"Adventure" in motorcycle travel can be a double-edged sword. You want to enjoy unexpected pleasures and great roads, but leave behind things like fatigue, discomfort and danger (most of it, anyway). I wrote this title in 2007 to include everything I could think of to help riders enjoy more of the good side of adventure in their travels. The title was updated in 2014 to reflect advances in motorcycles and touring technology.
And finally, after 20 years of publishing, I got my picture on the cover of a book! That's me riding my Honda ST-1300.
A few reviews:
"Every once in a while, a book does cross the desk that wakes us up, and The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel, by Dale Coyner, is just such a volume. . . . This book should be in every serious rider's library. . . .We've been riding for many years, yet we found his way of formatting a trip helpful, preparing the rider so there are fewer surprises along the way. . . ."Outfitting Your Bike" is the chapter that rally caught our attention. Dale gets into everything from lighting and GPS to how to solder wires! After reading his take on GPS receivers and satellite tracking, we will probably go out and buy one. The final section, "On The Road," is loaded with tips and how to handle on-the-road repairs." - Road Iron magazine
"This is the second edition of this book and we loved the first. The new version adds much more to a superb book full of the tips, ideas and information on "Planning, Outfitting, and Accessorizing" yourself and your machine if you plan on doing some serious riding and touring. . . . There is never a need to learn from your own mistakes when you have a concise and well-written guide such as this. Modern concerns for today's riders are covered as well, with information on GPS, Bluetooth and action cameras all in the guide. Dale Coyner's The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel is just that -- essential. . . .well worth the investment." - Brian Rathjen, Editor of Backroads magazine
"For anybody who has never traveled far in a single trip, let's say a thousand miles, this book is a real savior, covering the rudiments as well as the latest electronic sophistications. . . . but beyond the basics Coyner's book deals with all the latest electronic gimcrackery, from communication systems to helmet cameras -- very useful. I should add that this is the 2nd edition, the first having come out in 2007, and the new edition has a lot of the latest gizmos, dealing with advances in the last seven years, making this updated edition useful even if you have the original. . . . Had I had the benefits of The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel, back when I took my first real motorcycle trip, I would have been a good deal happier." - Clement Salvadori, Rider magazine