The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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On our 4x4 we've 15" wheels but we've heard it will be very diffucult to find new tubes if needed for this size in africa. Should we change them into 16" inch wheels (budget..) or can we leave this way?
Any experience with 15 inch in africa? (tunesia/libya/cairo....capetown)
Yeah, dont worry about the wheel size so much - just use what you have got, invest the money on the best, toughest tubeless tyres you can (In my opinion BF goodrich or Michelin are the best) and a good Repair Kit/Tyre levers/Air compressor.
Carry a couple of good quality spare inner tubes in case you split a tyre badly. (you can get them repaired very easily, but then have to fit a tube)
For 'normal' punctures on the tread pattern use repair 'strings' which you push into the hole with a special tool, they work very well - just make sure you clean out the hole first, A modern good quality repair kit will have these - and you can leave the tyre on the wheel !!!
The manufactors of these reccomend you use this as 'an emergency repair only', In practice if you do them properly they are great - though if you use them on a front tyre then maybe swop it to the rear if you are doing any fast tarmac driving (you should swop your tyres around anyway to make them wear evenly)
For any punctures on the side walls you must demount the tyre and patch it from the inside, the tyre sidewalls get worked very hard and produce a lot of heat - especially on corrogations, at speed or in the sun -or all three !
Most Punctures (apart from an object piercing a tyre) are caused by friction between tyre and inner tube - thats why tubeless are so good.
Your tyre pressures are very important, they should be checked daily (cold -first thing in the morning to make sure they are even, to aid even braking) after you change the pressures for sand or piste through the day (sometimes 10 times a day !!!), they will be a little uneven as they will be at different temperatures due to load and the sun, so it is good practice to check them every morning.
If you keep the pressures at the right level for the terrain and protect your sidewalls you should have few problems.
If you need any more info no problem, Cheers, Grif.
Drago/Eo Driver, Land Rover and DR650 overlander.
I'm using Michelin XZLs on 16" LC steel split rims, fitted with Michelin Airstop tubes. I also use the Tyreplier repair kit (tyrepliers and 2 x tyre irons) as the two irons I bought from Matt Savage's were not up to the job. With this kit and a bottle of cheap Fairy liquid a tube change takes 10 minutes or maybe less if your in a real hurry. The only problem is that you MUST ensure that tubes and dust flap etc are absolutely clean. I learnt this through personal experience and three flats in as many days!
On a slighty different topic.
The Nissan Patrol in Portugal used to come with 15" rims as a fabric standard.
When I bought my second-hand Patrol, it came with 16" rims and with 205R16 tyres.
Now I wanted to raise the car, just for a couple of centimeters.
I have been suggested that this could be easly done by fitting 7.50R16 tyres instead of rebending the suspension or adding one or two extra-leafs.
I'm concerned that using taller tyres might damage, in a long term, the transmission.
I'm concerned that using taller tyres might damage, in a long term, the transmission.
Unlikely to damage the transmission, unless you go for a *much* larger diameter tyre. And bigger diameter is better for most off-road conditions. I am almost certain that 7.50-16s would fit into the wheel arches in a Patrol.
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