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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Robberies in Spain !! Be carefull with your vehicle
Lately we have a wave or thefts and robberies in Spain targetting overland vehicles. The robbers (most of them ussually from eastern europe -not very far from romania - ) target loaded 4x4 vehicles going south (to Africa , that is ). They know that these vehicles carry huge sums of money and expensive equipment (laptops , gps , expensive cameras) ... so they break into as soon as they see one.
Also , -and I have seen that lots of times- foreigners cant' tell easily if an area of a town is good or bad (same as a Spaniard cant tell at first if -say- Brixton is more dangerous than Pimlico ). To my horror I have seen british 4x4s , stopping for a rest or even leaving the car parked in the most horribly dangerous places in Algeciras or Madrid where I woulnd dare to enter in my life.
this one is serious. Never leave your car unnatended in a big city . And the same around petrol stations. Dont' assume that 'cos there are other people thieves are not going to attack . They will.
Also , in the news... some people try to stop a 4x4 by telling him that the tyres are low , or that he is leaking something . As soon as he stops (ussually in a remote highway) another car full of bad-people arrives and the victim is invariantly robbed.Violence included.
so .. in resume :
Avoid stopping or crossing big cities.
Specially avoid Seville if you can .
Never park your car unnatended in a parking . Even if is a private parking.
Lock your car in petrol stations when you go to pay to the cashier.
Never stop to anyone else that a uniformed "guardia civil" (they dress in Green)
well .. hope this helps . If with this post we can avoid even just one incident.. then it will be worth .
It does happen very often since for some strange reason in Spain (not in Portugal nor France) it's not considered a crime, just a kind of tradition, so if the smart fellow gets caught while performing his (or her) business they get released next day and... back to business. Not like in Nigeria where they immobilized the desgracido with pneumatics and set fire to it. Well... cultural differences.
Take care in your way south.
A friend recently got robbed in spain whilst taking a trailer full of motorbikes out for the owners to fly out and tour on.
They were robbed of cash only by bogus cops- how can you tell when your pulled over and shouted at in spanish and got three people onto you?
My mate said that when they contacted the real police that the police told them how it had gone down - so its happening a lot.
If you are pulled by 'police' stop in a busy place- easier said than done, and make sure cash is well hidden, these guys were pretending to look for drugs, saw the cash then distracted my mate and his friend and scored the cash and fled.
Not a pleasant experience, but getting all too common.
>>how can you tell when your pulled over and shouted at in spanish and got >>three people onto you?
well , if they shout at you ... they are not policemen. Tha'ts for sure.
but more importantly . We don't have "on foot" policemen on the highways. For every (I mean for each one) policemen you should see ONE police cruiser. If not .. that's a bogus police check
law in Spain is mostly as in UK
You can be pulled over / stopped for just two reasons :
1 a Random Breathalizer test "Control Preventivo de Alcoholemia" , which should be well lit , with at least 4 people , 3 cars , a lab-van and lots of indication . Ussually a tow-recovery truck is also there waiting to fish your car should you be drunk.
2 if you do something GROSSLY wrong . i mean driving obviously pissed , or without lights at night or something similar. Then you can be stopped by any MARKED police-car passing by. Police cars drive in couples (I mean 2 cars for 2 people ) driving ussually half a mile away .
but over here , Police tend to never stop European tourists no matter how big the infraction has been . I carry a UK-reg car and ITs fantastic ! . NEver been done by the police ! .
Also , in Spain every policemen carry a fire-weapon , and in most *serious* controls they got submachineguns and pump-action guns. If you don't see lots of real gun .. then is a bogus police scam.
It has never happened to me , and even never saw it . But it does happen from time to time , specially to European Overland vehicles.
My advice ??? NEVER STOP. Policemen here are never going to shot you. The most they can do is arrange a further road closure down the road to catch you -and they arent going to do it-
If they stop you .;. just wave your hand with a smile and keep on driving .
We were pulled over twice in Spain, neither at a breathalyzer check nor for any driving offence. First time was in the Pyrenees by 1 cop with a car, possibly on the lookout for ETA types - quick look in the back and waved on with a smile.
Second time was a we approached a nuclear power station (!) in the middle of nowhere. When they saw my Algerian visa there was a lot of muttering and then a conversation on their radios. Another van was summoned and turned up, then they all huddled around the passport, muttered something, made more radio calls, then let us go whilst giving us sideways glances.
Ever since then I have felt like an international terrorist!
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