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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I have an Exped synth mat. It's definately not small (10cm deep), BUT is extremely comfortable. I, too, searched here and found that many people seem to prefer the Exped (in various flavours). I remember people mentioning that the down mat kept them warmer.
Although a big old thing to lug around, I wouldn't change my exped - everything just felt like I may as well have been lying on the floor. For me, a little extra comfort goes a long way!
Having broken 3 (yes, one of them twice!) collarbones over the years I always struggled to sleep on Thermarests (I sleep on my side/front) and so I chose an Exped (9cm)down mattress for my RTW trip.
Unfortunately it de-laminated internally causing a cushion sized 'bubble' to appear in the middle of it! I was in Australia at the time so I took it to the local Exped dealer and they had it replaced by the Aussie importer within a week. That one lasted just over two years before developing a similar fault. Unfortunately it was out of warranty and I was in a country where there was no dealer.
Comfort and warmth were very good but the three things I disliked about it the most were:
1. Time it took to inflate using the stuffsac 'bellows'
2. Bulk when packed
3. Noise! That thing was bloody loud when you moved around on it!
I replaced it with a Thermarest Prolite Plus (Womens). A last, a benefit to being short!!! The womens model has a higher 'R' rating and is therefore slightly warmer than the mens (its also a little shorter).
I've been extremely happy with the Prolite. Its much more comfortable than I expected it to be and I've slept on it comfortably down to -12C in the Andes.
If you plan to spend a lot of time camping, I would choose the Exped Synmat (with integrated pump) without hesitation simply for the comfort at night. Any extra bulk when packed will be worth it. If you will only camp rarely, get whatever packs the smallest and lightest.
We have a pair of exped downmat's and thoroughly recommend them.
It's been said before, but it comes down to how much camping you plan to do. For us our tent was our home for a year, and will be again soon, and after trying various thermorest et al in camping shops we weren't convinced, somebody kindly let us have a lie on their exped at Ripley and we were sold. Yes they're expensive but if your planning on doing more than a little camping you'll be glad you splashed out.
The old saying goes something like 'Spend good money on your bed and shoes, because if you're not in one you're in the other' and as an octogenarian overlander we met in Ethiopia said 'Only a fool is uncorfortable!'
WEll I have 2 Exped Down 7 mats,
note the pump in internal, it rolls up quite small (just mesured it for you) rolled up it is 8 inces high in its stuff sack & 4 across, as said mine has the down inside,
the benefit is if you have a 3 season bag on a down mat makes it a 3 / 4 season mat due to the air in the mat warms up & teh down in it.
I paid £80 for 1 I then saw them later at £100, you need to search around for best deal but worth it I think
I have a Thermarest Neo Air mattress. I have never owned or used the others that you are considering so I am unable to compare. I find the Thermarest Neo Air brilliant, I have the large as I am 6'3", it is warm when cold outside, comfortable, and most importantly to me as I travel by motorcycle, it packs really small - about the size of a 1 litre water bottle, and is very light. It's easy to inflate, probably 20 - 30 breaths, and very easy to expel the air and roll up in the morning. If you require a mattress for motorcycle travel I highly recommend the Neo Air.
I am looking at Exped mats vs. camping bed as I am worried because of my weight (18 St/115kg). Any experience from another heavy (ok a bit over weight ) person is with Exped?
Hi Vleis - I had the same worry. I was 23 stone when I got mine (here's the video EXPED Downmat 7dlx - YouTube) and I thought I'd need the DLX9 - but in fact I got the DLX7 and it's fantastic - very very comfortable even with my weight.
I'm now 18 stone and it's still very very comfortable.
+1 for Exped, but not the downmat. I have an Exped Synmat 7 UL, packs to the size of a 16oz/500ml can. With an r of 3.1, its pretty decent down to about freezing but below that you should have something thicker or add a cheap foam pad to it.
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