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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Fitting Car Radio to a Defender (which has never had one)
I have bought a second hand pioneer radio/cd player to fit to my 110 hard top. The stereo comes with a connector plug that take the cables out of the back of the unit. The vehicle has never had a stereo fitted so I am not sure how to wire in connector that is comes off the back of the stereo.
Does anyone out there know where I can get hold of a wiring diagram for this or any advice on where I should start?!
Go to Pioneer Electronics - Home and follow the links for your model of CD player (see the label on the case) to the support pages, where you should be able to download both an owners' manual and the installation instructions.
Most manufacturers have such info freely available on their websites nowadays.
If you're not too good at electrical work, or just want to keep things looking "factory", then you can buy the "stereo installation kit" from LR, which consists of things like:
STC7766 the main wiring harness to connect your stereo to the 12v supply
AMR3294 the speaker harness
AMR3417 x2 really naff speakers
BTR9552 a little plastic cover that covers the cig lighter and rear wash wipe switch, but has a hole in it for the wiring loom to come though.
so you only really need the two wiring looms to make things easy. and get a pair of decent speakers, again from halfords or similar, for about £20 they much better than the things that LR supply.
Also, you can get the dash pods pretty cheap, eith on ebay or just from Halfords or similar.
There are usually loads of wires, some of which you won't need, like electric ariel control, remote control, etc.
Forget the colour codes off the top of me head but you should be able to google it ok.
You need to connect the permanent live, which retains the station and settings memory, and the ignition live so that it comes on and off with the ignition. If you lift up the plastic tray at the bottom of the dash, and have a poke in the wiring loom that runs across the back, you should see a couple of multi-connectors that you can use - I think the one with the white cable will give you the ignition live, brown cable will give you permanent live. There is also a black earth cable in there, again with a spare multi-connector.
If you haven't got one, get a £5 crimping set from maplin so you can put the bullet connectors on your wiring correctly - you may need to extend the wiring slightly depending on where the stereo is located (mines by my knee in front of the handbrake and I take the wiring in through the fuse panel and up into the dash)
Then you just need to add some speaker wiring and route it through the car as best you can.
I have never found CD units to perform well on corrrugated roads! Tapes (old tech I know!) hate the dust... Only solutions that have worked for me is mini disk / MP3. I have a dedicated ipod connection that sits in the glove box so the ipod is tucked away and protected from heat and vibration (direct sun can kill them straight). Having said this you are driving a Defender, so why go through all the bother - ipod and noise cancelling earphones are the way to go. Added bonus is you can take your music with you when you walk off to get a mechanic......
what you really need is a wind up radio ( Baygen did one, argos about 50 quid) for when your battery/defender/ CD player etc dies......... then at least you can still pick up the world service on the short wave while you skin your knuckles fixing it!..........
My sony CD player usually worked fine on all but the worst corrugations - its one of them new fangled ones that reads ahead on the disk and caches the data, forget the word or it... it certainly helps though.
What normally happens though is we take a big pile of CD/R's and put them in a carry case, and the dust and sand gets in in no time and renders them all unplayable. Only way round it is to take them all in jewel cases which is a bit bulky - we'll definately be taking an MP3 player on the next trip.
My Sony radio/CD player packed up on the first trip because of dust jamming the mechanism. I never bothered to fix it as it's likely to happen again and again. These things are designed for cruising in Crawley, not for the desert. Better get an MP3 player with a radio.
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