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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and I thought they look the business... but I wanted to ask about actual use... and didn't want to hijack the other threads !
So... being the larger gent (pic) I use an inflatable airbed (single) from Argos - it's pretty comfortable but doesn't exactly keep out the cold - but that's never really an issue for me. It's about 75cm wide and 20cm deep.
Now the exped is 65cm wide and 9cm deep - they look amazing and fold smaller than my airbed - plus they look warmer and better suited to a life on the road (I don't need to carry a pump for example)
But my question is - any good for a fat guy? Any experience with the expeds?
I use one of these - I'm 6'3" about 15 stone or 1m93 and 100kg and I find them brilliant. Very comfortable and compact . probably one of the best bits of camping equipment I have acquired of the years.
The trick with the Exped downmats is not to over inflate them . The ideal pressure varies from person to person but in answer to your question, no , my bum is clear of the ground if you inflate them correctly. The pressure may seem too soft but after inflating to about 2/3rds you kneel on them on all fours and if your finger tips can just feel the ground through the mat you are about right. If you can't feel the ground they are too hard and if you solidly touch the ground then they are too soft. I sleep like a log on them ....even without a skin full of alcohol to help me on the way
The other great thing is the ground insulation. In cold weather you really feel your body heat being reflected back to you - I'm not sure how this works but being down filled and with insulating foil I guess it works somehow. You'll not feel the cold ground anymore for sure.
If you want a cheap solution and you sleep ok on you cheap airbed except for when it's cold ground, go to your local DIY store and get some foam backed foil from the central heating department. It the stuff they use to put behind radiators to reflect the heat back into the room. It's cheap as chips and if you put a sheet of this under your LIDL air mattress it will reflect your body heat really well. I did this for years before splashing out on the Exped. The foam backed foil costs just a few pounds and packs up light and small too. TIP: Buy a sheet about 20% bigger than your mattress all round so when you roll off the edges you are still over the insulation
I've just had 2 weeks on a cheap £10 Lidl self inflating mat and the foam kept moving inside the cover which twisted the mat. I thought as it was thicker and larger than my therm-a-lite it would be more comfortable but this wasn't the case. Go to a decent retailer and lie down on a few and try them.
It only needs to keep your hips or butt off the ground to prevent pressure spots it doesn't have to feel like a waterbed.
We have two Exped Downmat 9 deluxe sleeping mats exactly like yours and they are everything they are advertised to be. They are very comfortable, warm, easy to inflate with the stuffsack and pack smaller than any comparable mat (and many smaller, less comfortable mats). I used various Thermarest mats over the last 30 years and the Expeds are really that much better. The previous advice about not over-inflating them is correct. It is easy enough to let air out, but there is no need to go beyond about 1/2 inflation. You'll be very happy with them.
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