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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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 living in Malawi for 2 yrs now and never had any problems with it. Aside from fuel capacity, that is, and of course fuel availability here in Malawi
After lots of thought of what to move up to for a trip around Africa, I'm wondering if it could be done on the 175. Obviously it would need some mods, but the fact that parts are available in almost any town in africa has to count for something.
Some more info for you, I'm 5'8, 150lbs with a 30" inseam. I've done some touring around Canada on a Honda Shadow 750, and have a YZ125 that I use for dirt fun, unfortunately both are in Canada sitting in storage
In the past I've done quite a bit of touring round Europe on small two strokes. Never had a DT175 but used a DT125 and a similar TS Suzuki. Of course Europe isn't Africa and my trips were done back when the bikes were reasonably current, but they covered thousands of miles without much more than routine maintenance.
If the 175 is in good condition and you're not planning to take huge amounts of baggage I would have thought it would be a good bike to use. It's light, the engine isn't that highly tuned and you're unlikely to be running at high speeds.
Two stroke oil availability would be something that might need some thought but if you're using it there at the moment you'll know what is and isn't available.
I met a chap in Zambia a few years ago who was touring on a DT175 without too many troubles but he was carrying a spare 5 litres of petrol, it was the fuel range not 2 stroke oil that was a problem.
The only thing I would say is check your travel insurance, it often only covers up to 125cc so if that is the case see if you can get hold of a DT125 instead.
Whilst helping out in Uganda at an orphanage I used a Chinese 50 and 125 and 2 stroke oil wasn't a problem nor petrol. The pushbike repair shack sold 2 stroke oil and petrol could be had by the 1/2 litre in coke bottles from the most obscure shed.
The closer you are to what the locals ride the easier it is likely to be. Gives you more interaction with them which is what most of us travel for, rather than dealing with some Fed-ex guy in Germany for that doobry for your GS.
Back in about 1972 my father rode a Yamaha 175 dualie across Canada, from Vancouver to Halifax. I've seen a couple of photos of it: he had all kinds of camping gear strapped to the back. Mind you, highway traffic would have been lighter and less hectic to deal with back then, but a 175 was up to the task.
The biggest problem I've had is the fuel consumption. It's fine around the city, but if I run up north, 400+km's one way, I'm stopping along the way to fill up and that's including the extra 5L I carry, which by the way has now been banned in Malawi.... !
I'm wondering if that alone would become a big pain in the arse. Keep in mind I keep it around 60k, not that I mind the slower speed. I'd rather go slower and see the country rather than zip through it.
I agree with the above...don't take too much stuff with you and take an extra 5 or maybe 10L of gas with you. Then it can even be done on a DT50!
And take it slow and see more is also my motto. Also, the smaller the bike the bigger the adventure, is.
Have a good trip!
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