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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Other than your standard tool kits and leatherman (we all love them), what extra tools have people found useful to take on a long trip? And what spares?
I started with a standard BMW kit, some bulbs and fuses. My best addition being a 12V air compressor - heavy but worth it. I added tyre levers along the way though thankfully never needed them.
Preparing for a new trip, and now being more comfortable doing my own work on the bike - I'm thinking about a torque wrench, there are a number of standard bolts on the bike as well that the standard kit doesn't cover.
I think a few oil filters would also have saved me some money.
How do others balance tools/spares against their size and weight? Any anyone have any good tool storage soultions?
Would take a cleanable oil-filter next time. At 6-12 times the price of disposable ones it would have saved a wee bit of money. More importantly, filters were sometimes a hassle to track down, and the spares tended to get battered and dirty before use.
I found two ways of choosing tools:
1) Before you leave, do the work you could reasonably expect to do on the bike while on the road, and take the tools you've used.
2) Have your tools stolen while on the road. By then you know what you really need
Went with the tool-tube bolted to the bashplate myself myself, ABS plastic plumbing pipe, 16 inches x 3 inch diametre. Works very well, but don't open it when people are watching unless you're moving on (see 2 above...) Stock tool kits are generally poor quality but very handy.
Vendors offer bolt & screw 'upgrade kits' - put them on and keep the originals as handy spares.
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Make life a little by converting the assortment of fastener types found on modern bikes to one sort - daft Torx bolts on BMW oilheads! I prefer Allen bolts myself. Added benefit is that you can replace them with stainless rather than the cheesy monkey metal that some are made of these days. Don't replace caliper & suspension bolts with stainless unless it's A4 grade or better, it's hard but brittle & can snap under load.
As said earlier, make a lists of the tools used when servicing the bike & of the torque settings against each operation.
A lot of what you take is determined by your mechanical skills - if you struggle to replace a brake lever, no point in taking tools to adjust the valve clearances. Practice before you go to gain familiarity, especailly with repairing punctures etc.
If not planning on carrying a manual, then a (colour?) copy of the bikes wiring diagram is a great idea, along with the above mentioned tool & torque lists, it takes up no space - keep in a waterproof pouch along with other vital docs.
For me, insulating tape, stainless lockwire, cable ties (ziplocks), spare fasteners & plastic film containers filled with grease etc. Bulbs, spare cables & levers also handy.
I've drawn up a list that I refer to before each trip & take from it what I need according to the bike I'm using, where I'm going & the duration (time & mileage) - let me know if you want a copy e-mailed to you?
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