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.
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."
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I have been a member for about 4 years now. I have borrowed 2 bikes on trips and lent my bike to about 8 or 9 people now. New Zealand is a popular destination. It's been all good up to now and I recommend it. I just like to sort out the "what if" details completely before the bike goes out the gate.
Nigel in NZ
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read but a page"- St Augustine
My concern is how does it work if you crossing borders, I Know when I took my bike to Mexico or even the US for instance the bike must be registered in your name, Anyone know if that is true in Western or central Europe. Also are there any obligations with trans atlantic bikeshare, If so what are they?
I have never tried to take a Bikeshare bike across a boarder, and if I was lending a bike, I don't think I would be happy if someone was taking my bike to another country (Europe excluded). I feel the point of Bikeshare is't long distance globe-trotting, but meeting someone, and enjoying their bike and country for a short time. As to obligations; it's up to the person lending the bike. I have a bike I keep exclusively for Bikeshare, so I feel justified in asking for a small amount that covers the registration and insurance on that bike. Plenty of people ask nothing. It's entirely a contact organisation. There are no rules laid down.
Nigel in NZ
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read but a page"- St Augustine
You would have no problem crossing borders within the EU, as no documents are ever required. If you go in to Eastern Europe you should have the papers. However, they only seem to check that you have them - not that the bike is actually yours. In any case, there is a procedure which is the same for hire cars where you just make sure that you have a letter of permission from the owner. They won't know enough of the language or be familiar enough with the foreign forms to make a fuss - and I found them all to be very relaxed with bikes anyway. Touring in areas like that makes you certifiably mad - which means they either ignore you or are very impressed with your sense of adventure. Anyway, you can always turn round and take another route....
I have also been a member for some years. Apart from the obvious benefits of having motorcycles available to you in all corners of the world, the biggest bonus for me has been the relationships developed over the years. My wife and I toured europe and the USA, courtesy of Bike Share, and while the trips were great, it's the relationships that remain, long after the trip is done.
As Nigel said, just be sure to get the deal sorted out before the thumb hits the start button. There are no fixed rules, it's up to the individuals how you want to deal with insurance, wear and tear etc.
I had a guy come out from the states and borrow a bike, he decked it hard on a gravel road, but the deal was: you break it,you fix it. He did.
It's all about trust. What's the worst that can happen? Compared to the great trips we've enjoyed, and the wonderful people we've met, the odd scratch here and there on a bike is nothing.
Has anyone used trans atlantic bike share? what r your thoughts?
My Wife & I joined in 1996 we have had two couples visit from UK and in return borrowed their bikes one in 96 to go to Scandinavia and 04 a 3 week tour of UK. In 99 we did 5000km in Australia followed by a week in NZ sharing with Murray Spiers who has also posted on this site. All our experiences have been amazing and this year we hope to travel in the High Alps. We have made some lasting friendships and wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Ted & Irené Warren
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Phone (905) 432-1230
Ted's email is via his profile (edited by moderator to stop spam-bot)
I am leaving for AU for two months and have my brother's DL650 to ride there.
Wishing I could layover in NZ and have a ride, I was not aware of bike swap until yesterday.
Having been a continuing rider since 1967, tour/dirt/offroad, I am experienced. Just returned from a 6700 mile winter trip to TX. I live in the Pacific Northwest near Tacoma WA, USA.
My '00 KLR650 and '01 Kaw Concours will be available for bike swap. Both are in good condition with maintenance done by myself.
To get to the point and details?
I would like to have a bike to ride in NZ and change my flight for an extended layover.
The initial date to be in NZ after the AU tour is May 28th 2007
I may want two weeks to a month?
Graham WA, USA
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