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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anyone has experience with the Aerostich Darien Jackets? they make two version, the Darien and the Darien Light.
I have a Darien not the the light and its an OK jacket. Keeps the rain off, comfortable and loads of pockets most of which are not rain proof. Its been for a slide on wet oily black stuff no problems,hardly a mark, yet on a simple drop in a car park and it holed. who can tell? I like it but then I got is second hand and quite cheap. If you take the inner fleece jacket out there is nothing inside, just the codura or what ever they are made of and the armour fits using velcro strips. To sum up it was easily worth the money I spent on it but I wouldn't buy one for the full asking price.
Chris Scott owned it before me and used it in BC see "Call of the Wild" tape/DVD. He also mentions the performance on his website.
Just my two cents worth... I wore my regular Darien on my RTW trip and overall it was fine. I had one 'off' at maybe 40mph with no damage to the jacket at all. Good body armour.
The material is quite stiff even after washing and rough around your neck. Lots of pockets are great, but they aren't waterproof which means you can't always use them.
The jacket 'shell' is line with goretex and this becomes damaged and dirty and therefore will leak. Also, these breathable membranes don't and I wouldn't choose such a jacket with one for another trip in a hot climate.
Rather than one jacket that compromises everything I reckon layering is the way to go. I'd prefer to take a cheap one piece oversuit for raing days over a lightweight well vented jacket with a fleece liner for colder days.
I too have both the light and reg. I have been using the "light" in the hotter months and also in the dead of winter. I just plug in the electric vest!
Best combination I've found so far.
I think Kevin's Light + electric in winter is the best idea - I have both but have yet to try out the vest on a cold ride.
It makes sense to use the bike's electrics to heat you up so you dont have to dress like a bag lady in 3 overcoats.
------------------ Author of Sahara Overland and the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, among other things
I have the Darien Light with 100K miles and used in in Wisconsin weather at below freezing temps. I just got back from the Arctic Circle but it was HOT there and on fire. I use an electric vest and a fleece liner for cold temps and need both. According to the manufacturer the light version is warmer than the regular as it conforms better and neither offer any insulation(snowboarders use it).
My jacket does not leak but you have to keep it up where the pads wear on the membrane. Every 10K turn it inside out and look for wear spots, you will be suprised. I repaired the wear spots with Aquaseal(sold by Aerostitch) since the spots were small and I did not care about losing a little breathability. As for warm temps, in my opinion nothing works well but a wet cotton long sleeved t-shirted worn under the jacket at 100 degrees F. make me so cold I have to zip the jacket at speeds above 40 mph with the sleeves and pits open and the back vent unzipped.
I have crashed so many times riding off road I have forgotten the count but never done any severe damage to the jacket. I carry a spare swatch of cloth and aquaseal just in case. Hope this helps. Bill.
I have Darren Jacket, Hi-Vis yellow. This jacket is extremely waterproof. After washing I apply ScotchGuard for ourdoodr clothing. Helps to bead the water off but leaves a bit of a stink for a few days.
I have had probelsm with the velco comming off where the padding is attched. I'm sending the jacket back for repair this fall.
The jacket was quite stiff until washed a number of times. Now it is quite comfortable. The liner is excellent, however you can purchase any fleece liner for the task at likely 1/2 the price..
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