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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On a recent trip to Rome, I was attempting to take some night shots of the Vatican, when low and behold the Corpo della Gendarmeria (Vatican Cops), drove their car with flashing blues within millimetres of my camera. Without getting out of the car and with little room for interpretive error, they proceed to tell me that no tripods are allow. I spent the next few hours wishing for a beanbag, and resting my camera on any solid object I could find. Although I did get a few shots of value that night, I mostly got a sore back. I needed something small versatile and light.
A couple of years back Joby released a small bendable tabletop tripod for compact cameras. The difference was that this mini pod was intended to be a Rubik’s snake like creation that allowed the user to attach the tripod to almost any thing. I remember thinking that at a max load weight of 270gm it was a nice idea but not really of that much use to any one not using a small PNS, let a long a 200mm f2,8. Eventually they came out with an up-rated version the “SLR” but with a max weight of 800gm it seem to fall very short of the DSLR weight range. Well finally, they have come out with the Gorillapod SLR-ZOOM, it has been designed for use with the heavier DSLRs and with a max weight of 3000g may just be the thing I have been looking for.
I jumped on line and found it for a range of prices anywhere from £25.90 to £69.55, well being the mathematical genius I am, and knowing that 26 is less than 70, I went for the £25.90 (with shipping) from amazon.uk. It took about a week to arrive and came with no packaging. At fist this seems a bit suspect, but the Joby website dose offer discounts for no packaging they call it the "eco-packaged" version; fine by me, in fact I give them an extra point for that. What do I need a cardboard box for anyway?
First impression it that is it lot bigger then I thought it would be. It is about 23cm in length and a triangular diameter of about 6.5cm. The feel of it is nice and firm. The design is a series of interlocking balls that each have a rubber ring on the outside parameter, the “feet are balls with a rubber cap. The one ½ of each ball fit into each other and they can rotate around as such. The joint are all nice and tight, however, my first thought was to wonder how long will they will stay nice and tight.
Even though I was at work when it arrived, I immediately started to play with it. None of the Gorillapods are intended to be a replacement for a good sturdy tripod, but as a small alternative for use during walking or unusual situations. The Gorillapods are designed to be shaped to fit the environment that they are in, and to bend around lamp posts, park benches, door frames, or even motorcycle parts and hold the camera steady. So I grabbed the boss’s Olympus E510 with sigma 150 macro lens (heavy combination), and started to attach it to every thing I could find.
I tried about 10 different attachments, and I have been very impressed. In most of the places I have attached it (once I got it stable) it stayed stable, no lens drift and it never fell off. However, depending on what you are attaching it to it can take a few tries to get a good solid mount. The Gorillapod SLR ZOOM, came with out any kind of head in it so the positioning of the camera is completely dictated by the mounting position (the camera mounts to a 1/4inch mounting screw on the pod). Joby, however, made the Gorillapod SLR ZOOM so that any kind of head will fit, and it comes with a 3/8 inch professional tripod head mount as part of the package. Cant really complain about this, not many high spec tripods come with a head anyway.
Well my first impressions are:
With the SLR-ZOOM weighing in at only 241gm (without a head), it is the type of gear designed to bring with you anywhere, every time e.g. toss it in your kit bag and forget until needed. The Gorillapod SLR ZOOM seems very well built, and does what it says it will on the box. I am still concerned that after a while the stiffness of the interlocking balls will wear out, and the Gorillapod will become useless, but only time will tell. I will try to update this when relevant.
Like many tripods you should use a remote (or delay) to open the shutter for long exposures as even though the Gorillapod SLR ZOOM is steady you can get some hand-shake. The usefulness is slightly hampered by the direct mount, so I am going to add a ball head to it which will allow the camera to be at independent angles from the required mounting position, adding an aftermarket head is even suggest by Joby, so not really a surprise that it may be better with on. All in all I think that this seems to be a good product and for the time being will be getting put though its (and my) paces.
I have attached some Pics although this is my D300 (at home) with a 70-200 on it.. I have decided on a manfrotto ball head (488 C2) which will make this come to use under £100 so it is getting up there in price.. but I can see a lot of uses for it..
Zander, I only see the infernal red X's. Anyway, I've had the smaller SLR one for a year or so and strap it onto the bike for onboard video. It works just fine on the tank. The joints have stayed just as firm as the day I got it and I'm very impressed with it. I've just got a Monster-pod which is a 6" sticky pad thing that you can attach your camera to. I've used it on top of my tankbag and it seems quite good as a video platform. I don't rely on just the sticky pad but have made a strap to secure it to the tank bag.
Thank you very much for the review, the pictures really help to see what is possible with this innovative design. I was about to order the Ultrapod but this should work even better for motorcycle travel.
I am getting mine from Amazon, €18 with free shipping.
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