Motorcycle Touring Bible by Fred Rau

Motorcycle Touring Bible is a new book by Fred Rau. Don't know Fred?  What rock have you been living under?  He's an iconic motorcycle journalist and the last word on touring.  Fred Rau has been a professional columnist for more than 35 years, serving as the editor of Wing World, the magazine for Gold Wing Riders Association, and as the managing editor of Road Rider. In 1991 he co-founded Motorcycle Consumer News.  He has ridden well over 1 million miles on all types of motorcycles and currently operates Fred Rau Adventure Tours.

Fred Rau Motorcycling ( is an online subscription-only, no-advertising, magazine for the touring and sport-touring motorcyclist.

Rau's condensed wisdom of decades and hundreds of thousands of touring miles produced a must read for anyone from novice to expert who wants to get the most out of motorcycle touring. Rau defines touring, establishes priorities, helps you avoid problems and plan your tour, suggests packing, picking the right gear and accessorizing your machine, identifies the pitfalls that await you, and pinpoints miscellaneous essentials. He uses many photos to illustrate the multi-faceted aspects of touring and to identify specific bikes to choose, across the full spectrum of available machines. When it comes to motorcycle touring this book simply covers it all period.

From the Back Cover
Touring on a motorcycle is the best way to see the world, but doing so without the proper skills and information can turn the trip of a lifetime into a disaster. The consequences range from expensive breakdowns to broken limbs to arrests in third-world countries and even to, on occasion, divorce. Most people learn these lessons the hard way, but now readers of the Motorcycle Touring Bible can learn from author Fred Rau's mistakes rather than through the school of hard knocks. Rau shares a lifetime of motorcycle touring experience on such subjects as choosing the right gear, the best uses for GPS systems, and packing for a successful trip.

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