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.
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."
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Consumer affordable solutions such as Spot Connect and DeLorme inReach 2 way satellite communication solutions pair with your bluetooth smartphone, allowing you to send and receive SMS, track and communicate your position, send predefined SMS and emergency mesages... and with a pinch of salt:"send" and "receive" "e-mails", "update" facebook and twitter... anywhere on the globes. But it is limited to very few caracters and no files. The DeLorme also has a "map" for navigation.
Still, what I really want is a small portable bluetooth satellite IP device/terminal (IP= internet and phone) with an app that works seemlessly with my phone and/or laptop, one which simply gives me full world wide Internet access at a tolerable speed for both upload and donload.... AN AFFORDABLE DEVICE/TERMINAL WITH AN AFFORDABLE SERVICE PLAN!!!
As of now, I am yet to find a solution that has all of these attributes. A small portable IP version is usually the size of a small netbook, lacks bluetooth connectivity, has no app for a phone. But, I could swallow this if the cost of the unit and the service plan was even remotely within the limits of the sane and mortal.
At the time of writing, a medium sized pre paid service plan of 255 mb/month easily exceeds $5 per mb - that is $ 1.300,- for a measely 255 mb! In adition you need the IP terminal itself, which will easily set you back $1.650,- for an entry level model such as the Wideye Sabre 1 BGAN Terminal
For me, the cost of both the terminal and the service plan for a big dumb lump like the one above has to come down to 1/10th of the current rates, that means 130,- for the unit, an 50c/mb. For a pal sized unit or smaller, with blue tooth and a clever smart phone app, I could probably fork over 500 bucks...
Hopefully this will hit the market soon.
If anyone kshould stumble over any clever, cool, and affordable devices and service plans, post it here - I would be interested.
We used a Sabre 1 in West Africa last year. I was quite impressed with its ability to send emails and attached files.
Everynight we would attach the days GPS routes/waypoints and send them back to the MAPA Project based in south Africa. We never did use the phone that came with it as it wasn't needed.
I have no idea on cost etc. I did look for a 2nd hand unit but it was still expensive. I have gone for an Iridium handset which I am aiming to link to a laptop for emails. Otherwise I will just use WiFi where available or internet cafe where I find it.
I was very satisfied with Sabre 1 over about 9 months during 2 years of off-and-on travel in bush Australia. I only had a big bill for 1 month when my daughter was working on a graduate thesis in geology on the computer/satellite.
If charges were 1/10 as much the 3 satellites with their very finite throughput capabilities would be overloaded with everyone and their wife on Facebook (admittedly, my wife did check her Facebook on it!).
The cost factor is relative depending on one's situation.
I work on the internet, and as such am free to travel. I'd need a hell of a lot more than a couple of meg though. those prices are insane. there must be a better way.
There are faster way`s.. The TV Mobile Cars are able to stream near HD Qualitay over satellite - but they have a big Satellite-Solution - and i dont want to know how expensive their equipment and Dataplan is..
The best is to buy local mobile Simcards - and to look after a good Dataplan. With 3g or also with Edge - it is possible to work. HDSPA or 4G you dont find often
Maybe you have organize your workplace in a new way.
You ever have evaluated Citrix and to work remote on a Server - instead local on your Notebook?
So only the Screen content would transmitted - and not the data itself. But the optimal solution depends on that - what you work. When you have to upload videos and Fotos in high resolution - citrix wouldnt help you
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