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.'
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I bought a metal mule frame a year or so ago, intending to buy panniers when I had enough money. But with the price of them now, thats never going to happen. So instead I'm looking at the Alpos panniers. The alpos cases are pretty thin though and I'm not sure what would be the best way to mount them. Has anybody tried this, or got any ideas?
As far as I have seen these fall into two types - some latch onto the back of the pannier, some support the bottom as well. The latter would be better if you are concerned about the strength of the panniers. Make the bottom hinge if you will be regularly without the boxes so you can fold them up. If you are making your own racks then remember that you needn't have the 'shelf' run the full width, most of the structural benefit would be in the first few inches.
What latch points are there on the boxes? This might affect design...
Bought racks are well overpriced given that it would be cheaper to take a design to a fabricator then powder coater - it's as if suddenly loads of people with too much cash and not enough sense have started buying big GSAs and fully equipping them for a RTW. To drive to work on.
I have panniers similar to Alpos. They came without any fittings attached, but the supplier supplied his own attachment kit which would have been fairly easy to make. Difficult to describe without photos but here goes:-
My pannier frame is similar to Touratech/Metal Mule etc in that it is made from 18mm tubing and forms a rectangle held in place either side of the rear wheel.
I have 4 round plastic blocks for each pannier 18mm deep and about 50mm diameter.
2 fixed pieces of aluminium bar about 50mm * 70mm per side
2 pieces of aluminium about 70mm * 25mm per side.
The 4 plastic blocks are screwed to the inside of each pannier so as to located it within the frame. I reinforced the inside face of each pannier with aluminum strips between the mounting points
The wider aluminium bars are fixed with the bottom blocks to form a lip to hold the bottom of the pannier in place.
The narrower bars are pivoted on a longer bolt through the centre of the top blocks. The bolt is fastened on the inside by a large knurled nut which can be unscrewed by hand from inside the pannier.
To fit the pannier, the top plates are loose and dangling down so the pannier can be placed against the rack with the plastic spacers in position. The top plates are then rotated to point upwards and then the knurled nut tightened from the inside. The top plate can't move anywhere as the nuts and bolts which hold the plastic spacers in place prevent it from swinging once the knurled nut is tightened.
The only part which would be hard to make without a lathe would be the knurled nut and an ordinary nut would do the job, just wouldn't be as convenient.
My only criticism is that the knurled nut sticks out into the pannier and gets in the way.
The best method I've seen is on Metal Mule. It's a kind of lever system which locks a bar against the frame and is held in place by the lid.
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