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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Just took a bit of a spill on my 1200 GSA. Ended up tearing the passengers foot assembly almost off the frame. Now I've got a couple holes in the frame. I own an offroad equipment manufacturing company so fixing it with a TIG will be no big deal.
QUESTION: Anyone ever welded, or had anyone weld to their GS1200 frame? Disconnecting the battery seem to be the no-brainer. Any other gotchas to watch for? Sure would hate to fry the computer on my one month old bike.
Any experience, rumor, or urban myths on welding the BMW frame would be helpful. Thanks.
I'm really curious what would happen to the computer. I've never done this on a MC, but i've welded on many cars and have never fried a CPU. Because its steel, you have to weld it wiith DC current, there are no high frequency issues like there are when welding aluminum in AC current. The key is grounding properly and directly next to the area being welded, providing the current the path of least resistance. I'm not saying "go ahead and weld it...let me know how it works out!..." It probably would be a good idea to remove the computers, just to be on the safe side.
BTW...hows it going Mollydog! I haven't seen that part of LWA as of yet, what happened when they welded the frame? Was it Aluminum or steel?
Funny thing was the comments about the 180cc Minsk they got to replace
the dead GS. The dead bike belonged to their Italian cameraman. He loved
the Minsk in the dirt! I think they all realized at that point that the giant
Beemers were not the bike of choice for Mongolian mud, rutted tracks and
A couple of points: Firstly the Russian bike didnt have to carry any gear. The 60-70 kgs of panniers and luggage that the GSs carried did not have to be carried by Claudio on his "Red Devil". Most of it was stuck on the truck to UB with the bike and other essentials were actually added to what the other two GSs had to carry. I think any unladen bike would be fun across Mongolia. Stick all that luggage on it, and it would be as much of a bitch as the GSs were. Secondly, the Russian bike broke down twice on the ride from Ulaangom to UB, despite being brand new when they bought it. Its not a better choice.
(Off topic a bit, altough most of the topic is about this) Re: Long Way Round. They did it in their way. Peter Forwood goes through a similar mud with a Harley Davidson that weights around a half a ton and two up - he does it in his own way, and for sure it's a lot brighter thing that comes out from the memory in his old age just like the Boorman etc, than to remember an easy going, just like to rember riding a straight american highways on some 125cc KTM two-stroker rather than on a GoldWing. Everyone has his/her own sense or definition of adventure. People are different.
Go do better then, if you can! But stop deciding what's the best for the others, OK?
As has been said a thousand times, there is no perfect bike to go RTW. The KTM would definiteley be better in Mongolia and be a pain in the *ss for the North America part.
I rode a BMW R-100 GS across Mongolia with a guy who was on a Suzuki Djebel 200. He had a lot more fun in Mongolia, but by the time we got to the never ending straight paved roads of Kazakstan, I was the one living in the lap of luxury.
As a side note, BMW flew mechanics in to repair that Long Way Round bike. I was there at the same time and thought perhaps they could fix my toasted starter motor. How hard could it be to find a famous movie star and his crew in Mongolia? I never did find them and got a Mongolian car mechanic to fix the problem- during which operation he shimmed a bearing with a can and it lasted all the way till Istanbul!
Ended up using a MIG on the frame at my shop as that is what the factory welds appeared to be. Had no problems whatsoever with the computer or electrical afterwards. Puts my mind at ease in case I need a field repair one of these days.
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