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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In the west, in states like Arizona, New mexico, Wyoming and Nevada, camping on Bureau of Land Management Land or BLM, is free. California it's tough to come by. And it's non-existent in the East.
In the west, just pull off the road behind some bushes or trees, cover the shiny bits, put of a shy camp and pay no attention to the 90mph bull coming your way. On freeways, hide the bike near an overpass. Climb up the support ramp. between the bridge/overpass road and the support ramp there is usually a flat spot 10 x the width of the highway above and about 6 ft. tall. out of the wind, safe from bad guys and free. Other than this wonderful advice eagerly noted by everyone, look for campgrounds no closer than 5 miles to a town. They will nomrllay be cheaper and have room. Stay away from KOA unless you have the money for a nice hotel. We do a lot-really a lot-of wild camping and to date have never been asked to leave from anywhere. We also have the old folks pass and get into the BLM, USDA, and Forest Service campsites for half price. Same thing lets us visit all the national goodies for free. If you are not old, borrow your grandfathers I.D. and go get the pass.
Until it gets out of hand, I have room and a garage in Ohio for any travelers needing the space and a place to crash (excuse the term). I am a retired Police Motor Officer, and teach the Motorcycle Safety course in the summer. So, I may not be here on weekends. But, during the week, I am usually hanging about playing on the "GS....... Let me know if you need space..
Thanks Jeff (Ohio) for the offer .. I suggest you join the HU community (or make one if there is not one in your area) .. that is the usuall meassage thingy when travellers are passing through .. sometimes in trouble (sick, tired, crashed, drive train etc) and need help, advice .. or even just some other biker to talk to.
r.j.y - all travellers are interested in reducing their costs ... so free camping is a choice some make ..
For the church .. there should be a sign out the front saying who the pastor is .. and some contact details ? I'd try not to stay over the weekend - they can get noisy!
Have a look at couchsurfing.com
IN the spirit of the traveler...A website listing people that have a spare couch/bed to crash on. You do a search for the area, have alook at the people listed find someone that sounds like they're on your page and give them a email... Sometimes you'll get a free guide for the area and a nice home cooked meal..... not always.. but every bit helps stretch the budget!
DLBiten is spot on.. have a look on advrider.com they have had a list of folks willing to put up fellow bikers and its also a great resource for local knowledge.
If you have your route sorted for the most part, then a post of two can help secure you the odd night free and some local guiding about to find the best roads and sights to see. Local knowledge is always best for finding those hard to locate places and quiet spots imho..
And don't forget the site if you run into problems of a mechanical nature, a good set of folks out there who usually able to point our parts sellers, mechanics etc..
Many times BLM and National Forest land can be camped on for free. Look them up on the internet for rules and locations. Campgrounds sometimes charge a fee but most places you can just camp anyplace (non campground) for free.
I see people RVing in WalMart parking lots, Does this work for camping a night?
24 hours of lights, shoppers and traffic make for a crappy night of sleep. In an RV ok but in a tent I would not consider this.
If you hone your stealth camping skills youll find that it is not hard, sometimes even easier than finding a hotel.
Just veer off the beaten path for a few miles and hunt for a secluded spot. Its not that hard and once youve done it a few times, it will not bother you. When you are getting close to you bed time just scan the side roads as you ride, you see one that looks like to leads to a seclude spot, make a turn and scan that for a mile or two. If you see a good spot ride past it for a quarter mile to make sure you arent too close to the a home. Then turn around, pull into the spot, setup your tent and catch some shut eye.
I hide completely or I "hide" in plain sight depending on my options.
This is my technique, the one you develop may vary.
BTW: I went motorcycle camping for the first time this summer and I always guerrilla camped with little to no issues. beforehand I did not even own a tent so this goes to show that it can be done even if you are inexperienced.
If you are unsure about the whole thing, just practice around your area first. I was supposed to do this before my trip but I ran out of time.
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