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.
Im in the latter stages of trip planning (Europe Turkey,Iran,Pakistan India,Nepal,Thailand,Laos,Cambodia,Ausand NZ) and had intended taking a Yam XT660 when I leave(early May)I`ve riden Yamahas for years and reckon they are the best of the Japanese manufacturers IMHO!I also have a FZ1 Fazer that I bought last Autumn and I love it.To throw a spanner in the works one of my friends suggested that instead of the XT why not take the FZ1 and at least when I get to NZ i`ll have something good to run around on(I intend on spending at least 3 months in NZ) before coming home(May /June 09 )Is it a feasible option?I know people say you can tour on any bike,but can you really!!!Im not intending doing any off roading as such,the occasional dirt /gravel road.The more I think about it the more of a challenge it seems.Appreciate any opinions.
I would think the XT would be the Duck's nuts for NZ! National speed limit is 100km ( and the highway patrol will get ya, not to mention the un-signposted hidden speed cameras!!) so the longer legs of a road bike will be not so helpfull and there is a world of rough gravel roads, foresty roads, firebreaks, off road etc that a XT was made for!! I think you'd have a lot greater options and fun on the XT. And if you can that far on the XT, it can't be that bad on the road eh!?
(i'm not a xt fanatic, i'm about to buy a GS, so don't think I'm bias, just living in Europe these days. If i was still in NZ it would be a single of some kind for sure!! )
Steve the kiwi
I test rode the old style Fizzy a few years ago (pre FI), and it didn't seem a bad bike, it just didn't excite me. On the other hand, I've been riding an Xt for a couple of months now, and I think it is brilliant - probably the most non-sports-bike fun I've had on two wheels. Take the XT - more fun, more of the time, and you can get away with utter stupidity on any surface (useful for someone like me, no aspersions being cast on you!)
Still love my 636 more than a man should ever love a lump of metal, but learning to love the single throb, after a luke warm experience with my old DRZ.
My Kawasaki ZR-7S bears some significant similarities to your FZ1 in that both are essentially four cylinder, standard-ish bikes which run on 17 inch wheels mounted with fairly meaty tires and both lean somewhat towards the sport end of the spectrum. Having ridden the ZR-7S a fair bit on gravel and dirt roads during trips to the Yukon and Baja I would say that this type of bike does not fair well off pavement. The wheel size (particularly in front), the width of the tires and the power pulse of the multi cylinder engine do not make for a secure feeling on gravel or dirt surfaces.
I found that I needed to slow down very substantially on these surfaces while my friends on a GS650 and a KLR blasted right by me. Add some rain or sand and the issue intensifies. I could have deflated the tires somewhat but there was enough switching between pavement and gravel that it would have been a pain to keep re-inflating.
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