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 interested in motorcycle adventure touring and starting off by reading some basic information about the sport.
I've looked around this website and it's awesome but it seems so specific for a beginner like me that the information has seemingly become more random and scattered the more I look into it, again though- because it's specific and I'm just a newbie.
What's the best single resource which can help outline the elemental premises of tours such as planning methods or stages/phases? After having read the site, I have a vague idea of what's needed but I'm also interested in how the trip is planned.
In terms of enjoying myself, I rode for about 10 years (Harley) in the Air Force and I could roll with unforeseen changes during the journey but trip planning was always priority 1 for me (fuel stations, etc...) and it allowed me to relax and have a good time.
Motorcycle adventure touring is surely a different ball of wax. Anybody willing to give me a clue where to start reading up on it?
I know.... I know... a bike would help. but as a current broke grad. student my funds are, shall we say; and as for the future; as a librarian, the fundage will continue to be- uh, endangered.
a broked scholar.
I'd never even been on a motorbike when I decided to go on an averland adventure. I didn't know any other bikers so went on my own and got most of the info from this site. I also got a copy of Chris Scotts Adventure Motorcycling Handbook which was a great investment, highly recommended!
Get a cheap bike and start making weekend and holiday camping trips to get some hands on experience
Attend a HU meeting and talk to a lot of people
Read travel stories (on this site, in books, magazine's etc)
I am a great fan of libraries and the information you can get from them - and also of course from the web. But the best way to learn is to mix doing with reading and planning. So get a small cheap bike and do short trips - find out what works for you. Small bikes have so many advantages - they obviously use less fuel etc but also they carry less so you will get less caught up with what is the latest equipment you need. So get out there do it and have fun (and then share your adventures with us). Good luck.
Hello Book Detective and to the madness. As mentioned before, there is no one-stop guide for beginners of adventure travel. It is a very individual activity. HU is a fantastic resource for specifics on overland (international) travel.
Also, besides jumping in with both feed and doing local trips to find out what works best for you, read up on the numerous ride reports on this and other sites. Another site with an excellent Ride Report section is Adventure Rider Motorcycle Forum
Best of luck and don't be shy to fire away with your question. Folks on here, in general, are very helpful .
I've recently become very interested in Motorbike travel, and have only been riding for 2 1/2 Years. I found this site (and others) quite daunting at first, although it does get much easier! I bought some of the "Achievable Dream" DVD series, and found that this was a really good way to find my feet; what sort of travel am I most interested in, what should I take, where should I go, etc . . .
Turbocharger is right - let us know where you are and we can be more specific. I'm going to a HU meet this summer for the first time (Ripley, UK) and already can't wait. This seemed to be an excellent way to meet other like minded souls and gain some insight into what my family think is slight madness!
Other sites (Adventure rider, UKGser - depending on the bike you might like, etc) are also a good idea, but so are magazines - a cheap(ish) way of expanding your horizons.
Whatever you choose to do, and however you do it, welcome and have fun!
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