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.
I am looking to buy a street bike for long trips in the US. I wont be going around the world and have a duel sport I am going to keep. Criteria are 1 reiable 2 low maintance 3 inexpensive ie about $7000 US new.4 I prefer fuel injection and water cooled, but not necessary. I have looked at the Suzuki SV 1000 and Bandit 1200, but dont know much except what the dealer says. They are actually very honest (rare) but I would like other opinions and bike options. I have also considered the BMW F650 Dakar, but I already have the duel sport covered. Sport bikes need not apply, I try to kill myself in many other ways without adding one more. Thanks for any input.
What about an early K100? Quite cheap in the UK these days, I assume it's the same where you are. You get a lot of bike for your money, they're reliable and quite easy to maintain, There's also a wealth of information about them and all faults are well known. For US$7,000, you should be able to buy the bike and finance the trip. Many friends have K100's and all have covered in excess of 100,000 miles. Why buy a new bike for this trip?
Bandit is the way to go, you'll spend a lot trying to improve the SV and get nothing back for it whereas the bandit can be uprated at no cost to reliability or keep it stock which is still a stonker, if your stuck somewhere with the engine blown £300 and you can just buy a new suzi engine of which many will fit into the bandit (with no or little mods)however this won't happen as they go on for ever.
Only thing with suzuki is the cleaning, you gotta clean em a lot to keep the finish, other than that I'd say there about the cheapest bike to run
Thanks for the quick response. K100- nice bikes. Unfortantuly BMW and cheap do not go together here in the US. I looked at some prices on e-bay.
The dealer sales person recommended the Bandit first, but I asked about the SV since one of the girls that work there just bought an SV. That tells me something when the worker buys a model. I am leaning twords the Bandit. BTW I can recomment the Suzuki dealer in Eureka Ca if you are going through. They aren't the slick sales type, but the are honest. The owner just fired his only mechanic a few weeks ago because the work was not up to standard. He is doing it himself now until another one can be found. Thanks again and any other advice is still welcome.
Why not look into the Honda nighthawk 750. It's discontinued after 2003 but has been a "best standard" winner in the U.S. for 10 years. That means lots of parts availability and used bargains to be had. Very very reliable and simple and surprisingly comfortable. A couple here in Minnesota took two of them to Alaska and back without a single problem. Steve
I'll second the Honda Nighthawk 750 as well... while not glamorous bikes, they're know for being solid and reliable. It's basically the same as the old CB750 with electronic ignition and some cosmetic changes. After 35 years, you figure they've probably got it right by now.
Also, buy buying a new bike for $5500, you'll save some money for new luggage, etc.
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