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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Hi there, getting a bit over paranoid in the last couple of weeks before my trip to South America. I just want a final confirmation of the documants I will need to take the bike into Ecuador and through peru, bolivia, chile and argentina.
I will have
International driving licence
V5 registration document
Is this all I need?
Also, the V5 doesn't state the engine number - it just says "not known" is this going to be a problem?
*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!
I wouldn't worry Christine. It is the frame number, the VIN, that the customs look at.
But if you are really concerned there is another piece of paper work you could bring along - it's called something like the" international certificate of vehicle ownership" (check the paperwork section of this site for exact name).
It is a small booklet with lots of translations of your essential details, including engine number I think. I believe they are available from the AA - or RAC perhaps.
I know how you feel! I'm off to the Americas around the end of the month, and am starting to panic, i.e. regarding "have I forgotten something?". I hope I haven't, but it all feels almost TOO easy - no visas/carnets etc. Which is why I'm reading the HUBB now when I'm supposed to be working...
The one thing I've read in a few places is that the IDP is only an extra document to your normal Driving Licence, and not a replacement for it, and in fact you are more likely to be asked for your normal one - so take it!
When are you off? I still have a minor detail to sort out, i.e. whether I'm starting in Mexico or Alaska! I shall be finishing in TDF (BA) though, around January '07.
Have you managed to pre-arrange any SA insurance, or are you going to do that on arrival?
Hi Ian, I'm going to get insurance when I get there but have got medical cover from Navigator here in the UK. I'm flying out to Ecuador around 5th Sept and bike is arriving a few days later. I feel totally unprepared as I'm totally incompetent as far as repairs go - barely know a sprocket from a spark plug! I have a totally unfounded belief that it will all be ok.
When are you leaving? hopefully catch up with you somewhere on the road.
I'm going to book my shipping at around 7 days' notice, as I'm determined to get everything I need to in order and finished before I go - also I have some jabs on Aug 29th. I can't leave it too long as I may (probably will) ship to Alaska, and after mid-Sep the weather will be too harsh. If I am delayed much past then I will start through Mexico (Los Angeles actually).
I've got similar quotes (around £200) for travel insurance from Navigator and www.STATravel.co.uk, which seem extremely reasonable, whereas CampbellIrvine want £677.50! I must read the small print when I find the time. How long will your trip take?
Not sure where you are in the UK, but if you're not at the other end of the country (I'm in Somerset) and fancy meeting up to compare notes, or a chat on the phone, give me a call on 07971 245177. I'm of the attitude that "everything will be fine", but I do have a nagging feeling that I've forgotten something critical! I went to the HUBB meeting in Derbyshire a couple of months back, and really should have spent more time talking to people there who had done similar trips.
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