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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does anyone know if buying a decent light honda in india is easy or not so. just want something under 100cc and honda to ride for three to four months, any advice very welcome. leaving in april, I hope.
Not sure you can legally "buy" a bike, as a foreigner - local address (place owned/rented by you for some time) is necessary to register the bike. However, that should not stop anyone from buying a bike on your behalf and "lending" the same to you for whatever period.
All bikes, as sold from the showroom will be registered, and have proper insurance, which will cover ANY rider with a valid driving licence.
If you have no problem with the heat , April/May is fine - if you don't like 40+ in the shade, think again. Doing things differently is your personal choice, but the tiddler you want to buy WILL be really unsuitable for touring - slow, poor luggage capacity and not the most comfy of suspensions. 150 cc, at least, would be better. But then, having done that before I guess you are going into it with your eyes wide open.
I bought a 150cc last year in Pune and toured the south (TVS Fiero F2). It was a most reliable and economical bike, if not the most comfortable. Buying process is not much of a problem, just enquire in the state where you are buying it what paperwork is needed, and get yourself some local address, maybe throught the hotel you are staying at. You can't buy new though. I would recommend also to buy at least a 150cc bike. Hondas are also good, the fastest in the class is the Bajaj Pulsar 180cc. Roads are getting better in India and it is safer to keep up with traffic than being overtaken.
Sure you could pick up a 100/115/125/150/180cc japanese bike in india. All the major brands are here honda/suzuki/kawi/yamaha. But a much better option would be the enfield bullet. Now i know most of you are going.. "yah like that's a unique experience" sure quite a few people have done it. But more importantly done it and enjoyed it. So if your planning on touring and not commuting then the Enfield would be the best bet.
But the two SS1000 attempts that have been successfully carried out in India were done on a Karizma (Hero Honda) and a Pulsar 180 (Bajaj). In addition, one was attempted recently on a 150cc Honda unicorn (failed by less than 1 hour).
The latter two could have easily chosen to do it on bullets. The guy who did it on the 180cc machine is a motoring journo, and had access to any Indian bike. The guy who attempted it on an Unicorn was actually owns a bullet (which has been extensively used for touring), but chose to do this more demanding trip on something which he felt gave him a better chance.
1600+ km in 24 hrs is no "commute".
The bike chosen has to be comfortable and trouble free. And quick (effective cruising speed for all three is better than a bullet), with far better suspensions (as compared to the new gas shock equipped bullets). So, why would people who are into extreme riding choose other bikes, in spite of having access to bullets?
Granted, this isn't your average tour. But even a 100 cc bike can do a 600 km commute in a day. Sure, a bullet will be more comfortable. But not as comfortable as the above three, and certainly not as trouble free.
The days when the bullet was the only option for tourers in India are long gone. If the "package" the bullet offers you is what you want, then go for it - but if you plan to ride fast and far in a trouble free manner as opposed to "commute" from city A to city B 500 km away, suggest you look elsewhere.
It is easy to buy a bike in India. Just find one used and offer some cash. No paperwork, nothing. The police do not hassle to tourists riding around on Enfields. OTH, it is easier to sell the bike again if you have paperwork. Not many Indians citizens will buy it w/o perfect papers, only tourists and dealers that will lowball you hard.
I bought an enfield in India in October 2006 and travelled extensively in south india. It is fairly straight forward once you have a local address. If anyone needs help, pls let me know. I should be back in India by the first week of April and am planning to go to Ladakh/Leh in July.
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