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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There probably are riding schools out there but my method is to ride as much as possible on the worst conditions. Every day go find that loose off camber road/trail and ride it till you know how your bike responds. Also ride your bike with a load on it similar to what you will be traveling with.
Yes, that is what I basically do, but it is easy to learn wrong techniques and not optimal/safe techniques so later it is difficult to re-learn. I have already noticed that for example when crashing off the track to bush I tend not to brake at all etc. What I need to are some pointers about what is right and what is wrong, then this knowledge can be polished by practicing.
IMHO the best to learn to ride offroad is to buy a cheap trail/enduro bike & actually ride it. You can read as much as you want but nothing beats saddle time. Start on a small bike & work up to a larger bike once you've mastered the basics. Starting on a large bike will make things harder. I know a lot of guys in the UK who ride various BMW's offroad also have smaller dirt bikes for practicing/competing on (KTM 400EXC & BMW R1150GS in my case)
Try & meet up with other dirt riders willing to take the time to help you out. Start out on a cheap bike, this will lessen the pain & expense of crashing (when, not if).
In my opinion, the best way to learn anything is to pay a professional to teach you the techniques and skills you need. Trying to learn on your own - it could take you years to encounter the siutations and conditions you'll run into some day - and how do you know you are learning the skills and techniques the professionals know? (not dropping the bike and breaking something isn't the correct answer)
Try the BMW Enduro Training program in Hechlingen (you can find out info online). Or, KTM also has such - I know they had training in Spain.
These people will teach you in the matter of a couple days most, if not all the skills you need to tackle whatever conditions you encounter. They know how to teach, and for the BMW course anyway, you will be taught how to handle certain types of conditions I have yet to encounter in my riding. The advantage is, when you actually do meet such conditions, you'll know what to do to ride it properly.
For these programs, the prices may seem steep (a couple hundred Euro a day), but you are using their bikes, and if you crash - well, you don't have to pay to fix the plastic bits. Do the same crash on your bike, and the cost to fix things up could very possibly be more than the cost of the program.
Afterward, you go out and ride as much as possible. Its a lot more fun than gaining knowledge slowly using the trial and error method of learning.
For old dogs who have bodies can't withstand the rigors of crashing, its the only way to go. Suggesting we get a small dirt bike and tear across the landscape is a sure way to break something other than the bike.
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