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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My mechanic recommends a high quality chain and cheap sprockets. He says that way they wear out together and you just change the whole thing every time. I have found this to be true at least once with a Regina chain and Brand X sprockets, not sure what, actually.
However, the last time I installed a new set of chain and sprockets, I also installed a Scottoiler. I now have 8000 miles on this set and have adjusted the chain i/2 turn in that amount of time. I am currently in Mexico and I recommend this device wholeheartedly. The cost is about the same as a set of chain and sprockets and at this wear rate, I believe if you keep a bike long enough to buy one extra set you´ll break even. Any longer that they last is lagniappe.
Not sure if fitting cheap sprockets is a good idea on an F650, especially the older bikes with their more lumpy power output. I found that even top quality sprockets can get hooked very quickly. So maybe cheap ones would not last long at all.
Remember that a worn sprocket can cause the chain to wear out quickly.
I have change the original sprocket ratio of 16/47 for a 16/49 on my wifes F65O 1996.
Much better on low revs off road (lesser engine knocking) and still 135 km/h (85 mi/h) conti speed on motorway. Today this chain/sprockets combination has approx. 15.000 km and is still ok.
Supply from KitCross , B-6250 Presles, Belgium, tel. 0032 71397255, fax 0032 71393892 with RK Takasago chain.
The original chain is not too good whilst the BMW sprockets are good quality. I get up to 35000 km out of the combination DID X-Ring chain and good quality sprockets on my bikes (currently DR650SE / KLR650 A and C, no more F650) with some 70% on gravel. The narrower 520 chain (KLR and F 650) wears a bit quicker than the wider 525 on the Suzuki. Good care is essential to make your chain last. Use top quality chain wax (like Castrol) and let the wax dry before you start off. I used to have some scottoilers and threw them all away. They do not bring any advantage for the lifetime of the chain compared to good care with spray but cause a terrible mess once out of adjustment (They ALWAYS cause a minor mess).
NEVER combine a new chain with old sprockets or vice versa. The new chain will not fit exactly into the worn sprockets and chain and sprockets will wear very quickly. Chain and sprockets always need to be replaced together to guarantee maximum lifetime.
For emergencies I use "combined harvester" roller chains which you can get at roller bearing and machinery supplies dealers (Bearing Man in every town in SA). Dirt cheap and readily available and got me home from northern KZN to Cape Town once.
One thing to pay attention to is the types and quality of chains from the same supplier. DID makes a bunch of chains with different quality and cost. A chain that costs 3 times as much usally lasts a lot longer. Also the cheaper chains can fall apart and wear really quick. If you ride in lots of wet a chain oiler of some sort really works, for me it isn't possible to spray on chain lube often enough.
I use Castrol chain wax and give my customers the guideline to spray every 500 km or after one day with dirt roads or after one day with rain or river crossings. Works very well whilst scottoilers were a permanent mess. Must admit that we've got some kind of arid climate, no experience with dripping wet.
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Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.
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