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've had maps confiscated in S. America by military at borders and
by Police in random stop/searches. They claimed maps were illegal, and as such, considered "contraband". This was known to happen in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina.
In Mexico recently I was traveling with a group. Between us we had three or four different maps of Mexico:
Guia Roji (a private Mexican company makes it)
US AAA Mexico map
Local Mexican map, not sure who made it.
Euro map (Michelin?)
None of these maps matched one another and none were correct all the time. We did not check every inch of the maps but only the areas we were exploring. Quite different interpretations.
Turns out ... they were all off ... not totally wrong but off just enough to
mess up your day. Part of it is new road construction not noted as the map is older ... the rest is a mystery.
Some map makers add things in .. so they have a way of proving that their copywrite has been breached.
I met a bloke in a Youth Hostel in the UK (1970s) whose job it was to place random things on the OS maps. He had to check and make sure that it would not cause a major accident, a sort of Monty Python Travel Guide Book in concept.
"I'll just move this hill a little to left, thats better its lines up nicely with that airfield now."
If you did work for MI6/CIA/FSB, you think you'd have software that compares commercial maps, google earth etc. The places where there are differences are the ones where you'd send your satelittes to take a look. I suspect everyone knows this but the local uniformed bully boys like their old excuses.
What annoys me is that electronic maps are so useless compared to paper ones. Garmin instruction "turn left onto Great North Road". This hasn't been a sensible instruction since about 1952, but anyone who can buy an AA/RAC/Michelin map and read the signs know it should be "take the fifth exit off the roundabout onto the A-1 north"
but anyone who can buy an AA/RAC/Michelin map and read the signs know it should be "take the fifth exit off the roundabout onto the A-1 north"
What I hate is the Sat Nav saying "take the xth exit". I would prefer a more directional instruction, something more like "straight on..." or "turn right..." - "...at roundabout". Then you dont have to take eyes off the road to look at the screen, or spend time on the roundabout assessing possible exits and counting them, and you can get in the most appropriate lane or position well in advance.
what if theres two lefts, and the most obvious one isnt the road your following?
Or 3 even! LOL
Then you must go round, looking at every side exit assessing and counting, while still riding/driving an unknown roundabout and unknown priorities and unknown traffic patterns. But you know the general target direction, which 90% of the times will be sufficient, so as not to distract your attention.
Enough. I've had my moan - pub time!
No more O/T from me.
Well, not here anyway.
Then you dont have to take eyes off the road to look at the screen,
What's wrong with looking at the screen? That's what it's there for.
As I navigate without the voice promts I'm glancing at the screen every 20 seconds or so anyway. So when I see a roundabout in the distance I check which way my route goes and then I'm ready for it. And, with the Zumo automatically zooming in, I get a nice close up of the roundabout on the screen.
Ah, yes phantom roads on maps- And now google adds phantom place names e.g. at Belize and Honduras border crossings to confound the traveller not alert enough to read the actual town name plaques as they ride in.
On Roji and Quimera maps for years you could see a road connecting east from Acapulco to link back up with Mex 200- never mind that there was a bridge missing rendering that route a no-go until last year.
Even in the USA there are maps which show roads doing things you can not follow on the ground or they miss mentioning a big loop around a military or nuclear power installation- for strategic and security reasons? - never mind that everybody can see those features any day.
All the more reason to use several maps and "average" their information.
As for electronic navigation guides- for the muddle minded who had best stay home.
Too lazy to learn to distinguish north,east south and west they appear to send folks on a left-right cruise.
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