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 picked up a 2nd hand Leica D-Lux 3 last year before going to West Africa. It has been great in the last 12 months. I have shot loads with it even filming whilst riding my mountain bike. Im not afraid to get it scratched etc and its produced some excellent results.
Wide angle lens, metal construction etc. not 'proof' but pretty sturdy.
I still can't decide if a rugged camera is really necessary
I was out last week in the snow and rain with my FT2. It's such a relief not to worry about it getting wet or faffing with waterproof bags. Just stick it in any pocket or let it hang round the neck, wipe the lens and shoot.
I looked into other rugged compacts a month or two ago when I thought my FT2 was on the blink (now OK). All bulkier or less battery or added gimmicks like GPS. Got another used FT2 off ebay for £60 as back up.
Panasonic GX1 with
Panasonic 14mm f2.5 (equivalent 28mm) mounted on camera.
Panasonic 20mm f1.7 (equivalent 40mm)
Olympus 45mm f1.8 (equivalent 90mm)
Olympus 9-18 zoom (equivalent 18-36mm zoom)
Although the X zoom 14-42 (28mm- 84mm) power zoom is totally a travellers lens and a perfect match for the camera.
and I have a pick of Canon EOS 1 and 5 series cameras an L lenses to hand, which simply aren't feasible to take on a motorbike tour
My take is that if you are going to the most exotic places in the world, you need to be able to take the best images that you can, because its unlikely you will be there again.
On the subject its only when you print pictures out A4 sized that you really get to see the quality, one of the primary sins of digital is cooping images up in computers, and one of the most impressive aspects is the explosion of images in self published book format
I just picked up a new Canon G-15, and with the little bit of playing around I've done with it, I quite like it.... Has anyone tried the telephoto adapter lenses on the G series cameras? Are they a worthwhile purchase?
I also own a G12 and for adventure motorcycling trips it's the best you can buy.
Having said that, it's NOT a dslr so you'll have to live with that fact, but you can film (guite good actually) and take your pics, all on manual mode, which is what you need if you know how to take a picture.
For those of you who will attend the HUBB UK meeting, I will be giving a travel photography workshop, based on camera's like the G12 to prove that one can make great pics with a small camera!
@ Island Hopper: no, haven't tested it. Just go loser to whatever you want to shoot...
But one piece of equipment you want to buy is the Hähnel remote control for the G series. The only add-on that I bought for the G12 and I am more than happy I've done this.
@ Island Hopper: no, haven't tested it. Just go closer to whatever you want to shoot...
I do encounter a good number of bears in my riding and the odd one will allow you to take photos... The getting closer thing doesn't appeal that much to me so I ordered a 4.5 tele lens and adapter to try out...
I'm a huge fan of the Lumix camera's. 3 years ago I was looking for a high quality small camera that would take sharp accurate shots but I could carry with me all the time. I wanted something that was robust and tough, but with a superb lens, and that would take RAW files. I bought a new Lumix LX-5, and it's been in my pocket and on multiple bike trips and family holidays ever since. It's superb. In fact, it's do good that I NEVER use my DSLR these days except when I need to photograph something with a big telephoto lens on it.
The LX-5 has an all metal body, a crisp Leica lens that is very wide and very fast, (F2 at max aperture) and zooms from 24-90mm. The images I get are fabulous.
The only down side is the maximum zoom of 90mm is not great, but as a travel camera that easily fits into a pocket, its a compromise I feel is worth it.
They are now onto the LX-7, but plenty of LX-5 and 3 models can be found 2nd hand.
Video is pretty good on it too.
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