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Around the World on a Motorcycle: 1928 to 1936

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    Zoltan Sulkowsky(Author)

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The year was 1928 when two young Hungarians decided to travel around the world on a motorcycle. Like Robert Fulton, whose circumnavigation of the globe is chronicled in his 1937 book One Man Caravan, Sulkowsky thought his was the first around-the-world journey on a motorcycle. Sulkowsky's account of his travels, originally published in Hungary in 1937, has now been translated into English and published with the original photographs. The trip, on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with sidecar, started in Paris, France. During the next eight years Sulkowsky and his friend Gyula Bartha travelled through Europe, Africa, the Mideast, India, Australia, south-east Asia, China, Japan, North and South America, and back to Europe. They earned enough money to keep travelling by selling photographs and accounts of their experiences and giving lectures in the many cities they visited along the way. Sulkowsky gives a very clear-eyed view of the world in the 1930s a world where the colonising influence of Europe had affected much of Africa and Asia. He describes in detail the overwhelming effect the British had on Indian culture and contrasts that with countries farther east where the trappings of European dominance barely reached beyond the major cities. Sulkowsky and Bartha experienced the riches of sultans, witnessed primitive cultures and extreme poverty in remote villages, travelled through wilderness with the ever-present danger of wild animals, and traversed roads of all descriptions. They dealt with mud, sand, extreme heat and cold, and rivers where the motorcycle had to be taken apart to cross in a small boat. This intelligent and engaging book offers a unique worldview between the World Wars, flavoured by a sampling of the great diversity of cultures and the wide variety of human life that exists on this planet.

Zoltan Sulkowsky was 25 years old when he left Hungary, drawn by wanderlust. His goal was to see and learn as much as he could and to keep a journal to record his observations and adventures. As his plan crystallized, one thought led to another and Sulkowsky and his friend Gyula Bartha found themselves on a motorcycle and full of determination to make their way around the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 413 pages
  • Zoltan Sulkowsky(Author)
  • Whitehorse Press (1 Aug. 2008)
  • English
  • 8
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  • By Boppana Shashidhar on 24 April 2009

    Around the World on a Motorcycle: 1928 to 1936Read through the book in three days flat.As I ride an Indian Chief 1944 myself , I enjoyed every bit of it.It is a travelogue in detail about the people,culture and the political situation prevailing between the wars.I would have been more happy had more been covered by the author about his motorcycle and others he encountered elsewhere.A milestone in motorcycling history.STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WITH THE WANDERLUST.

  • By C. Bagley on 13 July 2011

    This is a really good read and looks back at a vanished world before World War 2. The views expressed on the British Empire and pre war Japan most interesting. The adventures are very exciting, one of which they get chased by bandits in the desert and only just manage to escape. Forget the TV and have a good read. Just 1 thing grates, it is translated from Hungarian to American English, but thats a just a minor point.

  • By Mark L. Potts on 26 February 2015

    Outstanding travelogue from a time long gone.


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