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• Features more familiar locations than other motorbike travel books
• Global audience – ‘regular’ bikers will easily relate to the story
• Doesn’t take itself too seriously
• Not overly motorbike-orientated – can be enjoyed by non-biking readers
• Provides practical guidance to benefit bikers visiting featured locations
• Features a ‘regular’ motorbike that readers with be familiar with
• Useful maps detailing interesting, if less well-known routes
• Unique and personal perspective of life ‘on the road’
• Features detailed Nürburgring section
• Contains numerous photographs illustrating the story and route
Following his dismissal from a job he never should have had, the author packs a tent, some snacks, and a suit, and sets out on a two-wheeled adventure across Europe. With no idea where he’s going, and only two very large and confusing maps to rely on, he heads out to prove that planning and forethought are the very antithesis of a motorcycle adventure.
Is This Italy? offers a unique and often hilarious insight into the challenges and excitement afforded by a lone motorcycle journey though Europe. In his quest to escape the frantic nature of London life, Kevin Turner heads south across France, crossing the Alps into Italy, and onto Rome, before returning via Germany – and the treacherous Nürburgring – in the hope of rendezvousing with the beautiful Nina. Throughout, the author provides valuable advice to those considering a similar journey, noting the best and most scenic routes, where to stay, and what to see. This is interspersed with a raft of comic anecdotes that demonstrate exactly what NOT to do when lost on a motorbike in Europe.
If you like a dash of fun and hilarity with your travel, this is one for you ... It is an entertaining, nay gripping, tale which paints a wonderful picture of not only discovering part of Europe but becoming absorbed in the discovery.
The best compliment I can pay Kevin is to say that the next time he and the bike head off, I want to go with them!
Following his dismissal from a job he never should have had, the author packs a tent, some snacks, and a suit, and sets out on a two-wheeled adventure across Europe. With no idea where he's going, and only two very large and confusing maps to rely on, he heads out to prove that planning and forethought are the very antithesis of a motorcycle adventure.
One-quarter serious travel guide and three-quarters jovial memoir, this is an enjoyable read that makes a solo one-month ride around Europe on a Suzuki SV650 seem like a lot of fun, even when things don't go as planned. Not that Tumer planned much. Finding himself kicked out of a job, he embraced drifting around while putting a brave face on the camping. He's no Bill Bryson, but he has a nice tum of phrase and isn't under any illusions that he's doing anything groundbrealdng or profound, resulting In a book that gives lightweight a good name.
From the first page to the last, this book gripped me… A highly recommended book that will keep you gripped this summer on the beach or a long haul flight.
... witty and self-deprecating tale of mishap… Save yourself the inevitable loneliness, mind-numbing boredom and piles that are often part and parcel of a cross-continent 'adventure' and adopt Kevin's adventure instead.
I can't comment on [Turner's] skills in analysing the markets etc., but I can on his skill as a writer of a witty, humorous travel log and that is brilliant! From the beginning Turner had me smiling… Well worth adding to the reading list...
A light-hearted read and amusing story that should be an inspiration to others. Recommended.
Turner makes a few weeks in Europe sound like it could be a damn good way of making the most out of where a bike can take you.
Bike Rider Magazine