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.
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Basically I'm trying to get someone to talk me out of spending $21k on a brand new KTM990 in Oz.
After deciding to leave the CBF here in the UK and sell it - I've now got to get something to play with. I want something that I can throw around Australia and also, possibly, run the silk route back to the UK in 4 years time when I come home.
So, choices at hand are:
Second hand XT660 - really good market out here for this particular bike and can pick up an 18 month job with very few miles on for around $6k - even less on older models - and I must admit I find the older dual headlight jobs very sexy.
or.... splurge and borrow some money to purchase a brand spanking new KTM990 which I sat on at the Melbourne Bike Show and fell in love with again.
Guess that LP job is really working for you, great! I'd say get what you really want - the KTM? - but an as-new used one that's taken the initial depreciation hit and had any teething problems ironed out (and some of these engines have had big blow-ups, read the posts... some seem fine, mind). I say buy your heart's desire as it may constantly bug you to buy something else and then see ktm's around... happened to me so i got what i really wanted and got it out of my system. However, i have found out the hard way that often what you really want isn't that good yet something of lesser emotional value is more suitable - but should that occur it'd be much easier to downgrade if you have the more expensive item. Rant over, phew...
when it comes to bike purchase you have two options buy what you realy want regardless of cost, or buy what you can afford and compromise.
I losy my GS1100 last year and did not have the money to purchase a replacement GS without taking out a loan, decided to purchse a bike only using the insurance pay out. I brought an XT660R, 2007 model and have just started to purchase the parts I want to make it into a good trvel machine. I have done a few short trips on it and I am loving it go any were, good fuel consuption, lots of bits avalible for it and a prity reliable motor to boot, might not be the fastest bike but when traveling I like to take my time and take in my suroundings.
JMo - good thought - I did have a sit on the new machine at the bike show but it just left me a bit 'wanting' in the inspiration area and I couldn't bring myself to consider borrowing money to purchase it. However, there's a really good second hand market here for the XTs which simply doesn't exist for the KTMs - hence KTM exciting enough to borrow money to buy new and XT good enough for me to buy second hand.
Doger - you're quite right of course. I've never had to borrow money to buy a motorbike - there's something simple and honest about owning your own machine out-right. But the KTM is worth it ;-)
Having said all of that - I'm feeling a bit more confident about the XT now - I keep looking at those double round headlights and fall for it a little more each time.
But if it's a ktm you want... why not a 640Adv, or even the new 690 and mod to suit - not many around, so you could lead the way! I'd still have the xt, mind, as they've the reliability and the cash you'd save would allow more travelling, oohhh yeah.
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