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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Does anyone know a UK importer with stock of a new XR650L? I've rung around / emailed the usual suspects - no joy. Alternatively, can anyone recommend an Australian, or US dealer that would ship to me in the UK? I think the XR650L is now made in Brazil, and as far as I know it is not officially sold in any European countries, but could be wrong. Again, if anyone knows where I might find one please post.
Tried KJM - that pic on their website is an old one; they currently have no stock.
Its looking like I'll have to do a personal import if I get a new one. Probably from the US.
Why a new one? Yes, I know they are dogs new, but this is easy to fix. Also, with a new bike I know what I'm starting with.
The more I think about though, the less I want to import a bike myself. I might go for an XR650R instead. Originally I was not keen on the R's ally frame (short critical crack length, harder to repair than steel). However, the trip I'm planning is not that mad (TransAmerica trial), there are plenty of Honda shops on the way, and I'm planning to go ultra-light - so might not load the subframe too much.
I have done a few bike trips on a few continents and can tell you from experience that the Trans Am Trail is not as straight forward as you may think. 1st make sure you have a tank range of at least 200 miles. Not all the petrol stops are quite as readily available as Sam says. There is NO petrol available at Fort Bidwell in California and there are some significant detours at other marked stops. 2nd, yes there are Honda dealers but you have to detour seriously to get to them, if you can find them, and spares have to be ordered in so be prepared to wait if you need them. 3rd whilst the Trans Am Trail is no motorcross track be prepared for giving your bike some serious abuse and don't underestimate the seriousness (or remotness) of the desert sections around Utah/Nevada.
I dont like to sound like an old woman but there is plenty of potential for screwing up big style out there, whatever you take, if you're riding alone make sure its bullet proof....
Someone up around Lancaster currently has a '93 XRL with a mere 4k on the clock for £1950 or thereabouts (see www.enduro.freeserve.co.uk/forsale.htm). Ideal -- a basic all-round fettle, an Acerbis tank or similar, some Happy Trails racks and a some Ortleib throwovers... ship it out and do it. Worked fine for me.
Can't say I nudged the limit on fuel myself, but the lil'ole general store in Fort Bidwell (see David Lomax's post) may well have gone the way of all such things since I was there in August '00 -- fantastic old shack of a place then, run by a lady in her early 70s who regailed me with tales of some of her travels to "all but two of our states, son..."
Yes, the bike will take a reasonable beating and - yes - the trail has its dangers for the lone rider. But a '93 XRL will make it, and so will you if you're equipped with a reasonable streak of self-preservation. :-)
Anyone got an 84-86 Tenere going spare?
It was reading your trip reports that inspired me to go for the Trans Am Trail. With respect to David's health warnings, I'm taking the planning side seriously. I'm going in Jun/Jul 2005. A joint effort by Boyd Emmerich at Overlander Trail Tours and Mike Husband at MotoMerlin has sorted a bike. Not an L, but a 2000 XR600R, fresh out of a crate from Germany.
Do you mind if I email you both on occaison for advice?
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