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Going Small - A Guide to Lightweight Motorcycle Touring Paperback – February 10, 2012

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About the Author

Andrew Pain is an endurance and adventure motorcyclist who recently spent six months riding a small, vintage motorcycle from Alaska to South America.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469941848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469941844
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,620,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very good intro to riding small and packing light. Andrew has a 2nd book that goes more in depth (which I will be purchasing shortly). Having met Andrew at a Horizons Unlimited meet where he was one of the workshop presenters, I was very happy to see he had published some books on the subject. I would encourage anyone interested in either packing light, or riding smaller bikes to read these books. The fact that the author is a fellow rider you can meet at Horizons Unlimited meets just makes it all the nicer. He might even get a few tanks of gas from the support each year. On a small bike that can go further than you'd think.
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The content is bad. The writing is bad. It was a waste of time.
This would be so so as a forum post or free website but completely below the level required for a paid book.
Contacting Amazon for a refund.
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This is a great little book if you're interested in lightweight, inexpensive motorcycle touring and camping. It's like the motorcycling equivalent of backpacking your way around Europe. That's what I was looking for, and the book delivered.
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In an age where economy has become so important in our lives and many people cant afford the adventurous life they desire, Andrew pain has laid out a well thought out introduction to affordable motorcycle adventure and travel

I would like to see a little more about the maintenance and repair aspect of travel but people probably need to learn that for them selves anyways. This is otherwise the perfect booklet for anybody considering motorcycle travel for the first time or considering stretching out a little further than they have experienced. It is well written with no fluff and give the reader a good outline of what is needed,what is not, and what they can do with it.

This book should serve as an essential first step for anybody considering motorcycle travel, cost efficient adventure or just stepping out further than they have before on their existing bikes. It also serves as an excellent review for those who have traveled by bike already as it offer well supported advice on simplifying what we already do. It includes many points that most experienced riders already understood but have forgotten or overlooked in their enthusiasm to get out there.

This should be on every motorcyclists shelf, whether a new rider or experienced rider to whom new riders look for information.
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I enjoyed this book. Some other readers commented that it doesn't give a lot of "how to."

I suppose this is a true statement, but maybe not accurate either.

I ride a heavy duty HD cruiser, I have saddle bags and a nifty sissy bar bag.

But when I got the opportunity to take my first trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (including a camping portion) the read was good because it allowed me to approach the packing and equipment selection task in a relatively organized way. I still ended up taking too much, (what I had versus what I used) but it sure helped me reduce even further what I initially planned to take, versus what I ended up taking.

Wheels down, kick stands up. Motor on.
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If you are new to motorcycling, back to motorcycling, or new to traveling by motorcycle, I highly recommend this book. As a guy that has covered many miles and camped off my bike many times, this was a great read. A reminder for me to GO SMALL, which is a chronic problem I have.

Yes, my name is CLAY, and I'm an over-packer. This book reminded me how to do it right, and how to do it cheap. Yes, you can do both. Thank you Mr. Pain!
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At times, I thought my taste and outlook in motorcycling was rare, as I was often taken aback with the huge motorcycles with ditto required cash outlay. Too much of everything, really as one mostly rides in high gear with with the throttle 15% open. It is really a pleasure to find kindred spirits. Mr. Pain advocates a basic, simple outlook that can be applied to more than touring. For motorcycle commuters there is much to pick up from this delightful little book. Highly recommended!
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This is a booklet, something to read on your ride on the Subway to work. or while waiting at the doctors office. I read it in 10 minutes.

The book does have some useful information, but you can find 10 times more by asking it in one thread on any online forum. I learned nothing from this book. Everything I knew already. I can write a bigger, thicker book than this. I would pay 2.50$ for it, no more.

"going the extra mile" is a much better buy.
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