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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...if it wasn't running on a spinning harddrive, which are all suceptible to braking from shocks, vibrations and more, I'd think it would have been an awesome invention. But, I think we still have to wait a while until we get a great travellers computer, one which runs on a robust non-mechanical storage that also has sufficient space to room many gigabytes of files.
There are pocket PC's out there that have built in QUERTY keyboards, GPS, quad band GSM, EDGE, 3G, BlueTooth, Web Cam + a second Photo/Video cam, etc, all in a poket size format. If we could only get these with more storage, waterproofed, and with better lences, then you could leave your pc, your phone, your camera, your mp3 player, your GPS, and your cam corder, all at home... the time will come. There is only one thing preventing this from happening at this stage; lack of available large inexpensive and non-mehanical storage capaity.
I'm not too keen on the 'all eggs in one basket' answer that Wheelie suggests. I prefer to have my camera, phone, computer etc. as seperate items. If I loose / break / have stolen one item it would be less of a disaster than if I only had an all-in-one item.
Hard drives are much more robust than they used to be. There are mp3 players with hard drives, cameras with hard drives (IBM micro drive), and some modern hard drives not only park but 'lock' when switched off, further reducing the risk of disc damage. The new Sony seems to have a slot to take a memory card (the same as most laptops), just copy vital information, pictures etc. to a memory card, most of which are available with capacities up to 4 gb.
[QUOTE=Wheelie]...if it wasn't running on a spinning harddrive, which are all suceptible to braking from shocks, vibrations and more, I'd think it would have been an awesome invention. But, I think we still have to wait a while until we get a great travellers computer....QUOTE]
Hi Wheelie, they exist and have existed since at least the mid 80's.
A company in the UK called Husky Computers was one.
My greatest objections against the notebook soultion, unless driving a car, is its size and weight. Riding a bike, I welcome all solutions which saves me space and weight. Smaller and fewer gadgets, battery eliminators, cables, and what not, makes life far more enjoyable on the road. And, as for putting all ones eggs in one basket, the only thing I'm really concerned about, is loosing my files, of which there is allways the backup solution (which in my opinion should be pursued no matter which solutions one goes for). Further, in temrs of putting all ones eggs in one basket, if for instance your day pack, with all your gadgets, is lost, then you have numerous gadgets which will need replacing, not just that one.
In my humble opinion, the ruggednotebooks are too costly compared to the overall performance they offer, though way cool. And, I'd be terrily worried about loosing it. Also, although many manufcturers claim longivety and ruggedness of their haddrives, only time can prove this (we will just have to wait and see). Manufacturers have been making such claims for ages, and very few in my case, has been able to live up to their promise.
HTC, or in some places also marketed under the brand qtek, have really advanced smartphones/pda/pocket pcs like the one below. They've got pretty much all the functionality one could wish for at a reasonable cost, but comes just alittle short on a few attributes. It can do all the things all your other gadgets can do, just not as good. The camera lense objective is of inadequate quality, the storage capacity is too small, it is not weather proof, and it runs on a Pocket PC OS rather than XP. Although i would still carry one in place of a lap top, I'd still bring my GPS and digital camera and DV camcorder.
The only good reason I can think of for bringing a pc while adventuring in the first place is if one needs to work en route, if one needs to edit a web site, or if one wishes to edit video and photos while travelling. So, what do I bring? In place of my stack of lap tops at home, only an old fashioned journal. All my computer needs are covered through Internet cafes. I love gadgets, but they can take away the attention from adventuring.
The pocket sized gadget pictured above has:
Quad band GSM
3G and/or EDGE (I think)
Web cam plus additional photocamera
Built in qwerty key board
Touch screen monitor
In my opinion, this is the ultimate travel computer to date, but still not good enough to justify the expense.
I took a laptop on a year long pan american trip - packed in ali panniers with some of the foam packing it was boxed in. Had no problems with vibration and am still using it two years later. I chose it over the PDA type option because I could write a journal, update a website, store photos and burn back up CDs, plus store music (my mp3 player had no hard drive)
This new Sony looks like it could almost be small enough to carry in a pocket - which really reduces the exposure to vibration, pack size and weight is negligible, yet it could still do everything I would want of it. For me this beats a mobile which has limited functionality and connectivity as a hub for other gadgets.
Ok, one of the reasons for travelling is to get away from these modern trappings - but I still love 'em
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