Bonjour! Is this Italy?

A Hapless Biker’s Guide to Europe

Following his dismissal from a job he never should have had, the author packs a tent, some snacks, and a suit, and sets out on a two-wheeled adventure across Europe. With no idea where he’s going, and only two very large and confusing maps to rely on, he heads out to prove that planning and forethought are the very antithesis of a motorcycle adventure.


Bonjour! Is this Italy? offers a unique and often hilarious insight into the challenges and excitement afforded by a lone motorcycle journey though Europe. In his quest to escape the frantic nature of London life, Kevin Turner heads south across France, crossing the Alps into Italy, and onto Rome, before returning via Germany – and the treacherous Nürburgring – in the hope of rendezvousing with the beautiful Nina. Throughout, the author provides valuable advice to those considering a similar journey, noting the best and most scenic routes, where to stay, and what to see. This is interspersed with a raft of comic anecdotes that demonstrate exactly what NOT to do when lost on a motorbike in Europe.


  • Features more familiar locations than other motorcycle travel books
  • Global audience – bikers will easily relate to the story
  • Doesn’t take itself too seriously
  • Not overly motorcycle-orientated – can be enjoyed by non-biking readers
  • Provides practical guidance to benefit bikers visiting featured locations
  • Features a popular motorcycle that readers with be familiar with
  • Useful maps detailing interesting, if less well-known routes
  • Unique and personal perspective of life ‘on the road’
  • Features detailed Nürburgring section
  • Contains numerous photographs illustrating the story and route

About the author

Since passing his motorcycle test nearly ten years ago, Kevin Turner has ridden far and wide across the UK and Europe, writing about his experiences for various websites and publications, including the industry-leading 'Motorcycle News.' Past trips have taken Kevin from the Alps to the Pyrenees and from Rome to the beaches of Normandy ... although most conclude with a few laps of the Nürburgring, to which he is hopelessly addicted. A professional journalist, Kevin also writes regular review features, covering motorcycles, equipment, events and kit. A spirit of adventure (and occasional recklessness), coupled with much self-deprecating humour, pervades his writing.

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eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845845-72-8 • eV number: eV4572 • Published: March 2013 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £8.99 / $9.99 / €10.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4399 • Paperback • 21x14.8cm • £12.99 • 144 pages • 129 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845843-99-1 • UPC: 6-36847-04399-5. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

What people are saying...

“One of the funniest books I've read in a long time" webBikeWorld

"A witty, humorous travel log" Inter-Bike

“Honest, entertainingly written [and] useful" Evening Standard

“Turner is a concise and eloquent writer [and his] trials and tribulations make an excellent light read" Visor Down

“An enjoyable read that makes a month’s ride around Europe seem like a lot of fun" RiDE

“A highly recommended book that will keep you gripped this summer" Burton Mail

“An amusing story that should be an inspiration to others"

“[Turner] has a way with words, a sense of humour and a passion for the off-beat" Bike Rider

“An easy-paced, gently amusing tale, filled with a nice balance of fact and fun. A recommended read"

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