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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1. I wouldn't buy the 1995 one if planning to do a lot of mileage and keeping it for a long time! Reason - gearbox could fail relatively soon. The 95-96 models have noise surpressing bearings in the transmission that was a mistake by Getrag (the company making gearboxes for the BMW). It makes less noise, but it's prone to brake down on higher mileage. Usually i've heard at constant 60-90Kkms. Starting to kick out 3rd etc. Read here
2. Earlyer than '97 have non-anodized wheels - more pain in the arse cleaning them and have to use special chemicals to avoid rusting.
3. Rear frame is reinforced better on post '97 - better extreme offroad or riding with excessive loads on bad roads. Altough i highly recommend to get Touratech HardPart rear frame reinforcment kit on any 1100 you'd get, just to be sure, they don't cost much indeed (less than 100EURos).
Not to worrie about the mileage - the engines are good easily for 300,000+km before top end overhaul on all 11xxGSes. BMW original consume bits are cheap and it's very cheap to keep them on the road for daily communiting and travel, they also have long maintenance intervals, every 10-20K. I consider fuel consumption very low for a 1100cc bike with almost no fairing orher than a small windscreen - i get around 4.5 to 5.5L per 100km average, depending on my right hand's action.
So if going for 1100 - i'd look for '97-'99 models only, they are one of the highest reliability standard on the whole GS line. Or if earlyer model with very attractive price (well it really has to be an attractive price! Getting the new M97 spec gearbox for older and cheaper will take a lot more $$$ than just to buy a post '97 1100 bike at the first place) check if the BMW has done the gearbox mod (the M97 gearbox), some of them had them repaired by Getrag because they understood their mistake and was replaced under guarantee, but usually the "braking-down" symptoms started to appear on higher mileage 60K+, so not much older bikes got the M97 gearbox mod, due they didn't reach that much mileage before they were considered "old". The first 1994 version gearbox is acctually better than the 95-96 when the noise surpressing was used, but the '94 bike has it's own "teenager" problems, it was the first oilhead GS, mind. '97-'99 are the most ironed out ones.
But if you don't plan to do a lot of miles and long travels, then from this perspective the older 1100 are as good as newer ones imo.
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