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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Hi, this might be a stupid question, but it's been many years since I did a tubed tyre change.
Should I start at the valve or opposite? Additionally what should I be looking for in type/shape/style of levers?
i start opposite the valve for removal and work both sides round to the valve, by the time you get there its normally already off. make sure bead is broken both sides and tyre in the wheel well, this give you maximum slack.
start at the valve when fitting and make sure the harder bit around the valve is in the tyre and not squashed by the bead.
use good tyre irons not spoons, and a good soap on the tyre when refitting makes life easier. some say dont use washing up liquid and the chemicals in it can corrode alloy rims, likewise wd40 may speed up perishing of tube.
if you can, work on the opposite side to the sprocket. 2 reasons, 1 you wont warp the disc by leaning on it and 2 you wont beat your knuckles to death on an oiley sprocket.
most important dont rush, theres nothing worse than changing a tyre and pinching the tube.
I agree with beddhist when removing the tyre you start at the valve .
When fitting you finish at the valve .
Otherwise the valve will disappear into the well of the rim because you have to push the tyre into the well of the rim to give you room to pop the beads off the rim .
If you have sturdy tires (Michelin Desert for instance), it helps to use plenty of soap and water. I had 3 small motorcycle tire-irons with a nice curve at the end, and one big automobile iron for the last push (I wouldn't have been able to do it without).
If you are looking for a nice pump, I can recommend the Topeak Mountain Morph. It has a handle and a foot pad: quite appreciated after 350 strokes in the sun.
I was told to remove
Start at the valve as you can compress the tyre opposite the valve so it goes into the well of the wheel.
When putting tyre back on finsh at the valve again so tyre can be compressed into the well opposite the valve while you lever the tyre on.
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