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 have been trawling thru the various sections of the hubb trying to get as much info as i can before embarking on the lunacy that is riding around an entire continent.
one quick addition to your question bklynDakar, i will be taking a mac with me on the trip, and was also wondering if anyone knew of software you can have on your own 'trip' website that you can upload your gps data to.
by this i mean, similar to mapsource, but based in your own webpage, is it possible with mapsource, or do you always need a link to the mapsource site?
any ideas? i love the idea of uploading the exact route we will be travelling, but want to have it all contained in one website.
I,m currently in the same boat, anxiously awaiting for Garmin to get their butt in gear and come up with compatible software for us Mac users. In the meantime i suppose a person could purchase a GPS that uses external media (60csx) and load everything you need before you leave. You would at least have your maps ready to go, just no computer access. Garmin states that their software will be available by the end of the year...thats only four months away
>>> In the meantime i suppose a person could purchase a GPS that uses external media (60csx) and load everything you need before you leave.
If you mean importing calibrated non-MapSource/etc maps then this is what I was wondering too. It would be very handy to have them stored in a GPS instead of a vulnerable laptop. A GPS specialist seller just told me "no" and I'm just waiting to hear from Garmin tech.
Garmin's reply a few days later
Thank you for contacting Garmin Cartography and thank you for being a loyal Garmin customer. Unfortunately, it is not possible at this time to load third party maps to a Garmin GPS unit. Only waypoints and some routes and tracks in a .gpx format. Hopefully Garmin will add this capability in the future but as of right now I do not know of any plans to do so. We do get lots of requests for it so they are aware that customers would like to have this as an option.
I saw that press release too and have been hanging on for months to replace my ageing GarminV.
Contacted garmin and was told they haven't even started on the mapsource street gps software yet and have no immediate plans to, they only support some kind of "joggers wrist band GPS software" (training centre or something?)
Last week did the research, made the phone calls and bought the TomTom rider
Sellers (of both makes) and user reports say its pretty shock proof and waterproof and the back up website is as professional as Garmin's unlike some budget GPSs on sale.
Only used on street so far but it is fantastic, very intuitive and user friendly (just like my mac) compared to Garmin.
For africa etc etc I would probably go for a couple (belt and braces, loose one, break one...) of cheap Garmin hand held simple gps units and a map.
If anyone still uses Garmin V and wants my computer cables, bike mount, car charger, car mount (if I can get it off without breaking it!) and the old unit (screen keeps blacking out but may be repairable) let me know. Just pay the postage.
I have an iBook and a Garmin eTrex Vista. To download maps from the WorldMap CD to the GPS unit, my solution has been to use VirtualPC with Windows 98 or XP and a KeySpan USB-Serial Adapter. I already owned VirtualPC, so it wasn't much of an investment for me: the KeySpan adapter costs around $40.
- If you have an Intel-processor Macintosh, you have to use Parallels Desktop instead of VirtualPC. Parallels is cheaper ($80) but then you need a Windows license (although it shouldn't be a problem to grab one somewhere).
- You might have to restart Windows after you assigned the Mac USB port with the KeySpan adapter to one of the PC Serial ports (COM1, etc...).
- I sometimes had connection problems when uploading a large number of maps (10-20Mb). Using a lower connection speed solved the problem.
- Use fresh batteries on the GPS unit and select "Use With GPS Off" before you transfer a bunch of maps.
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