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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I'm just starting to apply for my Carnet for a trip starting in September. I know through the RAC there are 2 ways to 'underwrite' the value required for the bike/carnet/potential taxes - Bank Guarantee or Insurance through R.L.Davison.
Everyone seems to mention the insurance route, which causes cash-flow problems of £350 plus whatever charges they make (would be £420 for me I think).
I looked at the Bank Guarantee form, and thought I'd give it a try first. Landlords often require that similar letters to be sent to them by a Bank before renting property and the charge is minimal (c£10-15 depending on your bank I think).
The staff didn't seem to have a clue and tried to get me to send it to their lawyers at the head office however I saw the manager was helpful and just used my V5 document to fill the form in. It's to be sent away to be 'processed' today (to the same place that they send the rental guarantee forms to if your bank is similar).
I also gave the RAC a call to see if the banks do actually sign up to their form and the lady assured me that they do get them signed by banks.
What I'm trying to point out is that by no means do I have the amount that would be required in my account to cover any potential payout, however hopefully just by popping into a branch and then waiting for what I expect will be a week or two I will hopefully have saved myself fair few hundred £££.
Am I therefore missing something here as I cannot understand why so many people seem to opt for the insurance choice. Is it likely that I will be 'rejected' as I do not have the funds in my account? Hopefully I haven't spoken too soon as I don't have a signed form yet but hopefully this will prove useful to anyone in the UK applying.
I got my bank guarantee back from Barclays UK last week and sent it through to Paul G and all is in order. It took about 3 weeks from walking in the banch to getting it back in the post, including the counter-indemnity you need to sign for the bank. Yes the staff at the branch have no clue what you are talking about but if they run a check in their intranet then the number for the "Financial Services Team" will send them in the right direction. I also spoke to the FST when they had to help me fill in the counter-indemnity anbd they are very clued up and helpful. To raise the guarantee the amount of many in your account is not important (I had £500 at the time and my savings are held elsewhere). You need a good credit reference.
On the otherhand we tried to organsie the bank guarantee for my wife's bike. She banks with Barclays Isle of Man and after 5 days of speaking to almost everyone in the bank including referring them to Barclays Mainland, they were adamant that they did not provide that facility. They never returned our calls and generally their service was rubbish and unhelpful. We have had to go with the more expensive Surety route for her bike.
Update: After 3 weeks of waiting, I was sent the form back with no note and no progress. I 'complained' to the Branch Manager, who told me he was expecting to find out later that day who it should actually have been sent to! In the end the Bank's lawyers drafted their own version of the letter for me, and charged the Bank £100. I agreed to pay half of this, given it had taken me a month to obtain by this time. The Branch Manager signed it off and it should now be in the post on it's way to Paul G.
Summary: Can save money, but allow 4-5 weeks (given post above too).
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