MOTORCYCLE VAGABONDING IN JAPAN
written mostly by BMW-riding French dude Guy De La Rupelle.
And here'what the critics had to say about Vagabonding:
- TOURING JAPAN
- Japan is not usually on our list of favorite motorcycle destinations, but after reading this book, you may change your mind. "Motorcycle Vagabonding in Japan," by resident author Guy de La Rupelle (and Owen Stinger), outlines some terrific roads for motorcycle enthusiasts in the "Land of the Rising Sun." The book is broken down by regions and explains everything you'll need to know to explore Japan to its fullest. Maybe you've heard about how expensive Japan is and think you can't afford it. While Tokyo and the urbanized areas can be expensive, de La Rupelle explains how to avoid those places and their high prices. If you bring your own camping gear, you can save thousands of yen. Japan is 75% mountainous so there're plenty of nicely cambered twisties on smooth pavement, and many beautiful spots not frequented by tourists. After reading this book, you are sure to look at Japan differently when it comes to seeing it on a motorcycle.
- From September/October '99 ASPHALT ANGELS
- Motorcycle Consumer News/ December 1999
- by D.C. Wilson
- [...] Spanning Maine to Georgia in length, Japan is not so tiny. And though crowded in the cities, much of the country is rural and mountainous. Congested expressways charge huge tolls, but uncrowded, free roads spider a multitude of scenic areas too. And despite Japan's notorious gaijin attitude about outsiders, a foreign motorcyclist can expect a riding brotherhood that will help him out in a jam. Sounds like a fine place to ride to me.
- The book covers tours around Tokyo, rides on the West Coast, opposite Tokyo, and jaunt through the Kyoto region before island hopping to Shikoku and Kyushu in the south and Hokkaido in the north. To the author's credit, each chapter begins with a map and tour synopsis including riding
- distances, terrain (roads and countryside to be encountered) and tour highlights; these are what one would use on a ride. [...] The appendix refreshingly demystifies sex and food in Japan and provides supplementary references. It's fair to say that the book peaks with the appendix, where a worldly French sensibility combines with Yankee (That would be me. Stinger) ingenuity to appealing affect.
- Give the author high marks for dispatching stereotypes forthwith.[...]