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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I`m planning on doing the Pan Am starting next June in Alaska and was wondering about the need for something heated (particularly my hands) - In your experience would you recommend it or is it just a "nice thing to have"
Well, being a Queenslander from the tropics, I had everything I could that was going to keep me warm.
For instance, I have heated grips, but the backs of the hands get very cold, this isi where the Gerbing heated gloves comes in handy, they just heat the back of the hands.
I also bought heated socks, because the boots I am using are designed for summer weather and are not waterproof. Having the elkectric pants and jacket and socks and gloves was a real treat, it enabled me to ride all day from Coldfoot to Deadhorse and return, without being uncomfortable.
I also had on thermal underwear and all the clothing I could fit on.
Coming from the cold of England, you may not need to go to that exteme.
So, to answer the question, I personally would not be able to ride without heated grips, but many others can.
I swear by heated grips, mainly because they mean I can wear thin summer weight gloves from March to Nov in the UK - I've got them on 3 bikes, which I use all year round, and have found the Oxford ones to be the most robust. Agree that they don't heat the back of your hands, but I have big bark busters on my XT which keep the breeze off, and a reasonable fairing on the Daytona, so ok there too. I have tried Gerbing gloves - great product with a lifetime warranty on the wiring, but I can't be doing with having more wires from me to the bike. One tip with any electrical devices: although it is tempting to quickly wire them to the battery, don't!! You WILL forget and flatten the battery, so make the extra effort to wire through the ignition. Even the new Oxford 'smart' switch doesn't seem to cut out soon enough to save the battery enough for starting - voice of experience!
I've also had a Gialli vest, but to be honest found it too hot, and the heat adjuster didn't really alter the heat. I lent it to a mate, who said he nearly cooked himself, so it's not just me! Might be good in Alaska, though...
I was up in the Yukon in June and July and didn't have heated gear .
When the sun shines it's beautiful ,but it gets cold damn quick as well .
As soon as I got back I ordered a jacket liner and gloves .
Best thing yet !
I haven't tried heated grips ,but the gloves alone seem great .
The great thing about them is that you don't have to dress up like the Michelin man to stay warm ., just turn it on and you are warm instantly.
They pack small when you don't need them .
You will get a discount for being a HU member at Warm n Safe and they have "seconds" at an extremely good price .I bought 2 liners and couldn't find a thing wrong with them .
I haven't needed heated trousers or boots .
Just make sure your boots are waterproof if you are going north !
PS. I went to the WnS website ,they now have a remote heat controller ,so that's few less wires to fiddle with
I decided it would make a good Xmas present [for me] .I'll let you know how it works out .
I did lot of homework before buying ours. Although they aren't cheap like many alternatives now available but their real advantage that they really are super-durable by design. Hard to wear out. Gerbings has really long experience on perfecting the design (now making over 20 years of heated clothing?).
I know guys having over 20 years old Gerbings that are completely worn out but still work!
For RTW or extra long trips use I'd recommend the full cover jacket, not the vest tho. The one that also heats your neck and arms. Keeps your arms flexible on those extra cold riding days and saves your neck from that cold biting wind that wants to get inside from your neck area under the helmet.
We used ours in most of the South-American countries (although mis-conception says S-Am is warm - WRONG! Most of the time you ride high up in the Andes mountains, we froze in riding Ecuador on the very equator line!), let alone northern North-America, even riding in Australia we needed it a lot!
We combine it with Gerbing's heat adjuster (if possible, don't buy any other than Gerbings regulator - although they all work in the beginning, most others will give up in a relatively short time and start giving problems - heard from many people reporting too many problems with not-so-known heat regulation relays). You can adjust your own comfort temperature - makes you really smile on those cold days when you hate to do long distances on a bike!
Good thing our GS has a proper 700W generator, we're two up RTW, so the vests take around 150W together, add heated grips and powerful lights and most of the bikes (with around 250-400W generators) start to have problems with keeping battery recharged and bike running - so check your generator spec if doing 2-up with heated clothing.
I can't recommend Gerbings too highly! I went up to Prudhoe back in Sep 06 (everyone told me too late). So I bought the whole kaboosh - trousers, socks, sleeved jacket and gloves. Only ever used (and kept) the last two! And the jacket's a very nice one to wear out in the evening as well....
I explain it to the unconverted (bikers and non-bikers) that the difference is like having or not having a heater in a 4-wheeler in winter. And really nice to put your heated jacket on if you become a bit damp (= REALLY cold).
One point though, is I have had a controller fail. And was advised that the Warm-n-Safe controller's a lot better quality - so that's what I now have.
BTW I have another spare brand-new set of Gerbings heated gloves if anyone is interested? They were about £140 when I bought them.
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