According to many, Helge Pedersen’s book, "10 Years on 2 Wheels", ranks among the most amazing travelogues ever.
Now available exclusively from Touratech-USA is the third edition of the motorcycling classic, which was restored from scratch after original films had disappeared from the printer.
The book "10 Years on 2 Wheels" documents a motorcycle journey that started in 1981, when Pedersen was just 27. The author and his BMW R 80 GS (named "Olga") traveled for 10 years across five continents and 77 countries. He rode a total of over 250,000 miles.
Helge is believed to be the first motorcyclist ever to ride overland from South America to North America via the infamous Darien Gap–80 roadless miles of virtually impenetrable, bug-infested jungle and swamps.
He emerged in Panama City three weeks later with infected legs and broken bones.
Written as short stories, Pedersen’s highly personal accounts of his travels are humble and humorous.
However, it is his photography and determination to see the world and capture its wonders on film that may inspire you to take off on the adventure of your lifetime.
Helge Pedersen says: "My purpose with this book was to inspire people to experience the world through their own adventures. I also wanted to share the unique opportunities that are possible when exploring other parts of the world by motorcycle."
The third edition of the book follows one Norwegian edition and two English language editions, all of which were sold out.
The demand for the book was so high that used copies were selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay. When it came time to reprint, Helge discovered that the original printer’s films were lost.
Helge spent a few years painstakingly recreating the content and rescanning over 200 photographs to give his motorcycle adventure classic a new lease on life.
In the new third edition, the content and photographs remain unchanged, but the book has a new afterward by the author, an updated map of Helge’s world travels, and an improved hard cover.
Touratech-USA is the exclusive distributor of "10 Years on 2 Wheels" and the MSPR of the book is $48.