ever this now makes AMH7 as much a take-with book as one to consult in the planning stage.
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 far greater collective knowledge and experience of over two dozen globetrotting contributors covering regions, topics or their expertise in added detail.
These contributors – as well as a light touch – are what’s helped ensure that Trailblazer’s Adventure Motorcycling Handbook remains the legendary two-wheel travel bible after 25 years in print.
.AMH7: 25 years in print and everything you need to know, in one book