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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I am using Andy Strapz Exp. panniers at the moment and they're freaking awesome, I'm in the middle of Bolivia in the wet season and so far nothing has got wet. I would definitely also recommend the Strapz too (similar to Octopus straps/bungees) I couldn't imagine not having them now. Having never seen ortliebs I can't comment on those but I am positive AS are better than Aluminium panniers (though far less secure of course). Also Andy Strapz gave me a small discount for placing an ad on my website, you may be able to do the same.
My experience of using Ortleib is primarily on cycles both on the rear pannier and front lowriders. They have always been excellent and without problem. Only one little winge on my older models (some 10 years old) the plastic bar holding the top pannier carrier mounts will bend when the pannier is stuffed full making fitting to the rack a little tricky. Pack them properly and there is no trouble.
Remember that using them off road on a bicycle they get far harder hits than when protected by the suspension of a motorcycle.
For a temporary set up on a journey of some 1500 miles I rigged up a couple of low loader racks using the motorbike rear rack mounting points, a luggage strap and some cable ties. The racks held position and the panniers were still instant on an off forming a good base for drum bag and tent.
Some gentle of road, many miles of 90+mph (it is a Highland ) motorway and slow weaving through thick traffic, no problem. Good stability, narrow and cheap. Also I snagged a road sign doing an idiot manoeuver out of a car park at 25mph, enough to hole the pannier but did not knock it of the bike or rip off the rack. Rigid 'mortuary boxes' would have either had me off or had a costly load of damage. Also they are significantly narrower making filtering far easier - see photos
I use the ortliebs on my 800 GS. I took them off recently to wash some of the road salt off them and dunked them in the bath. They were 80% submerged and not one drop of water got in. Not even through the plastic retainers that hold the stiffened liner in place.
I use them everyday in all conditions and they are as tough as nails. I brushed off a few things when squeezing through tight gaps and they show no signs of damage.
my bikes rear end is wider than the 1200 believe it or not so I didn't want the Ortliebs to have that pulled up / splayed out look so I bought some velcro that could bridge the gap and let them hang down to their normal position. (no pun intended )
I have had similar problems with soft bags moving around and getting hot.
I had the same problem. I'm using Wolfman soft bags on a DR650. Solution ... velcro! I swear that stuff is almost as good as duct tape.
I bought six or eight feet of velcro from a large roll at a hardware store. I brought the Wolfman bags to a tailor. He sewed a strip of velcro to the underside of the more forward of the two sets of straps that connect the panniers atop the seat.
Across the seat, I fastened up another strip velcro so that it would mate with the velcro on the pannier strap. This is glue-back velcro so it stuck nicely to the seat, and I stapled it up beneath.
Works like a charm! Zero movement on those bags now. A brace easily fabricated from aluminum bar keeps the right bag off the pipe.
How pliable is that PVC insert in the ortlieb panniers. I'm changing to soft luggage because my wife has awesome skill with coming off without injury, but seems to get here legs cought underneight the edge of the hard pannier on this bike. Not being able to pull her leg from underneight it. Don't like the idea of going soft but with the hard edges.
I have a set of the Steel Pony bags and have been happy with them for the last 13k km. here in Mexico. The OP asked to talk only about Ortlieb and Andy Strapz, so i'll just say that one really nice feature on the Steel Pony bags is the optional silicone mat that velcros' to the exhaust side. It is 100% effective in protecting the bag from the exhaust and should be considered with any soft luggage you plan on using.
Steel Pony's seem to meet the criteria. They look to be well made and are huge - combining the best of both worlds. Anyone know if these bags are available in Europe? Shipping and taxation from Oz to Europe will probably make them unaffordable. Thanks for the tip buebo
Unfortunately you have to ship them over to Europe, which adds quite a bit to the price. In the end I decided on the Giant Loop since it was available in England (the EU at least) and considerably cheaper.
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