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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Horizons Unlimited presents!
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.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
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2. Bog paper
4. Hip flask (for -less emergencies, containing whatever hell-brew the last town sold)
5. Pignose 3/4 size electric guitar (battery powered). Will do 27000 miles through rain and dust and still work.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting GERONIMO!"
Lonely Planet guide with each language so I can learn HELLO, PLEASE and THANK YOU , before I speak to the Border Guards. They become putty in your hands if you try their language.
1. Peanut butter (can sustain life )
2. Goop (you can buy this in any Canadian tire and will repair almost anything)
3. Toilet paper (always comes in handy)
4. Merino wool
5. Gore-tex riding boots (i like my feet dry)
I haven't done any motorcycle traveling like you lot, but when travelling "normally" going canoeing or just on my everyday walkabouts especially in summer, I carry:
1: A Klean Kanteen. The biggest one in unpainted steel. In a pinch it can be used as a kettle.
2: My calender/notebook, which doubles as a wallet, ticket holder etc.
3: Fountain pen, with ink in a tiny nalgene bottle. I'm a leftie and tend to "jab" the paper with ball point pens, and much to my surprise fountain pens were the solution. I use "permanent" Noodler's ink which reacts to the cellulose in the paper and dry really fast, which results in very little smudging (being a leftie, that is a real consideration). My fountain pen doesn't look fancy at all. It's a classic minimalist design. It's the Lamy 2000:
4: A small recorder (Olympus LS11) and headphones to monitor the recording.
5: Ebook reader. I have both a PRS900 and a PRS650. The latter is the smallest one, and so gets carried most of the time.
Edit: Damn, I forgot I also carry a small "friction folder" -Think old school razor knife mechanism - but I think I forgot to mention it, because it resides in my calender along with SDHC-cards, receipts and so on.
Over the last couple of years I've discovered a new number 1!
This has to be my Asus Eee Netbook.
At £160 it was not prohibitively expensive and has a multitude of uses:
Writing the diary
Back up storage for photos
Music (mines a bit slow for smooth video)
But its most obvious and useful benefit is its access to the web (its pretty easy to get wireless in a lot of places now). I've used it on two trips now where its been invaluable. You can pre book accomodation before you get there, check reviews of that accom, check weather forecasts, ski reports (did a 'trans-alpine' trip from slovenia to France last year - just followed the snow reports, prebooking hotels the night before - utterly brilliant hassle free trip and we got amazing skiing - largely because of the netbook). It allows you to pre-plan your trip and avoid all the hassles of searching for accomodation etc.
The down-side is that you lose the feeling of the unkown - its sometimes quite nice not to know where you are sleeping that night - and I wouldn't take it on all my trips. Some I'd rather just head off and see what happens. But for a skiing trip (where conditions are critical) or a holiday where you just want to relax, see the best stuff, stay and eat in the best places etc. the netbook is one of the best pieces of kit I've ever bought - and its so light you barely notice you are carrying it.
*Disclaimer* - I am not saying my bike is better than your bike. I am not saying my way is better than your way. I am not mocking your religion/politics/other belief system. When reading my post imagine me sitting behind a frothing pint of ale, smiling and offering you a bag of peanuts. This is the sentiment in which my post is made. Please accept it as such!
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