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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Amid all this Toyota mythologising (!) it's easy to forget that McTravel is driving to the Gambia - not rutting up the lanes in Dorset or dune-popping in the Tibesti!
Bearing in mind that this route is 10,000km of mostly good, straight tarmac, an Hj60 - or any other old 4WD - will be tough work. Lumbering noisily along at 100kph day-after-day, (when you could safely cruise at 150kph plus) rapidly becomes a chore.
A plush 2WD Mercedes/Peugeot saloon is going to be much more enjoyable - or a good van if you need the space - Toyota Hiace ? Just go slow on the rough sections.
2-3k+ euros could get you something relatively quick and luxurious with plenty of twilight life in it.
If you envisage driving a lot of bad roads in the Gambia, maybe raise the clearance a notch or even fit a skid plate. Chris S did something like this with a 190D, still on his website? Looked like fun.
If the target is to get as easy and quickly as possible down to Ghana and stay on the main roads and tracks, then the Merc or Peugeot is the best option. If McT wants to do some exploring and adventurizing, then he should take a 4WD to m.h.o.
My thoughts are that two wheel drive is fine for most things and as others have said if you are mainly on tar and rough roads you will be fine.......this said I have know bought a 4x4 for my next trip just so I can get to good camping spots. Most people in most counties don't have 4x4 but then they don't go camping in inaccessible areas.
Mitsu have the suspension issue thats already been raised - their front axle lets them down offroad, whatever the age of the vehicle they dont seem to have addressed this issue - BUT good onroad and on rough tracks.
Cruiser - many are too 'electronic' for my tastes (same can be said for most cars) but the 75 Series Troopcarrier is a great truck - limitation is the leaf springs (and U-bolts) which limit their offroad ability in mud and rocks. They are avoided in East African bush (though common on roads) for this reason. Good for deserts and big dunes though, hence common in Sahara. Other versions of Cruiser are fast and comfy on road.
Discovery - Mk1 is a good car but they are getting old now. Mk2 lots of electronics - Mk3 excellent truck but oh, so complicated! I used one in the Sahara last summer and on road tyres it ran rings round everything - Cruisers on desert tyres included. Discos lack interior space but they do make decent overlanders.
Defender - more recent ones are over-complex. Tdi-engined 110 or 130 possibly the best option. I have used three in E and N Africa for almost 10 years. Slow and noisy on road, extremely capable offroad.
Reliability? You will hear horror stories about all types. Ask five overlanders and you will get ten opinions!
I swear by Defenders and have never been let down by them, and that includes solo desert traverses, Great Sand Sea, etc.
Africa is full of spares for Defender and Cruiser. Nissan too and Jeep, but dont touch Jeep unless you like walking.
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