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'm new here (well...I've done a few posts). I haven't done much traveling yet on two wheels but just starting. I'm from the north part of The Netherlands.
Last year I did a trip through 10 European countries and the Alps on a 1993 BMW F650. In 11 days I took only one day of rest and travelled 3900 km, almost all of it on small roads.
I wanted to do that for a long time but never had the courage. I am autistic which makes it a little bit harder to 'just' travel around I think. But I'm very glad I did it last year and I've learned a lot from that experience.
This year I want to go again (to the South of Spain, 7000km, about 20 days) but have made some big changes.
I wasn't very comfortable with the weight of the bike. Even though considered a lightweight by most I couldn't properly relax on it all the time. Maybe it also didn't help that I bought the bike three day before leave! Also I'm a big fan of scooters and have been riding them for the last 10+ years. So I combined the two and bought a 125cc motor scooter. Since I'm not ready (yet) for the real off road adventure or traveling through Africa I think it will do just fine for me. Ofcourse that places me in an outcast position since most of you drive big BMW's. I love to look at those though
I don't like chains on a bike. As a 10+ years scooter enthusiast I never had to worry about chains so it didn't go that well now I was driving a chain bike. I had taken spray with me to spray everyday at the campsite. I bought a can that would last the complete trip. After day one the can was empty and I still hadn't the idea that it was well oiled. Later it started to make noises. In Italy a specialist looked at it and sprayed it for me. It stayed making noises. It was making me nervous. So, no chains for me anymore. Has mostly to do with me not being a mechanic at all, two left hands. With the scooter this problem is solved.
And this year I will be taking a jerrycan of fuel with me. The thought of being in the middle of nowhere (I don't now if that's really possible in Western Europe?) left me also nervous many times. So with the jerrycan as a backup that will go better too.
So, with my new relaxed 125 cc scooter, no chain to worry about and backup fuel I think it will be a nicer ride this year.
I'm not the globetrotter I would like to be and don't now if I'll ever be but traveling Europe or even your own country can be nice too. There are different kind of travelers and as long as you love what you're doing it's OK.
What I like about this site is to see the photos and read the stories of two wheeled travelers. And it is nice to exchange tips and information. I will order the DVD set someday (when I have the money), I think it will be very nice to watch.
Yes indeed you can travel on a small bike or scooter, for a trip to Spain and the rest of western Europe I would not bother with carrying a jerry can, if you are worried just fill you own tank as often as possible, also you do not have to go to Africa, Asia etc to be a traveller to have a good trip, these far of places to us(Europeans) are the local roads to the locals!
Ride and enjoy
for a trip to Spain and the rest of western Europe I would not bother with carrying a jerry can, if you are worried just fill you own tank as often as possible
That depends on how big your tank is and how far you can get on a full tank. It may be a problem if you travel in the evening or on a Sunday in some countries.
In my experience on trips in France and Belgium, it is hard to find an opened gasstation that accepts VISA or Mastercard on Sundays and in the evening. Most automatic systems there just accept local bankcards.
I know it's not really necessary to bring a jerrycan but it helps me to relax so, for that alone it's worth it.
And getting gas as often as possible, what does that really mean? Getting every 50km new fuel? 100km, 150km? Since I can only ride a 200+ on a fuel tank I need to get gas very often anyway. I think I will start looking for gas at 150km, I think I can do at least another 60km at that time.
And indeed it sometimes is hard to find a gas station where actual people are around who you can pay plain cash for your fuel. And if there's nobody will your card be accepted? Do you understand the French or Spanish texts on the screens? Last year I pushed 'A' thinking it was Accept but when I got no fuel I asked a nice French lady and she said it was Annulee with is Cancel.
The most common "break down" on a motorcycle is running out of fuel. I am with you on taking a can with you. I had two five L cans through South America and kept one full even when I "knew" there was lots of fuel. Very glad I did when I got to the fuel station on the Baja only to find out it closed last year. There is just something about knowing you have some extra.
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