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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Tire repair kits are pretty straightforward -the best ones available are from REMA TipTop, available world-wide. They have patch kits of many varying sizes, and for tubeless and tube-type tires.
Add a top-quality bicycle push-pull pump, and perhaps CO2 cartridge system as well, and you should be well covered. I recommend 2 of BMW's tire levers, (or copies of) plus one more of similar size with a hook on the end to hook onto a spoke as a third hand.
See the links page for tire repair articles that will tell you all you need to know about how to fix a flat.
When repairing flats, the first thing you have to do is to break the bead which involves forcing the tire bead off inwards. Although most of the world seem to get along with make do tools and methods (boot heel, other bike sidestand, rock etc) there is a nifty bead breaker advertised at www.ctm-design.com/prolvr/index.html which would appear to make life a lot easier, especially for the lone traveller.
Note that a bead breaker is NOT needed for tube-type rims, but could be very useful for tubeless RIMS. I specify RIMS because tubeless TIRES are often used on tube-type rims, and there is no difficulty breaking the bead there.
However tubeless RIMS have an extra ridge just inside the bead which helps prevent the bead from breaking in the event of a flat, and this is a good thing - but it makes it extremely difficult to break the bead by hand.
Having said that, most flats on a tubeless tire/RIM (with no tube) are repairable without breaking the bead at all. If the tire is badly damaged you may have to remove it to put a patch on the inside, and / or add a tube. Then the bead braker would be very useful!
With tube-type tires:
generally for long distance travel you will not run the tire pressure so low that there is a risk of pulling the valve stem, simply because with all the extra weight you must run higher tire pressure. Also note that the nut that is on the valve is supposed to be against the valve cap, NOT the rim! Especially for low tire pressure applications such as off-road. If the lock nut is against the cap, you will see the valve stem go at an angle, instead of straight up, and can fix the problem. (deflate, break bead, rotate tire in the rim
If the nut is against the rim, the valve is locked in place and yes you can rip the stem right out of the tube.
Due to the bulk of tubes, I carry one spare tube for each wheel normally, and plan on replacing it immediately if I use it. You can also get valve stem patches from REMA that will replace the stem - and I do carry one.
If I was crossing the Sahara or similar remote/difficult conditions, I would probably double that for the rear.
Northerners! The weather outside is frightful, so what better time to start planning your next adventure! To help you get started, for February we're taking 30% off the Get Ready! DVD in the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'GETREADY' on your order when you checkout.
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