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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I am slowly but surely prepping for a long moto journey. I am trying to decide how to mount my boxes. I have Touratech racks and "other" panniers. The easy option is to use TT mounting pucks ($100). I am fairly handy and for about $20 and spare parts around the garage I can make a very durable mount, but they will not be quickly removable. I can use bag liners to hold the gear.
So my question to others who have gone on extended tours is ... How often do you find the need to remove the boxes from the bike? Every evening? Shipping? Maintenance? Daily? Weekly? Never?
Depending on where you go and how wide your bike is with panniers you may need to take them off frequently. Say the hostel owner offers you to park the bike inside, but you have to get it through the narrow front door.
When camping I like to use them as seats.
I borrowed Off The Road's attachment design, using two hinges per pannier to attach them at the top. A stainless steel rod pushed through the hinges attaches the top of the panniers to the frame. Very simple. See here: http://www.off-the-road.de/enduro/koffer.html
Note: I liked and use their old panniers, but the locks are junk. I made my own frames and attachments from flat steel.
Hello. I recently built my panniers this year and decided to mount them solid. After a trip to Mexico and back this arrangement worked very well. The panniers held my tent, sleeping bag, food, cooking supplies, spare clothes and parts. All my daily stuff was in a waterproof bag strapped to the rack with my sleeping roll and chair. The rest stayed with the bike locked up securely. The boxes are held on with four bolts each and come off in a couple of minutes with the right tools. I feel the biggest benefit is the boxes become a stressed member in the frame structure, greatly increasing the strength and rigidity required to carry this extra weight. All bolts attaching the sub-frame and boxes are plated grade 8, very importand!
Hope this helps
i use hard plastic cases on a pure road bike so its not exactly the same as for you guys, but in my experience of touring the topcase almost never comes off the bike and the panniers are off and on like a whores knickers.
so dont waste money on a fancy system for the top, bolt it on and leave it, but a quick and easy system for the sides is well worth it.
We had 'Touratech' panniers and 'Overland Solutions' racks. With this set up the panniers are easily removable, but in the five months, or so, we were away I only took them off of the bike three or four times for maintainance and servicing. We bought rucksack liners and put all our gear in them. If we were staying somewhere we just took them out. The panniers were so filthy and the Touratech panniers don't have carrying handles, so it was just easier to leave them on the bike.
I have just tried out my pannier set up in Morocco and use a similar case to the german ones linked to above but with touratech mounts. The mounts were very expensive but I think worth the money as I was able to take them off for all the reasons listed above, as well as easier access for chain maint and greasing suspension etc.
The touratech mounts are proven and solid and get my vote. The bike is very wide with the boxes fitted so I needed to remove them to park in the court yards of some hotels.
-As noted, parking the bike inside a hotel etc
-When fully loaded, and it falls over - which it will - it helps a lot if you can take a sadlebag or a top box OFF to reduce the strain on your back.
-Crossing a nasty river - take them off to cut the load when you fall down
-Flat tire repair at the side of the road, or any repairs.
- just something as simple as washing the bike
-and I'm sure there's more reasons...
Additional strength as Ron notes is indeed a good reason for permanent mounting, but not enough imho...
My boxes are removable, but the racks they mount on are not (they were built/designed in 1986 after all!) - takes about 3-4 minutes to remove them. Maybe - well, probably - I'm lazier than the average, but I NEVER took them off, even when it would have been a good idea - it just wasn't worth the aggro.
Easily removable yes, Grant is right. But not necessarily instantly. Unless you can find a super tough mechanism that can be repaired with next to nothing: such a device doesn't exist as far as I know.
All the fancy instant systems I have seen are not overlander standard. They will break. And you will be stuck.
The compromise for me is wing-nuts. I am surprised that more people aren't using them. They are relatively quick to get off; easy to find (or replace with anormal nut if in a spot); simple, and hey, never go wrong.
IMO, though I'd go back to soft next time, hard removable is the way to go for many of the reasons given above and a few more besides - but not too easily (like TTech, which is not that strong as many know). Various ways of doing it better DIY. The way I see it, have the weight/locating taken on one solid surface (narrow tray) and the q/d system elsewhere and 'unload'
------------------ Author of Sahara Overland II hardback edition and the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook - new edition shortly
We had panniers fixed with wing bolts. Neat idea, but two disadvantages:
I found they can work loose, so you need to secure them with pins, etc.
If they are inside they protrude a long way and can damage the contents. I used allen key bolts on mine for that reason. Ideally, try finding allen bolts with round heads. If they are on the outside they are too easily removable.
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