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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Laos: Warning - "Friendship Bridges" closed to bikes
Today I went to the Lao border post at the Savannakhet "Friendship Bridge" to enquire whether I had to pay any fees to leave. To my great consternation I was told that (motor)bikes are not allowed on the bridge. They suggested this may be because the boss thinks there may be accidents and to load the bike onto a bus!
The passenger ferries don't take bikes - I asked. They suggested I leave via Vientiane or Pakse.
Tomorrow I'll try to cross the bridge anyway, seeing the first officer I spoke to didn't seem to know about the restriction. Failing that I'll try to hitch a ride on a pickup. Plan C is to ride down to Pakse, a 250 km detour. I was supposed to be on Koh Samui in 3 days' time...
I know that you can't enter Laos via either of the two bridges, but wasn't aware that you can't leave, either.
I'll keep you posted.
There is no limit to the stupidity of unaccountable bureauprats. QED.
I thought I haven't got much to loose to try anyway. After a few minutes I was called into the main building, then the director of immigration took me into his office where he explained to me that according to an agreement between the two govts. only cars, trucks and buses are allowed onto the bridge. He then proceeded to call his counterpart in Thailand and they agreed to exceptionally let me cross.
After that processing was quick. Nobody asked for any bike documentation, which I didn't have anyway, only had to show the rego.
Approaching the toll booth I was stopped again. They had a problem with me crossing and wanted me to go to the police, which I didn't, obviously. I think their problem was that the toll system is automated and they don't have a rate for bikes, but there are induction loops in the road. After 10 or 15 mins they indicated that I could go, but I had to leave via the wrong way, where there was no barrier or loop.
So, I made it in the end, but I would advise against others trying it, because if it doesn't work you have a long detour ahead.
I've crossed the bridge twice and both times were a headache (the same in Savannakhet). But both times were successful in the end. (I said I was Australian and we thought we were invited to cross as we had funded the bridge. But I'm sure others can come up with better bullshit than that.) The problem is the staff rotate a lot and there's no corporate memory. If it means a few days in Nong Khai while you work it out there are certainly worse places to stay! Good cheer, a smile and a souvenir for the boss works wonders. If it doesn't work, get an empty pick-up to carry you across, or hire one for $10 in Nong Khai.
Who said Nong Khai was only worth a couple of days, Nong Khai is a great place to be there are many things to do and if its the Lao way your looking for then you should know that Nong Khai was once part of Lao thats why they all speak Lao and if you look around town you can still see the french colonial influence in the buildings. Try going up or down river there are many interesting places to see, take a look at this site to get the flavour of the place Volunteer Teaching Abroad - Volunteer Vacations to Teach - Thailand there is also many bars and restaurants and inexpensive hotels and as for getting over the bridge by bike there is no problem as I go many times without delay's and you only have about 30 min's wait on the Lao side for your visa application, great place to be that is why I have been here for 23 years and if your ever in Nong khai have one in the Bikers bar.
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