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!
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."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
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!
Equipping the Bike - what's the best gear?Anything to do with the bikes equipment, saddlebags, etc. Questions on repairs and maintenance of the bike itself belong in the Brand Specific Tech Forums.
We've had a code update on the HUBB that should fix any issues with the new right hand column. If the HUBB "looks funny" or is too narrow with the Forum description squished up, please force a refresh to get the latest code update. (Hold down the shift OR ctrl key, and click the refresh button on your browser, OR Ctrl R, OR on Macs, Command R). If you still have a problem please post it here.
Just in need of a more comfy seat for my 1150gs. Any one got any reccomendations or maybe even a seat to sell. I intend to hold on to the original pans, shipping from Ireland is also very expensive.
Any help greatly appreciated.
Try P&P Seats based in Birmingham UK. I've recently got a modified seat for my Africa Twin from them. Its by far exceeded my expectations - fantastic! It cost £209.00 for 2 gell pads, sculped foam, cover and a second removable cover for really bad conditions where the seat may get damaged off road. They were about £100 cheaper than others and they are happy to spend time with you on the phone or in person to make sure you get what you need.
Haven't got the address or tel. to hand but do a search and their www. will come up. If you don't have any joy e-mail me (above) and I'll dig it out. Good luck in getting sorted.
I can address the Corbin and Russell. Either are more comfortable than the stock BMW seat. What you choose will depend on what type of riding you do. The Corbin is a decent seat for about eight hours at a time in the saddle. Since I often spend much longer on the bike, I opted for the Russell, which keeps my soft behind happy for hours on the road. If you want a Russell, send you order in now. I waited about six months from their acceptance of my order to delivery. I also had to send them my stock seat, but that wasn't a problem, since I had the Corbin to ride on in the meantime.
Another note about Corbin. They have notoriously poor customer service, although I personally have no complaints. I have nothing but praise for Russell.
bumwraps in bognor regis did my sportsbike seat, i wanted a complicated 2-level affair with different vinyls and foam work, with colour matched piping too.(in fact, i tore a page out of the corbin catalogue and said "make this for me")
they did a good job for £120. they advertise in the back of the bike magazines, the "W" in bumwraps is a big pink arse.
get an old seatpan from a breaker.
I would advise not going with the Corbin seat. I was very unhappy with mine for a supposed custom seat. The first time I got it there was no way that it was going to fit on the bike, so I sent it back. When it got back to me I still had to modify the mounting bracket to make it fit my bike. I stopped by their factory on my cross country trip and they said they were too busy to help me I would have to come back another day, and to top things off the fit is so bad that it rubbed all the paint off the gas tank. I have no recommendations for who to go with other than someone local so the can fix it if something is not right. Best of luck
I've had a Corbin (on my old Africa Twin) then when that got damaged by some swine, the Touratech seat. I much prefered the Touratech seat. Whilst it felt harder than the corbin seat, it was more comfortable when in the saddle for long periods of time.
When I got the new bike it as the first thing I changed.
I know it's not in Ireland but this guy is really good, he has a reputation and for all kinds of work, everything from motorbikes to cars, horse drawn carriages the lot.... I can vowch (?) for him - he did my land rover seats a couple of weeks ago and they are wonderful.... He quoted me only £20 to recover my XTZ seat so he is very reasonable...
The name is Tony Archer, the number is 01484546832 - give him a ring.....
I too have an 1150GS & am suffering Monkey Butt. Melvin's site shows some nice seat mods for the 1150. He raises the front slightly to level it out & can insert 3/8 or 3/4" Gel Pads whilst retaining the same seat height. He also does higher or lower seat heights if required.
He's offered to loan me a pair of 1150 seats for a week whilst he works on mine.
I'll try to remember to post next week my thoughts & whether I went ahead or not. If you don't hear from me, feel free to chase me up as a reminder.
i agree with Eustace, the reason i had my seat customised was because the corbin seat i got was rubbish, not well made and very heavy. it would also have rubbed off my tank paint if i had not sent it back.
Originally posted by patandbin:
We are in France now, passing through looking to get a custom seat made for our Yamaha Super tenere. Does anyone know of a good seat producer who can do one up relatively quickly?
Hope this is not "too late" but check out http://www.topsaddlery.com --> Dealers. Top Saddlery is a French manufacturer and they have for SuperT both original type saddle and "Great Comfort Saddle" available.
[This message has been edited by TenereHeikki (edited 17 August 2004).]
...Just my own two cents on this topic. Over the years or researching the "best" seat, i've come to the conclusion that everybody's ass (I'm allowed to say "ass", right??) is unique. Some of us are boney and hurt no matter what you use. Some of us can sit on the perpetual wedge designed by KTM without drawing a sweat. Nobody has the answer to your question, you will probably have to find out the hard way...
After only 25K miles i found the answer to my painfully bleeding ass, wooden beads! Only $7 at Walmart. You can cut the lines that weave the beads together and remove beads to fit to your seat. Then use a bungie web with six hooks to attach the beaded mat to your seat. My latest trip was an 800 mile day, and i could still walk after. These seat-covers made for cars are available in Canada, USA and Mexico as far as i know, and are really cheap. maybe try this before spending $400 on a seat that might not even work for you.
Originally posted by Mr. Ron: i found the answer to my painfully bleeding ass, wooden beads! Only $7 at Walmart.
I tried this route and while it is a definete improvement over stock I still ended up going with a Corbin. I have to admit however that dollar for dollar it is certainly the best deal out there. I would reccomend that people in search of a seat solution try this before spending big bucks on a custom seat. After all if it doesnt work you are only out a few dollars. The bead seats are also available onlne precut for motorcycles at around $25.
Cooped up indoors in crap weather? Binge watch over 20 hours of inspiring, informative and entertaining stories and tips from 150 travellers! Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to order them both and use Coupon Code 'BoxSet+' on your order when you checkout.
What others say about HU...
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes! Voting will commence soon for the 2015 HU Calendar winners!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
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.