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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Which Bike?Comments and Questions on what is the best bike for YOU, for YOUR trip. Note that we believe that ANY bike will do, so please remember that it's all down to PERSONAL OPINION. Technical Questions for all brands go in their own forum.
I have been reading and training for my bike test and eventual departure to Asia next year (alone at least initially), not sure yet if I will buy and fly or turn up and chance it out there!?: I was thinking of a KTM 650 Adventure as I had read how good it was for overland travel --- but have discovered that I am too short for it (I am 5’6”) and many people have told me it is for a stronger, experienced rider as it only have one cylinder and is very heavy----- Please could people suggest alternatives for me to start researching, I am told that I should be looking for a 500/550 that has 4 cylinders, where do I start!
apart to share my own experience -which on a good day I may be around 5.6" (whats that in metric is it 168cm?)- I have to say that I enjoyed prancing around on a BMW F650 GS Dakar and my girlfriend (who is about the same hight as me) did the BMW off road course on a F650 and she loved it. Also tried couple of XRs 400 in Morocco last year which are good fun but not sure if you want to do a big overland trip on them.
I'd say go out and try test ride as many as possible, ask for lower seat options - which many BM's do -
Don't be put off by people saying that you must put both feet down, I never did.
PS. I will be experimenting on 1200gs soon (with lower seat option -) so wait for up dated news - may have some commedy value
If you're thinking of buying a new bike I believe that BMW offer a lower seat at no extra cost if you order it at with the bike, not sure which models but it might be worth looking at. If you need to you can also get an upholsterer to remove some foam and recover the seat.
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I'm with recommendations on a smaller bike too.
My wife has the sexy lil Sherpa and keeps up with me offroad and on.
We don't do over 70 or so.
It's in the catagory of the XT225.
These bikes are sweet with the magic button and six speed trannys.
The Sherpa even has a twin piston front caliper.
We love that lil bike and it's surprisingly fast.(can you say 60-70 mpg?)
I'm of the thought that if you can't throw it down and pick it up without hurtin your back, it's too big.
My wife is 5-9 and sittin on my big KLR, can barely lean it off the kickstand.
The KLR 650 is lighter than the BMW 650.
I'm glad I don't have to try to find a place to stand the KLR to go back and pick up my wife's bike.
Electric start means she won't get hurt startin too.
Good luck with your choice,
Location: Bouncing between Sacramento and Portland. Korea soon.
I'm happy with my 1965 Ducati 250cc (except for when I seized the engine). If you get a 4 cylinder bike, you get extra carbs to worry about. A single is great. Less things to go wrong -- although if something does break, you can't limp it somewhere.
Small bikes are underrated I think. You're in a foreign country, so you don't go that fast. Any small Japanese bike would be great. They're pretty indestructible and you can find parts anywhere.
Random attempts have
been made at RTW on
a '65 Ducati 250cc
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