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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David, why are you talking about the off-road part to them? All they want to know is that the bike is fully street-legal - and it either is or isn't - and you're going to go on a nice civilised tour.
Learn the travellers mantra - KISS - or Keep It Simple Stupid! Otherwise known as "don't make the bureaucrats have to think." As soon as you throw even the slightest curve at "them" it becomes a road block.
Try Motorcycle Express again, and clarify with them that you're just doing a cross-country tour on the back-ROADS and see what happens.
Make sure your bike is fully street legal or you will run into problems in the US. If you can plate it in the UK you're fine. You DO want to have the UK plate on it, and all your rego. You DON'T need an MOT tag, but it should be capable of passing MOT. It MIGHT be useful to have as proof that you are legal at home in case of a dispute.
You probably have to get an Off-Road Vehicle (orv) tag in the US. US riders please chime in on this, I'm not sure.
Have you read Russell Fisher's story (in the travellers stories page, link left) on his Trans-Am Trail trip?
Grant is 100 percent correct. Just tell them you need insurance and when they ask what you want to insure just say "Motorcycle".
NOw of course in the states once legal in one state its legal to be driven in all. SO I would guess any vehicle with a foriegn license thats allowed to drive here would be legal in all states.
NOw, heres the hard part. There may be separate licenses or fees to ride in certain state parks. I know here in Ohio there is a license reqired to ride in the national forest. Its just a matter of paying the fee. BUt, finding a place when you need one is hard.
SO there may be local license that are needed.
But, from what I see regarding the Trans AMerican trail it should be accesible easily by any street legal vehicle. Its seems to concentrate on public domains to minimize the licenses problems, from what I've seen.
In most states, and here in California if you have a street legal bike from any state you can ride in the national forest as long as you have a spark arrester. The special lisc only applies to bikes that are for off road only. Basicaly as long as you have a street legal bike with spark arrester you are legal. Keep your regerstration and proof of insurance with you. BTW a spark arrester is a screen in your exhaust that keeps hot sparks from coming out and starting a forest fire.If you don't have one they are cheap and easy to put in. Mine takes about two min to take out and put back in.
Oh yeah. The spark arrestor. Out east where fire is never a problem the rangers are soft on it. Bikes sold originally as street legal from the factory have oem mufflers that are spark arrestor legal.
I always did use my off road bike only at the national forest. But, I thought one of the fees for riding the Wayne National Forest was a usage charge for prepping trails. I know I know, what are the taxes and other licenses for.
HAving the street legal bike definately opens a bunch of doors.
Out west they tend to be a little more strict. They usually don't look at street legal bikes so much, but off road only bikes they do check. Some places are very strict, but we have lots of forest fires and we lose several homes every year in the west.I am not familar with Ohio so they might have a seperate fee. BTW if you run across a forest fire, no matter how small, get away quickly. Once going the fires are unpredictable and move at up to 70 mph. It doesn't always go that fast, but no sense taking a chance.
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