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.
Much as I like my Triumph Trophy I am beginning to wonder if I really need such a large bike.I had a ride on a mate's Africa Twin and I liked it,that set me thinking,how about a Transalp?Can anyone with a 650 TA tell me a bit about it?I usually ride solo,but often with a load of luggage.What is the fuel consumption/tank range like?Is maintenance easy?I tend to ride at about 70/80 mph rarely any faster,will a laden TA do this O.K.
Everybody I've met who has a transalp swears by them. A few years ago I travelled from Sydney to Adelaide (2000kms Approx)in OZ with some Danish guys on 600cc Transalps they had ridden from Europe. Cruising at 120-140kph was easy for them. Better still they didn't need a minor rebuild every fuel stop like my 750 round case Ducati. Now that was junk!good looking junk but junk all the same.
Why not do a search (top right of page) on the site under 'Transalp'. In the 'Honda' and the 'Which Bike' Forum there is sure to be a fair bit of wisdom on the topic.
For my grain of salt: Hondas in particular and Jap bikes in general are much more reliable/ functional (dare I say better) than European or American brands. We all regret big mistakes in our lives: One of my biggest was to sell an Africa Twin and buy a BMW for my RTW trip. I'm now older and wiser
The transalp is a proven overlanding bike.
I am in my third year of RTW on one and am very pleased with it. Briefly, you get very high reliability and easy of riding with a twin, but it is nothing like as heavy as the other multi-cylinder options. A great all-rounder.
See http://www.ta-deti.de/ta/ for lots of info.
My own small contribution can be found at http://simonkennedy.freeservers.com/
[This message has been edited by Simon Kennedy (edited 24 May 2003).]
I bought a 98 TA about a month and a half and (so far) it's been fantastic. I did a lot of research before I decided on that bike and then a lot of looking around to find the right TA (they aren't very plentiful in the UK).
Deti's transalp site (url posted in a message above) is ace and helped me make some good decisions.
Advertised tank range is about 200 miles from 18L of petrol (you'll have to do he math yerself to get the milage!) - though I've gotten 220 out of mine before coasting to an undignified stop on the hard shoulder.
I've put about 2000 touring miles on it here in the UK on weekends and plan to spend a month on it travelling through Europe come summer. Motorway cruising up to 80mph is smooth and comfortable - tho' a higher aftermarket screen is defo on my wishlist. I also commute to central london on it every day and it's performed both tasks brilliantly so far.
Downsides? Well, after a Trophy the Alps's 55 (or so) bph will probably seem decidedly tractoresque. One up touring leaves power a plenty for motorways - two up is asking a bit much of the bike and you may find yourself struggling to pass milk wagons. Too bad as the seat and pillion position is ideal for passangers.
The only BIG gripe I have is the plastic pegs honda uses to attach the side pannels to the bike. I looked at 8 different alps before I bought mine and all of them had broken mounting pegs - nothing that can't be fixed with a carufully drilled hole or two and some plastic tie straps but a bit naff nonetheless.
Give old ernie a ring at Overland Solutions re your problem with the panels as I know he's in the process of making kits, for the F650 gs to change all the Star type bolts back to allen key styles which don't round easily. I'm sure he could sort out your issues.
Originally posted by madeofale: The only BIG gripe I have is the plastic pegs honda uses to attach the side pannels to the bike. I looked at 8 different alps before I bought mine and all of them had broken mounting pegs - nothing that can't be fixed with a carufully drilled hole or two and some plastic tie straps but a bit naff nonetheless.
I don't know how the Honda ones work but take a look at:
Wow - that's what I would call the definitive solution to the plastic mounting peg problem. This site is a right alladin's cave...
My solution - or rather the one employed by my bikes previous owner and followed studiously by myself - was to drill small holes in the plastic and attach the panels to the frame with plastic ties. You can get a bag of 500 at ome Depot for £1.79 ... Efficient if ugly and hardly worthy of a multi-photo step by step series!
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