We all have great memories from our motorcycle rides; some of them last for a lifetime. We all know riding a motorcycle is a very hands-on activity, but if you want to get new ideas or just get inspired this season, we have picked five great motorcycle books you need to read this summer.
This book is quite the classic. Ted Simon, the author, rode around the world for four years in the 1970s, visiting 45 countries and covering 125 529 kilometers. These kinds of travels were unheard of at that time, and his book has been a bestseller since it first came out in 1979. He began his trip in North Africa and went all the way down to Cape Town. From there, he rode through South America, Australia, and from Singapore overland to Europe through India, Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey. Many claim it to be the best motorcycle travel book ever written.
Ewan McGregor is not only a fan of Fuel but was also inspired by Ted Simon and his travels around the world. He set out on his own journey together with this friend Charley Boorman and traveled 20,000 miles around the world by motorbike. They face hardships along the way that challenge both their strength and stamina, but they also make unique memories on the road.
Robert Edison Fulton was the first motorcycle tourer that made a solo trip around the world. He took his two-cylinder Douglas motorcycle and rode it from July 1932 to December 1993, from London to Asia, crossing places that no longer exist and encountering scenarios such as Nazi Germany that have left their imprint in time. This book was first published in 1937 and has become quite the classic.
In 1982 the twenty-three-year-old Elspeth Beard took a break from her architecture studies and set out on a 35,000-mile road trip on her 1974 BMW R60/6. She didn’t bring much else than some tools and a few clothes on the motorcycle trip that would change her life and take her two and a half years in total. In a time before e-mail, mobile phones, or even reliable maps in some parts of the world, what Elspeth Beard did and experienced was quite extraordinary.