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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If you are new to this you will be appalled by some bikes. You can get over 150 mpg from a 125 but the tanks are designed for the city. Buy something old, big and cruisery and 30 mpg with a 3 gallon tank will be great if you like petrol station sandwiches! Best combinations are modern 500-800 cc big traillie type bikes which can combine biggish tanks and 60-70 mpg or some older style bikes (Enfields are surprisingly good) that were about before biking was a weekend fashion.
For cheap transport the Fiat Panda will win, look at the price of bike tyres and insurance too.
The truth is, noone in the Western world has really asked for fuel-efficient bikes until quite recently, judging bikes by bhp/cc rather than miles/gallon. So there isn't much published information from manufacturers, and when you look at real world data, a lot of bikes are surprisingly bad.
The new Honda NC700 is probably the first bike designed with efficiency high up the list of priorities.
That said, there are plenty of efficient bikes out there, even if their manufacturers aren't making a song and dance about it. Most small capacity (sub-250cc) bikes will be pretty good, as will modern soft-tuned big singles - think Yamaha XT or the BMW singles, rather than KTM 690. Enfields are renowned for being efficient, despite being an ancient engine design. If you don't like singles, the Kawasaki ER-6 is a pretty efficient lump, and you can have it in a choice of naked, sporty, or 'adventure' chassis.
First of all, confusion reigns when people start comparing fuel consumption while mixing references to American and Imperial gallons, then salting liberally with kilometers and liters. I'm just trying to get ahead of the curve by pointing that out.
I get 50 miles per US gallon (4 quarts, 5% under 4 liters) with my large, carburated single (KLR 650). That's about 80 km per gallon, about 20 km per liter. I've had as low as 25-30 miles per gallon in ferocious headwinds with bad gas and full luggage (Patagonia). I've had as high as 75 miles per gallon riding steadily with no load on a level road at 40 miles per hour. Big differences.
I get 5-10 miles per gallon better under all circumstances with a fuel injected v-twin (DL 650).
I've had the experience of riding along in misery (gusty winds, driving rain and hail, temps just above freezing).....and looking over at the folks in the Smartcar in the next lane, who're warm, dry, listening to pleasant music and carrying on a genteel conversation while getting better mileage than I.
On the other hand, there are advantages to doing what we do. Sometimes it's hard to remember just what and when.
Since I had my Enfield Electra I have averaged about 95-96 MPg ( Brit Imperial gallons), But these are designed for teh Indian market where running costs are a big factor. All my old Brit bike did in excess of 65Mpg. the Bmw 800 ridden gently would do 50mpg.
for two up travelling you really can't beat a diesel Panda
For cheap motoring you can't beat the small diesel cars, that is until something goes wrong with the dualmass flywheel, diesel particulate filter or Exhaust gas recirculation system. Then you are in for a nasty shock.
Hard to filter through traffic in a 4 wheeler as well.
Big FI singles are pretty good these days for fuel economy, have a look at Chris Scotts XTZ660Z Tenere fuel data And his F650GS Fuel data
His GSR500 project bike to date
The thing is that bike MPG can vary wildly depending on lots of factors, weight of rider(gut size) headwind/tailwind/ luggage.
Honda's Innova 125 claims up to 120mpg which is pretty good if you want economy.
I have seen that a woman rode around Europe on a new Suzuki Van Van 125 and laden and was getting 2.2Ltrs/100kms which is around 130MPG (UK). Staggering considering such a little engine and all the load.
travel light have nice throttle control, if a modern bike, chnage map for some of restricted power, play with sprockets , my aprilia caponord with 3 cases on it and me with 100kg, do some average on 3.5 liters on 100kilometers (sorry eu citizen dont know mpg on that) which is ok on some rough riding faster one never under 90 or 100 it goes on 4.5l/100km, and and highway well thats the different story , but everything must be properly maintained , and work perfectly, electrics, engine transmission, carbs synced if any and stuff,
in eu all vehicles have consumption, in usa they dont, you had cheap gallons, and didnt cvare about consumption, now times have changed and it is important to everyone to calcutae costs, for that there is plenty of really good mpg calculators on google to find, where you can find data from someone, and manually enter to find all the possible solutions for mpg
have just taken the suzuki vanvan to mongolia and back. 140mpg on the open road, 100mpg daily commuting to work.
I find this encouraging, not just the mpg but the fact that you did it, I hope to soon be headed off that way on a Honda XR125, the later one with the CG engine. At home it does 105-115 mpg (imp) and the 12 litre tank should take me well over 200 miles, it also has a seat that is as comfy as the one on my R80GS.
have just taken the suzuki vanvan to mongolia and back. 140mpg on the open road, 100mpg daily commuting to work.
That just goes to show how things have improved - in some areas at least. I did 2000 miles to the Elephant rally this year on a mid 70's Suzuki commuter 125 and got 60mpg out of it averaged over that distance. My father in law's Fiat Multipla gets just about the same.
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