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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Prevention is better than cure. Most backache is caused by lack of movement in the spine. Therefore think about taking more frequent but shorter timed pit stops, and remember to do some quick stretches just to give the muscles a rest.
Ok you may luck a bit odd, but if it keeps you going....
whenever you can and stretch.
Drinking water often helps me as does use of an Airhawk.
A good position is the 90-90 or 'L'
Raise your legs and place feet high up agaisnt tree/wall with yer butt as close to tree or wall as you can, support head, relax- stay there about 20 to 30 minutes.
Get a no nonsense deep muscle massage if you can.
All the above is true, can I add to it by saying get off the bike every hour (ish) and walk about before the pain starts. It also pays to pull your stomach muscles in and hold them for 20 - 30 second's alternateing for as long as you can, this can be done anywhere at any time. These are the muscles that help suport the spine, NOT the "six pack" they are more for show. (get down on all fours and pull the stomach up, you will see what I mean, do not do sit up /crunch's).
and / or
Get a TENS machine!
I was told to walk through water at chest hight but the physio said a wind blast (short screen) while, uncomfortable actually helped to strengthen the small muscles between the vertibrea? It is a compromise but it works the muscles, just a different take maybe.
All this from a man with 2 & 3 fused vertibrea, two rods and six bolts in his spine,................. biking can be such fun!
To much lying down wastes the muscles, unless you have company, then you can strengthen them...............maybe?
After being knocked off a bike from behind, I ended up with more or less constant back pain. I went to see everyone from physios to chiropractors and most recently an osteopath. The osteopath suggested Pilates. Pilates focuses on building your core muscles (that go around right around your abdomen and down to your pelvis). After doing Pilates for about 4 months, I'm even playing squash again and the back is almost completely gone. I can definitely recommend this as a preventative measure to help prevent injuries and aches too.
Back pain is more usually due to poor tone in the abs (stomach muscles). This leads to a poor posture that sets off the cycle.
Apart from strengthening your abs, you could also consider adding some extra padding to the seat (reduces the jolts to your spine). Very effective on many bikes where the seat has been designed to gel with the style, not for comfort. But then some bikes have poor ergonomics and this alone may not be an effective fix.
Ditto kidney belts (umm, kidneys don't "rattle" ), they provide support to improve posture.
But unless there is some intrinsic problem, stomach exercise (esp crunches done slowly and without jerks with knees bent) is your best bet.
I second the Pilates recommendation. I've suffered excruciating back pain in the past and Pilates has kept me completely pain free for the past 5 years. It really does work wonders. Disclaimer: My wife is a cert. Pilates professional
What kind of bike are you riding ?
All this muscle talk is ok but prevent the situation first.
I had a 750 Honda Magna that I thought was great but gave me back ache, the bikes I had before didn't and the bikes I have had since didn't, the bike I have now doesn't, V-Strom.
Your riding position is most important, I think the problem with my Magna was that the sit up feet forward position didn't agree with me.
See if you can get trial rides on different bikes to see what is better for you.
"Test ride" is a good idea - as long as it takes at least a day. What may feel comfortable for a ride around the block (like the Magna) can become torture after a couple of hours. Beware of bikes that have a chiropractor as an optional accessory.
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