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Motorcycle Journeys Through California Paperback – Jan 1 2001


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Press (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884313183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884313189
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 585 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,283,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Dimick on Oct. 25 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a well-written, well-researched book. However it fails in certain areas.
First, it tries to cover too big of an area. There are more than 35 great rides and roads just in northern California alone. As a result some prime rides are missed. This book is really geared more toward the touring rider than the sport rider.
Second, the only way to follow the well written riding directions is to copy them long hand because each ride description is too long to bring the book without stopping every 3 miles to check directions in some cases.
Third, is that many of the rides have pictures or descriptions that promise "on the weekend 100s of bike would be here" but it appears that most of the review rides were done during the week. This is a better time to ride but not a better time to see the bikes.
When it comes to finding the local spots to eat or visit this book is great. The accomodations are superbly researched and detailed. His inclusion of other riders and people he met while riding is a nice touch. His use of multiple bikes on the review rides was neat. The rides selected are all great rides. But they tend to be well known and can be heavily traveled too. I don't think that you'll find the undiscovered gem that many of us are searching for.
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I've now taken 2 of the suggested rides and both have been first class. The mileage markers, road tips, and side excursions make for compact & useful information that you need to read carefully. The reward is fast learning in unfamiliar territory.
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By randall carter on April 26 2001
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In this book the author selects an area (san diego, so cal, central ca, san francisco, no cal, high desert, low desert, etc) then shows about 3 detail SCENIC loops (trips) from 50 miles to 200+ miles with great detail and gives options for side trips not listed.
It is up to date, printed in 4-2000. It makes me want to go on the trips listed!!!
Happy traveling, keep the rubber side up.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Clement knows CA motocycling Aug. 21 2001
By JonRode - Published on Amazon.com
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I've now taken 2 of the suggested rides and both have been first class. The mileage markers, road tips, and side excursions make for compact & useful information that you need to read carefully. The reward is fast learning in unfamiliar territory.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
GREAT!! April 26 2001
By randall carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book the author selects an area (san diego, so cal, central ca, san francisco, no cal, high desert, low desert, etc) then shows about 3 detail SCENIC loops (trips) from 50 miles to 200+ miles with great detail and gives options for side trips not listed.
It is up to date, printed in 4-2000. It makes me want to go on the trips listed!!!
Happy traveling, keep the rubber side up.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Too big of a subject Oct. 25 2001
By D. Dimick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a well-written, well-researched book. However it fails in certain areas.
First, it tries to cover too big of an area. There are more than 35 great rides and roads just in northern California alone. As a result some prime rides are missed. This book is really geared more toward the touring rider than the sport rider.
Second, the only way to follow the well written riding directions is to copy them long hand because each ride description is too long to bring the book without stopping every 3 miles to check directions in some cases.
Third, is that many of the rides have pictures or descriptions that promise "on the weekend 100s of bike would be here" but it appears that most of the review rides were done during the week. This is a better time to ride but not a better time to see the bikes.
When it comes to finding the local spots to eat or visit this book is great. The accomodations are superbly researched and detailed. His inclusion of other riders and people he met while riding is a nice touch. His use of multiple bikes on the review rides was neat. The rides selected are all great rides. But they tend to be well known and can be heavily traveled too. I don't think that you'll find the undiscovered gem that many of us are searching for.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Stories and Many Great Tours March 12 2014
By John E. Lincoln - Published on Amazon.com
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Unlike a few critics / reviewers, I enjoy Clement Salvadori's musings. I have his 101 Tales, and now this, and so far thoroughly enjoy it. The first two tours he describes, the south Pacific coast and Angeles Crest (very cold in Feb, even with thermal underwear on), I rode in the 60's on a then new Honda SuperHawk (305), and enjoyed both. Some of the other routes I've also traveled by car, truck, or MC (especially east of Sacramento, Hwy 49) and his accounts brought back many happy memories. Maybe another reason is the fact that I calculate his age by his writings, to be colse to mine (71), so I always look for any techniques to adjust for the aging process as well (if no more than slowing down and more smelling of the roses).

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