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Adventure Motorcycling Handbook

Adventure Motorcycling Handbook

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Contents list


Contents list | AMH history | Introduction | Planning | Choosing a motorcycle | Life on the road | Sample route outline (Peru and Bolivia) | Tales from the Saddle (sample)


INTRODUCTION
PART 1: PLANNING & PREPARATION 

A plan 10 Which continent? 11 Seasons and climate 12 Time and budget 14 Fuel prices 14 Getting information 16 Travel documents, visas 17 Travel and medical insurance 20 Vehicle documents, carnets 21 Money, currencies and sponsorship 25 Travelling companions 28

PART 2: BIKE CHOICE & BIKE PREPARATION

Which bike: nine factors to consider 33 Ten overlanders 48 Bike preparation 58 Engine temperature 61 Fuel and air filters 62 Chains and sprockets 63 Carrying extra fuel 66 Engine protection 68 Seats and screens 70 Lighting 76 Suspension 77 Wheels and tyres 78 Punctures 90 Equipment and spares checklists 94 Load carrying: boxes, bags and racks 96 Clothing for the long ride 115

PART 3: LIFE ON THE ROAD

Shakedown trip and setting off 122 Riding abroad 124 Borders and checkpoints 127 Changing money and bargaining 130 Keeping in touch: phones and trackers 132 Maps and route finding 135 Wild camping 144 Off-highway riding 150 Health and medical emergencies 157 When things go wrong 170 Adventure motorcycling – the bird’s eye view (Lois Pryce) 175 Bike maintenance and troubleshooting 180 Shipping overseas 188

PART 4: ASIA ROUTE OUTLINES

Visas for Asia 191 Middle East and Caucasus 195 Russia 198 Central Asia 207 Iran and Pakistan 211 India, Nepal and Tibet 219 China 229 Mongolia 231 Southeast Asia 232

PART 5: AFRICA ROUTE OUTLINES

Trans Africa routes 238 North Africa and across the Sahara 239 West Africa 241 Western route via DRC 244 The Nile route 253 East and Southern Africa 258

PART 6: LATIN AMERICA ROUTE OUTLINES

Mexico and Central America 270 Panama 279 South America 280 Colombia 282 Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia 285 Chile 293 Argentina 295 Venezuela and the Guianas 299 Brazil 304

PART 7: TALES FROM THE SADDLE

A Line in the Salt ~ Jamie Duncan 308

Living and Loving on the Road ~ Lisa Thomas 312

Into Africa ~ Sam Manicom 316

Riding Siberia’s One-Ten ~ Jussi Hyttinen 321

Early Adventures with Motorcycles ~ Lois Pryce 324

APPENDIX

Conversion tables 331 Contributors 332 Suppliers’ directory 334

INDEX

 

LIST OF BOXED TEXT

16,000 Miles on a Yamaha TTR250 72

25 Years of Adventure Motorcycling Handbook 6

40,000 Miles on a CRF250L 45

A Mighty Wind 297

Adventure Motorcycling Mindset 29

Ag Bikes For Overland 70

An American in Mexico 271

Arabic Numerals 240

Asian Climate 192

Asking Directions in Africa 248

Back-Up Documents 24

Bikes to Watch, Wait and Wish For 37

Breathable Fabrics 107

Cameroon to Congo Direct 245

CCM GP450 in South America 39

Chinese Bikes 43

Chinese Borders 229

Cyrillic alphabet 199

Darwin to KL: Riding through Indonesia 234

Doing the Darien: Panama to S America 278

Drowned Engine: What to Do 156

Engines at high-altitude 185

Equipment Checklist 94

Exploring the Indian Himalaya 222-3

Filming with Austin Vince 179

Fit New – Keep Spares 94

Flying a Bike From UK to BA 299

Flying a Bike out of South Africa 267

Freight Cruising: Europe to Uruguay 299

Getting out of Vladivostok 206

Getting Parts 184

Getting Southbound visas in Yaounde 244

Going Commando 143

Helmet removal 159

Honda Bushlander in Southern Africa 46

’Back to Postcards and Poste Restante’ 134

India – You’re Standing in It 225

India on a Classic Enfield 226-7

Kinshasa to Brazza Ferry 251

Longitude and Latitude 136

Luggage Choice – Some Factors 97

Malaria 168

Metric and Imperial map scales 135

Mexico & Central America: Fuel Prices 274

Mongolia: you are the Road 231

Mozambique 265

My Kingdom for a Chair 147

Myanmar: Road to Mandalay Reopens 232

Northbound visas in Luanda/Brazzaville 253

Not Riding but Drowning 279

On a Mission 253

Recharging Electronics 186

Rentals and Organised Tours 30

Riding the World on an R1150GSA 35

Rwanda and Burundi 261

Selling Bikes in or from South Africa 267

Shipping from US to South America 280

Sit on this (seats) 73

South America: Climate and Seasons 283

South America: Relative Fuel Prices 282

Southbound visas in Accra/Abuja/Calabar 243

Southbound visas in Cairo 254

Southern Africa Online 267

Spares and Maintenance Parts List 95

Sponsorship 26

Streetwise Manifesto 124

The Truth Behind Soft Baggage Capacity 108

The Way to Machu Picchu 289

To Kenya via Lake Turkana 257

Trail Bikes and Enduro Bikes 41

Trans Amazon North to South 305

Transit of Iraqi Kurdistan 212

Travel Health Tips 169

Tubeless Tyres and Radial Construction 85

Tyre Creep 89

Tyre Speed Ratings, load index Codes 83

Weather in Africa 241

West African visas 242

West to Uganda, Rwenzori Mountains 260

What about Uruguay and Paraguay? 307

Where can I see the Real Sahara? 239

Why we love our KTM 690s 44

Xinjiang Transit 230

Yakutsk and the Kolyma Highway 205

 

 

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