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.
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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I am looking to go around this planet on my new R1200GS, I have been doing research here for the last couple of months and only find that there is more and more to do, arrgghh, I just want to ride my bike! I am looking into getting the RTW video that they have here, in hopes that will help, also looking to ride with people along the way, I was planning on us this summer and south america over the winter, but now I am going to remodel my house before I leave and looking to do South America this winter and go from there. It seems like there is a hell of a lot of paperwork, and such to do before I go. I am open to advice on everything, Travel, Papers, Shots. It would be great to find a couple of people to go along for this journey. My friend told me to see Long Way Round, So I did and it was good, I am not so concerned about black top yet. I am pretty easy going, hard working, not afraid to get dirty, not really mechanically inclined about motorcycles but learning, kind of guy. Best of luck to all of the other travellers.
P.S. Also looking to do good along the way like Habitat and unicef
Yes, you will get lots of great advice here, much of which will be totally contradictory! My overall opinions are:
Bike: Simple, Japanese, tough.
Route: Only you can decide.
Health: Eat any food you like, drink the water if the locals do.
Money: Large wodge of US dollars and credit cards.
Luggage: As little as possible.
Tyres: Longlasting roadie/dual sports, not quick wearing trail/dualies.
Charity: See the Justgiving website, choose your charity and hey presto. Takes about five minutes and I raised over a grand no problem. You can see my Justgiving page by going to my blog using the link below and clicking on the 'Save The Children' link on the right.
Movies: See 'Mondo Enduro' for real adventure riding.
Aren't Habitat just like Ikea only more expensive?
*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!
Since you're waiting until this winter to head South, perhaps you might consider a shorter (say 2-3 weeks) trip to begin with to, as DougieB said, "iron the bugs out" of the bike and figure out what gear works for you on the road?
My wife and I just took 2 1/2 weeks for a run up to Prudhoe Bay...we learned quite a bit about what gear is bogus (my poor digital SLR is going on the discard heap due to disuse) and what works well (waterproof roll bag much better than a top box). Plus, it temporarily satiated our wanderlust and held us over until the big departure on Sept. 8.
The nice thing about Alaska/Canada/lower 48 is that you still get the travel experience without dealing initially with language barriers and customs and so forth.
last I heard Mondo Enduro is only available in Pal - not NTSC, the USA / Canada standard. Our "Achievable Dream DVD is available in both. Both PAL and NTSC DVD's will play on your computer fine though.
Thanks for the response. I actually found these guys
and ordered. They don't specify PAL format and are a US company, so hopefully they'd know to post such information. They also had 'Terra Circa'. Great for those of us relegated to watching someone else's RTW.... for the time being.
Thanks to all of you for advice thus far. I have done a couple of long rides to test my gear and bike. I plan to go to Vermont for the BMW rally this week, and should be able to find out a couple of things there as well. I ordered some of the videos recommended. Again Thank you!
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