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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What experiences do people have with using UK bike insurance in non EU Europe?
The BMW insurance that i currently have does not cover FYR or Romania, and is only third party for much of Eastern Europe. I will probably cancel it before heading off and switch to Carole Nash, as this seems to cover all countries.
I asked Carol Nash if I would be covered for Morocco (I know it's not Europe but might be useful info for you anyway) just before my trip and they said yes but when I got there I was not and had to buy insurance at the border. It seems you can get different stories at Nash depending on who you speak to so make sure you get advice from 2 or 3 of their staff and then decide which one is correct. Also make sure it is obvious on your insurance papers which countries you are covered for...preferably the name of the countries on the paper.
I used Carole Nash for a trip to Morocco a few years ago. However I knew that I needed to have the word 'Morocco' or 'Maroc' somewhere on my insurance form, so I arranged for them to print me a new set of docs.
If you get to Morocco and your insurance docs don't say 'Morocco' on them, you'll have to buy insurance at the border/port.
Thanks for the advice. I've given up on trying to get insurance for my trip to Romania. I only found two policies that would cover it.
One was by Zenith, which was 3rd party only for Romania, and contained too many other problems (high excess). I suspect it is not any better than the standard policy they sell at the border.
The other was Carole Nash, and given that a friend of mine has been waiting 3 months for them to payout after an accident, i will avoid them.
So, i'll stick with my BMW policy, and just be very careful in Romania - 2 metre Abus chain and lock etc. The bike's probably only worth £2000 now anyway, and the BMW recovery/travel insurance does cover Romania.
We had no probs in Romania with a brand new Pan European STX 1300. We spent most of our time in villages around Transylvania and never feared for the safety of our bike. We took the normal precautions with a disc lock and chain. We felt less concerned in Romania than in Bulgaria. Maybe the Bulgarian feeling was more due to "bad press" than any real threat.
Carole Nash, My favorite company! Prior to going on our jaunt I contacted them and informed them of the countries we would be going through and requested a letter and green card off them explaining cover for each country. 3 days before we were due to depart I had not received the letter. "We'll send two copies first class" I was told. Of course the stuff didn't arrive and still has not. Result, a total of 92 Euro to shell out at the Serb and Bulgarian borders in addition to 35 quid to increase my normal premium to cover Serbia. Naturally I have complained and they will refund me but I have to wait twenty days to get the cash. Frankly they are crap!!
Did you have to pay for insurance for Romania? I suppose they will make me buy third-party insurance at the border. I'm planning on going to Maramures and Bukovina, so just small villages.
I think that as a whole bikers are treated badly by insurance comapnies. My friend who has the outstanding claim from Carole Nash (R1100RS trashed on the M40) is still waiting for them to fix the bike after 3 months!
The Romanian border guards, both in and out, never even asked for insurance docs. They wanted the vehicle reg doc and passports but that was all. C Nash said my insurance was fully comp for Romania.
As a matter of fact the Romanian border guards were a breath of fresh air. Well turned out, polite and professional with a sense of humour, they even welcomed us into their country and gave the impression they meant it.
Can anyone advise me who can offer affordable 3rd party insurance that will cover me for 2 months in Europe?
My present insurance expires just before I leave the UK so to use this I would have to pay a years premium & £98 top up to cover 6-7 weeks in eastern europe. I would then cancel my policy as I am going to be continuing on through Iran, etc & onto NZ, but the refund on the policy is not great & the total bill for 2 months 3rd party insurance works out at approx £200. Rather excessive I feel.
Have tried Carole Nash but they weren't much help & not getting any joy ring around the bike insurers in the MCN.
I use Mitchell & Partners, never had problems with obtaining insurance for Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia etc. They also offer a very good European Breakdown Recovery option for £37.00pa. I had need of it in Germany in Sept. 2003 when I had to hire a bike (1150RT) due to a gearbox problem with my GS. They had no problem paying for the hire even though the cost was excessive (525 Euros / £383.00 for one week).
They also offer a good multi-bike policy.
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