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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I built my own crate when I brought a bike back from the USA 18 months ago.
I used two pallet bases (one cut down to 2/3rds) joined together, and attached four eyelets to hook the lashing straps to (plus some blocks of 2x2inch wood nailed to base to act as wheel chocks.
It could have travelled like that I imagine, however, I then built a simple framework out of 2x2 wood and nailed thin (3 ply) plywood to the sides and a lid, making a much stronger and more secure container.
I was also able to put my camping equipment and a box of spare parts in there (along with my riding gear) - and included an itemized list of what the crate contained.
One thing to consider is that airlines are likely to want to inspect the bike - that the fuel tank is drained and the battery disconnected - so it is best to leave the lid (or one side) of the crate unsecured until that check has been made.
For my most recent trip however, I was fortunate to get a shipping crate from my dealer (Yamaha) that was basically a pallet base with two slots for the wheels to drop in. You roll the bike on, and lash it down. Then (in this instance remove the bars and screen) the sides of the crate are actually three-layer cardboard that drops over the bike and locates on the edge of the pallet - the lid is another cardboard sheet that is supported by a couple of metal rods across the top of the cardboard sides...
The thin lid is really only to protect the bike from dirt/dust, however, the three layer sides are actually strong enough to stack these crates four high! - I saw them in the warehouse when I picked the bike up!
Hi Oberfoerster, please put your bike on a pallet, strap it down, and build a crate around it yourself, or at least under your supervision. I had my front brake line broken off by non-mechanics removing the front mudguard in Goa, and although my bike was packed in bubble plastic it was still loose in the crate, and there was some damage. I believed the 'spiel' from the Lynn Movers and Packers, which has caused me some grief since, however, their paperwork was perfect, and they did keep to the agreed timescale, which in India is almost miraculous.
Stuffing all your gear into the crate is a bonus, very useful, but can cause a raised eyebrow at customs, but thats all. They have X-rays and dogs, so you probably won't have to unpack everything.
Good luck, sending a bike off like this is always chancy, there is no standard routine, every company is different.
Peter, in Oslo
I did it both ways on my last trip, as it depends on the requirements for the airline company. My first leg was from Brisbane to Bangkok, which was palette. I had no problems at all. I did however take off all the items which could easily be removed or damaged and keep it with my luggage.
The second time was when I went from Cambodia to Korea, I had to create it. I probably could have stored my stuff with the bike but I wasn't going to risk it. I did however managed to smuggle my brand new battery I wasn't allowed to take.
So there are both plus and minus. I actually prefer the pallet as I did not have to get help to dismantle it and then get rid of it.
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