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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I would think 30 days was tight but I have not looked too much into time.
The Long Way Round team took more than double that time from Ukraine to Magadan but they did have the luxury (or hinderance) of 4X4s and lots of advance PR notifications and assistance along the route. (I have just seen similar Emails to media with PR instructions regarding the Long Way Down trip - these are not just 'lads fun trips' but highly professional businesses ventures seeking maximum publicity to sell their product, be it for free fun, profits or charity).
For what your trip will probably cost you, what real difference will an additional £50 or so for a longer and more flexible multi entry Business Visa make to your finances?
Russian Visa prices vary as to the country in which you apply for them.
If you are running late you cannot extend a Visa - you have to apply for a new one, and you can only do this from outside Russia.
To over stay presents problems at roadside spot checks which can be regular on all roads (I was last year stopped for one Roads Police check on a gravel track in the Caucuses more than 15 miles from the nearest town or tarmac!). Having expired papers could lead to possible arrest and possible future Visa refusal, but definitely will involve fines/bribes. You will have the same problems at the exit border.
business visa is a good move, but 30 days should be enough time (a week to Irkustk, another two weeks to Moscow, it takes a day to ride from Moscow to any Eastern border (a long day.......)
Russia rocks, have a fantastic time!
p.s The roads in Russia are pretty good compared to a lot of the former USSR but beware trucks being overtaken by buses coming towards you - you are expected to leave the road (happened twice)! Also people flashing you normally means cops ahead. I got stopped a LOT, 95% of the time smiles, handshakes and lots of 'I don't speak Russian' if they are moving towards a bribe should see you through
I did manage to get an extension to my visa in kazan after I was delayed by 2 days after an RTA, it can be done but is tricky and I had the advantage of a friend to translate for me.
Also a top tip is to keep a small amount of money in a seperate pocket for 'fines' tends to keep the cost down! It's hard to negotiate your fine down with a fistful of euros/dollars (they prefer dollars and euros)
I rode from Vladivostok to Latvia in 2005 in about three weeks, so it's definitely doable in a month if, and it's a big if, you have no major problems - accident, injury, big mechanical problems, detained by beautiful Russian women, etc. Given the difficulty in getting a thirty day visa extended (or a new visa), I agree with your decision to get a longer stay visa. You may well not need it, but if you do it will be money very well spent.
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