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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experience is always a plus but if you are smart enough to take your time and not overload your vehicule you can go pretty much every where, I myself didn't much experience before i went across africa and still made it OK , if possible use the right tires for the job ( help alot )
Find a quarry and ride in it. Practice hill climbs etc, you don't need to race but knowing how to go over obstacles helps. It's not uncommon to come across a blocked road or have to cross through a shallow river without your feet getting wet.
In regards to tyres I find the Pirelli Rallycross fantastic for both on-road and off-road.
Learn to lower the front tyre to around 20psi when riding dirt, this gives better control. Tale a small compressor(Slime) and a pressure gauge, practice using it to inflate and deflate your tyres.
Drop the back tyre 10psi lower than you have it for on road
You don't need experience like a motocrosser, but any type of dirt riding where you are now with freinds and family around is certainly going to help in the long run. At least you will have some idea of what the bike can do when it is on loose gravel. Ride slow and don't get overconfident, it will be your downfall.
yes.. to learn and training to rid some gravel road and soft wooded lanes is contrast gives you the confidence you need... I think most important is... get use to ride and control your bike standing on the foot pegs... to steer the bike with your knees taking the strain of your wrists, doing all the hard work and balance with your hip instead, gear down the sprockets a bit so you can ride slower without to stale the engine every time, toque is more important than speed you want grunt.
most standard sprocket gearing stetup for bikes are for fast lanes and is way to high for cross country needs. a good compromise is 16/45 all steel sprockets for a 600cc type bike, good for average travelling and ok for riding most unpaved lanes. additional I carry a 15-front sprocket to swoop just in case the 16 is to fast.
yes.. go having fun on small unpaved lanes on weekends to get use to your bikes behaver and you will be ok if fully loaded up.
may take a few weeks journey to Scandinavia first before hitting the harder stuff across else where, lots of long unpaved gravel roads all over the place, soft and slipy if wet, hard and dusty as concrete if dry.
don't worry, take your time and you gona be fin...
I practiced off-road on my 650 before the trip, so I had some experience, but I wish I had spent more time really training on a smaller bike.
I got back just a few months ago and have had a chance to do proper off-road enduro riding on a little 230cc bike.
My skills have gone WAY up because I've learned to safely push the limits of my skills. I'm much more comfortable and confident on the big, fully-loaded 650 now that l've practiced on the little bike.
I can go places now I wouldn't have touched when I was on my big trip.
I now tell people to buy a cheap 250 (TTR, XT, DR) trail bike a year before they leave and muck about in the bush. Do some slide turns etc. Than slowly try a few things on the bigger big but don't expect it to behave the same. It'll do it much quicker with much smaller margins but at least you know the feeling and you know how to separate your weight from the bikes weight.
Doing this will also make you more likely to keep your setup light as well, as you find how much more fun it is to ride that stuff with a reasonable weight.
You can sell it again when you leave without loosing much if any.
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