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 have just ordered a twin set of Brake hoses from a company called HEL. My mate told me that this company produce good quality hoses for two thirds the price of Goodridge hoses. I have opted for plain stainless steel with a clear plastic coating. They should do the job nicely...
I have noticed the brake performance of my XT6 going downhill gradually. I changed the brake fluid twice without any noticeable improvement. I am told these new hoses should sort the problem out or at least improve the situation. I appreciate that the single front disk brake on the XT6 isn't exactly powerful.
The set of 2 hoses cost me only £54 including all required parts (banjo's etc...). I understand that Goodridge would have wanted £65 for their product.
Has anyone else had any dealings with this company or their products? If so, were they any good?
I've used HEL, motrax and goodridge hoses. Goodridge are definitely better but whether its enough to justify the price I am not sure. The cheaper ones tend to have slightly narrower hoses and 'build your own' end sets. The goodridge ones I have used have been 'properly' built, so less seals to leak (might be the difference). Whatever you use as long as they are put on right will be a lot better than rubber hoses as they won't start to expand as the pressure goes up. On exactly the same model bike one with braided generic b-y-o lines and one with single piece goodridge the latter broke better, less spongy under heavy braking and better feel, but only just. Both were a MASSIVE improvement on the then stock Ducati rubbish
I am saving up for the kit to thread, press etc my own hoses so should be able to build hoses for a fraction of the cost of either, watch this space and buy me drinks for cheap hoses!
On a brake line side-note can anyone confirm whether or not you need seperate lines to each front caliper for race scrutinering? I was told this and have built my FZR lines accordingly, but all the current superbikes seem to have a different arrangement?
Location: Dreaming of travelling and riding bikes in general..
Race bikes use one line to each calliper, as I always did when I was racing 1999-2003. Less metal joins/weight, less complexity, easier to bleed them? The rumour about damage to one line with redundancy in the 2nd doesn't make sense (racing wives tale - one master cylinder!) except that 1into2 lines are often fixed to the mudguard and when that get's knocked-off you really will have no brakes. I could hazard that two individual lines gives you more fluid in the system which could be an advantage (higher fluid velocity in the upper line before the split into 2 rather than pushing all the fluid through two individual bores?).
As an ex-aeronautical engineer I should really be able to work out the answer
I raced with HEL for 2 years and found them more than adequate and a friends races the TT supported by HEL.
The lines certainly aren't as cheap as Buster's "specials" but you guys are talking about brake systems (trailies etc.) that, whilst benefiting enormously, are not as sensitive or mission critical as a race bike.
Scrutes will be more than happy with 1 line per calliper.
I put Hel hoses on the front of my XTZ660 and they made a improvement, taking most of the spongy feel and long lever travel out
The product looks well made and fit perfectly, and was about a third of other prices.
But I find the front brake on the xtz vertually non-existant compaired to my K1200S roadbike, (to be expected really) so I ordered some sintered pads from M&P over 3 weeks ago, to hopefully improve them more but I am still waiting for them, ' will advise if that helps when I know
the stock front brake setup on the AT is pretty good from what I remember, complete the solution on my Elefant 750 is a bit pricey (400 quid!!) and am saving at the mo'. The essential problem is a single disc rather than double, which is the same as the xt/xtz I think (?). If so it might be that a larger disc with a floating caliper and new caliper mount and better fork brace could be the solution.
Do a lot of people have a problem with the front brake on the xt? If so there may be an upgrade kit out there, if not I am sure one of us could knock up a kit (existing rotor off another bike, rotor mount, caliper mount and hose)...
I've used HEL for a number of years on my GS. After 2 years I had a problem with one of the hoses - a phone call to HEL resulted is a no questions asked free replacement hose . they didn't even want to see the damaged one back. Excellent product - excellent service
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