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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Horizons Unlimited presents!
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 used to ride a Monster 1000S.i. (that's the version with 1000cc, two valves per cylinder and air cooling). If you like the ergonomics the monster is just a great fun ride, especially in the twisties.
The only downside I could think of is if you're planning to take a lot of luggage. Just ride light, ride fast and you and the Monster will be friends!
I did a 2000mile trip to the alps and back in a week in a Monster 1000S a couple of years back. The bike is easily capable and reliable enough to do these sorts of trips. I fitted soft panniers and a tank bag.
The downsides are it is quite a tiring bike to ride. Heavy clutch, no fairing. Also it can take some cranking to turn over when it gets cold, it snowed in the alps and I only just managed to start it on the last gasp of battery power. BTW after market pipes make it breathe easier, and I found made it easier to start. I think they run a tad rich from the factory.
But the biggest PITA is its small tank capacity. The specs say 15 litres, but as there is a fuel pump in there so actual fuel to dry is 13 litres. I know! So every hundred miles you are looking for a petrol station. Think twice about going out on a Sunday....
Just go for it!
I used to have a 1993 900SS, and rode it to Ukraine, Moscow, St. Pete and back (1996) and Istanbul and back (1997) with my daughter on the back.
It was brilliant, reliable, and attracted great company en route.
My luggage was Nonfango rack and box (no longer available but was like Givi, and my Nonfango top box is still going strong on long journeys), Oxford soft panniers and a Baglux tank bag.
The bike was faultless and didn't even complain about Ukrainian petrol the colour of mud!
I just swapped my Monster 695 for a V-Strom DL650. I found I was getting rather uncomfortable on the Monster after doing as little as 50 miles. My wrists would be aching, my hands would be numb and have pins and needles and then my bum would start hurting too!
These are all things that could probably be fixed but in the end I felt the V-Strom would be the better choice for me and I haven't looked back since! :P
When you love your bike you will overcome any obstacle.
I rode my m600 from Holland to Portugal and back, 6000km without problems. I made my own sub frame to hold the bag, somehow Ducati just doesn't design travel gear for long distances. It rides perfectly through the nice Spanish mountains although it's not so comfortable on my long Dutch legs.
This picture was taken in Andorra at 2250meters, it was idling real nice and slow, lost about 40% of it's power but I made it over the hill.
I am going to show you a real Ducati. The legendary 900 SS Desmo. The longest trip I ´ve done with that old beautiful lady was 100 km far from Madrid. It was enough to catch
I am not going to ride her further. I have a heavy and ugly BMW GS to do the dirty job. But my Italian Princess was born to ride fast and making a lot of wonderful noise. Once you hear her, you will never forget. I am sorry to say, but new Ducatis (and I had a S4RS) are silent toys.
I got that perfect jewel from my father as a family treasure and, of course, is a real 900 SS Desmo with less than 11,000 km on the clock and no accident at all. And of course (Do I have to say?) it is not for sell. Is just for loving her.
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