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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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.
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Do any of you use motorcycle rucksacks for foreign trips, I notice that Kappa make a 30 litre version that gets very good reviews. I haven't heard of anyone using one apart from a trip down to the shops or maybe a weekend away in this country. Any advice on this would be greatly received.( I 'm thinking security wise having it attached to your back has to be a bonus )
Very much a personal choice, but I don't like them. They make me feel more retricted on the bike and I find them uncomfortable over any distance. For me, a tank bag carries the important stuff and follows me off the bike.
Couple of major issues with them....
1. If the base of the rucksack is not resting on the rear seat then you are carrying all the weight on your shoulders, very uncomfortable over any distance.
2. If you come off the bike while wearing one, you're more likely to do yourself more damage.
If you were to take a rucksack I'd have to recommend the Kriega lineup. They make 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 litre options. I personally own the 15 and 25, and have used the 20 a lot previously. They are all super comfy, even over long distances. I wore my 15 litre pack around Europe for a week earlier this summer without issue, but it was mostly just to carry my laptop (very light). I also use it as a Camelbak as it has a built in water reservoir.
There are a couple of things though. Firstly, crashing means you'd likely hurt yourself more with something attached to your back as mentioned before. Also, if it's a full pack and you have a tailback of any kind you will likely find the two touch and it can force you into uncomfortable positions on the bike. Thirdly, no matter how amazing the Kriega packs are at making the weight disappear, eventually it will get to most people.
Each to their own, but I try to avoid it whenever I can for long distances.
In terms of security, I like packs I can strap to the bike so well people look at them and go "I don't get how to steal it, so it's not worth it". I've left all my stuff on my bike all over Europe and the UK (cities, countryside, all over) without issue so far.
Top quality, waterproof and modular. US10's and US20's come with straps to clip them together with and can be used as bike luggage/hand luggage. Good for carting everything about, either on or off the bike. From clothes and camping stuff to cameras and a laptop. I use it more than the Vario's on the GS12.
Soft landing for three day old bike in Kielder Forest too No damage to bags, bike or rider.
I'm with the vote for Kreiga here.
A friend of mine has used one of their rucksack on a bike extensively and rates them.
I have a waist pack made by them and the thought that has gone into it is impressive.
The rucksacks fit in a slightly different way to a normal walking pack which suits motorcycling as well as walking.
I tried one briefly and it felt very comfortable on a bike.
Just a thought.
Have a look at zenoverland.com
I wear a Kreiga rucksac all the time. Carries weight really well and has just the right number of compression straps and pockets.
It's a personal thing, I don't have any trouble at all carrying quite a bit of weight on my back but one of my buddies won't even wear a little camelbac; says it's too restictive.
I drove from Belgium to Cape Town at the west side and for the moment I drive back home at the east side. I have already made 32500km and I use a Camelbak HAWG NV. Never had any problems with it (even not in the many falls) and I would use the same again.
I use a small backpack that holds my camelback and some snacks etc. I never had a problem with a small bag in terms of shoulders but did have a few nasty moments when I needed to stand on the pegs and found out that my rucksack straps had tied me onto my spare tyres, yanking me back down and over to one side.
Look out for spare straps flying around in the wind!
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