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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Bodger FixWhat they don't show you in the repair manual - tales of duct tape, bailing wire and WD 40.
Bodge, Bush Mechanics, farmers fix, patch, temporary repair, or whatever your definition, tell us YOUR best story of a bodge that got you home!
Here's a new one from me. (Non-bike again, sorry!)
The six month old (cheap crappy far-eastern) gearshift linkage bush broke on my 74 VW Bug. The two halves of the bush fell down into the tunnel somewhere I couldn't get them. I could only select 1st and 2nd.
I cut the end off a pencil eraser to the approximate size and put a hole through it with a corkscrew. Then I jammed it into the linkage and held it in with a cable tie. The shift action was surprisingly quite good. I had all gears available again and it got me home no problems.
In our family car some years ago the wiper linkage from the motor failed in a rainstorm. To continue we tied shoelaces to the wiper arms, brought them back in through slightly open side windows and the kids pulled them backwards and forwards to get the wipers working. Worked perfectly for half an hour till the rain stopped.
When my parents got married they spent their honeymoon (in November!) in Cornwall in a split-screen VW camper belonging to my paternal grandparents. My mum frequently recounts the tale of having to operate the wipers by hand while my dad drove after the motor failed, although fortunately for me, their marriage survived this ordeal
It's funny how memories of these things last. The shoelace powered wiper episode happened about 12-13 years ago when my daughter was 5. Completely out of the blue a couple of weeks ago, at the age of 17, she reminded me of it. Probably scarred her for life.
I hope to not be a constant contributer here, but here is another one. I crashed down a cliff in Kyrgyzstahn and snapped the end off the gear shift lever. I could have ridden for a while using the edge of my boot but instead did the following.
Using the OEM spark plug tool in a DL650 Vstrom tool kit, I cable tied and silver taped it into place and had my self a makeshift gear lever.
This lasted until I entered China and had another one made
I once had a throttle cable snap on my CB750, these bikes had two cables, one to open and one to close, so I popped the tank off and swapped the ends over on the carb linkages, that gave me a throttle that worked backwards, interesting ride home
I also had the throttle cable snap on a puch moped, this time I tied the cable around the footbrake lever and slackened off the rear brake cable, riding home with a foot operated throttle was a little interesting, on the same bike another time the throttle cable snapped again, so I removed the slide completely, leaving me with a motor that would only run flat out, a bump start and using the killswitch to change gear was easy enough with only 3.8 BHP.
If we're recounting historic stuff; on my FS1E, the spark plug threads got knackered and the thing used to fly out with a big POP, usually when doing a stupid overtake with my chin on the tank in typical FS1E high-speed mode. Always easily fixed using the foil from inside a pack of Embassy No1, wrapped round the plug before re-fitting.
The ignition switch gave up so once it was hot-wired, I used to stop it by either stalling or reaching down and pulling off the plug cap.
The stand fell off so I used to have to find somewhere to lean the bike or just lay it down.
The kick-start also fell off so in the last few months of ownership it was bump-start only.
The headlamp wiring melted one day so I used a push-bike light taped to the front to satisfy plod. Stayed like that for months.
The throttle cable snapped once but I managed to tie it to my knee so I could lift my leg to accelerate and get me home. I did a proper fix with this though; a knot in the end of the cable with a good blob of solder, filed to fit the twist grip. Ok, so I had to shorten the outer of the cable which meant that the revs went up if I turned the bars to much.
Still got £75 when I sold it as it was 1974 unrestricted model.
Worn out disc brake pads on a Ford F350 in Africa. Pads are NOT available anywhere. Find a pad that can be welded onto the backing you have left and continue on. We did this for about a month till visitors brought us the correct parts.
While riding the Blue Ridge Parkway the thermostat housing on my Kawi split at the hose connection. It was Independence Day Weekend, 2011, so a 45 minute ride to Wally Land (open 24 hrs) to purchase a magic marker, hacksaw blade, sand paper and 'Blue Magic Quik Steel'. Cut the magic marker aluminum tube to make a sleeve an inch or so long, sanded the inside of the housing and glued the sleeve inside the split housing spout...worked like a charm.
I always carry small Vise-grips pliers, no more versatile tool exists. Used as a clamp, it gave me back a brake lever from the nub that was left when a tip-over resulted from a bozo who suddenly stopped in the middle of the road for no reason on a very steep hill.
I read somewhere that a couple of hunters were way up on a mountain in an old jeep when the fuel pump failed. They rigged an enema bag so that the probe dripped gas into the carb and came down in low gear......I wish I could remember what the story said about why they had an enema bag.
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