Welcome to my Adventure Motorcycling Handbook (‘AMH’) website. I’ve been travelling on bikes since 1982 and ‘adventure motorcycling’ is a term I’m credited with coining in the late 1990s. The AMH is now in its 7th edition and is the best yet. For more about me, click the photo, right.
First published in 1991, the latest edition packs everything you need to know into a single comprehensive resource that’s worth many times its weight in hard-won know-how and weeks of migraine-inducing online research.
Otherwise there’s plenty to read here for free, like my recent Yamaha XScrambleR 700 or my latest project bike, a Royal Enfield Himalayan. See the menu above.
I write other books on the same theme: the 3rd edition of Morocco Overland (left) covers roads and tracks in the Atlas mountains and Saharan fringe. Buy Morocco 3 discounted.
Desert Travels is a Sahara travelogue spanning my early years on XTs as well as my first disasterous desert tour. And my urban memoirs from the 1980s: The Street Riding Years (right) was RIDE magazine’s ‘Book of the Year’.
Read all about it in AMH 7
• Planning, sponsorship, budget, documents, seasons, world fuel prices
• Bike choice and most popular models
• Equipping the bike: luggage, tyres, suspension, seats, lighting and clothing for the long ride
• All the gear: what you need, not what you can buy
• Life on the Road: borders, comms (including trackers), money, police trouble, satnav, wild camping, off-roading, medical emergencies, roadside troubleshooting and shipping overseas
• A solo woman’s perspective by Lois Pryce and candid advice from Lisa Thomas
• Overland route outlines for Africa, Asia and Latin America, aka: the AM Zone
• Over a dozen full colour trip reports from right across the AMZ
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 including 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.
These expert 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 three decades in print.
AMH7: everything you need to know in one book