Welcome to my Adventure Motorcycling Handbook (‘AMH’) website. Right now is the best time ever to be into travel bikes and I’ve been doing just that since 1982.
I’m the guy who coined the term ‘adventure motorcycling’ in the late 1990s and the current 7th edition of AMH is the best yet with a full-colour edition 8 due for publication in June 2020.
For more about me, click the photo, right.
Otherwise, there’s plenty to read here without buying anything. My very first travel bike was an XT500 (right) and lately, each year I select and adapt a new project bike that interests me. In 2018 it was a Yamaha XSR 700 ScrambleR; in 2019 I chose Royal Enfield’s Himalayan (left) and I test bikes too (BMW F750GS) and recently got an Africa Twin for a Sahara Road Trip.
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 disastrous 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
Originally published in 1991, AMH edition 7 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.
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.
I don’t claim to know it all so what makes the AMH special is that it capitalises on the huge 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 after three decades in print Trailblazer’s Adventure Motorcycling Handbook remains the legendary two-wheel travel bible.
AMH7: everything you need to know in one book