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Have you read either of these?

Just wondering if anyone had read either of these books?
  • Going the Extra Mile: Insider Tips for Long-Distance Motorcycling and Endurance Rallies -- Ron Ayres
  • Motorcycle Touring: Everything You Need To Know (Everything You Need to Know)-- Gregory Frazier
Kids are asking for Christmas ideas - thought a little reading might be good and educational...

Thanks in advance....

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I haven't read either of those bud...but I HIGHLY recommend these two DVDs for any rider.'Long Way Around' is also a book...but I hear there's a lot of reading that comes along with it.

I good (but depressing) read is a book called Ghost Rider. Written by the drummer and lyricist of the rock band RUSH...Neil Peart shares how he deals with losing his daughter and wife within a year's time. I enjoyed it, as he definitely has a way with words. But it can be rather depressing at times.
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Have to agree with Joe on Ghost Rider.

Anything Gregory Fraiser writes is pretty good. Not overly sophsticated and techinical. but usually a lot of common scence information and a bit of humor. Good homework when considering a long trip.

Long Way round DVD 4 stars Accompaning music CD I liked also. But music is very subjective. on your own here.

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I have and read the Ron Ayres book. It has a lot of good tips. I check it over each spring before the riding season begins as a refresher. All of Ayres books are enjoyable and worth the read.

I have not read Frazier's book yet.

Another good place for long distance touring/touring tips is in the BMW ON magazine. Each month they run a listing of tips submitted by the membership.

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Another good place for long distance touring/touring tips is in the BMW ON magazine. Each month they run a listing of tips submitted by the membership.
I was reading the new arrival (Dec '05) as I typed my first post. Shame on me! Great suggestion...and a good Christmas gift, for any BMW rider.

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Or the AMA!

Not strictly bike-centric but there are bikes featured in Dust to Glory, a nice Documentary/movie about the Baja 1000.
It's done by Dana Brown, son of Bruce, who brought us On any Sunday... another good stocking stuffer!

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Great suggestions guys!

I have ON - already read it! I hate it that it doesn't even last a day. There are usually a lot of tips in there.

The Faster DVD looks cool - I love watching motogp. Watching those high sides really hurt. Plus, next thing you know I would be pulling the trunk off the LT and trying to drift around the corners in the neighborhood!

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I love watching motogp...
Then 'Faster, the movie' is a MUST HAVE! If you don't like it...I'll buy it off ya. There! A money back guarantee to boot!
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Another really good adventure riding book is "Investment Biker", buy Jim Rogers.

I also enjoyed "Storm", by Allen Noren. That one, as Neal Pert's book, can have some depressing moments, but overall is a really good read about a TOUGH trip.

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Ditto on the Long Way Round. It was an excellent read.

As for the Ghost Rider, I couldn't finish it. It was way to depressing. The author, lost his daughter and then his wife just a few months apart. He then went on a bike tour from Canada to Mexico. I never got out of Alaska. I've heard good things about the book but I couldn't finish it.

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Plus, next thing you know I would be pulling the trunk off the LT and trying to drift around the corners in the neighborhood!
Uh, check my avatar. It can be done. Though I don't recommend the drifting bit, as it can all go very wrong very quickly (just ask the guy on the K12GT that was behind me ).


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It's Ok, Rob, Neil ends up in Hollywood hanging out with the guys from South Park. If that won't cheer you up, nothing will.

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