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!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
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."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
IMHO the main problem with the stock system is that it's old and probably it should be serviced (clean connections, check/replace wires etc).
It might be worthwhile to upgrade the diodeboard and do some upgrade on the earth-leads but other than that it's fine.
Unlike the other systems you can get parts for the stock system almost everywhere. I bought a new rotor from the police in Zambia without problems.
I have not seen any reports that shows that the new systems are better, but I've read that people have had problems getting parts for the newer systems.
My bike stop sometimes and doesn't start again. Did it after changing the battery with new one too. Once stopped in the traffic light and needed to carry it with a pick-up to home. Also having serious starting problems. I made starter cleaned and rebuild a bit (Valeo), still having the problem.
I am not good at electrics. I don't need higher voltage output. I think problem is with the alternator. That is the main idea. I don't feel good about this problem. And can't find a trustable/good electrician. I can try to fix myself with Clymer and service manual but afraid to make it unrepairable )))
I am away from my bike, living in another country now and will be away at least one more year. Wanted to buy and store the alternator to change it when I am back.
The Motorrad alternator is basically the same type of alternator as the stock system you have in your bike now but a lot beefier so has more output. The advantage of doing this upgrade is that it's a drop in replacement but has the disadvantages of that system, wearing brushes, heat generation in the stator/rotor. One other trap in this type of system is that if the generator lamp in the dash fails the system won't charge. Motorrad supplies a bypass for this reason but they recommend a voltmeter on the bike.
The Endurolast alternator is a brushless alternator system with a permanent magnet. Installation is slightly different as the rectifier and regulator is one unit so it needs to be mounted in a different place on the bike. Having no brushes to wear out is a good thing.
They both put out around the same output at high RPM but I don't know which type of alternator has the better current output at lower RPM's and this could be part of your problem if you are riding in city stop/start traffic a lot.
As mentioned earlier the stock system should be adequate providing it's working correctly and you have no additional equipment you are trying to power (extra lights, heated vests, etc) but as I found out the official output may not match reality.
We use heated vests in winter on our bike and I did have charging problems with the stock system so about 4 years ago I fitted a Motorrad alternator and found it to be very good. I also fitted a voltmeter as well. I would recommend putting a voltmeter on your bike before spending the money on a new alternator as it will show up any existing problems you might have. It took me about 8 hours to fit the new alternator and you need a fairly hefty soldering iron. The instructions were quite good and if I did it again it wouldn't take nearly as long.
There are some stock faults on the original charging system including cracked earth leads, faulty board mounts, loose connections and dead rectifiers that could be the cause of your problem.
One problem with both systems is that they make the bike non standard so if it dies while you're in the middle of nowhere you have the problem of parts etc.
Finally, have a look at this link (and other from Bob's site) about problem solving the charging system
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.