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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Every day hundreds of illegal Chinese motorcycles are smuggled across Burma’s northern ShanState border with China’s YunnanProvince, according to border sources.
“Hundreds of motorcycles pass by on the road in front of my house every day,” said an elder resident of Namhputka, a small town near the Chinese border. “This is not the only route—other smugglers use other ways outside of Namhputka.”
Chinese motorbikes are bought in Ruili, a southern Yunnan border town, at prices between 400,000 to 600,000 kyat (US $320 to $480) depending on the type of motorcycle. They are then illegally driven into Burma and resold with an add-on price of 50,000 to 100,000 kyat ($40 to $80) each, depending on how far a motorcycle is driven into the country.
Motorcycles are also illegally transported by boat on the ShweliRiver near the Burmese border town of Muse, opposite Ruili, according to sources.
Many smugglers bypass checkpoints at night and then bribe their way down the Muse-Lashio-Mandalay road.
Motorcycles from China are replacing the once-popular Japanese brands, such as Honda and Yamaha, not only in upper Burma but also in central Burma, especially in cities such as Mandalay.
Price is a major factor—an illegal Chinese Luojia or Kenbo motorcycle sells for between 580,000 to 600,000 kyat (about $470), whereas a legally imported, licensed motorcycle of the same model sells for more than 1million kyat ($800). A Suzuki motorcycle assembled at the Japanese company’s plant in Mandalay goes for between 1 million to 3 million kyat.
The motorcycle smuggling business is also a lucrative source of income for corrupt government officials at highway checkpoints who demand bribes from smugglers.
Numerous checkpoints lie between Muse and Mandalay. Besides the government, ethnic paramilitary militia groups in northern Shan State and ceasefire groups also demand "transit fees" when smugglers enter and leave their controlled areas.
“In China, we can buy a Luojia for 500,000 kyat ($400)," said Brang Awng, a Kachin motorcycle smuggler who travels to Lashio and Mandalay to sell cycles.
"We can resell it in Lashio for about 550,000 kyat ($440) and in Mandalay for about 580,000 kyat ($470). But, overall we have to bribe authorities along the way—everything depends on the situation.”
Motorcycle smuggling began about a decade ago. Now, even high school students become involved in the business to earn school fees. Smugglers earn a quick profit, but they face the threat of robbery by gangs and ambushes by armed troops, said Brang Awng, who makes smuggling runs about twice a week.
Sometimes police shoot at smugglers. “One day we tried to bypass a checkpoint, but when we reappeared on the road the police followed us and just before they lost us, they shot at us.”
At least ten smugglers have died in shooting incidents over the past few years, sources say.
“Everyone knows smuggling is very dangerous, but most people do it because they have no other choice to earn a living,” said a Muse-based elder resident whose two sons are involved in smuggling.
“If you work with a hoe on a farm, you earn 2,000 kyat ($1.50) a day. But in this business, it is like you risk your life and get 5,000 kyat ($4).
"Life is not important here,” he said.
Quick profits are also a lure into other areas of criminal activity. Many motorcycle smugglers double-up and also carry illegal goods for traders while driving the illegal bikes.
“In order to earn more profit, we serve as carriers for businessmen," said the Muse resident. "Sometimes we don’t know what we are carrying. Sometimes it's very heavy, but the owners of the goods do not let us open the pack.”
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