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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Hi, can anyone help me out with advice on Water Filter and Purifier pumps. As I understand it, the difference between the two is that purifiers take out viruses but filters don't (but boiling takes out viruses anyway I believe). So which to go for, do I really need a purifier or is a filter good enough. I don't like using iodine etc except in an emergency cos its a poison and tastes horrible. I was originally tempted by the First Need which is a purifier but have read that it is not very robust and a pain in the arse to use. The Katadyn's seem to be well thought of but I'm not sure how far I need to go with this stuff.
I'm going RTW and plan to camp a lot so it needs to be small, light, good flow rate and very durable. Also it either needs to be field maintainable or have easy to get replacement cartridges (or whatever) worldwide.
There is one purifier that removes viruses without chemicals. It's called the First Need Deluxe. I quite like it because of this but I'm wondering about whether I actually need to worry about viruses most of the time i.e. Would I be better off just using a filter like the MSR one you have, and using chlorine drops / boiling to remove viruses when I really need to. From what I have learned so far, viruses only seem to be an issue if you suspect the water has been contaminated by human waste, question is, how often is this likely to be the case.
I've always used a Katadyn and never been ill from water I've drunk. You're right that viruses are more of a problem where there are people in the area, atleast in the same water shed area. i.e. If people are crapping up hill from you (as opposed to up stream) the rain water run off will carry the crap into the same water system you're getting your water from.
I would treat water with iodine before running it through a carbon and ciramic filter where I know there are other people but if I'm getting the water from a more remote source there's less need to bother about viruses.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you're getting the water from glacial melt water always pre filter it before putting it through the ciramic filter as the sediment will kill it. Its much finer than other sediments both organic and non-organic. A piece of pertex secured with an elastic band over the take up tube will do the job fine.
Also - most people get sick from water when staying in a town simply because they drop their guard.
Having said all that, I've canoed in most countries with dirty water and you can't help but drink it untreated. (S.America, Africa, Nepal etc.) The only pricaution I took before hand was to drink a can of Coke. I only ever got sick in the UK. How about that!
Iodine tabs now come with a second bottle that nuterlizes the iodine. You drop the iodine tab in, wait 20-30 min for the iodine to do its work, then drop in the second tab. It removes the color and taste. It is important to wait before dropping in the second tab, otherwise the iodine wont do its job. I recommend this for a backup at least. My filter gave out on me once while backpacking and I did get a little ill, now I always carry a secondary system to my filter. Also most filters don't screen virus, even the ones that claim they do only get most, not all. In the third world I would treat all of my water with iodine or chlorene. Remember they dont have the advantage of sewer treatment plants and just dump it on to the ground where it filters to the water table or runs to a small stream when it rains.
I use the First Need Deluxe (the one that filters viruses as well) and have only one complaint. It is HUGE. I'm talking, take up half your tank bag huge. The peace of mind is nice, but I'm considering replacing it because of space considerations.
Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius - William Blake
We have a purifier (so bacteria, virusses and also smell/odour) from General Ecology (www.generalecology.com). It's the 'nature pure' version. We have not used it yet....anyone with experiences with this device?
Anyone with a Pur First Need purifier know how to clean the thing? Have tried reverse pumping a few litres of clean water with no noticeable improvement - it still takes a lot of effort to pump. Google search turned up no online instructions.
Great purifier (when it's not blocked) FWIW - claimed to filter everything out, fits MSR dromedary bags just right.
Apparently used by aid agencies and military, not only for drinking, but cleaning wounds, etc. I actually bought the 'bike bottle' type (small, light, instant use, fits in the side pocket of a day-bag, or jacket) Couldn't believe how nice the water tasted - even better than my filter jug at home.
I use MSR Miox Purifier which is good and easy to carry. It doesnt use iodine. One advantage of filter is filtering all the debris and some chemicals/heavy metal from the water. I use a coffee machine's filter to filter the debris and try to avoid using water sources around the cities and industrial areas.
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