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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I'm a week away from starting my RTW trip (US, Russia, Asia, Africa). Very excited, but I can't help but think occasionally about the route that Im NOT taking (the classis: UK to Aus), so please indulge this armchair question from a curious reader!
As you wind your way from Malasia through Indonesia, and towards East Timor, there's a lot more blue, and a lot less green. ie. islands, surrounded by water.
How far is it reasonably possible to get your bike, before you pack it in and ship/fly it to Aus? And, what's the riding like on those islands? The terrain, the roads, how many route choices, getting your bike to the next island, East Timor etc?
I know SE Asia pretty well from being a tourist in my 20's, back a ways, so I know the humidity/temperature/food / people etc in the golden triangle, thailand, malasia, borneo etc, I've just never wound my way down the island chain that far.
How far is it reasonably possible to get your bike, before you pack it in and ship/fly it to Aus?
I only went Sumatra-Java-Bali, transport wasn´t a problem between those islands. I was planning to continue to East Timor, but the 2008 coup attempt in Dili, and resulting unrest over there put paid to that plan. So I airfreighted out of Bali.
It is my understanding, based on my research before/during my trip, and following the forums afterwards, that the route from Sumatra to East Timor is the most common way for overlanders to go through Indonesia, and the most common shipping route is Dili<->Darwin. There are no international ferry routes to/from Australia. There are ferry lines going basically all over Indonesia, but don´t expect daily departures, and getting the timetables could be a pain – it´s not like in Europe or in the US!! To go further east or northeast from Timor, you´d need lots of time, and I don´t know how feasible it would be to have a bike with you over there. A small (100-200cc) bike or a scooter could be easier to load on some smaller boat or ferry.
To give some idea, here´s the long-distance ferry ´timetable´ in Benoa harbour, Bali, in February 2008 (that same company had webpages, too, but they had not been updated in four years!)... I really don´t know how it works now, but at least back then it seemed a bit complicated.
I have just come from that direction and am currently in Jakarta.
The answer is that it is no problem to travel by bike in the region. You can island hop on regular ferries from Sumatra all the way down to Timor via Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa and Flores. You then need to cross by land into Timor Leste, which was no big issue as customs and immigration were very helpful and friendly.
Once you get to Dili, you can arrange shipping to Darwin, Australia using Toll shipping. They do the trip regularly and while there is a bit of mucking around, it is definitely possible.
The bike I am riding is a Suzuki DRZ400E and it has been perfect for the job. You can do it on a smaller or larger bike but the midrange bike seems to be the ideal, especially given that you have to pay a large bond for the Carnet de Passage.
All the ferry connetctions you easy find out on the spot, as they change constantly it is IMHO not very easy and usefull to check in advance, maybe just on routes where they go but not when exactly they go and even that changes...
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