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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Of course, the perfect digi compact is very specific to the user. For me, used to the easy, knobbly controls and high build quality of pro-SLRs (I used to do it for a living, for my sins) I couldn't find anything (at the time) that came close to the quality and easy useability of the Canon G10. It's got a nice wide lens and is completely user adjustable. I like to tell the camera what aperture/shutter speed etc to use, not the other way round! I've used it loads and got some really stonking results. In fact, I reckon I get better results with it while on the road than I used to with my DSLR simply because I always have it with me!
*Disclaimer* - I am not saying my bike is better than your bike. I am not saying my way is better than your way. I am not mocking your religion/politics/other belief system. When reading my post imagine me sitting behind a frothing pint of ale, smiling and offering you a bag of peanuts. This is the sentiment in which my post is made. Please accept it as such!
EDIT eight months later: I can't recommend this Canon Elph 300 because of poor image quality. The very small size is great, but the photos are subpar. Not nearly as good as I was getting from an older, less expensive Canon point and shoot (AS1000). Maybe it's a CMOS vs. CCD processor issue. The older CCDs seem better at capturing crisp, vibrant photos ... with this Canon Elph and its CMOS processor, many pics were smudgy, washed out, erratic.
I am a "two camera" man ... and along with my DSLR in the tank bag, I like to have a compact in the jacket pocket. I have just updated by pocket compact camera, and have gone a similar way but with a different outcome to the OP.
I also wanted a waterproof, dustproof, dropproof, freeze resistant compact, that can shoot 720p video. For me two major critera were NO AA batteries (which have proved to be a huge waste of time and effort in the past for me, with very poor battery life) and NO pop out zoom lens (they all failed on me while on the road ... dust gets in the mechanism and the auto lens covers on them jam up and fail.
The Panasonic Lumix in the OP meets these criteria, but I went with the Sony product (TX5) ... because of the manual slide up lens cover. The Sony is already considerably lighter and thinner, but the excellent lens cover means there is no need for any case ... merely a screen protector for the 3 inch screen. With many of the very compact cameras, a protective case doubles the size and bulk of the camera. It has a 4x zoom, 25-100mm equivalent.
I use a Nikon coolpix. It is a 10.1 mp compact with 5X zoom and can record good videos as well . It has an effective built-in microphone and runs on AA batteries . I use the batteries both for the camera and the other gadgets.
Another thumbs up for the ft2 which I've had a year or so, and a general thumbs up for the whole Lumix range over the competition, mostly because they go for <28 wide angle over zoom.
Considering the ft2 lens is tiny, the pic quality can be brilliant, even on full zoom as long as theres enough light. A mate bought another and filming in tandem we shot a pretty good youtube vid on a remote river last year.
Also filming, I've killed a cheap Lumix tz6? with an exposed zooming lens in a fortnight in the desert. Even then, it was worth it for the movie.
The ft looks so crumby so I thought i needed a better quality + manual option Lumix. I got an LX5 plus the screw on cylinder + filter to protect the extending (short) zoom from dust. Its very nice to use but is now bulky and for my basic needs the quality is not night and day over the slimmer ft2 which now comes on all trips and rarely disappoints.
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