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!
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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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I bought an 'unused' 2nd hand air jack from someone who had completed their overland trip.
It blew up in our faces the very first time we used it. Luckily we had taken lots of precautions and no one was hurt, but obviously my opinion of air jacks is low!
If you buy a $99/49 pound "one size fits all" exhaust powered air bag, made "somewhere else", that's one thing.
If you look at a reinforced Matjack low pressure bag, designed to lift 8 tons @ 9 psi a height of 48" complete with regulator, that's another thing altogether - suitable to lift a Unimog.
Of course you always get what you pay for, and vice versa.
Matjack (Matjack) also makes 1.5, 2.5 and 5.8 ton low pressure bags. Compressor not included.
Read through your article and I've a few comments.
Hand winch - the one illustrated will be useless, they just collapse, the length of pull is much too short, a Tirfor style is a far better option, has longer levers, longer cable, etc, etc.
Puncture repair kits - a bicycle pump??? you'd be a dried skeleton before you could pump a modern tubeless tyre back onto its wheel bead. That said I have always fitted tubes to tyres on the assumption that sooner or later a puncture happens and with a tube you can fix punctures easliy and reseat the tyre onto the bead. BTW a jack can be used to break the bead, but you'd need a good set of loooooong tyre levers to remove a modern tyre from its wheel. Some liquid soap is always handy here.
Tyre lug - plus a length of steel pipe to give greater leverage - 1 metre does the job nicely.
Spare belts - know beforehand how to change them, I've been working on a Merc this week and to change the power steering belt you have to remove a lot more than a few spanners can cope with. I'd be more inclined to leave the belts at home and carry some universal radiator hose lengths.
Oil and Filters - if you get a hole in something, you need to plug it. Plastic metal, thick epoxy and a few pieces of alloy or even coins will help out in a really tight situation.
Water is water, just dont waste drinking water on an engine that is rooted.
Some sturdy wooden blocks to put a jack on is a must, if you are in sand/mud then the blocks need to be wide to distribute the weight of the jack. I've seen hilifts sink into the ground.
You have to just be careful extending wheel spanners. Six stud Toyota and Nissan are not the strongest! I have sheared off many Toyota and Nissan studs just using the std wrench and I am certainly no Arnie...
Landrover ones on the other hand are massive and I have yet to see one shear off. Recent Toyo 5 stud pattern are also a bit stronger but not LR tough.
I have actually been in a situation where with a D22 pick up I had to rob studs off other wheels to get home. That reminds me to get a few spare studs in my tool bag!
Another good thing to have that's small and light is a bicycle tube the same diameter as the wheels, to help seal the tire beads when re-inflating. Lubricate with dish soap and pull out when tire has 3-5 psi. It works on Unimog tires, it should work on smaller tires.
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