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'm still asking myself which bike to take for my Central/South America tour next fall.
I would have like to take a 650 single but I'm too short. So buying one, lowering the suspension, adding the needed equipements to the bike begins to take some portion of my budget.
So now I'm wondering if I should buy a small, cheap and used xt225 or modify my CB750.
Here is why I would take my CB for the trip and what I would do to It :
- The bike is free I already have it. It's running fine but have some mileage: 70000km.
- I would have more money (no bike to buy) so I would be able to travel for a longer time.
- My CB is heavy (dry wheight 463lbs) but a BMW 1150 is more heavy than that. So I guest that if I bring not too much stuff and put dual-sport tyres I should be able to go where the big BMW go (gravel roads and tarmac).
- I would be less sorry if it gets stolen.
- Put a set of dual-sport tires. My rear wheel is 17inch. No problem there but my front wheel is 18inch. So I would put a rear 18" tire to the front.
- Add a set of hand guard to probably save my levers a few times
- build custom box for luggages
- Try to make some kind of a skid plate for the exauhst pipe
- Change wheel bearing, clutch,battery
- Replace all fluids of course
- Check fork spring and shock spring free play and change them is necessary.
Why a xt225?
- There is not many 250cc dual-sport bike for sale around here that are road legal straight from the factory
- cheap bike.
- xt225 are sold in many countries in SA. Easy to gets parts if needed.
- Good Fuel consumption.
- Very light, I have to possibility to go trails riding.
- Lois made it with this bike. Thanks!!!
- The cruising speed whitout stressing the engine is probably 70km/h.
- The engine life: How many miles before exploding?
Any other mods I should do to the street bikes?
Anybody have some idea to help me choose my bike?
Would also like to hear comments from people who went there with street bike? What they like or not about their street bike?
Here is another Web Site of a great adventure ride involving an XT225, http://www.cooperfamilymotorbikeexpedition.co.nz/. It involves a New Zealand husband & wife & their two young children. He was on an XT600 & she on a XT250 (same bike as XT225). They covered S. America, north to south & both coasts, Central America, Western US, Alaska & then across BC & Northern US to New York City. I met them near Monument Valley in July on my way back from the Leadville, CO, HU Travelers Meeting. Really nice people. ---- PeteC
It is fun for me to see this thread again. It made me think about the planning phase of my Central and South America trip (2.5 years ago).
At that time, I considered taking a CB750 because I was already owning one. I did not have to invest money on a bike. And with 76000km on the odo, it was not too bad to have it stolen.
But with what I know right now, it would have been a big mistake to take the CB750. It is way too heavy. The pipe under the engine would have been destroyed every week. It would have been a lot more trouble to ride up and down stairs (it happens all time).
For touring the Americas, unless your are a small person the XT225 is too small. Lois suggested me to take a bigger bike. You will also loose the joy of riding your bike at full throttle in the mountain to espace from the Cops in Guatemala because you were speeding. I had a bigger motorcycle than the police so why not try? Good old memories!!!
Also for me it is a really bad idea to choose a bike that will limit you to pavement. A big part of the adventure happen off-road. When you are at home planning your trip, how do you know that you will not want to take that dirt road that will bring you to most incredible scenery you have never seen!
As life is not perfect, I'm currently working again. I'm happy because everyday I'm coming back from work, I'm one day closer to my next trip!!!
Would I choose a KLR650 again? Yes to go back to South America. But for Africa a DRZ400 seems a very good choice. But I know the KLR soo much mechanically. I already have spare parts and my current KLR is all equipped. I just need to buy another cheap KLR and I'm ready to go back on the road.
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