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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To siphon fuel out of your tank for your stove (due to some vacuum I dont
really understand no fuel comes out my petcock with the engine stopped) you
can avoid drinking it (I know from experience it tastes bad) a) get a real
long clear tube about 2m long - put end in tank, droop tube down below tank
and up into your mouth - ensure your mouth is above tank level - suck and
watch fuel enter tube - when it is in bottom of tube before letting suction
go, fold tube near mouth to stop it flowing back into tank. You can now lower
folded end of tube below tank level and open to allow fuel flow into your
stove or b) buy ($1.69) a tube with small plastic siphon pump (hand operated)
to pump fuel without using your mouth
"Live as if your life depended on it!"
Not having easy access to the petrol tap, I have used a very small hand cranked fuel pump that was spare from the days of model A/C flying. Filter on the end to drop into the petrol filling cap and keep the stove free of blockages.
This may be a stupid suggestion, but have you tried opening the petcock with the gas cap open or removed? Might eliminate the vacuum effect. Still good to have a siphon long anyways but if you don't have to use it...
Many motorcycles have a setup where even if the petcock is on, it will not flow fuel unless there is vacuum in the intake manifold. This prevents your engine from filling with fuel if you leave the petcock open, and the carb needle leaks. This is also something to keep in mind if you run the tank bone dry, as you won't get fuel until the engine starts, but the engine won't start until it gets fuel. Ask me how I know. Some bikes have a prime position for this circumstance, where fuel flows regardless if the engine is running.
I have a quick-connect push fitting in my fuel line. Works fine. The vacuum effect is tenuous anyway, as all fule tanks have breathers to stop the buildup of explosive gas as they warm up. The fitting I have was from TTech.
Anyone know if you can get methylated spirit / meths / white gas in N.Africa and the Middle East?? Cheers.
Just a quick follow-on from POB's remarks re quick-connect fittings. There was a time when I kept on getting trouble with crap in the fuel system of my '82 BMW boxer stopping the fuel float needle from shutting off and flooding the carb and pissing fuel on to my shoe. Many times I had to strip the carb by the side of the road and I found it easier to do this by removing the carb from the bike (without disconnecting the throttle and choke cables) The braided rubber fuel lines were just a push fit on to the fittings but were a real bugger to pull off-i.e. virtually impossible. As a result I've always left a 5mm or so gap between the end of the line and the fitting so that I can get something into the gap and be able to push the fuel line off rather than trying to pull it off, it comes off dead easy when pushed off like that. It has never come off accidentally in the following 20,000miles or so.
getting the fuel float stuck seems to happen often. Just as much as my Whisperlite got clogged when using the bike fuel.
After trying cheap filters between tank & carb on my 80GS I have found filters with sintered metal inlays. This summer I'll see if they're better.
Yes, it's annoying that the wretched fault is so persistent, after a couple of months' peace it reocurred again yesterday. I got some new float valves a couple of years ago, but with little improvement- well, fair enough, I suppose, if the fault really is due to crap in the fuel, but I've flushed the tank out. And every time it happens I take the bowl off the carb and remove the float hinge pin, the float valve then drops out and I give the system a quick flushing by briefly opening the fuel cock. I catch the fuel coming out in the float bowl so I can see the crap, but recently there just isn't any to be seen. I do this at the side of the road and it only takes a few minutes, I've done it a few times by now. Also, each time it happens I first of all give the float bowl a tap with a spanner or something just in case its a case of the float or the valve sticking, but that's never worked yet. So I'm getting bloody fed up with it by now. I'm wondering if it would do any good to change the valve seat- any suggestions, anybody? No, I haven't tried filters, they might be the answer, I'd be glad if you could keep me posted, Hans.
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