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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I'd like some opinions on which is the best africa twin if possible.
For example are the older ones more rugged with steel frames etc and are they really that much better than the 650 transalps (transalps are somewhat lighter)
It depends what you're going to be using the bike for. One up or two up? I tried a Transalp, but two up it seemed a little sluggish. The extra 100cc does seem to make a bit more diff. (despite the extra weight) and there's a lot more pillion room.
Later models have progressive springs, but don't have drainage bolts in the forks, so if you what to change the oil, you'll need to drop the forks. If you go for an RD07 (later..97?-03) change the fuel pump (details at XRV.org.uk), as the contacts on the stock one will corrode.
Brilliant bikes, very underrated. Unswervingly reliable. Robust enough and quite capable off-road. Great handling on-road.
Basic run down of models:
RD03 - 650cc 1988-90 (?) and rare in the UK
RD04 - 750cc 1989-92 (looks very similar to an RD03 but has twin headlamps, twin front discs, etc.)
RD07 - 750cc 1993-1995 (a very different looking bike from the preceeding ones)
RD07a - 1996-2003 (minor changes to bodywork, ignition and carbs)
I have a '94 RD07 on which I've done nearly 20k on and off-road miles (inc. Stella Alpina) in the two years I've had it (it's now showing 55k miles), and nothing has gone wrong with it in that time. The only time I've was stranded was when a rear wheel bearing collapsed about a month after I bought it.
Definately check out www.xrv.org.uk - lots of useful knowledge on there.
I've just returned from S. America having ridden a '99 AT, 2 up for two and a half years. We covered nearly 100,000 miles and aside from the normal running repairs/maintanence the bike just kept on going. We used dirt roads wherever we could and did a lot of off-road. There's are plenty of good bikes out there but the AT is well up at the top of the list.
Location: Now Alberta, Canada! (originally the Netherlands)
Owkay, best AT......
The frame of the RD07's are more rigid than the RD03/RD04.
Also the fuelpump can be reached more easily, which is a huge advantage. ;-)
We (my girlfriend and I) have a RD07 from 1993 and a RD07A of 1996 (my bike).
I have to say the RD07 is better (1993-1995), because:
-You can reach the electronics in the cockpit better; just take the windscreen off and you can disconnect the tripmaster etc. On a RD07A you'll have to take the whole front off
-4 bobines instead of 2.
-No throttle-sensor, so less wiring to the CDI.
-Drain-plugs in the forks.
-Adjustable airpressure in forks
-Adjustable damping on the rear shock
-Personally: although the RD07's are available in better looking colours, I like the front of the RD07 better. It is a bit "sharper".
The rest of the bike is the same.
The RD07A uses less fuel. On a full tank the difference is about 1 liter between our bikes, when driving the same tracks. When I have the panniers on, and my girlfriend not, we use about the same.
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