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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Press (June 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884313930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884313936
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In my million miles riding BMW motorcycles, I have ridden to all of the areas described and illustrated in the 17 chapters in this book. I have ridden some of the routes suggested by Mr. Coyner and sometimes have ridden similar routes nearby. The author captures the nature and the flavor of each of the regions well, and will whet the reader's appetite to pick a direction and go. The book ought not just be used as a literal route planner, for to do so would shortchange a rider when visting any locale. The book is most valuable as a trip planner. It makes great off-season reading so a motorcyclist can plan an area to visit on his or her next great adventure." - BMW Owners News magazine

Simply the creation of this book is impressive!  Dale Coyner decided to take a look-see at nearly all of the United States, and a goodly part of Canada, and figure out where the best rides are.  That is a lot of real estate to cover, and probably some five million miles of possible roads.  The book is not really a guide, more like a book of previews -- like movie previews, to give you a taste of what a longer view might be like . . . .armchair reading -- and viewing, with some 350 pictures, many of which are enough to get a rider to put his (or her) toothbrush in the tankbag and take off to any number of possible destinations. . . . How do you decide where to go on that three-day, three-week, three-month vacation?  Some of us do the tried and true, go to places we're familiar with, but there is always that desire to expand our horizons, see new vistas, find new roads, eat new food. . . .Dale is an experienced traveler and has several other books about motorcycle touring to his credit, includingThe Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel.  He has personally covered over two-thirds of the tens of thousands of miles that his MJT North America routes follow, and for the rest he relied on information from friends and acquaintances, read books and articles, and contacted local tour operators -- who really know their stuff. . . . This is a big continent we live on, and Dale makes traveling less intimadating. -

"Perhaps the best thing Dale Coyner accomplishes with Motorcycle Journeys Through North America is pushing you to think big.  Sure, that annual 1-week trip is wonderful, but hey, look at what you could do in 3 weeks!  You know you want to.  Just let that bug bite you and you'll figure out a way, won't you?" - Motorcycles

"From the coasts of Newfoundland to the South Western deserts, each section is color coded so it's easy to find what you're looking for.  A historical and cultural overview of the region begins each chapter and is followed by a day-by-day sample schedule for each one- to three- week ride.  That's where this travel guide really shines;  each route is divided into daily chunks and illustrated with full-color photos and detailed maps, which leaves you with few gaps to fill and even fewer excuses for not going." - RoadRunner Magazine

About the Author

Dale Coyner is the best-selling author of Motorcycle Journeys Through the Appalachians and The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel. In this new book, Coyner draws on his own personal travel experience while also distilling, sorting, and organizing the advice he's drawn from countless other touring experts over the years.

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A great collection of tour suggestions, well presented.
If you have any other ones of those guides, there is a fair bit of repetition from the other ones.
But if you had only one to buy, it would be this one.
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By Sid Mariner on Dec 11 2014
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This is a great guide for the road and especially nice for winter dreaming.
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By Deanne Gosse on July 6 2014
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Great book before a long bike trip
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By Mule North face on Aug. 26 2015
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Vraiment parfait!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Motorcycle Journeys Through North America Jan. 5 2013
By Kenneth J. Aiken - Published on
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If you're having trouble deciding where to go on your next big road trip, Dale Coyner presents a few options in his newest book, "Motorcycle Journeys Through North America."

There are a lot of miles between St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Fairbanks, Alaska--especially if one detours to ride through New Orleans, Texas Hill Country, and along the Pacific coast. This book differs from the others in the popular Motorcycle Journeys series in that it lacks a certain intimacy that the regional ones--including Dale Coyner's "Motorcycle Journeys Through The Appalachians"-- tend to offer. Instead presents the "big picture" favored by long-distance touring riders.

Some of the 17 tours in this book are structured as loops. The Great Lakes Loop; Appalachian Adventures, American South, and Lone Star Loop are presented in this manner. Atlantic Canada, The Nor'easter, Crossing The Heartland, and Coastal Cruise are long, straight tours. However, it doesn't take much imagination to figure out how to link them together to provide months of sublime motorcycle traveling. The chapter on the Canadian Rockies has 3,000 miles of road and the following one, North To Alaska, is another 3,100 miles so unless you have unlimited time and money there are years of highways riding mapped in this edition.

These 400 pages are lavishly illustrated with approximately 500 maps and photos that make you want to pack your machine and get on the highway tomorrow morning. There are photos of twisty roads running along the very edge of canyons, lakes, and oceans. Others show fantastic scenic vistas, bucolic pastoral landscapes, majestic forests, and sights seen along the way. Some highways, I've never heard of; others are familiar ribbons of asphalt. Riders from one coast to the other will respond in the same way after perusing these pages and the allure of distant horizons and roads not yet ridden will awaken their wanderlust.

Consider this to be an index to the other North American titles in the series. Once you've decided where to travel these other Whitehorse Press titles can provide more regional background, stops, and roads. It's actually quite an accomplishment that Coyner has managed to cover an entire continent in one volume.
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Journeys April 24 2013
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I've been reading thru this books for a while now.It definitely has the best roads for biking across America.Tons of info and highly recommended if your wanting to hit the roads for days on end.Great aid to trip planning/Can't say enough for this book.I'll be looking at the authors other writings in the future.
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great tpip planner Jan. 27 2013
By barry nels nelson - Published on
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I won't get to use it till the spring. But its easy to read and figure out the maps. this is really what i've been looking for
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great travel planner for any vehicle vacation Dec 10 2012
By Motodio - Published on
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This book is well written, informative of historical events in the areas discussed and documented with great pics. While it doesn't cover all possible routes, most of the great routes are covered and some of the less known, which are really the cool trips as there are fewer people on those roads.

Reading the book makes me want to get my bike ready for any one of the suggested trips.
Excellent resource Jan. 15 2014
By James B. Schlomach - Published on
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The main reason the book doesn't get five stars has to do with editing. If you mention a specific place and/or have a picture with a caption the mentions a specific place, it ought to be labeled on the accompanying map. That said, this is still and excellent guidebook for mapping out motorcycle touring rides. The tips regarding ride prep at the back of the book are very good. The rides mapped and described are, where I have experience, are realistic and point out the occasional "must" or "recommended" thing to see or do. The book itself is reasonably sized such that it could be taken on a road trip as a constant reference. This book can be used to essentially map out a trip for you or you can use it to modify a trip you've mapped out for yourself, which is what I am doing.

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