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!
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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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So, I am riding straight into a black thunderstorm and think: Is it more probable to get struck by lighning on the bike? Should I ride back, or stop? What good is a helmet against 50000 volts? Can my HD run faster than light? How fast would that be? Where is the next gas station? What was the name of that girl at the bar last night? Things that go on inside the head of a deep thinking traveller.l
Originally posted by Vagamundo: So, no replies. You huys probably think it a joke, but really: I want to know if there are any scientific facts of the possibility or danger of riding thru a thunderstorm.
You absolutely can get killed by lightning riding a bike. If you get in a lightning storm while riding you should get off and park near something tall that will attract the lightning - instead of you - but not too close.
If you are standing - or riding - around, and you're the tallest thing in the area - you are at severe risk! If it's really bad and all around, lie the bike down, and lie down on the ground yourself.
Almost couldn't agree more with Grant.
However, I think it would be better to crouch down with your feet close together rather than lie down. If you are stretched out on the ground and lighning strikes near you there will be a large potential between head and toes. This can still kill you!
Just read in a German bike mag: bikers on motorway stop under a bridge because of thunderstorm. After some waiting and the storm not letting up the magazine's writer leaves his friends to get home. After 300m he is struck by lightning and killed instantly.
I always wondered whether the water on my rainsuit might act like a Faraday cage. Now I know that it won't.
The service manager at our local BMW dealership here in Virginia was struck and killed by lightning last year. He was on an R1100S, riding at 60 mph. He wasn't even the tallest object in the area because there were trees and powerlines on both sides. We miss him still. So it can and does happen. I use to ride right thru thunderstorms, but not anymore. Lightning awareness is necessary.
And no, there is no faraday effect that the external body of a car offers, on a motorcycle.
[This message has been edited by Jeff Munn (edited 29 March 2006).]
Atwoke is right. Don,t lie down on the ground, the potential-diferance of a nearby strike (even at 100 meters distance) can kill you.
Crouch (on the tip of your toe,s) and walk away (not in that order) from your bike at least 100 meters (the large metal attracks (wrong choice of words since lightning actually starts from the ground) lightning.
And most important of all..... wear a rain-suit... or you will die of an amonia
i was struck some time ago riding through thunderstorm. it's not a nice feeling. i just left the bike in the road and ran for the nearest ditch and waited for the storm to pass over. it's sad to hear about guys being killed by lightning. take care when riding in these conditions.
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