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.
After a bit of a non-starter about a year ago, my savings for a RTW trip are now getting somewhere.
I've umm'd and ahhh'd about bikes for a long time, and looked at all sorts of things. Thought an F650 was the way forward, and changed my mind in favour of a smaller, more trail type machine.
I accept that there is no perfect bike for this, generally it's either it's too heavy, or not powerful/strong enough.
I'm now looking at a suzuki DR, but I don't know much about them. I took a 650 accross Canada very soon after passing my bike test, and it was great for that trip.
Is the new (ish) DRZ400 a viable option, anyone know anything about these? Otherwise I'm cut between the 350 and 650. Dual start is appealing, as it light weight, and reliability.
The trip is accross from UK to Eastern Russia, then from Alaska to Argentina. Possibly then up through Africa. Two people, one female. Both want the same bike.
It's good that you're planning to use two of the same bike, very smart.
Buy 2 DRs several months or more before your trip starts and put some miles on them. Become comfortable with the maintenance, minimal as it is. Make a decision on what gearing (sprockets) you will use, although you can easily carry and change an extra front sprocket. Load the bikes and go on some short trips. In other words, know your mounts before you leave.
1,000 yards of Hell can be a lot worse than 10,000 miles of uncomfortable highway.
Personally, I don't like hard luggage for off road use.
You'll need seats, larger fuel tanks, possible spring upgrades (she may not), handguards, maybe wind screens (very personal things), and rear racks.
Add an inline fuel filter. Not the little 'stone' thing, but a real paper filter.
If money isn't a stopper, you could go to 18" rear rims as 18" rear tires are more available in some places you plan to travel.
IMO, the most important thing might be beoming very familiar with your bikes before departing on your 'big one'.
If money wasn't a limiting factor in my choice of bike for RTW trips, I would suggest....the Suzuki DR650.
go for the DRZ 400 ... loads of aftermarket bits available, and it must one of the most widely available bikes in the world. If you walk into a motorcycle dealer in Bolivia or Kazakhstan or anywhere else like that, there will be brand new DRZs on the shop floor.
I also prefer the water cooled engine for big trips ... when you are riding in conditions from -5 degrees to +45 degrees (as you will) then its good to keep the engine at a steady temperature. Austin Vince swears by his simpler air cooled DR350 theory, but then again he has to rebuild his engine 5 times every trip.
Thank you for your input folks. I think what I'll do is get a 650, and give it a bit of abuse for a few months here in England as a trial period.
I'm a pretty keen off-road rider, but as Charlotte (the girl I'm travelling with for much of the trip) is not, I think the important thing will be getting ability to get from A to B, as apposed to racing around Baja or Mongolia.
I think that the 650 is certainly the best bike in terms of comfort and load carrying, but I'm not sure how easy it will be for her to ride through the more technical bits? Practice is the key I suppose.
I've been looking at panniers, and come to the decision that I'll build my own. All the good ones are frighteningly expensive.
The ones I’m most keen on are made by a bloke in England called Vern, who sells them via a website ::::.ProjectVND.com.:::: and he’s kindly offered some help with this.
Thanks again with the advice, I’ll keep you posted with my progress.
I know a guy in Costa Rica they use them as rental bikes and they go everywhere!!! ANd they are very tough - I have a friend she rode Alaska - Tierra del Fuego on a 350 - no problems at all! normal speed of course....
For faster travel I recommand the Dr 650 SE
I ride a XT 600 Tenere - not to bad, but already a little old....
I also have a F 650 BMW, first model, very reliable but for real tracks/Jungle etc... to heavy...
Hey Baron if you are serious about the GF riding her own bike get the bike she can ride X 2. The old saw about only as strong as the weakest link is really true in that muddy dusty track in the middle of nowhere. Stop in when you come thru north america, i'm just outside of yellowstone park.
Hello Baron, I couldn't message you back as I don't have enough posts on the board yet... good to see you found one in the end, I went for a TT600R which shapes up rather nicely, good luck with it all, sure you'll have an awesome trip!
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