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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Anyone who's travelled has to listen to the dire stories of what you're about to experience. The murderers, rapists, and kipnappings that will surely befall you in the next country. I used to think it was because I was female, but then I learnt men also have to endure these warnings. It also doesn't seem to matter how many years you've traveled, or what countries/war zones/disasters etc you've already encountered. What's just around the corner will surely be worse.
I'd love to know how other people deal with this. Is there a tried and true line to shut people up? (Usually the advice comes from people who've never travelled, but not always.)
Who knows what motivates some of these warnings. I have thought about this and think it is just people expressing their own fears and prejudices; sometimes it could be they envy the freedom the independent travel gives us. I could give you a long list of warnings I have had which have proved groundless.
How to deal with it? Well I just take it all in and make your own mind up, don't let it colour your judgment. They don't know what your people skills are or ability at handling difficult situations. The other aspect they don’t consider is how people see you (us) when we roll up;
I subscribe the theory that people reflect your atitude towards them.
Some warnings don't need to be tested, like for instance, someone telling me that a particular area is know for motorcycle thefts or downtown can be dodgy after dark.
I think we end up developing a travelers BS filter, listen and decide what’s useful and what not.
Empirical knowledge is a powerful resource and we don’t always know what we know.
I don't think it's just a travel thing, I think "these" people know about anything and everything.
Where to buy tickets for the match, what pub to drink in, how to avoid paying income tax, many many scams and underhand tricks and wheezes.
Maybe they like to appear important and to do that they need to appear knowledgable but they're everywhere.
Just listen politely, acknowledge the information could be very useful, thank them and move swiftly on.
Well sometimes the advice is good - last April (approx) we got warnings about avoiding the motorway service areas along the Spanish Med. coast. I of course totally ignored the advice, and had two attempted breakins whilst having meals. You'd think that one attempt would have warned me off - but then I had the attitude "well its happened so wont happen again".
We got the same advice about avoiding the Goteborg to Oslo road later in the year - and we of course avoided it like the plague, so experience does affect how you view someone's advice.
"Empirical knowledge is a powerful resource and we don’t always know what we know."
Steve, I think this is very true. I forget there's a reason I don't carry a wallet/purse and scan the horizon constantly, whether walking or driving.
"Just listen politely, acknowledge the information could be very useful, thank them and move swiftly on."
Hustler, You're right. But you'd think after traveling/living for almost 30 years in 'risky' areas, much of it solo, people would assume there's a reason you've survived! And I guess that's my gripe. Can I have a little credit please??!
At first I listened to every warning someone gave me. Than I started to realize how much fear of the unknown that many of the locals have. Unless someone gives me a very specific warning based on current events I ignore it. I always listen to what someone has to say and say that I will follow their advice, but sometimes you just have to do the thing that they told you not to right in front of their face.
BTW: Some people are just jerks and want to scare you in front of their friends.
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