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.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
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I'm a recent graduate from Mumbai and a huge Enfield fan. I love the their old school charm and think they are the nicest bikes to tour India on . I've been keen on investing in a few Enfields and starting a rental service here in Mumbai. I am looking for advice and suggestions about what people would look for in a rental service, and what are the problems that people have encountered(or are likely to take place) and how they could have( or can be) avoided or solved.
The main thing I've been confused about is whether people would prefer Enfields with the newer UCE engines, or whether the Old Cast Iron or Lean Burn ones are still in demand.
The UCE bikes being new, would be more reliable but since they are more expensive, rental costs would be higher too. Is there anyone who's toured on the new engines and had any major issues?
The Cast Iron and Lean Burn Engines need a little more maintenence, but I think can be reliable(apart from a few niggles) for long tours if they are well kept . These require a bit more getting used to with the right side gear shift and the use of the decompression lever in the starting drill ( in the Standard Enfields.)
Are there any other things that people look for along with the bike rental ? For example, Maps, Sleeping Bags, Tents, Riding Jackets, etc.
Hi Dan, Good luck with your proposed new venture, I did a 3 week trip about a month ago and rented one of the 'old type' 350 engined bikes, I had the option of that or a UCE one but opted for the old one, knowing that if required it could be easily fixed should the need arise. The difference in rental price was only an extra 100rupees per day for the UCE, I ride a 500 UCE in the UK, and have heard of these being very reliable, the one I could have rented in India had unknown history. You will obviously be trying to get European riders to rent from you, so with that in mind I would suggest that if using the old engines, apart from reliability(In that heat I was not intending to do any spanner work!) that the machines have a 'leftside' gearchange(Thats what Euros are used to), a selection of 'clean' or cleanable helmets(liners I mean). I take my own openface helmet on holidays/trips but not all riders do, forget tents/sleeping bags etc, Euros come in all different sizes so how many jackets would you stock? and to be honest a jacket was the last thing on my mind in that heat,as were gloves, perhaps factor 30/50 sunblock would be better to offer, before taking 'delivery' of my rental I insisted a good strong rack, I had to carry a rucksack. Try and give your customers an idea of where they can ride and how far they can reasonably expect to get. my first day riding on non highways I only managed 311kms in 9hours.
A trip 'across' country to visit the factory is an idea, RnR in Mamalpurum is recommended especially after a few days on Indian roads! Many Indian rideouts are advertised in the factory magazine 'The Beat'. The options for you are endless..........All the best.
I wish you well in your proposed new business venture! Being based in Mumbai is not an issue for your business as there clearly is an international airport and you are in a good spot for those that do not wish to fly to New Delhi or indeed to the tourist area of Goa and arrange a bike trip. I would advise any foreign person riding in India, no disrespect intended, to take their own riding kit. This way, their equipment is their responsibilty and you don't have to stock and indeed store lots of varying sizes and quality. I have been fortunate enough to not only ride but have lived and worked in India over the last few years and from experience, most visitors I've met prefer the old style 350's for trips. Once fitted with a luggage rack , a pair of leather panniers and some tools they're good to go. Get a good website setup and advertise your services. Inder Motors (Karol Bagh New Delhi) has an excellent well earned and deserved reputation and if you use them as an example you won't go far wrong!
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