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!
A question for the group:
I and planning a 12 month trip around Australia and Asia. I plan to do a lot of riding, but also a lot of hiking and walking. I need a good all-round boot that are comfortable to walk long distances in. I have previously used regular army boots, but they wear out fast riding on dirt roads. I have seen some Harley Davidson boots that are in army style that look good, but not sure about comfort or wearability. Bringing a separate set of hiking boots in addition to bike boots is not an option.
What is everyone else using?
Dunno if you can get these in the US, but here's a pair of very good army-style boots from Swedish quality shoemaker Lundhags ( http://www.lundhags.se/ ). The construction is unique in that they use a cellular plastic for the lower part of the boot, making them very waterproof. The shaft is leather. They're used by the Norwegian Navy SEAL team instead of the standard-issue combat boots. They're made for the Nordic climate, though, and may perhaps be a bit too heavy for the tropics.
I also like the idea of using one pair of boots for biking and walking (saves lots of space) and I've done this for years with great success. I also bought a pair of AltbergHogg Lites, a lightweight 3 season boot - they say it's an ideal boot for continental touring. I'm happy with then so far and they're a good walking boot - seem fine on the bike too, but I've not tried them out in really wet weather.
My brother is a bit of an 'action man' and has used Altberg Peacekeeper boots in extreme conditions, ranging from desert to artic - he loves them. They're also pretty cheap (£80 GBP) - they'll replace worn-out soles too, so your boots should last for ever...
(I'm quackers about bikes)
Thanks for replies. I checked out all all kinds, including some Canadian army boots someone suggested, but I finally settled on the Altberg Hogg Lite as they seem to offer the right degree of compromise between hiking and riding (They actually look quite comfortable to walk in!). They are on order now and I should recieve them any day. I'll provide feedback here after I've tried them out fully.
I had to wait a month I think, before I got mine. This was because the factory closed for the summer holiday. They also make the boots in batches I think - so I had to wait for my size/type to turn-up. I guess this could be frustrating for some people. However, I'd much prefer to support this kind of business, which is a small, quality enterprise, than those b&st%rds at Reebok, Nike, Gap, etc... (sorry to get political)
Get your order in now - I don't think you'll be sorry!
(I'm quackers about bikes)
for my upcoming ride around? south america i plan on climbing as many peaks as possible - glacier peaks- so i'm thinking of using my crampon compatable climbing boots to ride in as well. they'll be hot and heavy though and the stiff vibram sole is no good for much walking. anyone ridden with boots like this very far?
Personally I wouldn't use climbing boots for riding, you lose too much feel. Also they are so much thicker than a riding boot that you end up having to adjust the gear lever up, and then you have to lift your foot a yard or so to downshift. No thanks.
Also not the best for walking around in a hot climate...
At minimum, I use a good pair of riding boots, and a pair of runners for walking around, and you'll want to add your climbing boots to that.
Yes it's a lot of footwear, but worth it. If your feet are miserable so are you.
There's nothing so good as taking a pair of climbing boots off and switching to runners...
I have now tried to contact Altberg several times to confirm my order, but have not got a reply from them yet (I live in San Francisco, so calling them is very difficult, they are only open from 1AM to 8AM or something like that, my time). I finally gave up.
I have now come across another GREAT boot for serious hiking and biking. HAIX (www.haix.de). Haix makes serious boots for many applications, and the one I found, the Ranger GSG9 (http://store.i-tradecenter.com/cgi-b...n_Product=1006) is used by the German special forces and anti-terror police. They are EXTREMELY comfortable (no wear-in time necessary), oil, fuel and acid resistant, anti-static, waterproof, very rugged and hard-wearing sole, and are very easy to put on and take off. The downside may be that they are a bit warm, but they are very breathable and have high-quality materials so your feet don't get wet even if they are warm. They run close to US$200, but are well worth it. Check them out at least.
I've been trying to work out what boots to take on a trip UK to Oz. I've got a pair of Sidi Courier, motorcross style boots which are great, comfortable, reasonably waterproof and a very old pair of lightweight Gaerne road racing boots (Wayne Gardner replicas actually!).
Anyway, the thing is that being lazy, on anything less than a 50 mile trip, I just can't be bothered strapping myself into the Sidis, when I can just hop into the Gaernes.
So, if I'm in India, and it's hot, and I'm going on a short run, the extra protection of the Sidis will do me no good if I don't bother wearing them.
Therefore, I am going with Grant's scheme and will buy a pair of comfortable, lightweight road boots (non gortex as I'll take overboots) and use a pair of running shoes off the bike.
"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.