Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle

Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle

The essential guide to preparing a bike for the journey of a lifetime 

By: Robert Wicks Foreword: Grant Johnson
For any aspiring adventure motorcycle rider, the biggest decisions are what bike to choose and how to go about kitting it out.

Though some of the top adventure bikes currently on sale could arguably roll off the showroom floor and carry you just about anywhere in the world, it is human nature to tweak,

enhance, customise and ultimately personalise your chosen machine before heading off.

From simple questions such as the choice of tyres and the preferred luggage system, to more complex options such as navigation and communication equipment, there are myriad choices.

This extensively illustrated practical book provides in-depth coverage on preparing an adventure motorcycle for the journey of a lifetime.
‘a detailled look at what to take, how to carry it, what to do with it, where to go’ Ride
Hardback, 270 x 210mm, 176 pages, 300 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781844258369

Book No: H4836   Buy it now

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Short Way Up – A classic ride through Southern Africa

Short Way Up – A classic ride through Southern Africa

When Steve Wilson planned a 6,000-mile ride through Africa, the journey sounded challenging enough – just two Brits on 1950s Ariels,

using their own resources to survive life on the wild roads. It became even more hair-raising when events meant he would have to do the ride solo.

In this moving account Steve chronicles the entire experience: bike preparation, organisation, mechanical mayhem, personal discovery and – one reason for the trip -

raising a cheque for £2,000 for a school in Zambia

Format: Hardback

RRP: £19.99…discounted here

 

ISBN: 978 1 84425 685 3

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BMW R850 R1100 1993-98 M503 Clymer Manual

BMW R850 R1100 1993-98  M503 Clymer Manual

Covers:

1995-1998 BMW R1100GS USA

1994-1998 BMW R1100GS (U.K.)

1995-1998 BMW R1100R (U.S. and U.K.)

1993-1998 BMW R1100RS UK USA

1996-1998  BMW R1100RT Uk USA

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Adventure Motorcycling by Robert Wicks Adventure Motorcycling by Robert Wicks

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Adventure Motorcycling Everything you need to plan and complete the journey of a …

Adventure Riding Techniques Adventure Riding Techniques

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Classic Motorcycling A Guide for the 21st Century Classic Motorcycling A Guide for the 21st Century

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Watts My Line? Life & Work of Lawrie Watts Watts My Line? Life & Work of Lawrie Watts

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Matchless - The Complete Story by Mick Walker Matchless – The Complete Story by Mick Walker

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AJS - The Complete Story by Mick Walker AJS – The Complete Story by Mick Walker

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AJS is one of the best-known names in British motorcycle history. Founded in 1910 by the Stevens …

Ballington Unkorked - Autobiography of a World Champion Road Racer Kork Ballington Ballington Unkorked – Autobiography of a World Champion Road Racer Kork Ballington

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Ballington Unkorked is the story of a South African boy whofell in love with motorcycle …

Norton Dominator by Mick Walker Norton Dominator by Mick Walker

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Norton Dominator by Mick Walker The Norton Dominator – often commonly …

The Last Hurrah - from Beijing to Arnhem 2005 by Des Molloy The Last Hurrah – from Beijing to Arnhem 2005 by Des Molloy

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Ballington Unkorked – 30% off – The Autobiography of a World Champion Road Racer Kork Ballington

Ballington Unkorked is the story of a South African boy whofell in love with motorcycle racing after watching international stars at his home town circuit.
His pure passion drove him onwards and upwards as he began living out his dream. A chance trip to Europe to take part in the big time triggered a phase where, against the odds, guts and perseverance took him to the very pinnacle of success, World Champion Road Racer.
Kork’s story gives you an insight into the complexities of the sport technically, physically and mentally and highlights the extreme danger faced by riders of the era when classic high speed circuits were still in use in Europe and rider safety was low priority at most International and Grand Prix venues.
Size 210mm high x 280mm wide, hardback bound. 252 pages, full colour throughout.
ISBN: 978 0 9544357 52…… buy with 30% discount  here
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Road racing, Motocross, TT, Trials, Enduro and Classic videos,buy online  here

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Matchless The Complete Story by Mick Walker

Matchless – The Complete Story (Walker)
History – the first Matchless motorcycle was made in 1899 and, with a commercial manufacturing history dating from 1901, Matchless is one of the senior marques of the late British motorcycle industry. Matchless produced a wide range of motorcycles to suit all purposes and pockets; their most famous machines being the Silver Arrow and Silver Hawk multi-cylinder bikes of the 1930s.Their wartime G3L was not only one of the most popular British service machines of the Second World War, but the first to feature telescopic front forks.
Mick Walker’s history of the important British manufacturer takes us from the end of the nineteenth century to the last AMC Matchless of 1966 and beyond.
216 pages Hardback  246×189 mm 8 page colour section 200 b&w photos…… Buy here
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Aprilia RS50 49cc 99 – 06 RS125 124cc 93 – 06 Haynes Manual

Aprilia RS50 49cc 99 – 06 RS125 124cc 93 – 06 Haynes Manual

Includes Extrema, Racing and special edition models.
Does not include restyled models introduced Spring 2006

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Aermacchi by Mick Walker

This book is the third in the Redline Books Enthusiasts Series. It tells the story of one of Italy’s premier post-war marques. With a history steeped in aviation including the MC72 World Speed Record and World War II fighters, Aermacchi began building motorcycles in 1950. At the 1956 Milan Show the futuristic Chimera, an ohv horizontal single with enclosed bodywork was launched. Later in the decade the Chimera was ’undressed ’ to create some of Italy ’s best sports and racing machines, including the Ala Verde and the Ala d ’Oro.
In 1960 Harley Davidson bought 50% of Aermacchi then in 1978 the Varese factory was sold to Cagiva. A number of Aermacchi personalities have contributed to this book, giving it additional authority.
Size 220mm high x 193mm wide, softback with cover flaps.
144 pages, full colour throughout.ISBN: 09544357 6 1

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Whatever Happened to the British Motorcycle Industry? by Bert Hopwood

Whatever Happened to the British Motorcycle Industry By Bert Hopwood
The classic inside story of its rise and fall By: Bert HopwoodAn ex-senior executive with many major motorcycle manufacturers, the author gives the real reasons for the downfall of this once-great industry.
A classic work, re-issued by popular demand.’A must-read for British bike fans’ Bike
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Paperback, 233 x 169mm, 320 pages, 240 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781859604274 Book No: H427
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