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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It seems that bike luggage box design has reached its limits. The Jesse design, (reflected in the new UK outfit Projectvnd) seems the best. The boxes have beveled edges for lean-angle and for paddling. They are custom made to fit best to maximise space and minimise width. They are 2mm. The racks work, and are strong. All good, and miles ahead of the overpriced TTech. So is there anything more that can done?
I ask cos I am in the process of building some for myself.
When it comes to Jesse I will not say the rack is strong, I have welded mine several times (10-15) and it’s now rebuild so it works (it didn’t even fit my bike). I have had no luck in ordering parts for the system, in fact I’ve had no luck getting in touch with Jesse at all the last years.
The locks broke and the mechanism for locking the boxes to the frame also broke, the new system looks even weaker, but other then that the boxes are nice….
I am just completing a set of boxes for it. Having looked long and hard at all the boxes on offer, I am absolutely certain I can do better. Each one has a weakness or two.
It is worth baring in mind that many manufacturers, despite what their publicity says, are building for the gentle European touring market. Not overlanders. That is why the Touratech ones are so shockingly poor for the money.
The ultimate overlander boxes are only days away...
im not impressed with the ali boxes that come with the 1150GS adventure(and cost so much!!) they seem not very well made and too small.i dont think you will get a full-face helmet in any of them. the new 1200GS has expandable plastic boxes as accessories, ive not had a close look at them but its a good idea and looks quite neat. has anyone had a close look? maybe an idea for any of you DIY fans?
I have used Jesse's for years, have crashed badly on them and no damage-infact they act as a crashbar due to their design strength. In China last year in an accident, one was crushed and subsequently repaired and it never leaked. Never damage to the frame system, and never has the frame failed. If you want to spend a dime call them:623-878-7113 USA, and get the parts needed to replace anything they make. They are a busy company but do respond.I don't know how their overseas distributors operate however.
I can recommend Happy Trails rack and pannier setup. I don't know how they compare with Jesses, but they are certainly stronger than Touratechs (I've had both). They're at www.happy-trail.com. The customer service is also outstanding, in my experience.
The new R1200 GS panniers?! Mmmmm. I see them for show and not much else. Sure they are nice and square now with neat little bags. But the mechanism for them to widen is a gimmick. The mechanism itself takes up valuable space and I'm always dubious about moving bits, which wear and can break. Stick to the ali panniers, whatever the make.
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I had the Touratech boxes and pannier frames made by Erni at Overland Solutions. The bike fell over a number of times and even with all the weight of the bike and our luggage there was no damage to the boxes or the frames. Because the Boxes were fitted slghtly lower than with the original frames there was no damage to the bike either.
Remember not to make your pannier support frames too strong... or "when" you fall over the bike frame may break and your luggage will be intact.
I used the original bmw pannier frames on my R80RT, which are silver soldered (not welded) they withstand vibration better and will bend or break BEFORE the bike frame does.
They have survived two stationary fall overs and two low speed crashes...so far
The boxes are basically like jesse's but with flat, unhinged removable tops.
Originally posted by Simon Kennedy: It seems that bike luggage box design has reached its limits. The Jesse design, (reflected in the new UK outfit Projectvnd) seems the best. The boxes have beveled edges for lean-angle and for paddling. They are custom made to fit best to maximise space and minimise width. They are 2mm. The racks work, and are strong. All good, and miles ahead of the overpriced TTech. So is there anything more that can done?
I ask cos I am in the process of building some for myself.
I can thoroughly recommend Metal Mule panniers. They are a result of many years of travelling revealing the good and bad points of luggage and designed to be as tough as old boots. Fast attach system, optional extras to suit individual needs and being waterproof are just a few bonuses with this set up. Have a look at www.metalmule.com
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