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 really like the 12GS and would look at getting one except my main plan for the bike is to ship it to Sth America and ride around there in about 18 months time. I think that a cheaper bike proabably be more suitable in case it gets stolen damaged etc etc. I think when we get to Europe though a 12GS or a 990KTM will be the weapon of choice for rideing through the alps to keep the high!!
mollydog - i can understand you love your Strom mate but i think your post is probably a little to negative to someone that has just spent a small fortune on their pride and joy. Your posts and insights seem quite valuable to the forum and you have even got me pointed in the way of the Wee for our trip for which i thank you but being quite critical of anothers choice is a bit harsh mate.
Good choice on the 12GS considering your height. BMW has resolved some of the problems in the driveshaft and the break system for the '07 model.
Too late for Daniel, but for future considerations: Work the cost of a CDP into the equation if the bike is intended for RTW. Countries like Iran and Pakistan would tie up a good junk of your money. Imagine putting up 45000USD (300% of the cost of the bike for Iran) on a 15000USD bike to get a CDP. This was one of the reasons I "downgraded" from an '05 12GS to an '01 650.
Completely agree with trekkingbee, except I think you will find Iran and pakistan are currently highest at 470%, so even higher bond required..... an often forgotten expense when deciding on the best RTW bike.
Mollydog, There has been lots of talk about how ugly the Vstrom is, when traveling in 3rd world countries I lost track of how many thousands of times I was told what a beautiful bike I have and how the Vstrom was the most beautiful bike they have ever seen etc etc. So I guess beauty is really in the eye eye of the beholder. I could not have attracted any more attention on the latest BMW or Ducati. Well I dont think the Vstrom is ugly, but then I wouldnt call it beautiful either.....
I was in the same position few month ago and was looking for a good bike for two up and after trying, many of them the 1200 gs was the most confortable for the passenger and also the lighter to drive, great power and very good brake, now the bike has 20.000 miles and so far so good I do not regret my choice and my wife love it even more than I do. Now if you talking off road , the bike is ok on jeep road but would I ride it two up in challenging sand or mud hell no , 600 pound is way over my level of riding and I will not like to have to put it straight up in 90degree temperature. Regarding the mechanical aspect the bike is great but I will not want to have to do some serious repair in a little village in the middle of nowhere,but I am a poor mechanic and will not be able to do it with most of new bike on the market.
I am still waiting for the new Africa twin to come on this growing DS market.
by the way things are going, i won't be leaving Australia anytime soon. we're thinking on visiting South East Asia (one year away), to test the skills and abilities of travelling long distance, but no long or half way round the world yet. the bike is great for me, at least. it takes me where i want, i am not an off-road rider, but have been with my wife, on fire roads, enough to test me at this stage, i don't think that any 650's out there, unless DR650, xr650 or klr650 (maybe), ktm 640, are good for extreme terrains either. Do you really have to go down single tracks? most of the time we all ride on tarmac, anyway. so, it's good to know you can go offroad if needed.
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