In 1973, Ted Simon, a writer for the London Sunday Times, fired up a brand-new, bone-stock 500cc Triumph Tiger 100 and set out on a round-the-world trip. Over the next four years, Simon, who'd been riding for maybe six months at that point, would cover 63,000 miles and visit 54 countries. Along the way, he got caught up in wars, spent time in a Brazilian prison and fell in love. In these days of dead-reliable motorcycles, GPS and Internet cafes in even the most remote locations, an around-the-world bike journey is at best a dangerous and difficult undertaking; that a novice rider on a bike designed in the '30s accomplished it is nothing short of incredible. Simon's book is an insightful, perceptive account of what it took to do it, and a wonderful book even for the nonrider.