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.
As a life long Harley Davidson man i have always been happy to stick to the roads and ride my Big Twins all over the US and Europe and even South Africa. I now have a real urge to a bit of sensible off roading - so no RTW or darkest Africa or Asia - but i cant bring myself to give up the HD brand. and get a GS1200. I have read a few reasonable reviews of the Buell Ulyssees, and i was wondering if anyone had any views to convince me to buy or not. I will be riding one up and probably on 2-3 week trips max.
Instead of committing yourself to a bike, why don't you sign up for some off-road bike courses which probably offer a 250cc or smaller bike to ride on dirt, then you can see if you truly see yourself enjoying riding that kind of terrain. IMHO it's a big switch from riding a harley to offroad even gentle offroad.
If by sensible off roading you mean gravel and dirt roads I'd stick to a Harley Bobber of some sort. The Ully is quite tall and from my experience all that extra suspension is wasted on normal tracks. Even knobbly tyres are really only of use when it gets muddy. A low seat height means you can use your legs to keep the bike up and "paddle" through. On a recent off-road jaunt this guy kept up no problem on road tyres. In fact I followed him some of the way.
It just proves what you can do on an ordinary bike. If you fancy a Ully and have the legs for it go for it.
I've been on gravel in Norway and been passed by 2 guys on Buell sports bikes. I've even seen a V-Rod there so it's possible for sure. If you want to get serious though get a 250 trail bike. Tyres and weight make all the difference off road.
I've ridden the Buell Uly quite a few times. I can't get used to the tremendous vibrations - it's far worse than even a badly balanced Guzzi. It's been back and forth to the seller a number of times as they too think it seems a bit too vibey, but they can't find anything wrong - so everybody now assumes this is the way it should be. The electrics was dodgy, with the headlights suddenly dying then coming alight again for no apparent reason. The injection seemed not up to par, with it spitting and spluttering on low revs. It also burned the voltage reglator. If I didn't know better I'd think it was an old Guzzi...
Would I get a Ulysses? No. Especially because it's too road biased. Wherever the Uly goes, any old Hog will go. But also because it seems to have too many issues. This was a 2006 model. Buell may have sorted it all out by now for all I know. However, I'm not convinced. But then again: I'm riding Guzzis thinking they are the greatest machines ever built, so what would I know...
No experiences of the newer Buells, but i was seduced by a Thunderbolt (a Cyclone with a larger seat and a touring fairing...). I saw myself as a convert to the HD/Buell lifestyle after a solid diet of Jap 4's. 8 months later i'd had enough of things going pop or wearing out at a horrific rate of knots, so it went to be replaced by an sv650. The vibes and noise (via a Supertrapp...) were fantastic - a real feature of the genre, and sorely missed. But as a dependable touring bike - perhaps not for me. A most emotive machine wih astounding brakes/suspension.
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I have to admit I really like the Uly, two things kept me from buying one for a trip to Alaska. Price and fuel tank capacity. I demoed an 07 and thought it was a blast to ride, very comfortable, and handles very well. I have an 02 Harley Road King, and other than checking for normal aging or cracks you really don't have to touch the belt between tire changes, and it has seen a few gravel roads. I ended up buying a used Suzuki 650 V-Strom for the upcoming trip, but if finances allowed in the future I would love to add a Uly to the garage. Buell has addressed the turning radius issue on the 08 models so they turn tighter. And yes as Patrick says, the fan is still rather noisy.
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