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 was wondering if anyone has any advice from experience in traveling through Africa.
I'm a videographer planning to fulfill a long awaited dream and travel Africa on a bike. West Africa that is. Moroc down to SA. I've also had a dream of filming in Africa and it seems as though I'm going to combine the two in Sept.
My worries are that I'm carrying video equipment worth over $5k. The camera is not a big shoulder held camera but it's expensive. I'm assuming that my insurance will cover the package if stolen, my question is my personal safety. Am I adding to the risk of being robbed forcefully?
I feel as though I wouldn't hesitate to go through east Africa but west and central seems less predictable.
I know it's a dumb question, but I just wanted to hear some thoughts from people who have traveled Africa on a motorcycle.
Anybody who's travels through Africa, bike or car, is carrying a fortune in hardware according local standards. I was travelling in a car with a prof. photografer with 2 camera's and a bunch of lenses, plus 2 laptops, plus video equipment and a couple of thousands in cash! We did the suggested route down the west coast and returned back to Europe via the east coast. The east is not perse safer than the west side. We had no trouble on either side. There is one golden rule though ; NEVER DRIVE AFTER SUNSET ! Make sure you get to your days destination well before it gets dark. One big advantage on a bike is that you are much more agile than a car. You maybe able to turn around swiftly at a suspicios situation. By car that is not so easy. When you are filming during daylight in villages or cities, nobody wil bother you. Just use your common sense and don't go into quiet area's and narrow allees alone! I filmed with a small 3CCD camera for a year and had not a single incident related to theft or robbery.
Looks like you had a wonderful adventure Noel. You make it seem easy.
I wish I could read more of the text but my dutch is non existent. Wonderful pictures though. I really want to take a very similar route but I'll see what my inexperienced bottom will endure.
My initial idea of a video tripod was not really inconspicuous on a motorbike but I decided to go with smaller, lighter less eye catching equipment.
Thanks, and best of luck with the video.
You can make your camera to look less desirable if you cover brand names etc by tape. You can make it to look older and cheaper.
Overall I think it all comes down to people and how you look and act. You can look less rich if you don't have brand name clothes, "rolex"-like watches (even cheap copy), jewellery etc. Be a simple guy, then there are less reasons to be jealous about your stuff. I think that works everywhere, not only in Africa. Keep low profile.
Its true about the low profile. But a low profile is not necessarily better. We crossed the stretch Cameroon / Namibia with 2 different bikers (not at the same time); one was on an old shabby looking Yamaha TT600, with a surfboard on the back! (not really low profile!) and the other one on a brand new shiny orange KTM 640. The reactions to the bikers were very different. The Yamaha triggered amazement, laughter and waving hands. The KTM triggered silent distant admiration!
Our car was not really low profile too with all the stickering. It looked like a semi rally car. My experience is that the ' tourist ' profile is not bad. Esspecially with police we learned that its best to immediately disclose that you are a tourist and not some NGO f....r. We got thumbs up when we said to be tourist and on one occasion in Angola a police officer salluted us officially when we said to be tourist. Amazing!! They seem to like the fact that tourist have an interest in their country. Not everyone is after your money! We only had some negative experiences with corrupt officials in Cameroon and that was the exception, not the standard. But now I am wandering of topic, or am i?
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