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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Jack Johnston Seminars (Jan. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879854112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879854116
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,846,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Good Story Oct. 30 2000
By Scott Peake - Published on Amazon.com
From September 1990 to May 1994, Dave Barr rode a 1972 Harley Davidson over 83,000 miles around the world, despite the loss of both his legs from an antitank mine explosion in Angola in 1981. The idea was to help raise the awareness for people with disabilities. This isn't a "how-to" but a story about where he went, who he met, the people that helped, and the hardships with both his motorcycle and disability. If you have read Jim Rogers' Investment Biker, Rogers goes around the world on a thousand dollars a day while Barr does it on a dollar a day. A great read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Brother Returned, Ride Safe, Ride Free... Aug. 29 2000
By Clarence Holcombe - Published on Amazon.com
Dave Barr is an extraordinary human being to say the least. Despite the loss of both legs, very limited budget and an old 1972 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, he traversed six continents, covered 83,000 miles spent 3 1/2 years, crossed the Sahara, Namib and Gobi Deserts and circled the world both north to south and east to west and takes us along with him in the book. His exciting journey to raise awareness for people with disabilities is inspirational to us all, with or without disabilities. Also his sometimes humorus outlook on the diverse culture of the world, from the seat of a Harley, is an interesting anthropological study. I wanted to pack my sadlebags and go with him.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable ride Aug. 6 2013
By D. Willhite - Published on Amazon.com
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For those that ride more than to the bar and back or a few hours on a weekend. The open road and people you meet are experiences one would be hard pressed to really understand. What a challenge Dave took on.
Being there.................... Oct. 2 2009
By Stephen W. Woodford - Published on Amazon.com
I was in the Unimog behind the "sabre" that Dave was standing in behind his beloved twin 30 cals, perfectly balanced weapons with captured Russian optical sights. We were way up in Angola,chasing some "terrs" who were on foot and had just turned into a narrow opening between two old fenceposts on the dirt road, when the rear wheel hit the landmine. A massive explosion, huge column of black smoke. Saw Dave fly up in the air and land on the burning vehicle. The driver, an American by the name of Lang Price rushed back in and pulled Dave off the destroyed sabre. Colonel Breytenbach who was sitting in the front seat was ok fortunately. But for Dave this was his last military campaign. An Alouette helicopter casuavact him out and we headed on to more patrols.
Later visited him in mil hospital every Tuesday evening with a flagon of red wine and we had a great time(much to the chagrin of the doctors and nurses!)After a long recovery, he was his old self again, skydiving and riding his Harley.One hell of a guy...........
One of the best Motorcycle reads ever! April 4 2009
By Pete H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Dave Barr has achieved what has to be the greatest motorcycle adventure ever. It would be an unbelievable achievement for a non-disabled person on a brand new, purpose built bike. The fact that he has lost both of his legs, rode a beat up old Harley, and had virtually no money throughout the whole trip, makes the achievement that much more incredible.

The book is very well written. Dave's narration is articulate and straight forward. He never gets flowery or verbose, but writes like he is sitting there telling you the story first hand. Throughout the book you can feel the stress and tribulations, blow by blow, as he overcomes each obstacle. It will always be one of my favorite books.

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