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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In another thread, Glen (Helge's bike in a boat) and Chris (a poster of Easy Rider) have chipped in with their recollection of the photo/moment that played a seminal role in starting them off on their various journeys.
What about everyone else?
What picture, story, moment (or even Ride Report) has served as YOUR biggest inspiration in getting YOU onto a motorcycle and travelling. Maybe a book, a personal contact, old TV show, whatever.....let us all know.
It was good old Erik! He got me to hitch across the States and live in Santa Monica in the 80's
He the Man! (Not!)
Biggest disappointment ever? I came out of my appartment block one morning and CHIPS's was being filmed right in front of me. Fantastic, I couldn't believe it, Erik went by on his Zed Cop bike, but sad to report, he and the bike were on a bike trailer being towed by a Ford pick up!!!
Couldn't watch the show after that, but had a great couple of years in LA!
It wasn't one picture, it was a whole lot put together end to end that got me inspired. When it was finally released to the public this is what you saw:
For those of you that don't remember it was a film where Cliff Richard and co drove a London bus to Greece, singing and dancing all the way. I wasn't too bothered about the singing and stuff but the scenery and the whole idea of overlanding to Greece looked great. Within a few years I'd made it to Southend on my Lambretta and a few years after that finally got to Athens on a CB77 Honda.
Cliff used to live just up the road from me at the time and a bunch of us went up to his house on our bicycles, all starry eyed, to get his autograph. He told us to off. I've never bought any of his records since!
Have to say that it was in the blood. Dad had an OK Supreme and Mother's brother rode in the IoM TT but it was scrambles at Ladies Mile and Langrish as a kid watching the likes of Bickers, Smith, Eastwood, Lampkin, Rickman, Goss, Wade, Roberton, Clough, Nichol, Geboers and De Coster that got me buying MCN every week. That got me into the sidecar motocross too watching Bachtold, Thompson, Good, Bollholder, Grogg, Elliot and Van Heugten and I still love going to the sidecar GPs around Europe. I'm planning to get to several this year.
I can blame women I was meant to be going with my then girlfriend on a trip to Mongolia in an old car. A month before we were to start planning we split up, and to prevent myself considering getting back together, I still did the trip but removed the possibility of any passenger - by going on a 125cc motorbike.
It was then actually Claudio from Long Way Round on his crappy small bike that made me just know the 125cc was the best way to get there!
You'll be glad to know it worked, so single ladies form an orderly queue haha!
Bikes in general: no recollection what flipped that switch. Lost in the mists of time, but one day I was suddenly obseesed with bikes. I was the only one in my family and circle of friends to be into bikes and a bike was the first thing I successfully saved up for!!
As for overlanding, it was actually at the Ally Pally bike show and chatting to Kevin and Julia, who now run Globe-busters, after their world Record on the Pan American. They made it sound so acheivable. After chatting my girlfriend and I sat in silence over a cup of coffee, and I said that such a trip sounded fujn , and it turns out she had been thinkinbg the same!!
Couple of years later we did it and now saving for the next outing...
In 2003, long before I heard of anyone travelling around the world by motorbike, I was in Peru for my 2 small weeks holiday.
There, in Puno, on the edge of lake Titicaca, inside the lobby of Hotel el Buho, was a motorcycle, fitted with all the overland gear, alu boxes, tyre, bags, dusty and muddy.... it had a british number plate.
I never got the chance to meet the biker. Even now, I have no idea who it was. (although I have my suspicions !)
I had been thinking of taking a year off travelling for many years, and god I hate backpacking and moving around on buses or trains.
Seeing that bike was an inspiring moment. I was a biker after all. Few months later I came with the Plan. And starting to research for my trip, I soon came accross the HUBB. It is going to sound cheesy, but it changed my life...
But really I grew up reading all the Jule Vernes, Alexandre Dumas and adventure stories... As a kid, I wanted to be Phileas Fogg, I wanted to go to far away places, cross Africa, explore "The Lost World"... That desire never went away. I forgot "to grow up"!
And what better way to put back "Adventure" in travelling than by travelling by motorcycle?
Northerners! The weather outside is frightful, so what better time to start planning your next adventure! To help you get started, for February we're taking 30% off the Get Ready! DVD in the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'GETREADY' on your order when you checkout.
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