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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I am planning to ride around the world or as close to it as possible in about a years time but I have very bad asthma! I have been riding every day for 6 years but only on uk roads. Although I am physically very fit I take constant medication and can get very out of breath some days. Will this be a major issue for a RTW trip?
Any information or personal opinions would be greatly appreciated,
I'm no doctor, but if you're ok to ride around the UK I see no reason why you can't ride around the world.
Be CAREFUL and aware of your condition and plan your route accordingly.
Perhaps don't go for the high altitude routes, stay off the difficult off-road stretches etc. There's a million routes around, you just have to pick the one that suits you. Talk to your doctor too. Come to the Meeting in June, learn all about it and go prepared.
Get the F#*# out of the UK and go live in the desert. Baja, Sahara, Coastal Peru', Arizona....all offer wonderful, dry desert environments which make life for an Asthmatic much easier.
Second that !! I have chronic asthema, but apparently only in England.
Three years n S.America & its not been a problem - guess I'm allergic to damp crappy weather & air pollution.
Joking apart, I brought enough inhalers to last a year & still have most of them.
You can get inhalers here (Ventolin) but some of the other meds are tougher to find. Carry spares for emergencies, stash them in several places so you cant loose all in one go and come breathe the *CLEAN* air over here.
Thanks for all your help its been invaluable and has also given me the confidence to get the ball rolling for my trip!
I am planning to ride to Hong Kong (on my F650 bought for £1300 W-reg!) and then maybe down to oz/nz if I still have money.
For any other serious asthma sufferers here is what I have also discovered…
You can now get ‘Turbohalers’ that are smaller stronger and easier than conventional disc inhalers. They are not refillable and have 120 doses inside (a months worth) and have a little counter on the side. All you do is take the lid off, twist the bottom until you hear a click and suck! The best part is if you take Flixotide and Serevent they now have a combination turbohaler so you don’t have to carry both its all in one! Also the activation time is 2-3 mins as opposed to 20/25 mins as before so you can use it as a reliever if times are hard! You can also get a Ventolin/salbutamol turbohaler! Ill try and get an image of one at the bottom…
Lastly I’ve discovered you can buy nebulisers! I’ve had one for about 10 years and had to have mine issued by the NHS on special request and pay quite a lot of money… now you can by them anywhere for very little money and they are tiny! Perfect for traveling! Maplin do a really good one for £45! Also all you regular asthma sufferers might also remember that nebules only have a shelf life of 1 month… well that’s only because those ones are cheap, perfect for hospitals who use loads everyday! but if you ask your doctor there are some that have a shelf life of a year!
Hope this info helps anyone with asthma or anyone traveling with an asthmatic.
Location: Bouncing between Sacramento and Portland.
Don't forget to bring a letter from your doctor. I got epilepsy after getting my head smashed in, and the note from my doctor explains why I travel with Keppra (levetiracetam). It helps with border crossings.
My wife has arthritus and we had no problems on our trip on that front. We carried a pharmacy on the back of the bike and had a letter from doctors explaining what the drugs were for. At each border we declared what we had and had no problems at all.
As for day to day management, you know yourself best. Ride within your limits, dont let yourself get too knackered and all will be well!
There is one thing you can do to help your asthma. Increase your Vitamin B complex to double the RDA. You should also consider taking whole apple cider vinegar at 1 tbsp every morning and evening with a glass of water after eating. One thing discovered about asthma sufferers is a shortage of the complex compounded by the normal deterioration of the nutrient bed in the lower instestine. The vinegar will help restore that so your body can better utilize the B. This in turn increases the immunio system so that most the things that set it off won't. also take a daily dosage of purple corn flower to build up the immune system. the other name is (spelling) echinecacea, but i grow my own and get the full benefit without paying for it at a health food store.
In addition to carrying your regular meds I would advise taking the meds you will need in the event of a serious acute attack, because you will need them quickly. take nebulisers. you may not have the O2 or air cylinders to run them, but the ;local hospital might, but might not have the medications.speak to your doctor about taking an supply of steroids for emegency use.
As a severe asthma suffer you no doubt know how fast things can get very serious, but if you carry the right gear and use it early you can accurately replicate what we would do in the ED to treat you. if nothing else, being prepared will make you feel more relaxed, and that is a key component in avoiding an attack!! If you are caught out in the open with an attack and can do nothing you are more likely to panic, which will make it worse, if you can confidently treat yourself you will recover much quicker.
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