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Motorcycle Journeys Through Baja [Paperback]

Clement Salvadori
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January 2001
Join Clement Salvadori, one of the most popular motorcycle journalists of our day, as he personally leads you on a tour South of the Border. From TJ to Cabo, Salvadori knows Baja, having been a regular explorer of this grand peninsula for more than twenty years. Somewhere in between the must-see and the better-left-to-your-imagination spots of tourism and commerce, exists nearly 800 miles of the real thing: luxuriously uninhabited beaches, charming adobe missions, quaint fishing villages--most as yet unspoiled by modern man.

Unlike other guidebooks, Motorcycle Journeys through Baja rates road conditions from the saddle of a bike, being frank in its evaluations of both the rugged and the tame. Accommodations get the same entertaining, honest treatment as the roads! But, did we mention the food? No worries, Salvadori does, and with the enthusiasm of a cafe gourmand. With an irreverent and enlightening commentary, the author ticks off resources and attractions, milepost by milepost, logging the quirky details that make traveling with him a delightful discovery. And no question about it, all your questions will be answered regarding necessary paperwork, legal considerations, insurance, personal health, useful phrases of Spanish (". . . Mi moto es muy rapido . . ."), road sign translations, and additional sources of information.

You've probably enjoyed Salvdori's taste for the open road (both paved and unpaved) in his many articles as a senior editor for both Rider and American Rider magazines. The next best thing to traveling with Clement Salvadori is following his tracks as they disappear over the southern horizon. This book will point the way.


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"A great companion for anyone who travels Baja." -- Baja Sun

"If Mr. Salvadori has left one thing out of this book that could help your next Baja adventure, it is a check to pay for it. After reading it, you're certainly going to want to go, or go back, as the case may be." -- San Diego Antique M/C Club Newsletter, October 1997

"If you're planning a trip to Baja, Mexico this year and want to start planning now, this book will pay for itself in providing you everything you will need to know for your trip. Bon Voyage, as they say in Prassaic..." -- CC Motorcycle News Magazine, January 1998

"Motorcycle Journeys Through Baja is a staggeringly comprehensive, witty and erudite travel guide to Mexico's Baja Peninsula. His treatment of the subject is instilled with a sense of adventure and an obvious affection and enthusiasm for riding a bike in the Baja. The detail he provides is exhaustive, describing mile by mile every road of any consequence in the whole region as well as some inconsequential ones. He covers virtually every roadside attraction, monument, mission, cantina, quinta, gas station, geological anomaly, and fuzzy patch of roadkill on the whole dusty peninsula. Much of this information is presented in journal style insights and impressions that make the book an entertaining read as well as a thorough and accurate travel guide.

"The highest commendation you can give a travel guide is that it makes you want to go there. Motorcycle Journeys Through Baja leaves you with that desire and what's more, it leaves you with the desire to go there with Clement. This guy has way too much fun south of the border. For anyone who is considering or planning a trip down the Baja, this book is nothing short of indispensable." -- Independent Biker, Volume 7, Issue 2, 1998

"The book makes a great companion for anyone who travels Baja, regardless of how many wheels you have under you." -- Baja Sun, January 1998

"The first two chapters are worth the price of the book alone." -- CC Motorcycle News Magazine

"You could set your tripmeter according to this book and never get lost.

"Salvadori also includes a myriad of details, inside information one can only gain through decades of experience. He lets the readers know the conditions of each road, where the gas stops are, where to find lodging (as well as the condition of that lodging), and of course where to find the best food. He also lets you know how to keep from going to jail by bribing officials - although, to placate his lawyer, he doesn't recommend this practice.

"A book this full of advice could easily get boring or preachy - fortunately, Salvadori's wit and good humor keep this from happening. He uses his vast knowledge of the region to entertain as well as inform the reader. -- Motorcyclist, April 1998

About the Author

Clement Salvadori graduated from a three-speed Raleigh bicycle to a friend's Harley 125 when he was 15. A year later he got his driver's license, bought an NSU 250, and acquired a taste of the open road, paved or not. After expending much time and money on a formal education, he made several attempts at pursuing conventional employment that did not directly involve motorcycles--although he did get the U.S. Department of State to assign him a Vespa as his official vehicle when working in Saigon. However, at the age of 33, he quit his last real job and proceeded to squander what savings he had on a two-year trip around the world on his BMW R75/5. When a motorcycle publication actually paid him for a story he had written about riding to Afghanistan, he realized a whole new career was opening up.

Since then, he has earned a living of sorts by editing and writing for motorcycle magazines. He's a senior editor at both Rider and American Rider. He has also been a Baja aficionado since 1975 and goes down there several times a year. He lives in Atascadero, California, which he claims offers the best year-round riding in the world, only 300 miles from the Mexican border.


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Format:Paperback
The book begins with fascinating general information about motorcycling in Baja. As the man can write, these three chapters go by too quickly. The next seventeen chapters provide detailed route instructions for both dirt bikes and pavement pounders, with difficulty ratings for the dirt roads. Gems of information about people, history, and sites are hidden here. The Appendices contain some interesting tidbits about water, other books, Spanish, tours, and road signs. Read the book and you'll make a run for the border.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provides an excellent taste of motorcycling in Baja. Jan. 10 1999
By Mike Zurick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book begins with fascinating general information about motorcycling in Baja. As the man can write, these three chapters go by too quickly. The next seventeen chapters provide detailed route instructions for both dirt bikes and pavement pounders, with difficulty ratings for the dirt roads. Gems of information about people, history, and sites are hidden here. The Appendices contain some interesting tidbits about water, other books, Spanish, tours, and road signs. Read the book and you'll make a run for the border.
5.0 out of 5 stars Condition of book as described Jan. 19 2013
By J. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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Book was described accurately (which is why I said 'I loved it' - b/c that's really all that matters for this review). As for the text, I would recommend an updated book for a journey being planned for the future in the Baja. Just a little outdated.
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