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Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps & Beyond Paperback – May 15 2008

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Press; 4 edition (May 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884313701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884313707
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #865,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Known in BMW circles as the "King of the Alps," John Hermann bought his first bike in 1960.  Since then he has clocked over 1,000,000 miles, many of them on his biannual trips to Europe to explore every nook and cranny that might possibly have a twisty road.

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Oh, to be John Hermann and explore by motorcycle every road, every pass, every hotel and restaurant that he has, and write and review so marvellously in this, the ultimate bike-touring book in the European Alps.
A great resource filled with suggestions, routes and gorgeous pictures for anyone planning a motorcycle trip to the most stunning scenery on earth, or for the armchair traveller who wishes to dream!
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HASH(0x9a125af8) out of 5 stars The bible of the Alps Nov. 11 2008
By R. Hutchinson - Published on
This book is, hands down, the best guide book for motorcycling the Alps. John writes in a very sparse manner, not intended to convince you to go there; but when on site, his words tell you what you need to know. Buy another guide to cover hotels, restaurants, and cultural attractions. This gives you the roads to travel.
Most of the routes within will not be found in other books. It is the small roads over beautiful, lonely, alpen passes that are John's specialty. Those roads will best serve someone who has gone to the trouble to be riding a motorcycle in Europe. Leave the big cities for another time, when you fly in and take a cab. You are on a bike, in the countryside, take advantage of your strengths. Head for the scenic instead of the chaotic.
By the second day out, you will be penning a letter to John in your head as you pass through some of the most glorious scenery in the world, thanking him for his good work. I say it now......Thanks John.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a125f00) out of 5 stars Great substitute for a tour guide Oct. 30 2012
By Peter - Published on
I bought this book 5 years ago in anticipation of taking my oldest son on a 10 day BMW motorcycle excursion through the alps as a graduation present. I KNEW the logistics of where we were going, where we were going to stay and where and what we were going to eat would make or break the trip. I considered hiring a guide to take us to the "coolest" places to see on a motorcycle in Europe but our pocketbook and rigid schedule dictated for an optional plan. The cool thing about buying books on Amazon and reading about the bio of the author is that you can search the web and find them and usually TALK to them if you want to. So I called John and said "I am going on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with my son and probably will never do this again...where do you recommend we go and what are the "must see" destinations with a limited budget and limited days on the road." John could not have been more helpful and asked great questions regarding our riding experience, time of year we would be riding in Europe (critical component) and the MUST SEE places if you go only once. I took a preloaded Garmin GPS with Johns routes and suggestions recorded to mount on the rented BMW. I love the story of us riding through Corsica (a MUST SEE on John's list) and the GPS telling us to turn up this narrow paved road outside of a small village. My son thought it must have been a mistake in routing but I assured him John recommended the turn in the book and, sure enough, we rode up to a unmarked, historic monastery which took our breathe away....not many Americans stumbled across that scene without John's years of exploration. Bottom line, we had the father/son trip I will always cherish because we stayed in clean, inexpensive hotels that John recommended, ate at the unique restaurants that he suggested and rode to the coolest parts of the Alps off the beaten path that we never would have discovered on our own....thanks again John!
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HASH(0x9a4ecbb8) out of 5 stars Good resource for Europeans familiar with the roads, not great for others. Dec 16 2010
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I purchased this book a few years ago. I cruise through the Alps every 2-3 years. The book offers good information but the organization is useless. Hermann makes a point to refer to places with local names which is great for Europeans but renders it quite useless to non-Europeans. He has some maps at the start of each chapter but they are too limited to be of any use.

For example, if you are looking to plan a route that would span a period of time for a vacation, such as a week, and if you want to cover a few countries the book will not assist in this effort at all. This is what most would use the book for - to plan a motorcycle trip. The book is designed for locals who will ride in one particular area. For example, 'Around Salzburg' you can find routes and ideas.

It takes A LOT of time to plan a route and you need maps coupled with highlighted areas from the book. I'm looking for a more usable resource for my upcoming trip.
HASH(0x9a6e30fc) out of 5 stars Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and Beyond Nov. 6 2011
By Carl Boler - Published on
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book. But being a motorcyclist I'm always attracted to motorcycle stories. This book is exactly what I"ve been looking for. If you plan to take a trip to Europe this book is an excellent reference guide. Hermann suggest places to stay, routes to take and places to eat.
HASH(0x9a6e3444) out of 5 stars Fantastic guide Dec 21 2013
By Kyosuke Siqueira Saito - Published on
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Its a great guide ! I have been with my wife riding on the Alps on last Summer with this guide and it was great. There are so many routes and options over there. With the guide we could take the right choices to see great views and have really nice riding experiences. I am already planning my next vacations with the same book. I strongly suggest to everyone planning or dreaming about riding in the Alps.