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 take it then you would not recommend one for a 5 year RTW trip?
I wouldn't take one for a 5 minute "round the block" lol..
They are simply dreadful. 70% return rate on some models. The carbs were made by fisher price and used to overflow and flood all the time, the electrics were wired by children and the fasteners and fittings would rust overnight..
I used to plead for customers upgrade to a used Jap model but they still used to come back and complain even though I told them they were shite !!
You will be able to find one that is fine if you treat it with care and check it all the time but I chose my bike based on the info that it was much less likely to break and then if it did could I access parts and help relatively easily.
Go for the best you can get that fits your budget but I would get a Japanese bike if I had the choice.
You often here it said about Chinese bikes
"it's a copy of an XR200 so it must be fine"
Just to put that into perspective, I could have a go at making a copy of Helicopter but I doubt you'd want to fly in it.
My mate bought a "Honduki" or some such name, CG125 clone for his wife to learn on and do her test. After only a few months, everything was rusty and corroded. It had about half the power of a proper CG and all the controls were crap and bits fell off. She did complete her test but the bike was prety much scrap by the time she did.
Some Chinese bikes must be OK as most "Western" manufacturere of almost anything get some/most/all of the parts made in China.
Demak are now introduce new model 200cc,250cc wated cool engine. For RTW 5 years trip better used japanese model rather then chinese bikes in term of parts ability.
nowdays.....especially in Asian coutries most motorcycle are know CKD and manfacturer in most Asian Countries. Kawasaki KLX150r assemblies in Indonesia rather then Japan to cut costs but the quality of build cannot compare to Japanese spec. The price are also still expensive for us around RM9,500 (USD2900) compare to Demak RM6800(USD1800)
My brother have it for 4,000km and still going strong without any problem. I will posted some review here after back from Thailand-Vietnam trips.
Well we had an AJS / Regal Raptor NKT1 for 2 years in which time it did nearly 6000 miles. Apart from crap in the petrol meaning the carbs needed cleaning she started day in day out, rode well, returned 100mpg most of the time and looked good too. I'm only talking commuting here and it wasn't on a par with my Trannie or 650GS, or even the RE Bullet for style and ride enjoyment, but for a brand new price of £1500 and a resale of £750 after 2 yrs or so I reckon it was good. A few rust issues especially on the pipes and collector box. I would say for the price, this model, this manufacturer it could not be beaten. That's my two pennorth!
For 500 pounds you can buy a brand new small chinese bike capable of doing 190 000km and still going. Reliabity has arrived, they have gotten it right.
For a starter bike it's great and gets the job done.
I'm currently working for an Importer of Chinese Bikes in the UK and there are vast differences between the different factories that produce bikes in China. What China has is a large workforce and new facilities. What they lack is experience. This isn't always the case though as the standard of Chinese bikes is improving. The manufacturers that do well are getting repeat business and the factories that are doing poorly are being whittled down as you'd expect. Companies like Zongshen, Znen, Sanben, Wangye, Baotian, Kaiser, and Dafier are producing some good kit. There are of course occasional issues but the standard is a huge amount better than what they used to be.
I take it then you would not recommend one for a 5 year RTW trip?
Funny you should say that... it's not 5 years or RTW, but I've bought one of these and am part way through riding it across south amerca.
Here's mine below:
It's an enduro style bike, the farings lie "250cc" on the side, then the manual admids 229cc, 16HP, I met a guy with the same bike who's manual claims 23HP from an identical engine, his has blown up twice after less than 9,000KM... and neither of ours can hit 100KPH, it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in my machine, but either way it should make a good read for someone.
I had the chance to ride a little bit on a hyosung 250 comet and I don't think the Hyosung bikes are such crap (but i admit they are not refined as a japanese bike). They have now a 450cc (RX 450) that looks really interesting and i'd like to have the chance to try it someday.
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