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.
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."
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That ever present dread of all motorcyclists! I had the pleasure of meeting Patsie Quick just before she set off for this years Dakar Race and asked her the question, how does she deel with punctures. I got a slight strange look and she sai Moose of course!!!
It turns out a moose is a solid spongy tube which replaces the inner tube and is unpuncturable. So why don't we all use them? Any Enduro/Motorcrossers out there that know why these mavels of modern science would not suit a long distance rider?
Originally posted by simmo: Surely its just easier to learn how to replace tubes and tyres, unless its tubeless then you can plug it.
...Agreed! Three things in life are guarenteed: Death, taxes and flat tires! Practice at home before you go, use dishsoap, purchase good chembond patches and vulcanizing fluid, not cheap rubber cement. Purchase good irons, and after a few, youll be a pro! Go tubeless if you can, and ALWAYS carry spare tubes! With this knowledge you can forget about it and ride!
The bib moose does not have so much a mileage limit as a life limit they only last about 6 months so most dealers wont keep them as they will go "off" if not sold very fast. They have to be frozen!!
Other problems is the fitting and dealers often complain that they brake the tyre machines.
My suggestion is to fit tubes and learn how to remove them from the tyres and repair them. To inflate a tubeles tyre where the beads has come of the rim can be a major problem especially if you have very limited CO2 in tiny canisters.
With a tube you can inflate it using a handpump, pumping at your own leasure.
Make sure that you have at least one long lever around 300mm or 12 inches long. The second lever can be a shorty to help keep the tyre in place.
Originally posted by Lone Rider:
Forget the tube(s) and tube patches if you're tubeless.
Bad idea! I learned this the hard way south of Moab last year riding through the dessert. Cut open the sidewall on a rock, no patch would hold. An old indian crawled out of nowhere and saved me! Went to the nearest town and bought a tube, lasted for over 1000 miles before i found a replacement tire. Tubes are light and don't take up much space, are cheap and will always get you out of a bind. If your a true adventurer and stray from the beaten path, ALWAYS carry tubes.
...on my last trip to Mexico, i had a problem with a wheel i had custom built, silicone sealed for tubeless. After my front TKC-80 blew the bead for it's secont time at 80mph,(this is still under investigation, BTW) i had no choice but to use a tube. I later picked up a nail and blew it for a third time! Tough luck i guess, but i never had another problem after that.
sometimes tubeless can be really tough to seal the bead with a small pump, say you don't have a strap to wrap around the tire, or just a little handheld bicycle pump. A tube will save the day! A few years ago i met a guy in Death Valley with a flat on his GS. The slice was big enough to fit my thumb through! He stuffed a couple of plugs in but it wouldn't hold air, ended up giving him a tube just to get him out of the dessert.
...carry a tube, save a life!
Its not the flat tyre & having to change it that worries me it the bike going down due to getting a flat that scares me & my wife .Its 10 months since we came off on the auto barn in Germany & MY WIFES leg is still in plaster.
Since my return home we have brought the new 300c Chrysler & it comes with sensors that warn you that you have a flat it dosnt stop you getting one but if i had of had 3 seconds more warning i could of got the bike to a stop rather than comming off at 60kmph.
If my car comes standard with it why cant my bike i note you can install them for $500 on your car what about bikes.
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