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!
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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.'
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Hi Lilian, I had both times contacted Daytona.de and they referred me to local dealers. I just got a polite and friendly reply from Daytona.de and they say it's OK to deal direct and visit them for measurement by the craftsperson who'll make them. Also bespoke costs 30% more and takes about six weeks. That is what I intend to do. I'll have the protection on bike that I want and have to sort out walking boots later. I doubt it, but the podiatrist whom I shall visit soon might have some ideas about help with costs but I must remember that I am OK for daily activities so mountain walking and camping are extras. Can but try. My ankle tendons and ligaments won't be healthy enough for hill walking for,I guess, about a year anyway. Don't push the limits, Lindsay.
Hi Lindsay , if you are worried about injuring your feet and legs whilst riding , why not consider a sidecar ?
I finally got round to fitting mine this year and haven't had as much fun for years , plus the dog gets to come along as well !
You have no idea how much attention a dog wearing goggles will attract , especially from women , it's quite miraculous !!!!!!
Plus you can carry more and the thing won't fall over !
Hi Dodger, yep, I'd noticed how enthusiastic Austin Vince is now about side cars. I'm sure they're an absolute hoot. However I have a back problem which means that I really shouldn't be riding at all according to the rheumatologist but I don't believe in rolling up and dying. Ankylosing Spondylitis for anyone interested in Greek. Stiffening of the spine, due to lack of stretching and/or vibrations. I even worry about the rock hard springs on my Le Mans. I'll be interested to see how I get on with it in a few months when it's back in one big piece. I'm rather fragile now rather than the prop forward and general adventurer I used to be. Sadly I rule out side cars as being bad for my back, as tumbling off a traillie would be too! Damn! though. A chick magnet!!! Next time I see one I'll loiter around for a while. A red Le Mans is sadly only and oldish man magnet, no use or interest to me at all. Grin. Lindsay.
Hi Dave thanks. I've tried all military boots I've come across. I even asked a soldier in Colombia about his boots! His sergeant promptly offered to acquire some from the stores! I wonder if that could stretch to rifles etc? I suspect some boots in, as someone suggested, the pacific area, would be wide enough but I need the sole to be wide enough, it's no use stretching the uppers. At the moment I'm just happy that I can get some Daytonas. They'll offer massive foot, ankle and shin protection. Ciao, Lindsay.
Er, I just got my new orthotic insoles from the NHS. I can use my old Lowas a day at a time as my feet are smaller, not swollen anymore, than six months ago but they offer inadequate bike protection. I can stand around in them but not walk more than about 400 meters at a time. They were sort of OK at Ripley then I switched to trainers.
Daytona will make me a pair of epic quality track boots for £1,100 which is about 30% more than off the shelf. I can then get a pair of wide enough hill walking boots from the US for about £200. Altberg would maybe supply boots in September next year but maybe later. Cost about £850 and very versatile boots. The other UK company could make copies of Altbergs by June next year for £1,400.
I still haven't found any super cheap makers in undeveloped countries but there must surely be many. In the meantime I really need to avoid the temptation to ride the TTR600. I am taking a real risk with footwear and my ankle isn't up to the kick start effort. I'll get it MOT'd and use it to go to Austin Vince's film festival and after that park it up. I'm busy selling bike parts to finance the boots. My grandfather was a GP and said that the two areas of physical development that were problems for humans were feet and backs. We're still half way to being tree climbers. Well I have bad problems with both feet and back. Must be the missing link! Lindsay.
Ouch, not cheap, but it sounds much better than the previous posts, good to cope with your current needs. And good that your feet are getting better, so future looks more "confy".
In my limited experience, the rain and dirt of riding in bad weather may clog the breathability of Gore-Tex membrane of trekking boots if you do not take very good care of them. I'm sure that you'll give daily TLC to your new boots though...
Just a thought but what about alpinestars motocross boots. My tech 8's have a bootee within the main boot that has a reasonable amount of padding in it. Perhaps just wearing the main boot with an insole and a thick pair of socks would be a reasonable fit for you. Not a great boot for walking in but you won't get more protection for riding.
I'm a ski specialist and there is a valley in Italy called Montebelluna that is the center of specialist mountain footwear (ski boots, mountaineering boots and hiking boots) for nearly the whole planet.
I think it would be worth making some inquiries.
Hi Denis, thanks for that. It could be that the two pairs of mountaineering boots I had made when in my 20's (long ago!) were made there. Sir Edmund Hillary, the other guy to first ascend Everest, had his monstrously long, narrow boots measured by Robert Lawrie of Marble Arch as Had I. I shall certainly research it. Lindsay.
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