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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Several years ago my wife and I decided to do a long trip. We have chosen to ride two DRZ 400s because of their versatility, simplicity and blendability. We have been picking away at the modifications and decided it was time to document the changes. My wife is 5'4", so our first task was to lower her bike. It was not a modification for the faint of heart because it meant chopping the frame in several places to achieve maximum lowering of the seat height. I calculated it out, drafted the parts on my CAD program, ordered aluminum and machined them. I sliced and diced the frame, welded the new pieces in and the subframe was lowered 1.5 inches.
A set of lowering links brought the frame down another inch plus. I sent the forks to Factory Connection to be dialed in for her weight including fuel, panniers, frame and gear. While there, they lowered the forks another inch. After all of these modifications, the bike is still very good travel but is about 4 inches lower allowing her toes to touch the ground. I will be adding more modifications as I go.
(Right now I am working on new panniers and their frames!)
The idea was to fabricate a “free-standing” pannier frame in the 10 – 12 pound range. The thought was to have the load of the boxes being carried by a lower cross member “shelf” of the pannier frame and to keep the rear sub-frame out of the mix as much as possible (and keep the weight around 10 pounds!) I chose chromoly tubing due to the high strength to weight ratio and that it can easily be welded with a simple oxy-acetylene system.
Tubes fish mouthed and cut to length.
Completed stand alone frame weighing in at 11 pounds.
I designed the frame to bring the force of the load down the lowest point on the bikes frame by designing a new swing arm bolt with attachment bosses. The swing arm bolt was sent for Birdsongs Black-T Teflon coating. Between the Teflon and the grease fittings for the rear swing arm the bolt should not freeze in place between maintenance.
The load was brought to the highest point on the main frame by clamping as shown in the photos.
I added a center load point attachment as shown.
This design worked well because I only had to drill one hole on each side of the frame to attach it. The rest is attached through the swing arm bolt and clamping to the upper part of the frame.
The rack look over complicated, one of the downsides of your design is that to work on the bike i.e. something simple like accessing the side mounted battery, you need to remove all of the luggage and the rack. I prepped a DRZ 3 years ago for a South America trip and made the racks in 3 parts (2 sides and a top) that bolted together, avoiding the need for full luggage removal.
One other point, your racks are quite large and mounted low down, I'd be concerned that on the lowered bike there's the possibility of the luggage and/or rack getting grounded when the bike's in a rut or similar.
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