What a great thread. I was recently thinking about asking the same question here. I can't wait to see what the collective comes up with.
I've been on a Round-the-World kick recently. I'm currently reading Investment Biker
by Jim Rogers. It's interesting because he talks some about the bikes, but more about the people and places he's going through. He has an interesting ability to see small details and extrapolate them into trends giving a clear view of the big picture. It's slightly dated, but some of his predictions and assumptions about the world have proven fairly accurate.
I recently finished Long Way Round
by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman (the book, after watching the DVD). Sure they had support trucks along, but they actually did the ride, which is more than most people ever dream about. Plus someone gave it to me at a tech session, with the only caveat being that I pass it along when I was done with it (OK, as soon as my wife is done with it
And this isn't exactly what you asked, but there is a great thread on www.advrider.com
about Striking Viking bumming the world
. He's been on the road for almost two years now, and gives regular updates with stunning pictures and fascinating glimpses into local cultures. The biggest things I've learned so far is that what we see portrayed in the media is far from what is actually happening in the world, and that regardless of race, creed, culture, politics, or religion, most folks just want to live their own lives in peace.
Who else has got some great suggestions?