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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The temporary work around is to disconnect the battery from the bike .. you only need to do one lead and the safest one to disconnect is the negative lead... if only one lead comes away from the battery negative and it can be routed to a uncomplicated point (one you can get at without removing anything) then put it there and use that to keep the battery from discharging.
Long term you need to find out what is discharging the battery - to do this you need to be able to measure the battery discharge current .. see
ahhh, how I miss the 'good old days' when electrics meant starter ciruit and lights and horn circuit... very little to go wrong. My '68 triumph has about 4 electrical components - that can all be bench tested blue-peter style with a 1.5v battery and a light.
Nice bike though, very nice indeed!
I have a bit of a thing for diagnosing electrical problems, so if you're still suffering I might try and free up some time when I am down your way if you like (three weeks ish??). My money is on the alarm. Bike batteries are absolute crap at the best of times.... Disconnecting the batt. should confirm that it is a loom/bike electrics problem, could even be a bust relay (stuck open)
Well... I KNEW I shouldn't have listened to anyone.. and just ignored the problem... because... what turned out to be just a MILDLY annoying problem... has suddenly turned into THE END OF THE WORLD.. or just abouts!!
I inspected all the wiring when I noticed what seemed to be a crack in the plastic under the seat.
Turns out - the ENTIRE SUB FRAME has snapped off... and I was basically sitting on a seat, with underseat exhausts, that was hanging off a single bolt and a bit of metal as thin as.. well very thin!!!!
Although my first instinct was to sob uncontrollably and run away (I did the first, not the second).. I have managed to take everything apart and the sub frame will hopefully be welded on Monday...
HOWEVER --- I discovered (with the whole bike in bits) some peculiar things:
LOTS OF WIRES, seemingly going NOWHERE.
IS THIS NORMAL??
Do the manufacturers maybe just use ONE WIRING setup for several types of bikes... and if it doesn't need the wires, it just LEAVES IT DANGLING??
I have taken some pictures, to show you -- in case it looks familiar:
PIC 1: Shows a 'chocolate block' type thingy with about 5 wires going INTO it... but its just dangling loose, and there's nothing to connect it to.
Also - another GREEN wire, with a proper connecting thingy on it (you know the sheathed connecters that slide into each other) ALSO going nowhere and I can't find a wire it connects to.
PIC 2: Shows a wire with a weird kind of rubber thingy on the end... almost like a plug.. and nothing it connects to.. just hanging there.
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