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.
Price differences worth it for RTW? DL650 to KLR650
Here's a dilemma I have, cost of new bikes that I have settled on for a trip. First off, I want new bike and set it up the way I like so not have to worry about IPO (idiot previous owner) issues. The 2 bikes I have settled on for a trip down to S. America and most likely RTW are an 07 Wee or 07 KLR. $6500usd OTD for the Wee and $4900usd OTD for the KLR (I've found in California).
Now, lets not count panniers and stuff you would kit both bikes with for the trip. So, taking into consideration that there seems to be a long list of "MUST DO" mods before a long trip on the KLR, $500usd over what the OTD is what I'm guessing minimum (am I right?).
I'm not wanting to rock radical offroad during my trip (stick mainly to paved or fire-type roads but sometimes the roads south will treat the bike like you're offroading it seems when you're not). Is there a big difference for maintenance, parts, general upkeep? I am NOT a moto mechanic, but I'm (I will learn the model I choose for a month or 2 crossing the States before the dip south though) so reliability and ease of maintenance is #1, comfort #2.
Question is, $1100'ish more for the Wee, would it really be worth it? I'm 38 years old, and have budgeted about $45usd a day for the trip south/RTW if that matters at all with the above questions.
First, decide which bike suits you best for long riding days. That'll be worth the price difference if the DL is more comfortable. If your budget is strained, go with the KLR. It'll do fine on street and dirt.
The KLR has a huge aftermarket and support community. It's probably easier to work on (I have a KLR but never wrenched on a DL).
A friend of mine has a flawlessly running high mileage (85k+) Wee with Jesse's both sides, top box, skidplate, centerstand...and some other nifty stuff, really well set up for touring. And the idiot is going to sell it. He's moving to the 250-400 size world.
If you're interested, PM me. But regardless, don't feel squeemish about a used Wee that's had regular maintenance. Zuki built that motor right, right out of the blocks.
If you decide to up grade the KLR front brake (highly reccomended) then right away you're over half way through your $500 allocation. Then you've got to get a better seat (must, IMO) panniers (hard or soft?), bash plate, center stand, shield, Acerbis hand guards, tank panniers, crash guards, spare tubes, tools, and a bunch of other things.
I would personally put on a KLR the front brake, upgrade handguards, air horn first for RTW (horn really would help)
seat is optional, I no longer feel it after 5 months. Very good offroad all day performance.
I have wrecked a couple of times today, the IMS shift lever just bent where the stock lever would have left me stranded.
don`t worry about the centre stand, just more weight and you get pretty canny at propping up the bike soon.
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