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Motorcycle Travel Books

In collaboration with Motorcycle Bob, a long distance motorcycle traveler, here are some of the best motorcycle travel books in print. They cover the how to’s, stories, and philosophy behind long distance motorcycle travel.

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Adventure Motorcycling Handbook (5th Ed)

by Chris Scott

Great starter book for MC adventure riders


Against the Wind

by Ron Ayres

About the IronButt Rally, and what goes through the mind of one rider.


Alaska by Motorcycle

by Gregory W. Frazier

Dr. Frazier writes a ton of informative and entertaining articles and
books on MC travel
His book "Motorcycle Sex" is a comedy (not one I have read) but just the
name would probably draw people to your site.
Pretty much anything he writes would be good. The bike I rode in South
America was once owned by him.


Motorcycle Sex: Or Freud Would Never Understand the Relationship Between
Me and My Motorcycle

by Gregory W. Frazier

A comedy by George Frazier, presumably
about the complex relationship between a man and his motorcycle.


Blue Highways

by William Least Heat-Moon

One of the classic American travel books.


Jupiter’s Travels, Four Years Around the World on a Triumph

by Ted Simon

Book about MC travel in the late 70’s. He was 47 at the


Dreaming of Jupiter: In Search of the World–Thirty Years On

by Ted Simon

Second world trip on a motorcycle by Ted
Simon started in 2001 when he was 70 years old.



by Keith Thye

A book about MC travel "back in the day" A couple of young men who
really did not know what they were up against go from Lake Oswego to
Chile in 1963. I liked this one.


Obsessions Die Hard: Motorcycling the Pan American Highway’s
Jungle Gap

by Ed Culberson

A book about obsession, and determination.


One Man Caravan

by Robert E. Fulton Jr.

One of my favorite books ever. This guy was not a motorcyclist, yet he
took a trip around the world on a motorcycle when no one else was doing

About an 18 month journey that began in 1932 that went through Turkey,
Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Sumatra, Malaysia, Siam, Indonesia,
China and Japan.


Riding The Ice: A 13,000 Mile Record Setting Motorcycle Adventure

by Dave Barr and Susan Barr

A double amputee, Dave Barr rides across Siberia. IN THE WINTER. The writing is a bit course and unedited, but that adds to the allure.
Again, one of my favorites. A great guy.


Riding the World

by Gregory Frazier

Have not read this, but it’s by Dr. F. Gotta be good


10 Years on 2 Wheels: 77 Countries, 250,000 Miles

by Helge Pedersen

I have not read this, too expensive, but it is supposed to be great as
far as pictures go


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

by Robert M. Pirsig

Not much about motorcycles. Not much about Zen. But a classic none the


Travels with Charley in Search of America

by John Steinbeck

Another classic.

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 80 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3170 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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