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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Navigation - Maps, Compass, GPSHow to find your way - traditional map, compass and road signs, or GPS and more
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I list here all the free Garmin GPS maps I have found. Most, if not all of them are community projects, meaning they are free because people contribute their time, track logs and local knowledge to them. So, if you do use one please do contribute towards the project. It only costs you time.
Indonesia: [navigasi.net] Download Peta GPS Indonesia
Very good in Sumatra, Java and Bali. Further East the coverage gets thin. The link above goes directly to the download page. The rest of the site is in Bahasa Indonesia, so most people won't be able to navigate the site or post contributions. I suggest you contribute to OSM instead.
Malsingmaps.com - GPS Portal of Malaysia and Singapore. It's so good that Garmin are now bundling it with their GPS units sold there. NT version with Lane Assist and limited Junction View. All the roads travellers are likely to take are there, along with lots of POIs. Updated frequently.
Malfreemaps.com - Mappers split from Malsingmaps to start their own project. Non-NT version, coverage is similar.
NZ: NZ Open GPS Project
Contains every road, street and alleyway, many with house numbers, lots of useful POIs. Updated weekly.
[KC Loh & others have produced an excellent map of the North.] <== mapcenter2 hosting this map is down. Try getting it here instead.
I have the osm-maps for the lower half of South America installed on my Garmin Zumo 660. Maps are not bad, routing works fine most of the time. Alas, for many medium towns street maps are not yet available.
You recommend Proyecto Mapear for the Southern Cone, and I hear that these are the best free maps for Argentina/Chile.
Can I install these maps on my Garmin through MapQuest on top of of the OSM maps already installed or might that cause problems?
Thanks for your quick reply Peter. Of course I ment MapSource. In that case I'd rather not install Mapear on top of OSM. OSM works for me. Just that I thought Mapear might be a bit better. I'd like to contribute to OSM, alas, I need to find a few hours (maybe a couple of days) with nothing else to do to read about the technical details. I only bought my first GPS half a year ago. I can use it (and extremely useful it is!), but I still have no idea about the technical side of mapping software.
Update 10 Nov 2011: There was no problem intalling OSM in the device memory and ProjectoMapear on the micro-SD card of the Zumo. However, if you install a 2nd map in the same memory type, the first map might be thrown out. Happened to me when I put Bolivia maps into the SD card. Suddenly ProjectoMapear was gone, I had to reinstall it. After that the Bolivia Maps were gone.
Don't worry about the mapping at this stage. Even if you just collect GPX tracks and upload them to OSM, that will be very useful. You find them when you connect the zumo to your PC in the folder \Garmin\GPX and \Garmin\Archive\GPX. You can open the files directly in Mapsource.
There really is no problem about having two maps in the GPS. After loading both maps go to Tools > Settings > Map > Map Info. You can now enable or disable any maps.
I managed to install ProyectoMapear on top of OSM and it seems to work fine without having turned off any of my installed maps. A few test routes seemed to have been calculated without a glitch. I'll let you know in case I should run into problems later.
I uploaded a file to OSM OpenStreetMap
These are my last 15 tracks (Zumo660 doesn't store more and I never saved them before), joined together with Mapsource.
Could you tell me if I should do anything else, like which tags are useful in that case. I'll keep uploading my tracks, but I don't know if I'll ever find the time to do much else with them.
can anyone point me in the right direction to learn how to use these maps. I have a garmin 660 but when I open mapsource It doesn't seem to have any world routable map on it. Also how does one get the OSM information onto ones computer then onto the garmin. I just don't seem to be able to figure it out or make it work. would love to find some decent reading material on all this
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