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!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
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.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
I've been using one.com for a couple of years now and it's great! I have my web site there. They also have blog and a big and secure space to upload photos and documents. And the best thing! It does not cost much. As has been mentioned by Susan and Grant, it's better to pay for storing services then to use the free ones. Because you'll know that it will be there the next time you log on and might need a very important document!
As has been mentioned by Susan and Grant, it's better to pay for storing services then to use the free ones. Because you'll know that it will be there the next time you log on and might need a very important document!
I question this logic. I know that google will be there next time I log in. Some outfit called One.com? Not so much...
Worst case google starts charging for their services, but at least in the meantime I get the service for free. And actually the trend has been in the opposite direction--google has been expanding, not contracting, the free service (more storage, etc.).
Why is one.com better than google, other than the privilege of paying for the service?
+1 for Google's offerings here. Blogger, Google Sites, Google Maps, Picasa should be just fine, if you don't want to host things here with HU.
A lot of people say Wordpress is better, can produce more professional looking sites, and is more flexible, and I think it possibly is if you know what you're doing. But that's the important thing, to get the best out of it you need some web-skills. If you don't have them then it's really no different from what Google can give you.
I really don't see why people pay for this stuff unless they're skilled web-designers, most of the free stuff has huge numbers of templates and add-ins, so your site won't look the same as everyone else's.
And when it comes down to it it's really about what you write and the pictures you post, not the html/css bling you throw in.
My better half started using WebX5 since we wanted to be able to write a diary, add and position pics and generally muck about while being somewhere other than paying in an internet cafe, i.e. sitting under a tree, on a beach etc not online. Paying someone else to start it would not really work then since we won't be anywhere near the person who could hopefully fix it!
She's since found that a little too limiting, though if you want something really simple its OK, but we weren't asking a lot!
So we now have Serif WebPlus 10. Either of these programs do not cost much, but X5 is simpler. She had a live usable site 36 hours after opening the X5 box having done nothing like it before.
Both take a lot of learning, they have instructions but often don't have the answers you want, part of the learning process may be redoing everything you've just done cos the font and framesize doesn't suit some pc's for instance, mucking up the whole format with pictures and text overlapping.
The specific problem for us with X5 is for a diary you don't really want one long list of entries, by the time you've added pics it becomes a huge 1st page to download (read). So you introduce layers, eg 1st is The Trip, 2nd is UK, then 2010, then the date, four only allowed. So you could have an unmanageably big list with a years worth of entries scrolling off the bottom of the page, but its not obvious there is more than you can see, and while moving the cursor down its easy to slip off the side meaning you have to start again. Annoying. You can't right click to enlarge a photo, so the nice small pixel size you need for fast page download is all you get. And you can't attach anything, like a manual you've found useful, a fuel price spreadsheet etc etc.
And, no spell check
WebPlus 10 has a good support network if you can get online, a huge helpful manual although still with holes, and a spellcheck and webcheck (advising you of things that might not work when uploaded). You can attach better quality pics on seperate pages so the users initial download speed stays high, although this may make the periodic upload of your updates a lot longer. It has a lot more features, but takes longer to learn. You may discover a fab new way of presenting a page when you've already too late to change it!
With either you then end up with the software on your C drive, the website on that or a seperate hard drive, and just the revisions and updates on a pendrive you then take to the internet cafe for speedy (!?) upload. (WebPlus 10 searches your sites files and picks out all those you've altered saving you having to remember!)
Best advice would be to make a totally fictitious website to learn with. Then after a week of solid graft, when you discover all the things you should have done, you'll only be binning something of no value. Only a couple of days work making a solid start on what you do want will then have more chance of it turning out how you had hoped.
If you can write code then go the whole expensive hog and get Dreamweaver. But whichever you may go with, you end up with a product and skill that may make you some money en route or back home?
made with SOLAS tape backing, which is durable, tough and what gets put on liferafts etc. The black stealth tape is cool but not quite as reflective. You could buy SOLAS tape on Ebay etc, and black lettering from lotsa places I'm sure! I've put a clear protective film over the letters because tree branches were doing a good job of pulling them off, but the tape is stubborn stuff!
Serif update and restructure completed, so hyperlinks, forward/back buttons and an eaier to use site all round!
Sorry to harp on about Blogger and the like, but the post above about X5 reminded me of something.
If you're taking a laptop/netbook with you, you might want to try installing Windows Live Writer. It's free, and will let you compose and format your blog posts offline, so when you're near the web you just connect and it updates for you. It works with the major free blog sites and also has additional features for youtube uploads, tweets with shortened urls, basic photo-editing, and all manner of toys.
So, if you're interested in blogging under the shade of a tree where you want and not in a sweaty paid for internet café it's a good free thing.
I can highly reccomend Wordpress. It is free, it is open source, and it is the most advanced system out there. Also, it is the most used system and very easy to use. You buy a domain, and install it on your web hosts servers in five minutes.
Cooped up indoors in crap weather? Binge watch over 20 hours of inspiring, informative and entertaining stories and tips from 150 travellers! Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to order them both and use Coupon Code 'BoxSet+' on your order when you checkout.
What others say about HU...
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.