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'm in the early planning stages of a moto trip next spring. My contract ends in mid March and I am thinking of buying a bike in BA and driving home. On the way I'm wanting to see Machu Picchu and will have to skip around the Gap between Columbia and Panama. Looking to be on the backroads and off the beaten track as much as possible.
Any suggestions to these questions (and any other advice) would be so greatly appreciated:
Best bike for this kind of trip? (someone suggested a Yamaha XT500)
Good ways to find a decent bike and shop in BA?
Must see stops on the way? Areas to avoid?
Issues with buying a bike and then leaving the country?
If you're planning to buy a bike new, as it sounds, you'll have trouble (or maybe find it impossible) when trying to leave the country. Better to buy elsewhere.
If you're purchasing used from another traveler using the usual subterfuge, you're not going to have so much choice of what bike to buy, so thinking in terms of a specific model is probably futile.
As for the rest: general questions like "What are the most interesting places to visit between B.A. and Walla Walla Washington?" are remarkably difficult to answer. This is particularly true when no one knows anything about who you are, what you like, and whether you're actually going to make the trip you are "thinking of" taking. More specific, narrow questions tend to work better.
As I will be working in Argentina all winter, and I won't have the opportunity to bring a bike from home, I am expecting to buy a used bike down there. Probably from another traveller or a local shop. Any info on good models is useful knowledge. Thanks for the suggestion of the XR650L! I'll do some research on it.
The only thing on my list to go see is Macchu Pichu in Peru. I'd like to get off the beaten track and see some small towns and ancient ruins or natural wonders. The tentative plan so far is ride from BA along the east side, cross over to Macchu Pichu, then maybe cross back over along the Amazon somehow.
What is the best port city to ship me and my bike around Columbia to Panama?
Now I'm thinking to skip Central America entirely. If I can ship my bike from the East coast of Brazil, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, or Venezuala to New Orleans the idea is to ride up the East coast of the US to Toronto and Montreal. I have family along that route I'll visit. So the South American section is looking like West from Buenos Aires to Chile, North through Chile and up into Peru to see Macchu Pichu, then East through the Amazon Basin to the coast of Brazil, then North to whatever port city I'm shipping out of.
The questions are : which East Coast spot is best for shipping or flying me and my bike to New Orleans? Is it better to leave from Brazil? Or Venezuala? Anybody have experience or info about that transfer?
As for buying the bike, get in touch with Dakar Motos in BA and talk it through with Javier, he may be able to put you in touch with a potential seller. They have a lot of bikers passing through so if they new there was a potential buyer in you they can be letting people know.
As for the Darien Gap, we sail from Cartagena in 2 weeks on the Stahlratte, a very popular ship for bikers between Colombia and Panama.
If you are looking for a little more adventure, you could also go from Turbo in a rowing boat however (according to the guide books) you are guaranteed to either sink, be robbed, kidnapped or be murdered. Sounds like its up your tree?
I met a Swiss guy in Ushuaia who bought a used bike from an Argentine. They would not let him out of the country with it. Just because that sounds stupid does not mean it's not Argentine law. I second the idea of talking to the Dakar Motos people also. Do a search they have a web page. There are two free trade zones in Chile. I have know idea if going to one will make buying an "exportable" bike legal. Dave
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