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Old 12-03-2014, 10:09 AM   #1
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100 year old ride report found

Across America by Motor-Cycle by C. K. Shepard ebook available for free at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44505

A British riders account traveling America on 10hp 4 cylinder Henderson, about 100 years ago! An Adventure Rider pioneer.

The account of breakdowns, road conditions, travel challenges was interesting insight into our nation 100 years ago. I found it an awesome read.

I am excited to find more books or reports from early adventure riders, what have you found? Adventure Rider Books thread?

I am currently reading Life, America, and the Road a bikers perspective by Jefe Smith. Not my style of riding, but so far, its kept my interest.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:38 AM   #2
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An inspiration

Really interesting! I am not a good reader (just a good rider!! ), but I am definitley going to the library!!
Seriously, what a spirit! A great inspiration!
From now, I will not boast of my long tours among ABS and hotels!
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:37 AM   #3
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100 year old ride report found

Definitely going to read this from cover to cover over the holidays. Thanks for posting this, dfye55
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:55 AM   #4
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I'm more of a rider than reader too. I are enginer, ha! Didn't read a book for 4 years at Purdue!

I would love to find a report from each decade, how things had changed by the 20's and 30's etc.

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Old 12-03-2014, 11:59 AM   #5
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Thanks . . . . in my Kindle . . . . be great for the commute!
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Old 12-03-2014, 02:11 PM   #6
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There's another thread about this here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1009922
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:30 PM   #7
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now we all know that adventure touring didn't start until guys started filming their starbucks rides with their go-pros and posting about it on the internet!!!
we all know that no one ever road a motorcycle in the dirt before that!
BTW, cool find, thanks for sharing!
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:38 PM   #8
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"I dispensed entirely with the use of goggles from beginning to end, and except at stops in large towns on the way I wore no hat. I think that when the motor-cyclist gets accustomed to doing without these encumbrances he will find the joys of motor-cycling considerably enhanced."
So much for ATGATT...
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:20 AM   #9
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"I dispensed entirely with the use of goggles from beginning to end, and except at stops in large towns on the way I wore no hat. I think that when the motor-cyclist gets accustomed to doing without these encumbrances he will find the joys of motor-cycling considerably enhanced." ...
The realities were far different back then. Not so much hard pavement, and almost no vehicles to take you out. I totally understand the above statement and agree with it. I love nothing more than riding in tennis shoes, T-Shirt, and sunglasses, but its just plain dumb, I don't do it anymore.

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Old 12-04-2014, 07:56 AM   #10
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now we all know that adventure touring didn't start until guys started filming their starbucks rides with their go-pros and posting about it on the internet!!!
we all know that no one ever road a motorcycle in the dirt before that!
BTW, cool find, thanks for sharing!
Holy words! And from another perspective, that was the end of adventure moto touring, rather than the beginning!
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:08 AM   #11
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haha

'Contrary to what the reader may think, I paid considerable care to the machine, particularly in the early stages. For the first three hundred miles I barely exceeded twenty to twenty-five miles per hour in order[Pg vii] to give the machine a good "running-in" before submitting it to harder work. At the end of the trip I had spent more in repairs and replacements than the original cost of the machine, and I sold it at San Francisco for just over a quarter of the amount I paid for it three months before.

And I am still as keen a motor-cyclist as ever!'


It's actually a quite fascinating account. Both of post-war US and how the spirit of riding a bike across a continent carries with it some of the same old problems, joys and observations

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Old 12-04-2014, 12:08 PM   #12
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Very good read, aside from the marked lack of a chase truck to supply artisanal bread or freshly frothed lattes.
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:06 PM   #13
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Enjoyed it very much, so much and so little has changed over the years.......... facing very similar ordeals to date.

My favorite: "I have often thought there must be a guardian angel watching over mad motor-cyclists."
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:54 PM   #14
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Thanks for the link to Shepard's book!
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Very good read, aside from the marked lack of a chase truck to supply artisanal bread or freshly frothed lattes.
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