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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Live in Bucks, UK..? I need help using wanderlust maps on zumo 550
I'm really not sure what on earth I'm doing, and how to manipulate the wanderlust maps (wandereast and wanderwest) to be used... Do I have to open them in Mapsource (have managed this) and then select the tiles and save these as say France, then select the next lot of tiles around germany, and save as germany etc...? How many tiles can I get away with saving as one map if this is in fact the way to do it...?
How do I use the data...? The Garmin basemaps seems way more useful, so I think I have completely missed the point of why Smellybiker's is useful...
I'm headed all around the world on a 2 year trip, leaving April 1st! Please help!
Would be great if there's someone around Bucks/Oxfordshire, who I could go round with my laptop, and sat nav and they could talk me thru it all.
The Garmin basemaps seems way more useful, so I think I have completely missed the point of why Smellybiker's is useful...
I don't know what base map you have .. if it is Garmins world map (err version 3? I think that is what I have .. the newer one may be better) then it is fairly compared to the current wanderlust (v1.6). Wanderlust v1.7 should be much better. It may have auto routing. It does have topo information (heights) ... well as far as I have looked.
Using the map (either)? For what purpose?
Planning - you can get a rough idea of how far it is from one place to another - routing. Ok it won't auto route .. but you don't really know all the places you want to go before you are in that place any way. So get a rough idea of how far. Then add say 20%. And figure out servicing, tyres etc .. allow plenty for error!
On the road - booth are only a rough guide - inaccuracies of over a mile can be found. So a rough guide.
Loading maps - that is mapsource .. not wanderlust nor world map etc. Read stuff on mapsource .. do the tutorial .. think there is one on Garmins web site.
Do log your tracks .. best at the highest detail you can .. and with "lock on road" turned off. Send your track logs to smelly biker (wanderlust) and they should get included in the next version. That is the best way the maps improve. I add about 1% to the maps around home .. just to give you an idea of the size of the data .. and the smallness needed to improve it.
I appreciate what Wanderlust is, and that it will improve by people sending in their tracks, though I can't understand HOW it will improve. Currently when I zoom in on say Mongolia, I get a mesh of lots of red lines, which are not discernable as one track (ie it's not possible to follow one guy's route as far as I can tell...), now how will having infinitely more of these line improve things... I'm sure my lack of understanding of tracks, routes etc is the root proble here, but again... I need someone to SHOW me, in front of me, how this works. Transferring what people write here into a completely coherent instruction is tough, though thanks al for trying.
Anyway... is there anyone out there who can help me??
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