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.
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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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've been looking at a RTW trip for a while now. My first step is probably a trip down through Spain, France, Italy and Greece as a 'tester'.
I have tried the Beemer 1200GS but it is way too big and heavy for me. I grew up on fairly lightweight enduro's and I am also a reasonably competent mechanic and I am therefore looking for something lighter and simpler than the Beemer.
I really like the look and feel of the unfaired SV 650 Suzuki. Its a good engine, not too heavy, and comfortable. I can pick a good one up cheap as my 'project' bike. I know the 650 V-Strom is popular but I don't like the front fairing.
Has anybody tried taking an SV 650 with a small bikini fairing out on a LONG trip? Id be looking to add crash bars, radiator guard, sump plate, top and side racks, mudguards, maybe upgrade the suspension, bigger tank if available, change the handlebars, tyres etc etc. Anybody got recommendations for useful quality aftermarket parts?
Or can I take the V strom and amend/dump the front fairing?
My girlfriend recently got a SV650 and I can vouch for just how good these bikes are. I agree with you about the DL fairing, it's a pity they didn't make that model the same as the SV with the option to have the fairing or not.
On an unfaired SV there is no real need for a Bikini fairing. My g/f's bike has a small Puig screen mounted to the headlight and that makes 80+mph cruising comfortable for me (I'm 5'10).
Although I think the SV is a great bike the thing that is the biggest consideration in my opinion when planning a really big trop on one a would be availability of strong luggage. The best luggage available for an SV is GIVI and I've heard many reports of the top case mounts snapping on this system. The big issue is that the SV subframe is really lacking in good mounting points on which to bolt a rack. The DL has a different subframe and you can get a Metal Mule luggage system for it if you are after more rugged luggage (touratech list for DL1000 but not the DL650, I don't know if there one and the same).
Baglux tank bag systems are available for both bikes. I've used one on my bike (a Triumph Trophy) for years and highly rate them.
I'll be putting some GIVI luggage (top box at least) on our SV but will be making the rack myself either from scratch or heavily mofifying an existing GIVI one. I guess your decision depends a lot on how much work you want to put in and what skills you have. If you can build your own racks then the SV could still be for you.
The SV seat is not the most comfortable but gel and corbin versions are available. Can't comment on the DL but it has a duel seat so you can at least move around a bit, unlike the SV.
There is a huge online community for SV riders at http://www.sv650.org
also ebay and google are your friends for doing research on SV's as there is a mountain of information out there.
Never heard about larger tanks for either bike but it's an economical engine so I'd just carry a can if you think you need to extend your range.
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