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!
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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.'
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I just arrived in Abu Dhabi to live and work here for 2 - 3 years. One of the things that made me decide to come here is the desert and riding in it. To get me started, a couple of questions:
1. Which bike to buy. It seems that to get into the desert proper there's about an hour of motorway, so a small bike would already get a beating, limiting me then to the around 600 cc bikes.
Also, service and spares are important considerations.
2. Where to buy: secondhand, new, Abu Dhabi or Dubai. If Dubai, problems to be expected with registration?
3. Going out alone is a bad idea, so is there any group or likeminded person out there that is in for a regular spin?
4. Anybody cares to discuss these major issues over a ?
If you really want to have fun in the desert, I'd get something a bit smaller (CRF250 or 450 or a KTM, for example). Most people with smaller bikes get a trailer or a pickup truck and drive out to their favourite riding spots.
That also means you can carry spares, fuel, drinks and a change of clothes etc.
There should be no problem buying any vehicle (car or bike) in Dubai or elsewhere. Assuming you buy a registered vehicle with a road number plate, you 'export' the vehicle to your Emirate of residence. However, in the case of off-road bikes you will have to check whether Abu Dhabi emirate allows a road plate.
As an example, my car is registered in Sharjah but Sharjah does not allow off-road bikes which do not have indicators, mirror, horn etc. to be registered for the road. I got my employer to change my visa to Dubai where the registration laws are more relaxed and got a number plate.
If Abu Dhabi doesn't allow CRF-type bikes on the roads, that would be another reason to get a trailer. Or as you mentioned, get a bigger bike which is more street-orientated (but harder work in the desert).
There are usually good bikes available in Dubai at the main workshops (Gecko, Sandstorm, Motorcycle City) but try dubizzle too.
I am also new to AD and keen to ride in the desert.
Are there groups of people / clubs that gather together to do such rides?
Also, can one own a bike here on a non-resident visa?
I stay near the Shangri La but also go to Dubai often. Anyone around let me know and perhaps we can get together for a sometime. Cheers, Hugo
I am going to be over in Abu Dhabi in the week after Easter and would like to be able to hire an off road bike if possible - with the family so would probably only get to ride out for one day and would plan to do some relatively easy off road . Does anyone know if it would be possible to rent a bike?
I was a complete novice when it came to riding on sand and loved it . I am sure James will be able to help out , he is moving into new premises shortly based on the edge of the desert and will be able to store customers bikes there so no need for trailer.
Right my first post on HUBB and I'm not a biker but an experienced desert driver and co-driver (4x4 and 2x4). I know James as a fellow competitor in the Desert Challenge and he's a superb rider, having beaten Coma and Despres on several occassions. If you want to learn to ride in the desert, I've heard many people recommend him and I've seen him racing and he is good!
Why am I lurking here? Well, something to do with a vague idea of building an overland truck and driving through Africa. "We'll see"
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