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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for my RTW I plan to use a double sleeping bag for 2 , I saw the one from REI REI Siesta +30/40 Sleeping Bag - Double at REI.com
I am not very interested by single sleeping bag and do not plan to sleep in freezing condition if I can avoid.Any of you use it ,looking for the smallest one possible.
What you guys using for your trip???
If you haven't tried sleeping in a double sleeping bag before you might want to try it first.
I did the two bags zipped together thing for a few weeks last year, in our case it was because one bag was a lightweight summer bag and wasn't warm enough for the climate we were in. I really struggled with the restricted movement and rarely slept properly. The worst part is when your partners fast asleep then you can hardly even move trying to get more comfortable without waking them up.
If you normally sleep with matched body positions then it wouldn't be a problem, otherwise I suspect it would take some time to get used to it (I didn't, we got donated a second warm sleeping bag by some other travellers and went back to seperate bags).
Another concern with a double bag is when you get ill. Having to get up quickly during the night to deal with explosive shits or needing to vomit is even less pleasant if you're sharing a sleeping bag. (unfortunately I'm speaking from experience here - my advice is to blame it on her cooking! )
I appreciate your concern but in my case sleeping in small space is not a problem,now as far as getting sick this is not into my programm so no problem there either, anyway the option to separate the bags in single one still exist.
Permit me to add my voice to the clamor. You really, really don´t want to commit to a double sleeping bag without extensive testing first. That means trying it out for more than one night, in worse than ideal circumstances. Far better to get two bags which zip together so that if you are like 99% of us you can sleep separately when this is called for.
That would be the voice of experience.
(from El Chalten, about to head back out on Ruta 40)
Ok after trying one from a friend I decided to buy two down rectangle one on for winter and one for warmer climate , the double were OK but a bit too big to my taste , the down one a much smaller and in my case I prefer to save as much room on my bike as I can.
Location: Denmark, Western Australia (previously Derbyshire, UK)
Birdland Ranger, Ray-Way & Thermarest Ventra
I too have been looking for a lightweight 2 person sleeping solution.
I have been using cheap, heavy, rectangular synthetic sleeping bags for car-camping for years. These are 2x 80cm width cotton bags with synthetic filling - when zipped together the zips are around the perimeter and the width is 160cm - same as a king size bed. It's like being at bed at home- lots of comfort, lots of space. Space to stretch tired limbs and a perfect nights sleep. Unfortunately the packed size and weight of these bags are too high for bike use.
I use mummy bags too and have a pair of both summer and winter bags that can be zipped together. Nice & compact/light, but zipping 2 mummies together just doesn't cut it- as mentioned previously it's too small and leads to being disturbed each time your partner moves. Having a cold/bumpy zip in the middle is crap. (Coincidentally my 1st wife decided to leave me between Atar & Chinguetti when we were using mummies!).
The Trailblazer 'Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook' (Stephen Lord, edited by Chris Scott et al.) has a feature on 'Tips for a happy married life in the tent' by Robin & Heleen Wielders-Boerman. They suggest using 2 semi-rectangular down bags from Zwerfkei Outdoor & Travel Centre, at less than 1kg each and -7C rating. They also mention LL Bean bags.
I had a look at the zwerfkei website and, although the temp rating/weight is slightly out, think the Birdland Ranger bag could be what they're recommending:
I did decide to buy a couple of these despite the price (circa €500 for a pair), but then ran into payment complications- the Dutch interweb shops don't accept credit/debit card payments, wanting a direct bank transfer instead. A pain to organise in the UK, costly & no buyer protection.
So I abandoned the purchase for the moment & continue to look for a decent solution, maybe something with a slightly colder rating.....
My preference is still for a pair of quality down rectangular sleeping bags to zip together (so they can also be used individually when appropriate) like the Birdlands. Can anyone recommend any other suppliers? Maybe we will avoid sleeping until we get to Holland on the next trip and see/buy a pair there.
the Uk company RAB used to make custom sleeping bags rectangular down bags that zip together. I ordered some for a trip a few years ago. they were brillint. £400 or there abouts , butit was a while ago. the bags are very light, pack up small, and are good to -7.
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