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.'
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As part of a holiday this March I'm intending to rent a bike (XTZ660) for a couple of weeks, and ride from Sydney to Uluru and back. I'd like some advice concerning an interesting route, and a recommendation for a map that shows enough detail to be usefull.
My initial route thoughts were to head west from Sydney, and then turn north and use the Oodnadatta track. I was thinking of spending a couple of days around Alice Springs, then maybe the Plenty highway west, and the Birdsville track south, before heading west back to Sydney.
Any thoughts, warnings, suggestions would be much appreciated.
May not be long enough time wise. Aprox 2,800 km Syd to Alice. You are looking at 500 km days. That does not give much time to see things other than the road.
http://www.hemamaps.com.au/ Hemma maps would give you all the detail you need for the central parts of your tip. Their "Great Desert Tracks of Australia" would be fine. Possibly too much e=detail - they include phone numbers, fuel stops, distances, food stores ...
Route - one well travlled route is through Hillston, Menindee, Broken Hill - turn north at Yuta for the Fliners Ranges. You could take two weeks to get past the Flinders! Nice spot that. Then oodna etc. The longer you can spend the more you will see.
As usual it's the compromise on how long I can afford to rent a bike for. I should be in Australia for a month, but realistically can't afford a bike for more than 12-14 days. I'd thought that with some vast expanses of outback I might be able to bang in a few high milage days in order to traverse some of the not-so-interesting bits. Without a map I'd estimated a round trip of about 5000km, but I need to refine that with the aid of a good map.
Thanks for the tip about the Hema maps. From the website they look to have a good level of detail for a 1:1 250 000 scale. The pack should cost about AUS$80, which is inflated to almost double by the time it gets to the UK.
Originally posted by Frank Warner: You could think about starting from Adelaide - that would cut out a fair bit of the less than outback stuff. You would then need less maps too.
On the shipping - are you shipping by UPS or Fedex?! Try Australia Post - gets to you using UK Post. Should be a lot cheaper?
I'll second that. If it's maximum outback you want, start in Adelaide. You'll probably get a better rental rate on the bike there, too. Along the way: Coober Pedy is worth a look, though getting very touristy these days. And yes, the Flinders Ranges are definitely worth a look. There's actually a hell of a lot to see in South Oz.
If I were going for a year, then I'd consider buying against shipping my own bike over there. However I'm going for a month, and I don't want to dedicate 2 or 3 precious days to buying a bike that I may be stuck with at the end of the month.
I realise there is a lot to see in Australia, as it's the size of Europe. My goal is to see Uluru at sunrise, and take in some of the scenery on the way. I'm flying into Sydney because I've got friends living there, but I will now explore bike rental in Adelaide and consider using that as the jump-off point for my ride.
As far as getting from Sydney to Adelaide, get on the websites of Virginblue and Jetstar. You may be able to get a one way fare for as little as $75.00! Hell of a lot cheaper than bus or train (not to mention quicker!)
Maps have arrived! I asked my friends in Sydney to buy the Hema pack and send it over, way cheaper than buying from a UK store. Had a quick peek and they look fantastic; gps waypoints, fuel/food info, distances. Double thumbs up from me!
So this weekend I'll spread a few out on the floor and start planning a route in ernest!
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