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.
Hi, My wife and I are planning a trip to Capetown from london, at the moment I ride a ducati and she has a CBR600, neither of us have any offroad experiance but have decided to do this before the kids roll along!
So the question I have is what bikes should we go for? I am getting very confused as some are saying anyhing and others are saying bmw or ktm. bmw for comfort and ktm for the desert? we just want reliabilitiy over and above anything else. this is a 6month tour so speed is not essentail.
I am concerned about parts should they be required. Getting 2 of the same seems a good idea so that spares can be doubled on without a problem.
Would you recommend new or used bikes? I have a budget of 5K a bike but would rather go lower so if there are any deals around let me know.
Well I'm doing the same trip sometime in 2002, and I've decided to use a 1989 R100 GS. I was considering a Yamaha XT600, BMW F 650 or Armstrong.
I've ridden the K series BMW for a number of years - ideal for tarmac touring/commuting, etc - so I like BMW bikes. The deciding factor for me was that the bike was very cheap and low mileage, so I bought it and rebuilt it to my specification. Have a look at my website if you are interested. Charlie Money has nearly finished the same trip and his journey is detailed here on the Horizons website and on his own website. Charlie uses a Cagiva E900 Elefant. There are quite a few other people planning the same trip who use the Horizons website - have a look in the Sahara Travel Forum and other bulletin boards for details and use the direct email link to contact them.
No bike is 100% reliable - even the R100 GS :-)
There is good discussion about the R100 GS in the BMW Tech bulletin board 'Road test' : 1989 BMW R100GS
Good Luck - and see you on the road somtime/somewhere maybe?
(I'm quackers about bikes)
I think the most important consideration is that whatever you choose is comfortably rideable by BOTH of you. All too often what happens is he gets the bikes he likes and she makes do, even though the bike is, strictly speaking, bigger than she would choose for herself. (You haven't said what size you both are, so I will assume average - in other words you're a lot bigger than she is
I think some time wandering through shops with your lady doing the "test sitting" on the bikes will rule out some of the options, and perhaps narrow it down enough. One important test - can she pick it up herself unladen? Remember it will be much harder fully loaded, so if it's too hard bare, forget it.
A bike to think about is a DR350. Adequately fast, light and easy to ride, and reliable. Astrid rode hers from Alaska to Ushuaia, where we met her, and she loved it. And she's quite small. Her boyfriend had an Africa Twin, which was much heavier, and harder to ride. And it's speed was wasted.
Average speed on-road in Africa is no more than 60mph if you have any brains at all. So a big bike is a waste.
Smaller is also cheaper, and you can then get something much newer and probably more reliable, and still spend a few quid getting it well-sorted and equipped.
And yes, definitely without a shadow of a doubt have two identical bikes.
Also well worth seeing about an off-road course for both of you - I guarantee it will be the best money you spend on prepping for the trip. And it will even make you into better street riders.
Now back having made it to Cape Town from Bristol on a Cagiva Elefant. So if you are partial to Ducati engines, there is a good option for you. No way I'm selling you mine though!
In terms of reliability, the key is really good preparation of the bike in the first place, followed by huge doses of good luck.
People suggested I was mad taking an Italian bike, and I had a nagging feeling that they would probably be proved right. But the bike was superb, with only minor problems which would not be unexpected on a long arduous trip.
To be honest though, as long as you are not carrying a passenger, you don't need the sort of power that an Elefant or any of the other big-traillie bikes have, never mind the weight on such a trip. It is all a compromise in the end, but a solid 600 single that is easy to work on is probably the most sensible option.
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