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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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.
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Maybe we should have a thread listing as many 'vehicle breakdowns / things that broke along the way / after the trip thoughts' on overland trips so that others that follow can easily get an idea of what kind of mechanical things happen and how easy/difficult they are to remediate?
Not individual stories - but a full run down after your long overland trip of what went wrong and thoughts on your preparations etc…..
Add your own postings below and I'll update this first post with a master list as we go along?
bodging kit. insulating tape, duck tape, threaded rods in 3 different sizes with nuts, assorted nuts and bolts, radweld, block sealant, wire of various types, good glue, clamps, all that kind of stuff. Was glad of having spare hoses when mine split in Mauri, jubilee clips in various sizes are always handy. At least one complete service kit (filters etc) Oh, and not forgeting, the BFH (big fxxxxxx hammer!)
Best bodge. My dad has to take the credit for that one, split hose on a shogun. cut out the split section and spliced in a section of exhaust pipe from our Suzuki! It even had the correct curve to go over the rad!!
A couple of other guys on the trip had the switch on their fan fail, so they made one out of a domestic light switch, just had to remember to switch it on!!
when I was taking a pair of landcruisers to The Gambia with a rather heavy load of school books, one of them lost the top bolt on a shock, followed by the rubber. Made a new rubber out of an inner tube which lasted a week of piste driving before I managed to buy a replacement in the next big town.
I follow the maxim of replacing parts and taking the old bits with me, so at least you know they'll fit so I fitted a replacement clutch and took the old one. I took a spare leaf spring and a pair of shocks as I knew we were running heavy, but I think that was unnecessary on that age of Landcruiser (and mine had new suspension anyway) as they are very heavy and the suspension is extremely robust. Likewise I carried spare driveshafts (being an ex landie owner!) but again, I think that is unnecessary on a Landcruiser and with them an the suspension spares, that's a lot of weight, enough that you'll probably need them!!! Full set of oils, brake fluid and hydraulic fluid. Yes, oils are available overseas, but can be counterfeit or of poor quality, and if you need to drain something down in the boonies because of breakage, driving to the next town with no oil isn't really an option. Full set of bulbs saved us getting fined lots!
Couldn't believe the number of punctures my vehicle had (around 12 in 6000-7000miles) which was almost certainly due to using old Toyota split rims with tubes. the other vehicle, running normal wheels with tubeless tyres had only one puncture.
Always carry a workshop manual, if only to point at the picture of what part you need!! (as we did in Spain when the viscous coupling failed on my mates Landrover, the Spanish is Visco Couplingo of course, what else would it be!!)
I think a lot depends on the type of vehicle and where you will be driving. Using an old Toyota or landie and you should be able to buy/scrounge new or used parts almost anywhere, except maybe eastern Europe.
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