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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Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
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I've owned had XR600s and XR650Rs forever while living in developing countries (Egypt, Libya, Mali) and love them for their reliability and mechanical simplicity. I just bought a 2008 CRF450x, ran great for 6 months. Now has issues, valves, pistons and or carburetor. The guy I bought it from did a few modifications: piston, jetting , cam and exhaust. This bike is so different from those I have experienced. I'm in Qatar at the moment and going to move to West Africa where parts and service will be unattainable. My questions:
Yes they are much more high maintainance they hold a very small amount of oil,which is working twice as hard or more,the valve life isn't great,not as bad as the 250s but still can be alarmingly short.
Probably the worse aspect can be the crank life,I've seen several 250s have big end fail within 60 hours from new and I've done a few 450s that have not done a huge amount before needing a con rod kit,usually a large amount of metallic debris stuck to the ignition pulse coil in left hand side of motor is a give away.
I rode a 450 Honda for supermoto a bit this year and I've just moved it on before I end up into 600 quid or so of engine bits on the thing,it went fine,sounded fine,valves were fine...but into another season and it would likely to have needed attention.
From my experience the yamaha is probably the most reliable of the bunch,but I think for a something your not going to compete on I'd have a drz or xr.
The drz will do fairly big mileage if looked after without problems and is still quite a capable bike off road.
I am planning another Africa tour in September and plan on finding a bike in South Africa rather than go through the considerable expense and hassle of shipping my bike over (93 R100GS). I have seen some of the write-ups on the new Honda CRF250L dual purpose bike and looking into the pre-feasibility of one of those. It is a CBR tweaked for less civilized use and the reviews have been most promising. The gas tank is small but they are amazing gas mizers reportedly. Not much after-market stuff yet but there are apparently seats and back racks and more stuff coming. Not sure how it would measure up to a 20,000 km. trip. Any thoughts out there?
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