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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I am interested in riding across Australia but do not plan on bringing my bike (02 Yam FZ1) there, mostly due to the cost/delay of shipping.
Anyone has experience buying/selling a bike in Oz as a foreigner ? Is it better to buy once there, or from the US and take delivery once I arrive ? Is it a big deal to resell ? Can I use my US insurance or do I have to buy local insurance ? What problems may I run into with registration (ie no Oz address).
I am sure those of you who got experience in this field can think of many other questions/answers...
Thx in advance and good riding.
Pierre Buret (POB)
I never found a country where it is so easy to buy and sell a car/bike - but I didn't do much of that outside Germany anyway ;-)
You just buy the bike, when the owner is changing - as far as I know - it HAS to go through roadworthyness - not even half as tough as the german one, but it has to...
If that's not exactly right, I would at least insist on that!
It's fairly cheap - even the old ones are fairly good - the ABSOLUTE BEST PLACE IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY to buy a bike from shops and private (or spare parts, or bags, or tools or whatever you need for a bike) would be Melbourne, Elizabeth Street - that's not a joke - other cities just do not have the same amount of motorbike-shops that close together - and the quality and price is reasonable because of that - you get a fair amount of diversity either!!!
Melbourne is the food capital - they have the very best restaurants - and is a good start anyhow... (Great Ocean Road for example ;-) )
I went into a shop, bought the bike - registration and insurance is coming together - if you need to register yourself usually any post-office will do - they need an address in Australia (doesn't have to exist, but they do need one) - usually backpackers take the one of the hostel they're in.
The same would be selling the bike - either to a shop or private - if you want a fair price allow 1 to 2 weeks for selling - depending on the season either!!! Shouldn't be a prob - but you know - selling is always depending on the market ;-)
It was absolutely no problem at all - as far as I know you can add extra cover insurance for persons you take with you, but I'm not sure about that point!
Do always take enough water and petrol - meaning a hell lot more than you intended to need - the US is big - Australia is just as, but with 18.000.000 people and more than 2 thirds at the coast it's not really populated...
Anyhow - don't run out of rego (the date will be given on the bike somewhere on a plate or something), you will have to go through roadworthyness again...
The garages all over the country are OK - but I'm on war with professionals ever since I had my first vehicle...
Remember the distances between two places where you can get tyres, spare parts or anything can be a problem.
Even smaller cities in size DO have everything, but as Alice Springs (SMALL!!!) just having some 20.000 people you can imagine what I mean...
Just a correction on the road worthy issue when transferring owners...
South Australia (and most likely Western Australia and the Northern Territory) do not require a road worthiness check unless there are extreme circumstances. So if the bike you buy is registered - you just need to do the paperwork and nothing else.
Just remember the distances - fuel, water and a reliable bike will be your friends!
But it surely depends on what you want!
If you want proper offroad - or unsealed roads go for Western Australia and Northern Territory - there's hundreds of k's full of it - and everywhere far off coast should be OK either...
I mean there's plenty everywhere - just not 1.000 km in one stretch in Victoria ;-)
The one and only IMPORTANT advice ist - take water and petrol - and ENOUGH OF IT!!!
It's a good idea to go with other travellers you meet on the road - or in backpackers!
Ask the locals about current conditions - MOST info is reliable, but not all...
Tell me what you want (maybe drop me an email) and I tell you what I know about it!
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