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Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.
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 help you 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!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
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.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
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We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
I have a BMW G650 X-country I am equipping for a trip. First trip is in 6 weeks around Europe, (direct ride London to Portugal and then pick up the other half and cruise about before a long way round back via prague.) Second trip is in July, all the way to Thailand. Once in Thailand I will use the bike daily and go travelling extensively around SE Asia.
Luggage options on this bike are rubbish. The rear subframe is made of a chocolate alloy and bends if you look at it angrily. There are two options I have narrowed it down to. Touratech make a luggage set, new rear subframe in steel and painted black (big improvement) with pannier rails, top rack and boxes for £1100. They will do me the kit for £800 without the boxes. BMW make a steel subframe for the later version of my bike. £440. Now the problems are that the touratech one does not have any pillion pegs, the BMW one has welded pillion pegs. The welded pegs mean that racks will no longer fit to my bike. I can make a plate for the TT unit and fit pegs but it's not ideal as my bike has a non-parallel frame design. I had thought about making a wing style rack and fit it to a top box mount, braced underneath and securely mounted to the rear pegs by a home-made bar. That would be strong enough to support a set of Wolfman bags, which is probably where I am leaning. My issue is that for £1100 I can more or less sort out my luggage needs, for £440 I can fix the problem and build on top. The saved money buys me a new rear shock and exhaust can. What would you guys do?
Giant Loop Coyote bag with a roll closure bag behind that for sleeping bag and mattress. This way you keep the bulk down and don't bring stuff you really don't need. Carry it easily to the hotel room much more easily, enjoy the dirt riding heaps more and you'll bike will like it as much as well.
You know I'm really thinking about that. I do miss the power of a litre class bike. Thing is that half the point of going to Portugal is to get some fire-road exploring done. Also the road quality around the other places I'm heading make an enduro styled bike a better bet. I am considering the V-strom but I'm not a fan. I know a lot of guys like them but to my eye it's clearly a road bike that Suzuki are misrepresenting. Alloy cast wheels, exhaust under the engine, massive weight carried high, etc, etc. It can handle fire-roads, sure and is about the power I want but it's not a bike I will ever love. Having said that, stripped down with every piece of plastic thrown in the bin and a new, simplified headlight arrangement, metal sump guard and armoured tail and it has potential. I like the engine a lot. Thing is it's not economical and if I buy one now I'm buying a potential problem mechanically where I know my own bike is sound.
My head is spinning!