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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CO2 - waste of time and weight carrying single use cartridges - what do you do when you run out?
Foot pump - huge
Stirrup pump - even hugerer
Best bet (IMHO) is a small plastic double-acting bicycle pump, weighs next to nothing, will inflate a newly fitted tyre from scratch in a couple of minutes, won't break down, doesn't need a power socket, doesn't make a deafening racket when running, costs less than a tenner and the exercise is good for you...
I've owned a couple, but the one currently in the left hand rear wolfman pannier of a DRZ400 in Ulaanbaatar is a seriously cheap plastic one made by Beto, bought for cycle commuting so I didn't have to steal the nice alloy Topeak one off my "proper" push bike, and is also veteran of a previous trip through west africa. I think I paid £5 for it in 2001, and me and my buddy fitted a pair of new tyres each with it in Russia last week ten years later, so that's not bad value for money...
Beto is by no means a premium brand of cycling products, I'm sure whatever you could find down Halfrauds would be just fine, or seek out a cheapie on Amazon or ebay. Double acting (pumps when the handle is moved in either direction) cuts pumping time in half for a given length of pump, so is a feature well worth having...
+1 on the bicycle pump
We took one across Africa, used it regularly for puncture repair and topping up.
It is completely capable re seating the bead on the tubeless rear of our R80 several times! It fails to achieve it on the front however.
I have yet to find an electric pump that will reseat a tubeless bead.
Airman compact from Screwfix @ £14 this would cost you more than double at certain bike retailers. Just don't run it via the canbus socket because I've heard it may cause problems with your electrics so attach it to a 12v socket direct to the battery. I also have a small double hand pump and a couple of CO2 cartridges as a back-up.
Low tech is the way ahead IMHO. I've used a double stroke plastic Zefal on both my pushbike and XT for the last few years - did the business recently in Morocco even on one day when my pal had his wheel out 7 times...patches just don't stick in the heat!
I've just bought another cycle pump as recommended by a mate who used it on an 8 month S. America cycle tour and a trip to Morocco - still going strong - it's a Topeak Road Morph, and is effectively a mini stirrup pump.
Co2 cartrifge are great to help with the tire bead sitting but you cannot fligh them with the bike while shipping so I use a hand pump for MT bike they are small double action and almost never break down. You can also buy a car electric pump and juts take all the plastic arround it , it will will smaller and cheap but be carreful to do not get burn with it .
It's not cheap but it's simply brilliant. I've had mine for 5 years over three continents and it's never ever failed me..
I've seen my mates cheap 12V pumps come and go and I personally don't trust them(even they carry back up C02). A bicycle pump is hard and hot work. Also, there's no way you can build up enough pressure to re-seat a beed with a hand pump.
Used mine from Argentina to Alaska and Australia to Scotland, cheap bit of kit but never failed me. It will reseat tubeless tyres fine, you should have some WD40 handy to help it along though. Make sure you have enough plugs for tubeless or patches for tubed. In my experience, once I'd patched a tube, the rough roads and heat eventually burst the patch later on so bring spare tubes, I found out the hard way...
Wouldn't even consider trying to pump up a motorbike tyre with a bicycle pump though I know some swear by them. If you have space, maybe bring a small one as a backup if you are in the middle of the desert or something but most places there are usually enough people around to help you out.
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