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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I plan on riding thru central america for 2-3 months, lots of off road. I just bought my first SLR and have heard that the cameras and lenses do not hold up well to vibration. Planned on putting my camera in a foamed lowe pro mini bag then inserting all into a larger foam lined canon case. Then keeping it all in my hard bags. Is this enough protection?
I think it should be good enough, provided you don't allow the bag to bounce around inside your hard cases (Highly unlikely, provided the amount of stuff usually packed into them). Also try not to let the bag grind against the case wall, but keep it surrounded by other soft stuff (clothes, etc) and you should be able to click through the rough -and assorted endos- just fine.
Another point to watch is not letting stuff like lenses rub against each other inside the camera bag - an often overlooked problem that will at least ruin their finish, or worse.
Probably not for you, but maybe interesting to others with this problem, esp. those planning on making money from their pics: the ultimate in protection is often to be found in the Pelican product range, www.pelican.com . I have a pro friend that has trashed his through jungles, swamps and deserts throughout the world, and he's not afraid of swimmimg rivers with it full of F5's and US$15000+ in equipment.
[This message has been edited by Photog Rob (edited 10 December 2001).]
Alex, don't do that! Naphtalene flakes emit fumes that will corrode the anti-reflective coating in your lenses, effectively ruining them. Most camera manuals and lens leaflets warn about this. If you want a dessicant, use silica gel and put it in the oven every now and then to extract the moisture it has absorbed. Use big pouches, about the size of a credit card, not the useless "sweet and low" thingies that came with your camera.
Besides, who wants to use a camera that smells like mothballs?
The Pellican case works great. I bought a smallish one and made a top case out of it. Totally waterproof and nearly indestructable. Also comes with precut foam to snug up those valuables. Shop around on the web: I bet I didn't pay more than $70US.
The Pelican cases come filled with special pick and pluck (or something.. ) foam. You pluck some of the foam in the shape of the equipment you want to protect and the rest of the foam do the protection. The foam is pretty effective, but what really makes the difference is the structure of the case that transfers impacts to the outside shell and not inside.
The protection sounds good. I'd comment on the access:
After trying several different arrangements I now use the Touratech enduro tank bag with two bodies in it; one with a 80-200 and the other a 17-25. They're sitting in foam cut to size.
For more serious stuff, national parks etc, I get the 300, 2X, tripod and binoculars couriered to me (in a Pelican case) and ship them back afterwards.
The advantages of this are:
- They are (relatively) quick to get out as that shot is never there for very long. If the camera is in a case it'll take too long to get out.
- I found I lost a lot of shots changing lenses.
- If the first choice runs out of film at least you can get something with the other before the shot goes (or reload).
- I don't have the weight of the 300 etc when I don't use it very often.
If you haven't used it a lot I suggest you get some films developed on the road so you can learn what works and what doesn't and to check the camera's ok.
[This message has been edited by Jerome (edited 25 July 2002).]
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