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!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
So, we are now one resignation letter away from booking our ferry outta here after three long years of planning! Woohoo! And hopefully that letter will happen in the 1st week of January ..... tick tock
Did mine end of November Ollie - hasn't sunk in yet as work is so crazy and 'normal' but as the real stuff like shipping quotes and paperwork starts to loom it gets a bit more real... Best of luck!
i was think of going from poole, since calais is a bit boring, and plymouth to france is night time only. poole i think sails at about 830am at the moment, so i get to see a new bit of the french coast during the day.
i also roughly worked out that since we're heading for brittany first anyway, at 12mpg, the longer driving versus the longer sailings almost come out equal.
i'm taking an axe not a machete cos actual wood cutting with a machete is too painful- something to do with the cutting blade being in line with your hand? (you dont hold a hammer head to hit a nail, the vibration hurts!) obviously soft green bush cutting its fab. just not for campsite stuff. check out gransfors bruks, lovely range of axes if a wee bit pricey. small forest axe can chop down a good sized tree, and is handy for carving, fire wood etc, a bit of everything, fits in a rucksack. full size axe a bit ott imho!
I'm on my third warranty replacement of my Gerber Multiplier tool. Never again will I buy a Gerber anything!!! Hi Ho Hi Ho it's back to leatherman I will go.
But on the topic, I found that a home made sharpened cross between a matock and a hoe can replace an axe, machete and even spade... I use it to dig holes, rake fires and lift out coals for the dutch oven. With a sharpened edge it can even chop wood. And not even a Chunnel guy could really accuse it of being an offensive weapon - well, they could but they would have to be a right nit picking pedant.
Just take what you need and dont worry. the chances of being stopped with an axe are slim.....what will they do? take it if they want. then you buy a new one at the next market. they are looking for drugs and guns not machetes/axes. If you have it, take it,if not buy it en route if you need one. As mentioned before stay light, over loading is the worst thing to do.
A list of what you are carrying is "handy" to have. When I first arrived in Switzerland (to live) I had my old Volvo 740 loaded to the hilt with personal belongings - including a full length roof rack. After a couple of bemused looks I was asked what I was carrying - I pulled out a list - including each bottle of alcohol listed with it's approximate content - EG 100ml Glenmorangine 12 year old Port Wood.
Showing the list was enough to be waved through.
When I went back to the UK I had an empty trailer - and was asked by the French and then UK customs what I was upto (by this time I was on Swiss number plates). But when I came back through I didn't have a list - but the trailer (Box type) was pretty full - and very tightly packed - they asked what was inside (personal belongings) and I opened the door. They weren't keen to go routing around!!
And finally, I had a small problem at Spa last year in my race car - that small problem was based around a suspension arm coming away from the chassis and the resultant parking damage from the barrier - always worse when you impact over 80mph - worried about what the nice chaps at customs and the border would say we simply wrapped the car under a large plastic sheet - in such a complicated way that no one in their right mind would want to remove the sheet and see that the car was in "a right old mess". Sure enough - they just asked "what's on the trailer?" - and were happy with the "race car" answer.
We carried 2x folding knives, 1x leatherman, 1x penknife, 1x axe, 1x machete, 1x hunting knife and 3x pepper spray .......... NO PROBLEM in Europe, Africa or Asia.
If asked then you explain they are for camping.
Careful with the pepper spray. I took it too in case of an animal attack (I ride and camp where bears are a problem). Got arrested in Central Asia when they found it. They finally let me go, but it was quite an ordeal. Nobody ever cared about my knife or Leatherman- I kept them in my toolkit for border crossings.
Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!
Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).
"Inspiring and hilarious!"
"I loved watching this DVD!"
"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."
Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.
What others say about HU...
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.