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!
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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.'
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I installed a small 12V outlet in the dashboard which runs into my tankbag with a homemade extension wire. It comes straight from the battery with its own fuse. I chose to buy a $20 100W 12V/110V inverter because it gives me flexibility; one day I'll charge my netbook while riding, the other day I'll charge my camera batteries, PSP or cell phone. Yes, I am a geek, even on the road. All use the standard 100-240V adapters that come with the device rather then having to buy a bunch of specialized in-car power supplies. You may want to figure out how much juice your bike generates while riding before installing. I don't advise using this (or any) setup with the engine turned off; you will drain your battery quicker than you anticipate.
I don't advise using this (or any) setup with the engine turned off; you will drain your battery quicker than you anticipate.
I second that. If you try and charge your laptop overnight from a 12v socket on the bike, you will almost surely have a flat battery in the morning.
I had a flattened my 10AH bike battery on a barge when it was just powering the GPS. I turned the ignition of the bike on and put the GPS unit in its cradle to record the track. Not much more than 24 hours later, both the GPS battery and the bike battery were dead.
I guess if the GPS used 6 watts (about half an amp) then I should have calculated (using very basic maths) that the 10 AmpHour bike battery would only power the GPS for 20 ish hours.
Well put one on then. It's not hard. You can switch if off while you are charging and then on again afterwards.
Only problem is the bike is still under warranty. Also I am pretty sure it would be a bone of contention with the insurer. Should be ok anyway, I'll just make sure I don't charge the laptop/accessories unless the bike is moving. The iPaq I am using for GPS uses sod all power so that ought to be fine ..
Using a DC/DC converter on the move will be fine. It'll easily keep your laptop charged.
Don't use an inverter. The cheap ones don't give pure sine wave output and you'll seriously reduce your laptop battery life. More expensive inverters are OK but far to bulky for a bike. And they're extremely inefficient. 12vDC to 240vAC then back to DC through a transformer - you'll kill the bike battery.
Take a mains lead for topping up from cafe's hotels, etc but you may not need it.
The electronics in your normal 240v laptop power supply will make sure that even with a sawtooth output (which most cheap 240v DC-AC converters supply) your laptop battery will not be affected.
Only drawback in this setup is the substantial inefficiency DC-AC converters have. In order to produce a decent 240v AC current, it generates a huge amount of heat !
Not a problem if you're enroute to the North Cape, but a tad overdone in Saharan conditions.
Sadly most laptops nowadays (ACER, ASUS, DELL) use a 19volt, 4amp power supply.
Unless you have a 24v system in your car or bike, for the bigger laptops the 12vDC into 240Vac seems to be the only option.
btw @Jojo1 : a new battery after North Cape did cure the Disco's start-up problems , they replaced it under warranty, as it was just 7 months old !
The Asus EEE series uses 12V so it can be run directly from the battery, at least while the engine is stopped.
Even laptops using 19V could be charged from 12V as there are dedicated chargers usin DC/DC converters to increase the voltage to 19V
Even cheaper DC/AC converters have efficiencies around 85% so the loss is not that big.
I have had problems with environment temperature though. A converter in my car was only designed to max 55 degree centigrade environmental temp. so it cut out lying in a car in the sun in summer.
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