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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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.
Short girl needs bike advice for South America trip
I'm new to the word of dual-sports and looking for a dual sport for a ride through Latin America (sticking mostly to non-highway/backroads). I'm only 5'3" and want something that I'll be able to reach my feet the ground on. Also, something on the less expensive side with parts relatively easy to come by.
I'm looking at a 1998 Suzuki DR650 Clarke. It has only 6,000 miles on it, appears to be in great shape, and is being sold for $2,000 USD. I sat on it and only my toes reach the ground. I don't know if I'll have better footing once I've added panniers and luggage....? Or if there's a way to lower the seat without making serious compromises in clearance/shock absorbance.
Also, I haven't seen many options for panniers for this type of bike. Know of any?
If anyone has thoughts on this or ideas as to what would be a great bike for this trip, please let me know!
I am ninety per cent sure that the DR650 has a special lowering kit that actually works (as opposed to most of the lowering kits). Taking some foam out of the seat and wearing boots with a bit of a platform gets you a bit more.
Understandably, you don't say what you weigh. But if you are on the light side I would look at smaller bikes maybe. A Yamaha 225 serow or an NX250. The latter is pretty quick, more like a 400 - plenty of power for your route.
There's been quite a bit of talk about this matter on the site , so have a search around.
hi rachel, did you try the bike with normal shoes on? if you can just touch the ground in normal shoes then boots will give you a bit more. also like you said when the bike is loaded up it will sag some more.
agree with the 'lois on the loose' idea, lois isnt particularly tall and a yamaha serow 225 is a good bike
My wife just upgraded from a XT225 to a DR650. We had the bike lowered, factory lowering, as well as changed the seat to the lower gel seat. My wife is 5.4". So now she can have the balls of her feet on the ground. She would prefer to be flat footed. The seat is not the final solution as we would change the seat once we go with a larger tank.
Luggage - I got the universal racks from motosport int. & pelican cases; thinking that once fully loaded she would be flat footed - though we haven't ried this set-up as yet.
If you are really looking for something that will ALWAYS have parts ALL over Central and South America and is small enough for you to reach the ground on (and pick up when it falls over), then you want the Tornado.
I am 6'3" and 100 kg and ride a Honda XR650L, but due to this concern for economy and parts, my son and I decided to take the Honda XR250 Tornado (made in Brazil, but sold EVERYWHERE in C and SA). Buy it in Mexico and go south!
Our trip was only 10,000 km Around the Block 2007 | but we had minimal concerns and found cheap parts (stuff that normally does wear) at almost every stop. For spares we carried: a spark plug, an extra tube in each size and 2 smaller carburetor jets for the altitude. That's it!
The stock tank has a 180 km range, and the few times we needed more, we carried a small container trapped to our luggage. We started with soft side bags, but due to the rough roads and them tearing up; ended up with a single rear rack lockable box and a small backpack strapped to the tank, which worked great! (this is in La Paz)
The power was sufficient to climb to 16,000 ft and pass cars at the same time. Any more is just luxury and a temptation to overload the bike with too much stuff.
Hi Rachel, since you call yourself Hong Kong Rachel, I suspect you are originally from there, which is me too. Anyway, I agree with most of the replies which say that you can do it with the 250cc bike. I rode in Vietnam for two weeks on a Honda 125cc on all sorts of road or offroads with luggage, while I ride a big BMW R1200GS in Germany where I currently live. I had so much fun in Vietnam with the small bike that I am considering trading my GS for another bike that is half the size. I am convinced that any bikes with such big engines are really for developed countries such as US and Germany. Given the fact that you seem to drive from San Francisco to SA, I would caution your driving a small bike on highway. Perhaps you can plan your route avoiding those nasty highways. Good luck!
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