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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The Pat Walsh set up is fine, it is the least expensive, the skid plate and crash bars come as one unit and IMHO that they will meet the needs of most riders of the Stroms. If you will be pushing your Wee to it's offroading limits and will be riding trails instead of just gravel roads and expect to bottom out on rocks, logs, or ruts, then you may want to consider the other skid plate options.
SWMotech and Amotostuff skid plates looks pretty much the same, are more robust than PW, but also more expensive. The pain about the SW plates is that you have to get an adapter to fit them to crash bars other than their own. That's adds another $40 or so.
The other crash bars include Givi, Hepco and Becker, SWMotech and some others in Europe that are less accessible here in the hinterlands such as Fehling. Not too much to pick between them, here the Givi is a few bucks cheaper and for overall protection the Hepco and Becker and the Fehling probably look a little better, although no one has yet volunteered to crash their Strom repeatedly under controlled conditions using the various set ups to provide the definitive answer
Stay away from the SW Motech Skid plate!!! Run away! I had to go with a SW motech as the Amotostuff was in development and its release date kept getting pushed further and further into the future. Pat walsh, had a back order. Departure time to South America was looming. So I went with the only option I had.
The front mounts to the crash bars are very weak small bolts. The rear mounts bend easily and with the cutouts on the bottom for the exhaust (to give it more ground clearance) only start to rub on the exhaust! Very stupid idea. Cutouts? Come on!
Amotostuff's skid plate looks the same but is made from thicker material and has no cut out for the exhaust. It actually protects it! The mounts are better as well.
I have heard good things about Pat Walsh for its sturdiness. Another weestromer nearby has beat the crap out of his and it still doing well. It doesn't have the flowing lines to match the bikes but it does well for protection.
Crashbars, go with ones that rap up over the farings. Again, SW Motech lacks in this department. I had two accidents and really wished I had the Givi or HB's.
Oh, well hindsight is 20/20. Hope this helps. In the end, just stay away from either SW Motechs and go for Pat Walsh.
ps - don't forget to get something to protect the radiator! I lost count of how many big dings I got on my guard. If it wasn't there, i would have lost the radiator more than once!
Just for your info. I purchased the touratech crash bars and the opportunity to test them out on a logging road here on Vancouver Island in B.C. a few weeks back.
I also had on my jesse bags at the same time, which did help alleviate damage to the rear, and probably also helped at the front end.
It was a slow speed drop on a steep up hill section after stopping to let a vehicle by.
The touratech bars fit up quite high on the fairing, thus the only damage was a bit of a scratch on the jesse bag, and the same on the crash bars.
The right signal light did crack, but was usable with a bit of tape. Have since put on a smaller set of front signal lights so they no sit recessed inside the crash bars.
The brake lever also took a hit, but not enough snapped off that it was unusable. Am looking at a set of protectors for those, or as on off road rider suggested, drill a small hole in the leading edge of the handle at the knob, and that will create a weak point for future snappage.
Long and short, the touratech crash bars did an excellent job.
I also have the touratech bash plate. It is a bit of a pain to remove for an oil change, so if I had to buy that over again would probably buy something else. It does the job though.
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