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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I'm planing a trip from Qatar to the UK next year. The route will be through Saudi, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech republic, Germany, Luxembourg, France, UK. (Hope I havent missed anything!)
I already have a Gramin 276 with maps of the Middle East and Europe. I have to say I really like it, esspecially as it is a real chart/map based GPS and not a cartoon style 'turn left in 1000m' style of device.
So, is there anything out there, probably Garmin, as I have the maps, which is really better than my 6 year old 276?
I'm thinking of fabricating a mount, I have a spare plate and clip thinghy.
That's nice to have confirmed. I very nearly sold it on eBay, then saw them for sale in Carrefour out here, enquired as to why anyone would want to pay so much for such an old design, then realised the subtle difference between the cartoon style GPS and a map based GPS. I still have 2 memory cards as well, so I hope to get all the maps on to two cards, swap over at some point, should be fun!
I'd agree, a 276 is a great machine, decent sized screen and dedicated buttons - If I could find one at a decent price I'd probably have one too!
However, another good option if people are looking (and you can't find a 276) is the Garmin 2610 - similar display and customizable features/fields, but not 'cartoon' as you put it. It uses CF cards for memory storage, so you can typically upload the whole of Europe/USA etc - or have a series of cards for different countries... The touch screen works very well (and intuitively) with or without gloves, and is water and shock proof etc. The screen is a good compromise size without the unit itself being too large, and ideal as a motorcycle 'dashboard' on a more basic [enduro style] bike. The only [possible] downside with the 2610 is that it has to be powered either by the bike/vehicle or a mains adapter - if it also took batteries, I'd say it would be the definitive on-bike GPS...
I've also just bought a Garmin 60CX which will also display City Navigator etc in colour too, however, while it too has dedicated buttons for zoom, menu, find etc, the screen is rather small on those 60 series units. I've bought it primarily as a readout device/compass for my rally bike, but which can still display roads and points of interest on the moving map...
I agreed too. I have mine for about 6 years. Mounted on my BMW RT1150, and now on my GS with touratech mount.
I didn't regret my choice. Good size, very visible screen, manipulate with my gloves (not with winter gloves) and really strong. I remember one day on the higway during a very very strong rain ( there was some flood around) I was wet and my wife too, but the GPS continue to work well.
Maybe the memory stick is not enough to keep all data (north america) but now I have a netbook, and it's easy if I want to transfert data or a new route, or download my tracks.
276 a keeper? IMHO= no I sold mine on ebay & replaced it with a 278- reasons below
You may want to consider the 278C..... successor to the 276
Why? that series is still, IMHO, the best real gps without touch sensitive screen, without bluetooth, radio 4 or coffee making facilities!
It's seriously customisable to user needs unlike most.
1- because it's the same physical size as the 276 so existing mounts fit
2- because it has an internal memory large enough for all of EU City Navigator, leaving the (up to) 512mb optional memory card available for other maps
3- Because you can load up Custom Points of Interest (which the 276 cannot)
Latest test shows my unit 'crashed' whilst uploading around 326,000 (yes 326 thousand!) POI's !!! so plenty and you can use POI Loader free from Garmin.
If you can, chose the 278C - Highly recommended-
Walk-about/backup unit is the 60CSX
Thanks for all the feedback, especially as It was what I wanted to hear! I agree, if I was starting from scratch I would go for the more up to date version, your comments make me happy to continue with the 276, so, the GPS is finalised, on to the route!
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