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Originally posted by kateguy kateguy wrote:


Ewan and Charlie mite have brought bike rides to the masses...these gals just did it.
Without the support convoy.
 
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"Adventures of a despatch rider" by Watson. Written in 1920, is the diary of a privileged university graduate who bought a bike and joined up in 1914. Fascinating insight into life at the time, including one occasion when 3 of them all got stranded due to water in the magnetos, but just related as one of those things. He later took a commission in the new Tank Corps and that diary is even more interesting. Its free to download on www.guttenberg.org. The sight has thousands of out of print books, great if you like history
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Feb 2018 at 10:21
This thread prompted me to have a look through my bookshelf and I noticed "Dream Catching" by Dyan Sheldon. Excellent tale from a non-motorcyclist passengering a London dispatch rider on the back of a Honda for a trip through the USA and into Peru (although I can't remember if they got there). Very well written and like all the best travel tales really makes you feel as if you're riding along with them.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dave P. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Feb 2018 at 13:54
Thanks to Jerry Atric for the Guttenberg.org reference.I've checked it out and it looks really useful.I'll start with the despatch rider adventures and who knows where that will lead?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Oafski Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Feb 2018 at 19:22
I enjoyed "The Hunt for Pueto Faglioli" by Paddy Tyson.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jpc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Feb 2018 at 20:04
Originally posted by Oafski Oafski wrote:

I enjoyed "The Hunt for Pueto Faglioli" by Paddy Tyson.

I looked up the reviews on Amazon, they're all excellent, but what's with the prices  ???????????

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cyclobutch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Feb 2018 at 09:17
Originally posted by Dave P. Dave P. wrote:

Thanks to Jerry Atric for the Guttenberg.org reference.I've checked it out and it looks really useful.I'll start with the despatch rider adventures and who knows where that will lead?

Yes I checked up on Watson's later adventures in tanks, and then picked up on;


 
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They featured Deborah in the Guy Martin program I think.
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Paddy Tyson's book is available on his own website for £11.99 inc. postage..www.paddytyson.com
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jpc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Feb 2018 at 19:44
Originally posted by saultrader saultrader wrote:

Paddy Tyson's book is available on his own website for £11.99 inc. postage..www.paddytyson.com

Thanks, available in UK, out of stock for Europe ...... Strange.
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Originally posted by Jerry atric Jerry atric wrote:

"Adventures of a despatch rider" by Watson. Written in 1920, is the diary of a privileged university graduate who bought a bike and joined up in 1914. Fascinating insight into life at the time, including one occasion when 3 of them all got stranded due to water in the magnetos, but just related as one of those things. He later took a commission in the new Tank Corps and that diary is even more interesting. Its free to download on www.guttenberg.org. The sight has thousands of out of print books, great if you like history
I have not looked on that site, but its likely that its the censored version, he got a rollocking for publishing it with far too much information, if you get a copy of two wheels to ar as reccomened earlier, it has the unedited version. along with many origional and never before seen pictures, maps and many more article all about the rest of the riders involved
its a cracking read


Saw this review here


https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/reviews/two-wheels-to-war.601/


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Motorcycling in the Thirties by Jack Gray is my favourite bike related book. Available from Hitchcocks Motorcycles, the Enfield specialist.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jerry atric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Feb 2018 at 07:51
Raphael, thanks, I'll have a look for that.
Regarding Jack Gray, is he the Grey from Gander and Grey, Enfield specialists in London? He rebored my Bonnie, A real old fashioned, quietly spoken gentleman who didn't look down on an ignorant youth. They always had a row of big REs outside t drool over.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rollo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Feb 2018 at 08:43
Already mentioned above, but I can also recommend Elspeth Beard's recent book. I found it a very enjoyable read. Some travel logs don't flow well but Elspeth's writing style works well.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote theone&onlymin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Feb 2018 at 09:10
San Fairy Ann? By Michael Carragher.
Motorcycles and British Victory.1914-1918
First Step Press.

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