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 a 24 year old Englishman who is riding his 49cc Yamaha Vino from the Arctic circle to Tierra del Fuego. Mad you may think but ultimately possible. I've recently hit 10 thousand miles and am currently in San Pedro de la Laguna on lago de Atitlan in Guatamala. I do have issues though and l suppose things have been far from plain sailing. My current issues are no power at altitude, questions about shipping from Panama to Venuezuela, the question of a road from Venuezuala to Manaus in Brazil, it's usability and also it's availability of gasoline. Does anyone know how to make my scooter faster at altitude or even move. Yesterday l had to walk uphill with the engine revving to just move. Virtually all power is wiped out. I still go on the flat but only about 20 k's max. As for getting to Venuezuala from Panama. Do l have to go via Cartegena and then along the coast and is this safe if this is the only option. Finally if there is a road from Caracas to Manaus, is it paved and is it passable in early April. All replies would be much appreciated. I know l'm not your usual biker guy, me being a scooter boy but l share the passion for the road. My happiest times are on the road living the dream and avoiding those bloody backpackers and tourists.
As for riding a scooter - I could care less - it has two wheels and that's all that matters - more power to you for doing it on something unusual!
Re more power:
There is up to a 40% loss of power at altitude that is NOT recoverable, (depending on the altitude of course.)
First understnad the problem - there is a lot less air, therefore the engine is running very rich. So you have to lean out the carburetion.
Standard things to do for high altitudes:
In order to ensure you have the max amount of air getting into the engine in the first place, make sure the air cleaner is very clean, even remove it if needed - just don't do any dirt roading.
Put in smaller jets/lower the needle in the slide. Since on a 50 you will be at full throttle all the time, just a smaller main jet is all you need. Bigger engines benefit from lowering the needle a notch or two in the slide.
And that's about all you can do. Be VERY sure you reverse the changes BEFORE you get to a lower altitude or you WILL destroy the piston and cylinder. Take note of the altitude you had to change settings at and switch at about the same point, or as soon as you notice an increase in power.
For Panama to SA see the shipping section - loads of info there, link on left.
Basically you have to fly the bike and you to SA from Panama. No big deal. DON'T try to save money and ship it. You won't, and you could end up in big trouble with smugglers.
As for Colombia, there is lots of info here on Colombia and safety. A search will find tons of info.
Also, have you thought about doing a blog of your trip? See the Travellers Stories pages - link on left - about having your own page here on HU.
the good thing about vinos and zumas...new pistons are $10, heads $14...everything is CHEAP. a person can run a 70cc kit(about$250), no jetting changes necessary, thats puts WAY more lower end power and a slight increase in top speed. i have seen 10K on a zuma engine b4, they are reliable as can be.
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