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Book Overview: The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel Planning, Outfitting, and Accessorizing

A revised version of The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel has been published and it's well worth a look if you're planning a trip. There's tons of pictures and while some of them appear to be kept from the 2007 version you'll still get the idea. A camera mount for example might have a 2007 edition of a camera - tough to keep up with the technology there but the mounts will still work fine with more modern gear.

Overall we'd say it's a highly useful book if you're interested in motorcycle travel or if you're already motorcycle traveling and want to learn some new tricks. The updates are mostly related to the latest information on using and integrating mobile and Bluetooth communications, GPS navigation, high-efficiency lighting, action cameras, and high-tech materials and fabrics.

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Touring on two wheels is one of life’s simple pleasures. And learning how to do it right can help keep it that way. This new 2nd edition of  Dale Coyner’s popular Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel is full of the collected tips,  tricks, and advice of seasoned travelers and experts from the motorcycling community that help to maximize the ride, while minimizing lessons learned the hard way. In sharing their  broad experiences, along with his own, bestselling author and straight-shooter Dale Coyner  offers up the wisdom riders need to plan their own dream trips, accessorize their bikes, outfit themselves and their passengers, and deal with contingencies as they inevitably arise, whether out for a day-trip on home turf, a riding vacation in another part of the country, or preparing to conquer the far asphalt reaches of the globe.

Coyner leads both newcomers and veterans step by step in the right direction, outlining a template for estimating mileage and expenses, and offering advice for evaluating the many excellent gear and apparel choices veteran riders use to stay warm, cool, and dry in the face of the elements. Small adjustments to ergonomics can also make big differences in comfort. Numerous and versatile luggage options can be mixed and matched to keep gear secure, and trailers can open up new possibilities for camping or hauling necessities.

Since the fun factor decreases when things aren’t fundamentally safe, Coyner also teaches how to manage the variables under every rider’s control, which can include choosing tires and accessory lighting, packing well, performing preventive maintenance, and adding electrical gadgets responsibly. Today’s two-wheeled travelers can easily integrate into their cockpit all the benefits and convenience of smartphones, Bluetooth communication, digital entertainment, GPS navigation, and action cameras, and Coyner shows you how. Knowing what is available and how to install it allows one to make savvy choices that will increase enjoyment on the road.

And, after all, isn’t that the whole point? 

About the Author:

Dale Coyner is an avid, experienced motorcyclist and the owner of Open Road Outfitters, a motorcycle accessory shop in Sterling, Virginia, that specializes in the sale and installation of motorcycle trailers, lighting, and electronics. His first book,Motorcycle Journeys Through the Appalachians, remains a popular guide for motorcyclists planning trips through the mid-Atlantic and his newest touring guide,Motorcycle Journeys Through North America, catalogs and describes the iconic destination highways that have inspired riders over the decades to take to the road.

In 2006, Coyner was appointed to the Governor’s Motorcycle Advisory Council for the  Commonwealth of Virginia to promote motorcycle tourism, safety, and economic development. He speaks frequently at rallies and motorcycle club meetings on motorcycle travel and related technical topics.


Format: 8.25 x 10.5 inches
Pages: 189
Art: approx. 275 color photos and illustrations
Retail price: $27.95 USD
Amazon price: $17.55


Product Preview - MotoTent. A tent for motorcycle adventure

NEW: MotoTent®, a tent for motorcycle adventurers.

A group of young French entrepreneurs, travel and motorcycle enthusiasts, has designed a very innovative tent for motorcyclists fond of adventure. Their goal: to push the boundaries of adventure on a motorcycle, and possibly eliminate the hotel expenses while keeping both comfort and safety!

MotoTent is a tent for motorcycle riders and their motorcycle.

The idea of the MOTOTENT appeared to its founders in 2009, during a trip on motorcycles from Beijing to Paris. When crossing Kazakhstan on bikes, the motorcyclists spent many nights in their tents.

When settling the camp, it was imperative to hide the bikes not to attract attention. Their tents were light but too small: their muddy clothes and belongings did not fit inside. They had to change their clothes outside of their tents. They also had to unload most of the bike’s bags, to hide them inside the tent!

To overcome these problems they decided to build a made-to-measure tent, with enough space to both hide the bike and be able to comfortably change to dry, while standing.

MOTOTENT - Features

• The MOTOTENT is spacious enough to shelter a dual sport bike as big a BMW R1200
GSA with its entire luggage, to have room to work on it, and to be able to stand in the tent.
 
• The tunnel-shaped design allows a very quick setup of the tent when needed. A simple color coded poles system enables an easy set-up. When exhausted and caught in a downpour, when the rain seeps into your neck, you can now be sheltered, shielded, in the dry and standing in your MOTOTENT while your clothes are drying, all in minutes.

• The tent is designed to be compact and lightweight despite its size. It weighs 5.5 kg (12 lbs) and is less than 60cms long once packed, which is unique for a tent of this size. This required long research efforts and the use of high performance fabrics.

• The MOTOTENT is made of very high quality materials; those selected by the best brands of adventure equipment: the fabrics are treated to resist UV and heavy rains while being extremely light and fine. These are similar to those used for paragliding. The poles and pegs are tempered dural aluminum, one of the best strength/weight ratios.

• The MOTOTENT was designed by adventurers for adventurers: the positioning of pockets, hooks and other practical details have all been designed and tested to meet the requirements of the motorcyclist. The bag is specially made to be attached on a motorcycle.

• The MOTOTENT can fit all types of motorcycle. The garage part of the tent is 2.4 m long, 1.3 m wide, and 1.9 m high. It can fit all dual sport bikes (a BMW R1200GS, a KTM990 Adventure, a Triumph Tiger and other Kawasaki KLR650 with the largest equipment mounted on the bike can easily fit in). Indeed, thanks to its wide front door you can even shelter small side cars (Ural or Royal Enfield).

Technical Specifications

• Fly fabric: Ultra light UV-Resistant, Rip-stop, Fire-Retardant CPAI84, 10 000mm waterproof coating, 210T Polyester
• Inner tent fabric: Breathable Material, Fire-Retardant CPAI84
• Floor fabric: Ultra light, Rip-stop, Fire-Retardant CPAI84,
10 000mm waterproof coating, 190T Nylon
• Poles and Pegs: Aircraft Grade Aluminum 7001-T6
• Weight and; Packed size: 5.5 kg (12 lbs) - 60x20cm (2ft x 9in)

Price and Availability
 
The MOTOTENT is for sale on LoneRider priced at 469€ / US$599. Delivery: - France and Europe: 5 working days.
- Elsewhere around the World: 15 days.
Delivery price: 21€ / US$33; same price to any country around the Globe.

MotoTent benefits and features:



How to Set Up the MotoTent:



Packing up the MotoTent:



For additional information and to purchase the MotoTent check out the LoneRider website
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