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.
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Does anyone have any experience with aluminum panniers as airline check in luggage? If the airport xray can't penetrate the aluminum, does this cause problems with security? I'm not sure if airport xray can or cannot "see" through aluminum, but if it can't, given the tightened security measures now in effect, perhaps this would be a problem. Could such luggage be rejected? Would it have to be unlocked so the contents could be manually inspected? I tried calling Korean Air about this but was unable to get any useful info.
Location: Bouncing between Sacramento and Portland.
If any baggage in the US is locked, they can break the lock to take a look. They can check through aluminum. You should "lock" the lock with a zip-tie, since that's what will be on there if security decides to check your bag.
Trying to ride (and work) my way round the world on a 1965 Ducati 250cc. In New Zealand now. Japan in April. http://nokilli.com/rtw/
Just get to the airport early and talk to the people there about what to do. I find that policies differe from country to country and airiport to airport. It is not so much the airline that matters, I think.
I took some panniers on an international flight from San Francisco a couple years back (after 9/11), and they took me to a special high-power machine that could go through aluminum. A bit of extra time, but no problem.
I ended up taping the panniers together to make 'one' piece of luggage as there was a two-piece limit and I had another bag.
I did have a half-liter fuel tank for my camp stove confiscated in Seattle last year, even though it was empty and had no gasoline smell. My mistake. Should have said it's a water bottle!
I have used aluminum suitcases for regular travel for the last 15 years, and never encountered any problems. Aluminum cases are also common shipping containers for electronic equipment, stuff like that, so the fact that your aluminum cases are meant to go on a moto should not make any difference.
Of greater concern to you is that the cases may be dented or banged up in the baggage handling process, and then you might have difficulites fitting them on the moto later. You might want to consider using a cardboard box as an overpack if that is possible.
We used our aluminum panniers as luggage when flying on our rtw with no problems, other than a few dents and dings.
However we almost got charged for overweight luggage when I forgot the weight limits and crammed all of our gear in them.
Only my helpless look of horror when confronted with a $400 extra bill saved us, and the lady at the ticket counter just smiled and waved us through... Cheers
RE: weight limit, I always shove the heavy stuff in my hand luggage and try not to wince with shoulder pain at the check in.
I have travelled on planes quite a few times with my ally boxes. Never a problem. The tourists at the collection point all stare though. I guess they have seen those 1970s movies where secret agents carry millions of dollars on planes in ally cases handcuffed to their wrist.
To maintain this image I always change into a Dinner Jacket and cumberband on arrival, and collect my cases while sipping a fine malt from a solid silver hip flask while speaking loudly in upper-class English.
On a scheduled flight you are usually allowed two 32kg bags each, I normally pack the panniers in cardboard with everything in them. Then the tank bag etc. goes as hand luggage. Why pay for extra kilos with the bike in the hold when you can check them for free!
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