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.
Anybody have an opinion on whether the BMW F650GS is better/worse than the Aprilia Pegasso? I know that until recently the "Funduro" was built by Aprilia for BMW, but that they split a year or two ago. The guy at the local Aprilia dealer by me (NJ, USA)points to a couple of things, like a 5-valve head and some other things, but I expect that kind of boasting from a dealer. Also, are BMW's better for touring due to the larger presence of BMW service centers and parts availability around the world?
I find the Pegaso to be the better equipped bike between the two. The fuel tank is much bigger, it comes in either carb, or fuel injection models, and it is better looking than the Beemer (and this is highly subjective mind you ).
I, myself own a Suzuki DR650, but had I not purchased an XR80 for my young son, the Pegaso would have been the Dual Purpose mount of choice (the two other bikes I had been considering were a Sportster , and a Buell M2 ).
Might I suggest that you check out www.f650.com for further insight into BMW's thumper? These good folk have first hand experience with the bike, but there are a few that own the Aprilia, and they post there on occassion. There are still problems with the 2001 model F650's fuel injection. This is addressed regularly on the site's message board.
Either bike would doubtless serve you well. Good luck with your choice my friend!
Thanks much dude! I currently ride a '98 xr400, but I don't consider it to be a good dual-sporting bike for anything more than 10% asphalt trips (I really on ride trails). I want to start doing some touring, possibly internationally over time, and I think a true dual sport/enduro bike, like the f650, would be my best bet. I don't want a street bike because I do want to check out some back roads over time.
As for the BMW in international locales, would I get better access to service/parts than with the Aprilia? Also, with the Aprilia, is the FI or Carb the better bet?
Finally, what about used f650s? Are they worth the high re-sale?
Just a comment about the DR650 (haven't ridden the Fun machine).
I took my trusty Honda CRM-250 (2-stroke)to the Picos Mtns in Northern spain for 6 days riding last year (organised trip) doing climbs to die for all day long until the snow/heat stopped you. Fantastic. Anyhow, there were 2 x DR650's there and both riders showed me a clean pair of heals (one was an ex 6-days rider though ..). So I can vouch for their ability off-road (albeit dry conditions) on serious climbs/desents.
For what its worth. Good luck with your Intl plans
I´m the owner of a Pegaso. The former owner of a Dominator, Africa Twin, XT-250 and a street bike.
After 22Tkm on the Pegaso 3 I can not recommend it. Engine problems, cooling problems, electrical problems and so on and on. 35Tkm on the Domi without a single problem. Also the milage is much worse than the GS.
Choose another bike for long distance driving.
Remember also that the looks play a significantly smaller role once your on your way.
the "old" F650 and the "old" Pegaso, both with carbs are more or less equal.
The "new" Pegaso with injection is only a modified old version, where the "new" F650"GS" is a new and absolutely different bike.
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