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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Grant and Susan have invited us to start an "oil recommendations" thread here... so if you would like any oil advice or a recommendation for your pride and joy please feel free to ask here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
To help us to give the most accurate advice possible we do need some information about your bike. e.g.
Driving style: (road / off-road / track etc)
Any other information that may be relevant:
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine,Gearbox,Fork etc:
Any oil we recommend is available to buy from us (if you would like to) for delivery throughout the UK and many destinations in Europe... The main motorbike brands we stock are Motul, Silkolene and Castrol.
HUBB members get a 10% discount on our usual prices... just choose "Horizons Unlimited" as your club when registering on the Opie Oils web site
Finally, if there are any products we don't stock and you have difficulty getting hold of elsewhere, let us know and we'll see if we can stock them.
We look forward to being of help to HUBBers!
Guy, Opie Oils
You can also contact us by phone on +44 1209 215164
(All oils recommended are available to buy online at my web site)
please feel free to ask here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Engine type: water-cooled, single
Driving style: off-road & road
Any other information: often very hot weather
What recommendation are you looking for? Engine & Gearbox
What would you recommend and what's your take on the mineral/synthetic debate particularly with regard to the added cost of synthetic oils in relation to (any) benefits (assuming regular oil changes)?
And thanks for volunteering your expertise, it's much appreciated. I know I often wondered what oil was the best for my bike! Many of the bikes in use by travellers are old, and the owners manual states a specification that isn't even available anymore.
Any comments on old recommendations, e.g. GL-3 oils? What is suitable today for motorcycles, not necessarily cars, assuming you're in Mongolia? What do you look for on the can?
Stephan, for your CRF450x, the standard recommendation is a 10w30 oil for both the engine and transmission, for year round use. A good, popular ester semi-synthetic 10w30 is Silkolene Comp4
A higher viscosity might be a little more suitable for very hot climates, but might not be so good for year round use. What sort of temperatures are you travelling in?
I've posted a separate thread on the mineral vs synthetic debate.
I read your separate thread and we seem to be in agreement. The Honda dealer here in the UAE (temperature 38°C today going up to 40°C this week), uses 20w-50 mineral oil of SG grade in his bike as "it's less expensive and does the job" and advises more frequent changes if in doubt about the oil's quality.
Not having easy access to a workshop (or a parts warehouse), I feel happy with my routine. I use Mobil 1 Racing 4T (15W-50) in both the engine and gearbox and change both every 25 hours. I see from your site that you also sell it. I can get it here in the UAE for c. £7.30 a litre. So far so good.
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