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 am a new owner of a R100 GS PD Classic 1995. Upon reading other members posts, a lot is mentioned about the failure of the actual electrical system. I want to travel a lot with the bike, and I will be needing an electrical vest . I also wish to purchase a fog & rally light...therefore I'll be needing a lot of juice!....This lends me to believe the charge from my actual system will not be enough...any comments on reliability on the Motorrad Electrik system 400 watt, I think it's called the OMEGA. ...or should I stay with my actual system due to the challange of finding replacement pieces in South America or Asia??? All comments greatly appreciated!!!
If you are riding alone without a passenger then the stock alternator will work fine, sort of. If you are 2-up with 2 elect. vests and extra lights get the Omega 400 watt system. If you stay with stock get a rewound rotor and diode board from Rick at Motorrad Elektrik.
In terms of extra light, I have had very good luck with a higher wattage headlight bulb (80/100 or even 90/110). I was amazed at the difference this $10 part made, with no extra wiring or brackets etc. While they may not be legal in some (most?!) places, I hightly doubt that a cop will pull you over for this. The increase in daytime visibility is remarkable as well. Of course, Grant's comments about night driving are to be heeded, but for extra umph on the hwy at home, this is a cheap and successful solution.
I also have higher wattage bulb 55/100 works a treat but upgrade the wiring I burnt out the earth wire .
I rebuilt the wiring with heavy duty wire from the battery to the headlamp and also replaced the earth lead direct to the frame
riding with 100 watt bulb like riding in daylight they do a 130 watt bulb interesting
Other things to do the two solder points replace them with ring conectors and the main leads with heavy wiring replace the voltage regulator with a hi output version
I can now stand stationary with head light on incators going brake light on and I am still showing 13 volts on the meter
One useful company is vehicle wiring products in Derby England no website they sell the pins inside the block conectors easy to rebuild
need any more help drop a e-mail
The alternator (or rotor) fails from time to time. Mine lasted 110.000 km.
I don’t agree that it’s hard to get new parts. In Africa and Asia the police and army used to drive airheads and there is tons of old bikes which are not in use and tons of spareparts. I bought a new rotor from the police in Zambia. The rotor was from an R100 but after 50.000 km it still works in my R80 (I also changed the stator).
I got my old rotor rewinded for a few dollars and brought it as a spare.
Imho the rotor often brakes because you have another fault on your chargingsystem., mine broke because the diodeboard (from Motorrad (?)) was not grounded properly.
The diodeboard is a weak part but if one diode breaks you still have 60% of the power, in this state you can go on forever but the rest of the diodes might burn if you still wear your west.
If you have a good battery and your cables are okay then most of the parts will last for a long time. It is smart to mount a volt-meter on the handlebar. If you have a voltmeter you will always know the state of your charging-system (incl battery). When my rotor broke I had seen for days that something was wrong on the volt-meter but I ignored it… If I had stopped and tightened the bolts on my diode-board the rotor would not have broken.
The charge-lamp will not lit if the rotor breaks or if one of your diodes breaks.
So with a voltmeter it’s easy….. If the voltage drops then turn off the lights and electric west and you can drive for 5-15 hours, dependent on your battery! If the voltage oscillates then find the loose connection…
When it comes to electric west I don’t see the point in using it…. My bike never starts at –20°c anyway…
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