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 picked up an motorcycle anthology, called "She's a Bad Motorcycle", and while most of the stories are in the outlaw biker genre, one story stood out so much that I actually called the publisher to try and find other titles by the same author, to no avail. The story is called "Girl on a Motorcycle" by Rachel Kushner. It's the story of how she was influenced by a former boyfriend to ride the Cabo 1000, an unofficial street race from Tijuana to Cabo, down the Baja peninsula. While she is obviouly venting some anger (well, a lot of anger) at her ex, it is a great look at the motorcycle lifestyle, from a womean's point of view, without glossing over some of the contradictions that go with it. If I knew she was just pissed off at her ex and not men in general, and knew how to find her, I might have to ask her to marry me, sight unseen.
I've read many of the books out there. "Odyssey to Ushuaia" gives some insight as to what it is like to travel in a group. Three guys who meet on the internet argue their way thru South America. After reading that book, I am definately going solo <g>.
IMHO, It may not be the best written book, but the best story, hands down, is Dave Barr's "Riding the Edge". Very inspiring.
The best adventure story ever told, is the story of Shackleton expedition as chronicled in "Endurance" by Alfred Lansing
Just finished reading "Two Wheels Through Terror" by Glen Heggstad. It recounts his trip from California to tip of South America & back again via Brazil. En-route he was kidnapped & held captive for 5 weeks by ELN rebels in Columbia. Once released, he refused to return home, had a bike shipped to Columbia & carried on with his journey.
He's currently travelling to Germany from Vladovostok, via Mongolia on an F650. An ongoing account of his travels, writing under the name of Striking Viking, can be read here:
OK, but how was the book. Many have taken great rides and written uninteresting books. If his book is like his thread at advrider, it wont be much of a read. I would hope for more given that this guy has cajones. Hopefully his advrider thread is just playing to the audience at the site.
Book was very good IMO. Glenn has an interesting style of writing, not too dissimilar to his thread on the Adv Riders site. I enjoyed the book & keeping myself updated with his thread.
Only problem with the book was that I tried to order a copy from the US supplier (guilty.com). Their online ordering system could not cope with a non-US postcode/zipcode. They responded to my first e-mail but never heard from them again until the book appeared out of the blue a month later. There was no indication of cost or postage charges attached, so I'll have to wait for the credit card bill to arrive.
Zen and The Art of.........is one of the greatest books ever written about life and living. It offers great insights on the rhythm of travelling and about life and why "we are where we are" as individuals and as a society.
on the topic of non bike books ive got to agree wýth the above post that alfred lansýngs book ENDURANCE about shakletons antartic adventure is one of the most inspiring travel narýtives ever writen. also the ÝCE MASTER by jenifer nýven is also a fantastic read similar to endurance...
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Try Dervla Murphy's 'Full Tilt' about her journey from her home in Ireland to India on a push bike. Written in 1966, with particular attention to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Hindu Kush, she had a particularly high opinion of the Afghans and the Pakistanis. It would be interesting if she could go back now.
It's still in print, I bought mine last spring, you can bring it up no bother on Google.
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