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.
My name is Haitham, im english but live and work in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ...
I've been planning to go to UK next year, maybe late spring/early summer, and have'nt decided what bike to use yet - I dont want to travel with a bike im not familiar with, and I dont want a dedicated tourer (I had previously considered the Goldwing but its too cumbersome in town ...) ...
after asking about it seems the Kawasaki ZZR (1100?) is a suitable bike for touring, I could use it from now until then, and I dont need to sell it afterward....
any bike will do it if you have enthusiasm! Dedicated tourer? Hmm... If you want to see more landscape and non-public places - to see the real country not just the boring highways connecting them, then i'd go for some travelenduro bike to be independent on the conditions of the roads awayting you on your trip. From Yamaha XT660 all the way to BMW R1150GS all are excellent and reliable enduros there that can do tarmac on the same level as Kawasaki ZZR bike and also can do gravel- and offroad that Kawi bike would be considered as very uncomfortible and dangerous to ride...
well so far ive only toured twice - my first time was from Riyadh to Haql in the far northeast of saudi Arabia, actually you can see the lights of Egypt and Israel from there (about 2000km), and the second time was to Dubai and back ... both on a Goldwing ... but the bike wasn't mine and rode two-up taking turns in riding ... so im not too experienced in highway touring, let alone getting lost in backroads ... maybe next time!
its GREAT for distances, but like I said, i want something I can keep ... my previous bikes were: Suz GSX400F, Yam R1, Kaw ZX9R ... so i guess i like sport bikes ,,,, plus in Saudi Arabia BMW bikes are not available ... only H-D, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Honda. Kawasaki and its parts are available through importers from the UAE, so i think a BMW or a unpopular Yamaha would be difficult to maintain, I especially avoid this situation after my Suz GSX400F, i crashed id and couldnt get any parts for it, after 3 months I sold it as is in its damaged condition ...
plus here I can easily get a good clean ZZR1100, say a 2000 or 2001 model for about $3500 ...
what i needed to know is are there any issues with long-range touring on it? does it have any annoying niggles you dont read about in the spec sheet, of things city riders dont notice ... if you know what I mean ... what should I look out for when buying one - i.e. any ZZR-specific issues?
[This message has been edited by dragonninja (edited 18 December 2004).]
I just looked up the ZZR 1200 at an on line motorcycle mag I subscribe to. Here is the short story.
A couple years ago, this would have been the ultimate sport tourer. If laser-like straight-line speed and sleek styling are your game, you'd be hard pressed to find a better bike. In fact, for short-range commuting, day trips and general usage, the ZZR is a fantastic motorcycle. However, the Kawasaki's slightly buzzy engine, stiff suspension and sportbike riding position relegate it to a back-of-the-pack showing in today's world of nearly perfect Sport Touring motorcycles.
The things we said we liked MOST about the Kawasaki ZZR 1200 were:
The things we said we liked LEAST about the Kawasaki ZZR 1200 were:
Long haul comfort is compromised by harsh suspension, engine vibes and aggressive riding position
Saddlebags are a dealer installed "extra" and are no longer available color matched
Saddlebags are not common keyed with the rest of the bike, so you always have to carry two keys
Looks funky with saddlebags removed, because the clunky frames stay on the tailsection
Annoying engine vibes at cruising speed
Rear shock needs more rebound damping when ridden solo
I have a friend who has traveled all over europe he sold a gold wing to buy the zzr loves the z
Your trip will be all tarmac so you don't need a gs or at. From the other posts get another shock (Olins?)and some soft luggage,I think oxford products in england do some great gear?
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