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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Travel Insurance / Medical Insurance – Overview
I've done a bit of research on insurances today, which I thought I'd share with you. Comments / feedback / add-ons from anyone would be much appreciated!
(Grant –*Maybe we could make a "sticky", as it seems an ongoing & important question for a lot of people).
Anyway – my findings after 4h of research on the web:
World Nomads: will cover for motorcycling, BUT it depends on where you're from. UK residents are certainly not covered, because the underwriter there is different. (Funnily enough, German residents are covered – although the German contract is actually underwritten by BUPA UK... very weird) World Nomads' medical expenses are limited to $300000. Personally, I find this pathetic. Even the most standard travel insurance will cover at least 1 million, if not 5, 10 or 15 million. 250000 is nothing after a bad enough accident in an expensive country.
At the same time, World Nomads is one of the most expensive insurances out there! Around 900 Euros for a year – 3x the price of other insurances. The only good thing about them is you can take out insurance whilst you're already travelling.
Virgin Travel Insurance: Covers motorcycling, but only if it's part of an organised tour by a recognized tour operator.
Essential Travel: Covers big bikes if you hold a valid license/helmet/..., but only if you upgrade the policy to "Grade 3" hazardous activities. Medical Excess is increased to £650, Personal Accident Sum is reduced to 50%.
Harrison Beaumont "Explorer": Covers big bikes if you hold a valid license/helmet/...
JSInsurance "AXA Long Stay" & "AXA Young Traveller": Covers big bikes if you hold a valid license/helmet/...
Staysure: This one specializes on more senior people (up to 75 years old I believe). Motorcycles are covered if the rider holds a valid license. No mention of any cc restrictions.
NavigatorTravel: The 'Navigator' website explicitly says they cover big bikes. The "Activities" section of their policy wording mentions "Motor cycling" without any restriction on engine size.
Couple of questions:
Taking out insurance after leaving home: Is it possible to have an insurarer/broker agree on issuing a new insurance certificate, say, if one paid a "being outside the home country" premium?
Would one need to get a written agreement with the broker or the actual underwriter?
Any professional lawyers here? How do you interpret this: "The insurance commences when leave your home to commence the trip and terminates 24 hours after the time you first leave the immigration control of your final destination country." (from 1stopTravel Insurance):
Does this mean the insurance won't pay if one had left home already at the time I took out the insurance?
"final destination country" meaning: there's insurance coverage for multiple countries, right?
Has anyone here on the HUBB had any real issues with any insurances after an accident (covering hospital costs, etc)?
Has anyone tried cutting the insurance premium by removing certain paragraphs from the insurance (i.e. luggage / baggage /... things that most insurances won't cover for motorcycles anyway)?
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