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'm taking a ride from London to Bangkok. Once in Bangkok I need a decent commuter to mooch around on for 6 months and before I go myself and partner are spending a month going around Europe so I need one bike that does it all. I'm trying to decide which is the best bike for me, I've got a list so here is my thoughts.
I have had a lot of bikes over the years so have plenty of experience with different kind of machines. I currently have a BMW G650 X-country, I bought that for the trip last year, I've had it a while now and really like it. It's been reliable and never misses a beat. It's a little bit smaller than i would like and could do with it being a little bit more powerful but it does the job. I've been working out the costs of getting it ready and frankly, it's prohibitive. For the money to do it right I can literally buy a trip-ready machine. I've been offered a Yamaha XT660 which I like but the price on that particular one is too high, they can be had pretty cheap. I like the X-country but to correct the know shortcomings is a lot of money I really can't warrant, (£1100 for touratech steel rear subframe and panniers, £300 for a decent rear shock, DID chain and sprockets, etc, etc). The XT is not as cheap to run, is heavier, dated design, basically a commuter with an upright seating position but it will keep on running and is easier by a long way to work on if something goes wrong. Also the parts are a fair bit cheaper, I can sort the luggage out for half the £1100 that it's going to cost on the BMW.
I know the F650gs has had its issues but then what bike doesn't. With a free choice I might well have gone for a Dakar. My X-country is the 07, built in Italy not china so is taller in the saddle and arguably more reliable. I am on various forums and apart from one notable rear shock failure and a few snapped subframes they seem pretty hassle free which has been my experience.
The BMW has a certain quality to it and is a nice bike to ride. I worry that if I go through all this with an XT it will still just be a bike to me as I'm really not a fan of them.
Does anyone have any experience or suggestions.
I'd opt for the XTZ660 despite it being heavier. The X-Country range have a small fuel capacity (10 or 12 litres?) whilst the Yam has 20+ litres (23?). Increasing the BMW's fuel capacity to match the Yam will cost good money.
Also think about service intervals & dealer availability? I know that the BMW needs an interim service at 6,000m and a full service with valve check at 12,000m - not sure about the XTZ? Both are 4-valve heads with shims for adjustment.
I know Walters bike but he dropped around £10000 plus into it so it just isn't relevant in a real world choice between 2 bikes any more. If I had infinite resources I would build something like that too.
The X-country has a 9.5 litre tank, that's true but I already have a 5 litre booster tank and am planning to carry spare fuel as well. The XT660 only carries 16 in total, not 20 (that might be the Tenere you're thinking of). The X-country delivers close to the same range with 9.5 to the Yam with 16 comparing my range to riding with my brother who has an XT.
The BMW has brilliant range, especially while touring due to some very clever electronics. Also the engine management is far superior and I might be facing dealing with poor quality fuel, the Yam will not suffer that gladly, I hear.
Not at all. I'm considering a lot of options, the XT is expedient. The BMW I have but I'm deeply unhappy about the amount I have to spend to make it viable. The XT I can get how I like it for very little (just time with a hammer and alloy sheet).
In an ideal world I would have a bigger, quicker bike.
What I want is an R1200gs but I had one and they don't work. Great to ride but totally unreliable.
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