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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You can use any bike battery that physically fits. Just make sure you are able to attach the terminals correctly. On some batteries + is on the right, others on the left. It does make a small difference!
For example, my old BMW takes an oddball size battery which is rather expensive, plus the case is almost black, so it's practically impossible to check the acid level without removing it. So, when it died, I just used a cheap Jap. battery. I was lucky in that the rubber straps holding it down fitted. Cause that's the other thing to watch out for: it needs to be secured somehow. On some bikes you may have to make spacers, e.g. out of hard foam.
Salut from Southern France, the bikers' paradise,
Do check and see why your present battery is dead. I see lots of people who have a problem and immediately replace the battery only to find it goes dead and there is another problem. In the states the gel cell batt cost up to twice as much as a lead acid. I install a lot of gel cells in ATV 4 wheelers and they can last for years or die in two months. The yusa brand have a habit of unexpected expiration. Someone will leave a key on and run the battery down or let the machine sit for a month or two without running it. We charge up the battery on the super duper variable voltage charger and everything is great. The battery checks good and seems to work. But then if it gets run down just a little it totally dies. Not to scientific but I have seen probably 12 batteries in the last 2 years do this, The lead acid batteries on the other hand need replenishing once in a while but seem to go more gently into the night of darkness. Namaste.
The fact that the lights are dim is a hint. Measure the voltage on the battery terminals with all lights on. If still good, measure the voltage while starting. Then connect ONLY the other battery and repeat. Assuming both batteries have a similar capacity this test could be revealing.
When the engine is running there should be about 14V, less at idle with the lights on. This is a good and easy test to check that the alternator works.
Salut from Southern France, the bikers' paradise,
What would be the effect of a small amount of rain water in the battery? Removed it from the bike today and the caps on the cells are just push on, and don't look that great a seal. We've had some heavy rain over the past few days.
A bit late in the day to reply, but, for what it's worth:
Up to a few years ago I maintained four rural telephone exchanges, they had huge banks of lead-acid batteries to provide standby power in case of mains failure and cost thousands of pounds. We always topped them up with ordinary untreated tap water. I believe there were areas in the country where this was not permitted, but I didn't know of any in our area. If it's good enough for British Telecom...
By the way, I dropped a brand new battery for the bike once and cracked two of the cells the acid leaked out. I tried to repair it and refilled it with fresh acid but it was a waste of time because the lead plates had dried out
1. Do not drop your battery.
2. Do not spill your acid.
3. If you do then keep the plates wet.
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