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Product Details

  • Series: Motorcycle Journeys
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Gear; 2 edition (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884313663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884313660
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" If you have a taste for the offbeat, and want to avoid traditional tourist traps while experiencing the Southwest's finest motorcycling roads, then Motorcycle Journeys through the Southwest is for you." -- Keystone Motorcycle Press

"Berke is a full-time motorcycle explorer and author, with an obvious sense of both curiosity and humor that makes this book as fun to read as it is useful." -- Motorcycle Consumer News

"For those who like to scout ahead, Martin C. Berke's Motorcycle Journey's Through the Southwest is a good source of information about roads to ride, places to eat and things to see." -- Motorcycle Cruiser, Summer 1996

"I wish I'd been sent this book a few months earlier, before I did my own little bit of exploring in the southwest, for it is chock full of information for the tourist. Yes, I know that it is fun to find out for yourself but I am never adverse to accepting a helping hand, especially if time is limited. Covering Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, it offers 66 "rides" in what must be one of the most beautiful parts of a beautiful country, routes that have been traversed by the author, Marty Berke, on his BMW. Scanning the pages awakened many memories for me and reminded me that, so far, I really haven't scratched the surface. A few of the suggested routes I have already followed and plenty more I wish I had.

"Also listed in the book are motorcycle dealers, restaurants and a wealth of helpful and practical advice, like not hurtling right up to 10,000 feet, risking altitude sickness, but spending a couple of nights at 5,000 feet. Believe me, he is right! It is certainly a book that will accompany me when I return to Colorado." -- Motorcycle-Sport, January 1995

"If you're going to the Durango rally, or just want to go riding in the west, this book is a must . . . ." -- BMW Owners News

"In the 420 page softbound book, Berke has scouted the region's best campgrounds, parks, scenic landmarks, and restaurants, always with an eye on value. Each chapter, or trip, contains useful listings of restaurants, lodgings, places of interest, and other helpful tips. Over eighty maps accompany the text, making navigation a snap, and over 255 illustrations highlight many of the attractions.

"If you have a taste for the offbeat, and want to avoid traditional tourist traps, while experiencing the Southwest's finest motorcycling roads, then Motorcycle Journeys through the Southwest is for you." -- Keystone Motorcycle Press, September 1994

"Motorcycle Journeys Through the Southwest, You Don't Have to get Lost to Find the Good Roads. . . That subtitle is right, you don't have to get lost to find the good roads if you have this book. You don't even have to ride a motorcycle to enjoy it. It is written in a merry and informative style and contains all the information you will need with a bonus of comments on the cuisine; the history and the general ambiance of the area you want to travel through. There are clear maps of each area, and the book is small enough to carry in a large pocket." -- New Mexico Magazine, April 1995 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

A resident of Mexico Beach, Florida, Berke is the author of two previous travel guides in the Motorcycle Journeys series. He is a Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor and focuses on finding good roads all over the world to share with his students and readers.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This books gives some pretty cool descriptions on different areas in the Southwest including Southwestern Colorado. My husband and I are familiar with the Colorado chapter and it was as though we were going through it again. Except it was in words and in our minds. My husband is going to take the recommendations and ride from the Chicago Area to the Taos New Mexico area. I will follow 2 days behind him with kids in tow. The author also provides valuable information on watering holes as well as places to eat. In desert areas you want to be prepared as to where the last gas station is. The author also gives explicit details on road conditions which makes the trip a lot easier to palette knowing where the "bad" spots are. Either you choose to ride gingerly through it or go around. I highly recommend this book. It's a good read and it contains lots of valuable information.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By flht01 on September 26, 2004
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This book is very well written with the motorcyclist in mind. Recommended camping areas, off the beaten path type routes and recommended stops along the way. Well put together and a good read, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Young on November 17, 2010
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It is getting too cold to do many of these, but I have started my planning.

I live in one of the 4 corners states, but was not aware of several of the trips/tours detailed in this book. I like to go to Colorado for skiing in the winter and stream fishing in the summer. Several of the tours are centered in one of my favorite areas.

Each set of day tours is centered around a "base camp". The author is big on campgrounds, but I will find an inexpensive motel to use as my "base camp". A group of day tours is connected by a "trail" that takes you to the next "base camp".

Hopefully, I will be planning trips for years to come, based on the ideas presented in this book. Good riding!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JOHN on December 12, 2013
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My mistake. Buying a tour book that was older than 2-3 years old; a LOT of stuff is not current. Plus, if you're just passing through the area, well, it's more for people who LIVE in that area and want to make the most of all the rides available close by.

This review goes for ALL motorcycle tour books I purchased. Just nothing RECENT out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Ballantyne on December 29, 2011
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This is a well researched, well written riding reference. It has been added to the motorcycle trailers library for referencing rides in areas we travel to while vacationing. The turn by turn directions area very well written and every ride loop we have done to date has been as described.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Wood on September 6, 2009
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We took a three week motorcyle trip west in 2007. I would definately recommend.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JK on May 6, 2013
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I was disappointed in this book, especially after the good reviews I read here. The author spends a great deal of time reviewing the history and lore of all the towns and areas you pass through, but doesn't give enough time describing the routes themselves.

The routes are often based on loops from a home base that may or may not work for you. Because his routes often combine several different highways to complete a loop, it is hard to break out the section and just read about the portion you may be interested in. There just is not information about the routes to help you decide if it is appropriate for your skill level or what you are hoping for.

After touring NM and Colorado, I went back to the book and tried to use it again. It didn't get any better. If you want a used one, I will send you mine for the cost of shipping.
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