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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Has anyone got any tips for stopping my textile jacket smelling so much! I used it to ride through Latin America last year and as you can imagine a year of sweating has left a rather fruity perfume. So much so that the smell sometimes shocks me when I catch a wiff off-guard, when wearing it.
The label says not to wash it. Is there anything I can sprinkle, spray or soak into the lining to neutralise the odour?
I travel with Aerostich jacket and pants. They get washed once or twice every six months of road use, whether they need it or not (<---- joke).
If I ever had a label telling me not to wash them, it's long since been washed away. I wash it by wearing it in the shower (first right way around, then inside out; soap up, then rinse), I wash it in washing machines, I give it to the laundry ladies at hostels..... What's to lose? Am I going to make it even less waterproof than it already is? That'd be quite a feat!
Goretex theory, on the other hand, says use only approved, detergent-free soaps. That's what I do with clothing which actually shows signs it'll keep the weather out if I treat it well--like skiing gear.
(plumbing new depths of sin, degradation and textile abuse in Belem, Brazil)
They say not to wash gortex because most would use a detergent. detergant gets caught in the pours of the gortex and keeps them open.
what you can do though, is wash your jacket with SOME detergent or better yet the Nikwax that was suggested, then rinse it 4 or 5 times in cold or warm water. don't use hot IMO as it can cause some taped seams to... uh... un-tape
I wash my tops and bottoms about once every 3-4 months (I ride daily no cage) and haven't had a problem yet
Put 10 - 20 drops of bleach in the final rinse to kill the bacteria that cause the smell... washing just gets the dirt out.
Use the liquid, rather than the "gel" type of bleach so you know what quantity you are using.
There should be a small bottle of it in every travellers kit to add to all your washing rinse.
I stick stinky bike gear in the bath with lukewarm water and a tube of Steradent (for doing dentures). It doesn't damage the fabric and impregnates it with something that seems to stop bacteria (i.e. pong) coming back.
*Disclaimer* - I am not saying my bike is better than your bike. I am not saying my way is better than your way. I am not mocking your religion/politics/other belief system. When reading my post imagine me sitting behind a frothing pint of ale, smiling and offering you a bag of peanuts. This is the sentiment in which my post is made. Please accept it as such!
Forgt what the label says and wash it anyway. I try to stay as neat as possible when riding overland in foreign climes and that usually means washing my textile jacket every fortnight in a hotel bathromm sink using the regulation tablet of hotel supplied facial soap.
I know this is a little late! but someone may find it useful
Have you thought about the use of baking soda I use it as a final rinse in the washing cycle and it does the job, I first used it to clean my bike jacket (stinky jacket) and then found it had many uses, theres loads of different recipes on line for its different uses! its cheap too!
all the best
PS not sure its a good idea to carry white powder around with you though!
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