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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So far drinking water was not a problem for us during the last half year in NORTH america.
How did you cope with that in Central- and South America?
I consider to buy a filter pump (is that the right english word?).
Disadvantage: takes space and adds weight.
Is it really necessary?
Or can we buy drinking water nearly everywhere cheap?
Or is the water drinkable (with ion-tabletts)?
Unless you have a weak system, forget buying bottled water, it just adds to the billions floating around in our oceans.
I drank tap water from Alaska to Ushuaia and all points in between, with no stomach complaints directly linked to water, but some from the food. The only place I did not drink tap water was a Mexican hotel, but they had a sign over the sink advising not to.
Water is cheap to buy and is everywhere, so if you feel inclined that way, you will have no problems going thirsty, but consider the environment.
Water filters and tablets are not really needed, unless you are drinking from rivers and streams, or other non reticulated services. If it comes out of a tap, it is drinkable, sometimes not very tasty though
TS neglects to mention that he also practiced gastro-intestinal purification by many times daily! Beer also serves as a means of hydration without risk of giardia, cholera, cryptosporidium or amoebas....and as a bonus it is served in recyclable bottles, greatly lessening the resulting environmental degradation.
But seriously.... those of us lacking a cast iron stomach--or with previous experience being colonized by intestinal parasites--might want to consider carrying a filter. On my most recent trip, in part shared with TS, I used a gravity-fed model which was awkward to use but otherwise worked well and effortlessly. On previous journeys I've always used pump models.
Personally, I don't want to contribute more than very minimally to the ridiculous number of used, non-recyclable plastic bottles which litter the world. Plus the total cost of buying bottled water on a long trip--say, US$3 per day--adds up quickly. I've got better ways to spend my money.
this is MSR's gravity water filter. We have been using this through central Asia and its perfect. it links onto the MST water bags directly and is so fast!
throughout south america we never once used our ceramic water filters or tablets that we carried and had no problems. In Mexico we were a little more careful and did actually buy water. but as others have said here - we really dont like to contribute to the world wide problem of the millions of used bottles.
truely these work really well. and we have tired them all...!!
Can't say enough about getting the oral vaccine DUKORAL BEFORE going into"danger zones"
Sure you may drink tap water and never get a dose of turista- but then all it takes is one bad experience to put a damper on the travel fun for a few days or worse.
Waiting till you do get the problem and then dosing up with Imodium or Cipro is too late, you may already be in deep doodoo, literally.
And treating your own stash of tapwater with chlorine is cheap and effective and does not take up a lot of storage.Then you can guzzle away at your pleasure whenever you get thirsty(<--- = H2O ! ) make up a new supply right away.Please, don't buy the single serve size bottles.
Act like a camel- drink a liter or more when thirsty and you wont need to traipse around with a water bottle sipping every two steps, as I seem to observe is the case at many a tourist site.
Working in South America for the last 11 years I drank tap water everywhere except Potosi in Bolivia, where the mining has led to contamination of the water table. Only ever seemed to get sick in Cuzco, Peru, and who can say, but that might have been more to do with too much poorly cooked "european style" food. Certainly wouldn't blame the Cuba Libres at Paddy's or Norton Rats Tavern!
On a trip from Senegal to Somalia this year we used a single Doulton ceramic water filter with a small caravan pump. One case of giardia (Uganda) in 9 months (don't think it came from our tanks) and we used some pretty rank sources in Angola with no ill effects, but I guess this is a bit bulky for a bike. We did have a couple of filter bottles ( Lifesaversystems.com) which you fill from wherever, and shake to filter. Worked really well for our cyclists, but much more hassle than filling their bottles from the support car. As I said though, it's not a big issue in SAm.
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