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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hi, am thinking of buying a one year old dakar ,it is fitted with the touratech extra side mounted fuel tanks ,what sort of range can you get with this setup?also i am five feet six inches tall and most people think i will have real problems handling such a tall bike .anyone of similar height
had experience riding this bike?thank,s
Hi I have a Dakar and am around 5ft 9 - I bought a lower seat for it. It depends what sort of riding you will be doing. With the bike loaded with luggage the ride height comes down quite a lot but if you are going on rough surfaces you may still have a problem putting both feet down firmly, which might be a problem.
Also think about getting on and off the bike with a full load piled on the luggage rack or seat behind you - how will you hook your leg over? Shorter people with tall bikes can struggle. On the other hand I am travelling with a German guy about your size and his KTM is taller than mine. He´s a good rider and has no problems handling the bike - but sometimes with lots of wet weather gear on, when range of movement is restricted he struggles to get on.
Try the bike out with a full luggage load and wearing a set up for cold wet weather. If you can still manage it then it should be fine.
On the fuel side - i have a standard tank which gives me up to about 200 miles before the reserve comes on and around 50 beyond that. With the estra tanks you will almost never have a problem with range.
Don't try to "hook your leg over" the back of the bike.
Just leave the bike on the sidestand and stick your leg straight through and sit down.
To get off, put the bike on the sidestand, and step off by putting your foot down away from the bike and pulling your leg back through.
Enough flexibility to lift your leg up and over the seat helps of course, but we'll assume you can do that!
Hope that is clear... it's dead simple but confusing to describe! Just imagine a 6 foot high box on the back - what would you do then?
As long as you can get one foot solidly on the ground, and you're a good rider, you can ride it easily. If less experienced, you may have trouble until you get used to it, and yes you may well drop it more than someone taller. Oh well... bikes fall down occasionally, such is life. Don't hurt yourself trying too hard to save it - just let it go.
Also fo course the bike can be lowered a little easily - I believe first there is a low seat option available, also you can raise the forks in the clamps, and run the rear spring on the softest setting. That will give you at least an inch, maybe two, plus the seat.
thanks for the quick replies ,i rode the bike today ,not as much of a problem as i thought,like most decent bikes once you are moving its fine ,might have to buy some 1970,s platform boots for whenever i need to stop .thanks
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