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 need a version of the HUBB without pictures, ads, colours, emoticons etc. so I can look at it at work when I'm supposed to engaged in the Government's business.
A version that looked like a really really boring report from a govt. agency would be great.
In a small font size so you could only read the "My BMW is super," and the "Nah, it's rubbish, my Yamaha is the dog's," and the "You must be kidding, the only bike capable of a RTW is a Honda," replies and other associated nonsense that graces the pages of this illustrious website, if you are sitting in my seat.
Currently, you see, I have to have the awareness of a Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain, and it's hurting my neck. At any moment a 'Hun' might appear out of the sun (my manager might spring from behind the xerox machine) and catch me berating some poor sod with a different taste in bikes to mine. Right now, anyone within twenty feet of my terminal can see 'Horizons Unlimited' emblazoned across my screen and lots of little pictures of people riding motorbikes in deserts.
Perhaps you could have a blank banner that you could custom fill with your own J-Peg? For instance I could put some 'Scottish Government' graphics in there.
Anyone else feel the need for a 'secret' HUBB or am I the only one with an intolerably poor work ethic?
*Disclaimer* - I am not saying my bike is better than your bike. I am not saying my way is better than your way. I am not mocking your religion/politics/other belief system. When reading my post imagine me sitting behind a frothing pint of ale, smiling and offering you a bag of peanuts. This is the sentiment in which my post is made. Please accept it as such!
you could do it by creating a proxy that you can direct pages too that will replace images with those on a seperate database and transform text etc - you could get it to look like a government site, try disguising it as the ONS site - nothing makes people turn away faster!
Unfortunately I don't know how this can be done, but have seen a friend's that you can direct to any site and it replaces all images with pictures of cats and changes the spelling to make it look like a 4 year old wrote it. Very geeky but quite amusing nonetheless.
Don't forget that the tech guys always know what you're looking at......
i had to laugh... while reading your post, I'm sitting at work with simalar "tacticaly aware" state of readyness... So I tend to agree with you!
And Mathew.. nice tip about the ctrl w .....
On a more practical point a low graphics version would be great for those on the road stuck with slow/over priced internet. (which i thinik this has been brought up several times in the past?? )
I suspect this could be a bit of a problem from an advertising perspective??????(maybe Grant's comments here?) ...It's that money that helps this website and forum remain operational.
a low-res/face-less version is possible with an alternative css and some apache re-write rules for image links. ie any image link is re-written with a link to a blank image. you could make sponsors images exceptions.
Or (firefox) just turn off the style page (View/Page Style/No Style) and turn off images. Make a right mess of the site, but you can still get around. Reduce the text size too.
It might also be an advantage to folks using internet cafe's with very slow download speeds,when out on the road for example.And as they charge by the hour for use anything that cuts even 10% off download time would be a bonus.Just a thought....
Also a government worker I just call it research what can they say I am investigating worldwide traffic trends. The jokes page is a bit harder to explain but then everyone needs a good laugh now and then.
I'm not going to mention what part of the Government I work for but I have been known to stay logged in on this and other motorcycle sites for a whole night shift! I don't do this anymore, people have been sacked for "internet Abuse". Now we have mobile internet dongles for our laptops and carry on regardless. One guy even has a pretty good career as an internet poker player! I do have to be prepared to "jump into action" if needed though.
Now if all you civil servants stopped playing on the net and did some work the rest of us wouldn't have to pay so much tax and we could afford to go traveling more or perhaps you just do it during your lunch break
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