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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Hello, Me and my wife are expierienced world travelers, but we usualy do the local transportation thing, which is inexpensive and fun but slow and restricting. We were recently offered a honda 900 by a fellow traveler and were wondering if this is a good bike to start out on. i know it is a big bike and me and my wife have very limited motorcycle expierience (honda waves in thailand, scooters in rome, and a puegot scooter in turkey) I know this bike is much biger thank anything i have ridden. Another thing is we dont have a motorcycle licence from the states. Is it possible to get one here in nicaragua? What insurance do we need? Any information would be greatley helpfull and any advice would be priceless right now.
Jeremy, welcome to Horizons Unlimited! We'll try to help as best we can.
First, what are your plans - are you at the start of a long trip, or?
Ideally, you'd get a bike licence and some rider training on a more suitable bike at home, plus get some good riding gear.
The biggest problem/question with the 900 you've been offered - where's it registered? If Nicaragua, taking it home to the US could be extremely difficult - registration difficulties as it's not a US import. If USA reg, then you need to be very sure it's legit, and you can actually transfer it correctly.
Of course another problem is it's not an ideal first bike! If it's a cruiser style it's a little better than a standard or sports style for a beginner as the seat will be lower, making balancing easier.
Getting a motorcycle licence in Nicaragua is unlikely, though you can certainly try! An adventure in itself I'm sure.
Insurance is probably not needed at all. US insurance is not valid in Central America. Usually when you enter a country, if they require insurance they will sell it to you at the border. I don't remember off-hand if Nicaragua does or not. Check the Border Crossings section under trip plan for information.
Travel by bike is the very best way to go in our totally unbiased opinion, so we hope you do try it - BUT we want you to do it safely - Rider Training, an appropriate bike, and good quality riding clothing and helmets are HIGHLY recommended.
Read some of the stories in the travellers stories section - you'll find people who just got their licence and headed off around the world, and had a great time.
As far as i know, the bike is regestered and has a complete title in the country of panama. The owner is a respectable dutch traveler and has had the bike for 6 months, traveling a bit around central america on the bike. one of the plus sides is that the bike comes with helmets and saddle bags as well as a full tune up. The thing that i am most concerned about is the saftey aspect and our lack of expierience on such a big bike. I also believe the bike is a cruiser or whatever, as the seat is big and comfortable and low to the ground. One other question is about the "deposit" that mexico requiers to take a bike there, how much is it will we get it back so on etc.
Thank you very much for the info already it has definatly givin us some things to think about.
Everything sounds good, except for actually doing the paperwork. Since it's registered in Panama, you need to do a transfer on Panamanian papers. THEN you have to decide what you're going to do from there - where are YOU going to sell it?
Re safety - size of the bike isn't a big deal - it's how smart you are, how careful you are, and whether you understand the REAL differences between a car and a bike. (A good OLD rider always assumes a. they can't see you - at all - or b. they DO see you, and are out to get you.) From there it's just practise practise.
Do the helmets FIT? SNUG is good, loose and comfy is very bad.
Mexico doesn't require a deposit. See our Mexico Meetings page for lots of details (links) on entering Mexico. It's all from the north, not the south, but the basics are the same.
By the way, don't put your email address in a post - that's a great way to give your address to the spammers... use your address in the profile only. See the FAQ. (Link below the Post New Topic button at the top.)
The ideal option would be for us to sell the bike once we got back to colorado if that is possible. We have not tried on the helmets either. Thank you for all of this information to consider this is all still very up in the air at the moment and your advice is very valuble.
Chances of selling it in Colorado are NOT good - first you have to register it, and that can be anywhere between a huge pain the rear and impossible.
A suggestion - forget it for now, and be home for the HU Colorado Travellers Meeting in July! You'll learn lots there, and be better prepared to head off on a motorcycle without the documentation hassle. And have time to get some rider training.
See the meetings link on left for details. Or if you're going to be down there for a while, see the Mexico Meeting in October.
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