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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anyone have agood advice on which GPS i shoud get?. i do lots of on-road riding and a bit of off-road. probabaly going to get more off-road this year plus i'll probably be using it in Canada as well as taking it to Australia whne i go.
there is alot to choose from and i dont know where to start. i want one fairly advanced with detailed maps and directions. C400$ range possible??
I use a Garmin 60 CSX, very rugged and reliable, i know a couple of commercial trail riding companys who use either them or just the 60CX.
I use mine more for off road but as it also has a 2 gig SD card onto which I have European City Navigator v9 loaded so it can work like more road orientated GPS and satnav products like say a Garmin Zumo (which i don't think would be much good for off road use). Gives you directions, petrol stations, hotels, banks, retaurants info etc. i presume you'll be ableto get the same type info for the areas you want.
I won't bother with the more basic models with just a black and white screen as it makes it much harder to understand. Personally i also don't like the etrex series as the main toggle switch always seems to play up after a while.
I've been very happy with my Garmin 276C. I often use it off the bike on battery power, and the screen size works well for my old eyes. I use a Touratech "off road" mount (locking).
The biggest downside is that is uses Garmin-only data cards, which are VERY expensive compared to common flash cards. The POI database is very good for the US & Canada, I invested in the Smellybiker maps for my upcoming Ushuaia to Deadhorse trip...
i use a garmin 60Cx (bought, tried and sold 278C), an this is why:
+it uses 2x AA penlite batteries, which you can get anywhere. so you don't have to depend on bike power or power converter/batterij loader.
+power consumption is low
+it solid, fairly compact /light / waterproof etc.
+it has standard micro SD memory, cheap, widely available
+excellent gps signal sensitivity (SIRF3)
+cheap 2nd hand
+can be used as USB mass storage device
+ideal for on-bike and off-bike GPS usage (hiking, city trips etc.)
+you can use custom maps like smelly bikers. can't do that on a 276 or 278 without expensive Garmin memory cards..
-a bit slow processor
-light intensity of display
-doesn't load batteries when 12V powered on bike
-bit quirky route calculation, especially when using routes made om Streetpilot or 27x series.
negative point are no problem when traveling, but might be a problem with off/allroad rallies and other fast driving conditions.
Bit OT but now that I'm here I might as well ask you. On your blog, how do you get you photo's to fit the very narrow post width?
Mine are automatically cropped, and I would love to find out if you can widen your post body width, but don't thing you can. So I gues there is a limited pixel width for pictures.
just a few thoughts on the gps issue, i used a garmin gps 5 through africa and off road in Australia , its a very dated now by todays standards, but back then it was a fairly good deal with auto routing and takes aa batterys.
takes aa batterys
runs on bike power
bread crum trail (very important in my view)
some of the cons were ,
small b/w screen
shook the batterys to bits if left in the gps while in the TT bracket
entering data was slow
no expandable memory
But all up a reliable and robust unit i still have.
Also have a Garmin Rino which has a uhf radio built in which could be helpfull in the outback in a safety point of view. As it came with the bike i am considering selling it and getting something for canada , but am still very lost , the garmin zumo looks great on road but just a block with a shiny screen off road.
I bought my Garmin 60Cx from Dubai from the official Garmin distributor there (just go to Garmin site) if you can arrange to get it from there it would be a lot cheaper at 300 Euro the package included:
1- Unit plus the usual
2- Car stand
3- Lighter connection
All this for 300 Euros while in europe it would cost 600 Euros one year ago.
Garmin 60cx, very gd had a Quest, thisis better, screen clearer and nice colour display, ability to work with mapsource easy.Uses 2 AA batt's, which last ages, Recommend! bought from ebay.com (usa) in live in UK.
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