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Jupiters Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph Paperback – March 22, 2005
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A compelling narrative that moves, sometimes at breakneck speed, over some of the world's most beautiful and mysterious terrain ? packed with fascinating detail, splendid characterizations, and hair-raising adventures. (The Boston Globe)
Vivid description of driving under conditions that were often ferocious. (NY Times)
Extremely readable, full of keen observation, perceptive insight ? conveying action, drama, tension and danger. (Los Angeles Times)
The best motorcycle travel book ever written. (Motorcycle Sport)
By all means TAKE THE PLUNGE. (Rider Magazine)
About the Author
Born 1931 and raised in London he emerged from World War II with a desperate urge to travel. Was a newspaper and magazine editor, and foreign correspondent, personally restored a 13th century French ruin, pioneered organic agriculture in California, and wrote an authoritative book on water politics. Has just repeated the "Jupiter" journey aged 72. He resides in Round Valley, CA.
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Inspired by this book and several others in 2008 I bought a new BMW R1200 GSA motorcycle which now has over 30,000 miles on the odometer. My wife bought a BMW G650 GS in 2010. We live on an own a Ranch in the remote Sangre de Cristo mountain range of Colorado.
Here are some more of the books that inspired me:
- Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintainance by Robert Pirsig
- The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara
- Ghostrider by Neil Pearl
- The Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Borman
- The Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Borman
- Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon
- Mount Analogue by Arthur von Boennighausen
The last two road trips were originally done in Ford and Volkwagen Vans but can be duplicated on a BMW motorcycle. As an Engineer the first book inspired me to study under Tensin Gyatso the XIV Dali Lama of Tibet. To paraphrase Tensin: " Images in the rear view mirror of a motorcycle are closer than they appear..... ".
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Arthur von Boennighausen
What a great writer Mr. Simon is!
This book is much more about the people he meets, the government bureaucracies, scenery he sees, hotels he stays in,roads he survives and problems and challenges he has along the way as well as his rambling thoughts than it is about the motorcycle. But he does describe the challenges of motorcycling in remote places such as packing tools and spare parts along with clothing and camping gear, frequent falls from the bike, having to buy gasoline from other vehicles when he doesn't have enough, and the various repairs and overhauls that are needed.