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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Hi, I have been looking many places online as well as on the HUBB for information on KLR 650 mods for a trip to South America from the US. What I would like to know is what mods "farkles" are essential to get done for going on this kind of trip, and which ones are more or less just a waste of money. I am on a budget and would like to have more money to spend on the trip than on the bike. I don't really care if it is an older KLR as long as the mileage isn't too high.
P.S. If you could list the mods would be most appreciated.
I'd call the doohickey, upgraded fuses and t-vent on the carb essential. For me, pannier racks and engine protectors are equally essential (but others differ). Some sort of seat add-on was necessary for the sake of my sorry butt after about 25,000 miles, but this need not be a custom seat--I use an Airhawk, others do with sheepskin or gel pads. Better pegs are sure nice if you don't like sliding off whenever they get wet....but that might necessitate changing out the shift lever.
Lots of people put the springs, front and rear, or cartridge emulators and upgraded shocks, or all sorts of other stuff, in the essential column. I don't, but you can search for these threads easily enough and make your own decisions. Some claim to need different windshields, some find it necessary to move the license plate, add better lighting, modify fuel mix and/or jetting, etc. etc. etc. There's a lot which you might or might not define as "a waste of money," depending. Make your own decisions.
Maybe consider buying a KLR that is already set up? You may even find one in S. America, ready to ride. I've seen several for sale here on HUBB, mostly in Buenos Aires.
In California I've seen quite a few KLR's with all the essential mods already done on the bike, but Mark and Mark have out lined the essentials and the KLR.net site is
good for learning all about KLR's 20 times over.
A good shakedown tour should really help determine what you need. My guess is by the time you get from Michigan to the Mexican border you'll have a pretty good idea about what you need or don't need. I'd opt for a pre-farkled bike done by someone who knows what they are doing. This will save you thousands and you'll end up with a bike that will make the trip without problems and be a nicer ride over a stock KLR.
Two weeks pondering yields the following additions to my list: metal lever guards, because you will drop the bike (probably in a parking lot when surrounded by local admirers), and spare clutch cable ziptied to the working one, if only because I've broken three (3) on my current trip. And if really organized, a set of the next size thinner shims for each of your valves--I had to have one machined, courtesy of Javier, in Buenos Aires, for my whether-it-needs-it-or-not-70,000-mile-checkup.
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