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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This might seem a silly question, but I have searched the site and I don't think it's been asked before.
What is the purpose of the 'beak' on the newer BMWs? It started with (I think) the 1100GS and has now become a defining feature of the 'adventure' bike. Even the new Triumph 800 has one. As the bike already has a working front mudguard/fender, what function does the beak serve?
I think they are pretty ugly things, to be honest. It puts me off the Tiger, and that's a bike I could be interested in otherwise. And it means that if I ever buy a BMW, it will have to be an older model, pre-beak.
Aerodynamics? Keeping mud from the front wheel out of the rider's face? Opening tins of vegetables? Or just a styling exercise?
Marketing attempt to make it look more like a trail bike raised mudguard.
It is an interesting subject as to what the marketing blokes latch on to. Look at all the plastic boxes that are now silver and square rather than black and curvy. I work in pumps and the marketing idiots hated a switch from hex head cover bolts to cap head because they said it looked less tough . The results of letting art students choose the paint aren't funny!
Marketing attempt to make it look more like a trail bike raised mudguard.
That's exactly what I thought it might be. Thank you for confirming my suspicions. I must get some old oil containers and make one for the XT ... oh, hang on, it already has a trail bike raised mudguard ..
Originally Posted by dash
Nah, BMW nicked it from Suzuki...
Yup, I knew I had seen it somewhere before. They just had to copy the ugliest bike Suzuki ever made ...
We should not forget that it's an essential part to hold the BLACK front mudguard extension which apart from the visual effect it is useful to invest 107 USD and appreciate proportionally the 2nd hand value of your regular 1200 GS. In the case of the Triple BLACK version, it also helps to match the color of the frame, the rims and the hole in your bank account.
Although I'm not a big fan, I never found the GS to be an ugly bike. It's different and I reckon BMW was able to create a style on its own and all starting with what would looks like ugly premises such as different sized front lights, massive size and others. And IMO it looks nicer with the with the peak and more with the black extension (much nicer than the horrible Suzuki DR!)... although maybe as redundant as a belt with braces.
I have a 2004 1200gs c/w a beak and I must admit having followed it for over 155,000 miles I have grown to love it although containers tend to slide off mine but thereagain it is too young to go into a bar. Just to put a bit of a damper on things, it could by virtue of its shape and position increase the air flow through the oil cooler matrix thereby making the oil cooled engine run more effectivly. Also, in my experience, thousands of bugs (various) would, if they could, testify to its ability to scoop. Ride safe.
That's what tents and hotel rooms are for, surely?
Seriously, apart from the illogicality of buying a >10kUKP bike and immediately starting to dismantle it, it's not just the beak I don't like. The proportions of the 1200 seem all wrong - too bulky in the midriff and the back wheel's too small. It seems that the stylists rather then the engineers were in charge when it was designed.
Just personal opinion, of course, and I know people love them, but they are not for me. Whereas I think the older airheads look handsome.
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