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.'
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Technology changes pretty fast. What are most of the riders buying/using/upgrading to now? We are staying on paved roads most of the time on our RTW going through south america, africa, etc. and will use maps most of the time, depending largely on road signs and maps, but in cities, to locate a hotel, a site, etc., we thing a GPS would be invaluable. It needs to be waterproof, mountable, preferably hard-wirable. The selection is bewildering, never having used one. Advice is desperately needed.
It needs to be waterproof, mountable, preferably hard-wirable. Joe
Joe, I got a Garmin 60CSx for Christmas having previously used Garmin IIIs & Vs. It fits your criteria being waterproof (within limits), easily mountable (with an expensive but well made and lockable Touratech mount) and hard-wirable. Nearly everything about it is better than my earlier models (I'm having trouble getting used to the colour screen) but the main advantage is the use of data cards. No more running out of maps due to limited capacity but make sure you look for the 'x' with the exchangeable cards. There are larger units but the 60's size suits my bike. The Zumo was apparently specifically designed for motorcyclists so have a look at that too. There must be other brands (e.g. Magellan) but I like the Garmins and I'm used to their software too. Hope that helps a bit. Stephan
Search the online sellers to see if you can get one of the now discontinued Garmin 2610's. They've been selling off the old stock at silly prices on the last few months - around £200 in the uk, and I've heard $350 mentioned in the states. Superb piece of kit that'll do everything you need and a lot more.
You won't go wrong with any of the recent Garmins - the 2610, 2720, quest, Zumo's and 60CSx models all have their pro's and con's, depending on what features you feel you need. Also budget for any additional maps you'll need in addition to the ones installed as standard.
The TomTom Rider is an option, but there have been some unfavourable reports about the unit's reliability - I'd stick to Garmin myself.
I agree that having a GPS with city detail is nice .. but that detail comes from maps you put on to the GPS .. so what you really need to look at is the maps avaliable for the GPSes... !
Things like Garmins 'World Map' sound good .. until you look at the detail avalible .. !!!!!! Only the main road between cities .. and the detail is not good .. and no hotels, camping grounds, petrol stations err gas stations .. You'll find coverage of umm less frequently travelled places lack maps ..
So look carefully at the map data avalible for the GPS brand you are considering .. than having chosen the brand then select the model...
Once you have finished your travels you may like to make a map and put that info up for others to use, or even correct and/or add to what others have already done on http://mapcenter.cgpsmapper.com/ ?
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