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.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
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I`m just starting to make a plans. The first step is the route planning. I used the Michelin Maps in Africa on my previous trip. The maps were perfect. Can somebody give me an advice. What kind of maps I should choose for Central and Southern America? Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua,Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil. It would be pretty good if the the maps were mainly designed for overlanders.
For Central America it's mostly ITMB Maps for travel, City Maps, Road Maps, Guides, Globes, Topographic Maps. But Rough Guides has maps for a few of the countries as well. In my experience it was barely worth getting all the individual country maps from them since their Central America map is almost as detailed as the individual country maps with the exception of Costa Rica.
For Mexico, I absolutely swear by Guia Roji, available online or at Pemex fueling stations all over Mexico. The have maps for all the individual states as well as a larger map book for the entire country.
If you like plastic coated maps, you'll like map sealer. Get a little bottle and a foam brush from REI and coat paper maps with it. Miraculous stuff.
I brought a paper AAA map of Central and South America on my latest trip. AAA maps are the sleaziest, thinest, most tear-prone paper known to Western Civilization. I coated the map both sides with map sealer, then folded, twisted, mangled and mutilated it for ten straight months in and out of ridiculous humidity, tropical downpours, you name it. The map is battered but still in one piece and still usable.
And as far as the original question, I'm always envious of those of you who are so organized that you're actually researching which map to buy for what country. I just show up and take whatever I can find, which is usually totally inadequate....but I always survive. I try to have at least two maps for comparing routes, since most have glaring mistakes--omissions, routes shown which do not exist, horrifyingly inaccurate ratings, etc.
Similar to Mark's AQUASEAL good tip, you can also get 'self-adhesive see-thru' film on a roll from most stationers.
It works really well but you do need to make sure your map is totally flat on a table and have an extra pair of hands at the ready to smooth the film going on- a ruler helps.
Then you can use pilot's crayon's to mark up and wipe-off Stanfords is 'THE' place for maps in the UK and do mail order too-
At the present time I could find the Argentina and Perou maps from Michelin. A few years ago I used International Travel Map of Mongolia. The good looking plastic coated map but absolutely useless for that area. As a result I tore away the paper calendar with mongolian map somewhere from the wall and was happy. The Roughguides maps are looking good. But I could not find the combined Central America map in their shop. Thanks for the advice.
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