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Motorcycle Journeys Through the Southwest United States Paperback – Feb 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Pr (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962183490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962183492
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 649 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,668,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" If you have a taste for the offbeat, and want to avoid traditional tourist traps while experiencing the Southwest's finest motorcycling roads, then Motorcycle Journeys through the Southwest is for you." -- Keystone Motorcycle Press

"Berke is a full-time motorcycle explorer and author, with an obvious sense of both curiosity and humor that makes this book as fun to read as it is useful." -- Motorcycle Consumer News

"For those who like to scout ahead, Martin C. Berke's Motorcycle Journey's Through the Southwest is a good source of information about roads to ride, places to eat and things to see." -- Motorcycle Cruiser, Summer 1996

"I wish I'd been sent this book a few months earlier, before I did my own little bit of exploring in the southwest, for it is chock full of information for the tourist. Yes, I know that it is fun to find out for yourself but I am never adverse to accepting a helping hand, especially if time is limited. Covering Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, it offers 66 "rides" in what must be one of the most beautiful parts of a beautiful country, routes that have been traversed by the author, Marty Berke, on his BMW. Scanning the pages awakened many memories for me and reminded me that, so far, I really haven't scratched the surface. A few of the suggested routes I have already followed and plenty more I wish I had.

"Also listed in the book are motorcycle dealers, restaurants and a wealth of helpful and practical advice, like not hurtling right up to 10,000 feet, risking altitude sickness, but spending a couple of nights at 5,000 feet. Believe me, he is right! It is certainly a book that will accompany me when I return to Colorado." -- Motorcycle-Sport, January 1995

"If you're going to the Durango rally, or just want to go riding in the west, this book is a must . . . ." -- BMW Owners News

"In the 420 page softbound book, Berke has scouted the region's best campgrounds, parks, scenic landmarks, and restaurants, always with an eye on value. Each chapter, or trip, contains useful listings of restaurants, lodgings, places of interest, and other helpful tips. Over eighty maps accompany the text, making navigation a snap, and over 255 illustrations highlight many of the attractions.

"If you have a taste for the offbeat, and want to avoid traditional tourist traps, while experiencing the Southwest's finest motorcycling roads, then Motorcycle Journeys through the Southwest is for you." -- Keystone Motorcycle Press, September 1994

"Motorcycle Journeys Through the Southwest, You Don't Have to get Lost to Find the Good Roads. . . That subtitle is right, you don't have to get lost to find the good roads if you have this book. You don't even have to ride a motorcycle to enjoy it. It is written in a merry and informative style and contains all the information you will need with a bonus of comments on the cuisine; the history and the general ambiance of the area you want to travel through. There are clear maps of each area, and the book is small enough to carry in a large pocket." -- New Mexico Magazine, April 1995

About the Author

Marty Berke wrote both Motorcycle Journeys through New England and Motorcycle Journeys through the Southwest out of a lifelong love of the open road. Currently on the back roads full-time, he originally caught the two-wheeled fever with his first schwinn, and graduated to the motorized version not long after with a 1955 Vespa, a driver's license, and an IOU to Mom.

After graduating from C.W. Post College with a degree in economics, Marty spent the next eighteen years pursuing his hobby--while opening up new markets for a large corporation throughout Europe, the Americas, the South Pacific, and Asia.

Author of travel and motorcycle articles, he now prowls the world finding good roads and new ways to share them with you.


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This books gives some pretty cool descriptions on different areas in the Southwest including Southwestern Colorado. My husband and I are familiar with the Colorado chapter and it was as though we were going through it again. Except it was in words and in our minds. My husband is going to take the recommendations and ride from the Chicago Area to the Taos New Mexico area. I will follow 2 days behind him with kids in tow. The author also provides valuable information on watering holes as well as places to eat. In desert areas you want to be prepared as to where the last gas station is. The author also gives explicit details on road conditions which makes the trip a lot easier to palette knowing where the "bad" spots are. Either you choose to ride gingerly through it or go around. I highly recommend this book. It's a good read and it contains lots of valuable information.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa84d2294) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa836ff78) out of 5 stars It's like a virtual motorcyle trip. March 4 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This books gives some pretty cool descriptions on different areas in the Southwest including Southwestern Colorado. My husband and I are familiar with the Colorado chapter and it was as though we were going through it again. Except it was in words and in our minds. My husband is going to take the recommendations and ride from the Chicago Area to the Taos New Mexico area. I will follow 2 days behind him with kids in tow. The author also provides valuable information on watering holes as well as places to eat. In desert areas you want to be prepared as to where the last gas station is. The author also gives explicit details on road conditions which makes the trip a lot easier to palette knowing where the "bad" spots are. Either you choose to ride gingerly through it or go around. I highly recommend this book. It's a good read and it contains lots of valuable information.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa837c1f8) out of 5 stars Must have if your traveling the New Mexico - Colorado area Sept. 26 2004
By flht01 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is very well written with the motorcyclist in mind. Recommended camping areas, off the beaten path type routes and recommended stops along the way. Well put together and a good read, highly recommended.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8521918) out of 5 stars Not That Good May 6 2013
By JK - Published on Amazon.com
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I was disappointed in this book, especially after the good reviews I read here. The author spends a great deal of time reviewing the history and lore of all the towns and areas you pass through, but doesn't give enough time describing the routes themselves.

The routes are often based on loops from a home base that may or may not work for you. Because his routes often combine several different highways to complete a loop, it is hard to break out the section and just read about the portion you may be interested in. There just is not information about the routes to help you decide if it is appropriate for your skill level or what you are hoping for.

After touring NM and Colorado, I went back to the book and tried to use it again. It didn't get any better. If you want a used one, I will send you mine for the cost of shipping.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa837a924) out of 5 stars Great Riding Reference for the Southwestern States Dec 29 2011
By Robert Ballantyne - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well researched, well written riding reference. It has been added to the motorcycle trailers library for referencing rides in areas we travel to while vacationing. The turn by turn directions area very well written and every ride loop we have done to date has been as described.
HASH(0xa837c18c) out of 5 stars Good travel book Feb. 22 2012
By Pop S - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reads a lot like most travel books- it describes where to stay and eat, and what to do that's fun. Its description of the roads and traffic could be enhanced.

I have found it helpful in planning some trips into the area, although it suggest that I take a lot longer to visit everything than I have- a lot longer.

All in all, I'm glad I bought it and have found it useful.


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