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The Longest Ride: My Ten-Year 500,000 Mile Motorcycle Journey Hardcover – Mar 15 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (March 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760326320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760326329
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #368,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Emilio Scotto began his professional life as a pharmaceutical salesman. But a long-simmering dream to travel the world eventually got the best of him. In 1985 he set out on a motorcycle journey around the world that would last a record-setting 10 years. Emilio lives with his wife Monica in Los Angeles, California.

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For his eighth birthday, Emilio Scotto’s mother bought him a world atlas.  He told his mother that he would someday make a route that would pass through all the countries of the world.  As an adult, through a melding of fate, karma, and luck, he got his hands on the most amazing machine: a black 1100 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle.  “This will be my ticket to see the world,” he said to himself. With no money or credit cards, and zero travel experience, Emilio bid farewell to his family, hopped on his motorcycle, and headed into the unknown. Thus began a decade-long journey that landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records. Through words and photos, Emilio takes you on the journey of a lifetime in The Longest Ride.

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I was rather disappointed by the book, you can tell that the author is not a professional writer and probably did not seek any professional help when writing the book. I was surprised how naive this fellow was when preparing for this journey, no specific motorcycle knowledge, no tools, no money, and throwing himself into adventures where he relied mostly on a luck and help of strangers than of his own planning and abilities.
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If you are planning a long trip or a short couple weeks, this book is for you. Inspired notes from a seasoned traveler, this book provides experience and insight towards what your road or trail may bring you. Enjoying it as we plan a trip from the top to the bottom of the Americas. Having read only part way thru, its been a very helpful tool.
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Enjoyed the book. Good reading.
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I bought this book as a gift for a motorcyclist and he loved it! Read it from cover to cover.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9e7ae030) out of 5 stars 45 reviews
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6eb8a0) out of 5 stars Mixed results May 15 2007
By SilverRider - Published on
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The first half of the book really shines. It is an excellent narrative of what might be one of the worst prepared for trips around the world in the history of exploration! Emilio's personality is such that strangers offer help when most of us would be out of luck. He is either the luckiest person alive or has an overworked guardian angel. His description of crossing the railroad bridge ahead of all out war in El Salvador is just one example.

The second half of the book reads like his editor reminded him of a deadline that was rapidly approaching. It is very terse and reads like a chamber of commerce brochure. The "you are there" feeling is gone - replaced by "I went here, then did that, and then there..." This cost my review 1 star.

A big disappointment was the author's choice to include a rather graphic depiction of his first carnal experience with his then girlfriend in the introduction. It is something more appropriate to a back rack porno magazine. I have an extensive collection of motorcycle and adventure literature that my young nephews love to read - this one is definitely not "age appropriate." What a shame too, because it added nothing to the experience of his story - this cost the review a second star.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e65b3f0) out of 5 stars The best ride report ever? March 22 2007
By Thor Hammer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book on motorcycle adventure travel I have read so far. It's about this crazy Argentinian who sets out to ride around the world on an 1100 GoldWing (!), with hardly any riding skills, and even less mechanical skills. He starts out carrying "everything" (up to and including full scuba gear!), but gets robbed of it all after a few days. The rest of us would have gone back home, but Scotto continues his journey with $53 or so in his pocket, no gear, but an impressive ability to charm his way to free meals, beds (with and without company) and gas money.

Scotto is a great story-teller, and I easily forgive him the spices I am sure he must have sprinkled over his stories. Some of you may remember a "teaser" in the 2005 edition of Cycle World Adventures magazine, where he more or less carried the GoldWing through the jungle in Guinea, West Africa.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e66e0e4) out of 5 stars Started Great and Then Fizzled April 17 2008
By Mr Canoehead - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book started off really well with lots of interesting narrative and great pictures. Although it was obviously written in spanish and translated to English, the strange wordings add to the fun of the book.

But as time goes on, he writes less and less and relies on pictures to tell the story - whole countries pass with barely more than "then I went to...". By the time he gets married, there is almost no narrative at all, so it seems that he lost interest in the book and had a publisher's deadline to meet.

The first half of the book is 5 star, the last half 1-2 star, so I give it a 3 star rating overall.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6100a8) out of 5 stars Starts well, finishes badly, don't waste your time Nov. 13 2011
By JamesM - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Like other reviewers I was engaged in the story telling for the first half of the book.

You can but only admire the sheer tenacity and will the guy obviously posesses to achieve what he has over this time period in terms of the distance travelled.
The writing varies from poor to passable for a guy who is obviously not a writer.

The second half of the book as quite a few reviews have stated is a disjointed, poorly written account
of his last 5 years comprising mainly photographs and narrative he seems to have googled to fit the photo.
Nothing to reflect on about life or in fact anything much to do with his travels through China, Australia,
New Zealand just to name a few of the many countries he seems to have gone through and glossed over.

Some reviewers suggest perhaps a loss of interest or an editors deadline. Given the book was published over ten years after his adventure ended
I don't really see why he would have rushed to get the book out at the expense of leaving it the completely unsatisfying work it became.

It appears his adventures pretty much came to an abrupt end the moment the love of his life joined him on the trip.
Not one exciting story to tell about her or the both of them in the final 5 years? The cynic in me suggests having a witness to verify accounts
may have restrained the colorfull writing evidenced in the first half of the book.

Or the other very possible option is that he did not even write a word of the second half of the book. Finished of by his publisher writing some captions to his photos?

I came away feeling a bit cheated, having invested myself in his adventure only to see he could not be bothered with completing the task of writing
the book. I wouldn't bother buying it. Maybe check it out at the library
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4a90b4) out of 5 stars Amazing Story. Extremely well told. May 23 2007
By Nelson C. Kaesberg - Published on
Format: Hardcover
By the end of the "Introduction" I was hooked. I expected the intro to aquaint me with the author and define the beginning of his trip and the reasons for it. I could not have been more in error. By the time I completed these beginning pages I was convinced he'd never make it. Even if you have never even seen a motorcycle, you will be enthralled by this story. Amazing courage, a guardian angel, and uncommon good luck are a part of each paragraph. Don't miss this great story.