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.
The latest MCN newsstand issue released this week has a good article on the new BMW 800GS being tested in Africa by Herbert Schwarz, director of parts specialist Touratech. The link below has some great pics of the bike in action in Africa.
Damn - Time to get back to working full-time so I can get mine!
I see an F800GS in my future !! Fixes some of the shortcomings of the F650, such as a more powerful alternator (to power heated vests, aux lights, etc.), more power (of course) which means a higher top speed, for those times when you are on asphalt, getting from place to place, nice luggage set, bright lights, yet still fairly light for a big trailie. I'm a bit wary of going with a brand new breed before the bugs are worked out, but here's hoping the Touratech guy nailed some of them on his Africa trip and that BMW will fix them. This could be a big seller if they keep the price manageable.
Is the new F800GS similar to the R80GS? It seems that a lot of the used bikes I see on craigslist here in Colorado are over priced in my opinion. I've been looking at possibly getting an R80GS but they all are over priced for as many miles as they have on them and at that point it would be better to spend more on the F650GS or now the F800GS.
The standard R80GS seems like its a bit lighter than the new F800GS according to the specs I found below. Other than that, they are quite different in most other specs and of course, technology.
Start of Production 1980
End of Production 1987 Numbers Produced 21,864 Price 8,920 DM Engine
Four-stroke two cylinder horizontally opposed "Boxer" engine, air cooled
Bore x Stroke
84.8 x 70.6 mm (3.33 x 2.77 in)
50 hp (37 KW) at 6,500 rpm
56.7 Nm / 41 ft lb at 5,000 rpm
8.2 : 1
Valves Per Cylinder
OHV, using push rod and rocker arm
2 constant depression carburettors, Bing V 64/32/305 - 64/32/306
Engine Lubricating System
Dry single plate, with lever action diaphragm spring
Number of Gears
Dog type gearbox (ratchet foot lever)
4.4 / 2.86 / 2.07 / 1.67 / 1.50
Rear Wheel Ratio
1 : 3.36
11 / 37 teeth
Contact free electronic ignition (Bosch)
Bosch 280 W
Bosch 0.7 Kw
Bosch W 7 D / Beru14-7D / Champion N10Y
Type of Frame
Double loop tubular frame with bolt on rear section
Front wheel suspension
Telescopic fork with hydraulic shock absorber
Rear wheel suspension
BMW Monolever swinging arm
Spring Travel Front/Rear
200 / 170 mm (7.87 x 6.69 in)
Wheel Rims, Front
1.85 B 21
Wheel Rims, Rear
2.15 B 18
3.00 x 21 48 R
4.00 x 18 64 R
Single disc brake 260 mm / 10.23 in diameter. Brembo 2 piston caliper
Simplex drum brake 200 mm / 7.87 in diameter
Length x Width x Height 2230 x 820 x 1150 mm (87.79 x 32.28 x 45.27 in) Wheel Base 1465 mm / 57.67 in Fuel Tank Capacity 19.5 litres / 4.28 gal / 5.15 gal US (Paris - Dakar: 32 litres / 7.03 gal / 8.45 gal US) Unladen Weight with Full Tank 186 Kg / 409 lb (Paris - Dakar: 205 Kg / 451 lb) Max. Permissible Weight 398 Kg / 876 lb Ground Clearance 175 mm / 6.88 in Seat Height (Unladen) 860 mm (33.9 inches) Fuel Consumption 5.0 litres 100 Km (at constant 90 Kph) / 47 mpg US or 56 mpg / 47 mpg US Top Speed 168 Kph / 104 mph Acceleration 0 - 100 Kph / 62 mph 5.6 seconds
Capacity cm3 798
Bore/lift mm 82/75,6
Power kW/HP 63/85
at engine speed min-1 7 500
Torque Nm 83
at engine speed min-1 5 750
No. of cylinders 2
Compression/fuel :1 12.0/Super unleaded (95 RON)
Valve/gas control c (double overhead camshaft)
Valves per cylinder 4
Diam. inlet/outlet mm 32/27,5
Throttle valve diameter mm 46
Generator W 400
Battery V/Ah 14-Dec
Headlights/rear light W
Starter kW 0.9
Primary transmission 01:01.9
Transmission, gear stages I 01:02.5
Rear wheel drive
Transmission ratio 1:2.625 (16/42)
Wheel suspension, front wheel Upside-down telescopic fork,
fixed tube Ø 45 mm
Wheel suspension, rear wheel
Spring travel front/rear mm 230/215
Castor mm 117
Wheel spacing mm 1578
Steering head angle ° 64
Brakes front Double-disc brake Ø 300 mm
rear Single-disc brake Ø 265 mm
Wheels Spoked wheels with aluminium rims
Tyres front 90/90-21 54 V
rear 150/70-R17 69 V
Dimensions and weights
Total length mm 2 320
Total width with mirrors mm
Total width without mirrors mm 870
Seat height inches 33.5-34.6
Dry weight lbs 392
DIN tare, ready to drive lbs 455
Perm. total weight lbs 975
Tank capacity gallons 4.2
Fuel consumption (MPG) At 56 mph 62 mpg
At 74 mph 45 mpg
MSRP $10,520 USD
Standard Equipment / 100% Options
Closed loop 3 way catalytic converter with oxygen sensor
Complete stainless steel exhaust system
Hydraulic rear spring preload adjuster
Single wire system (Can-Bus)
Adjustable brake and clutch levers
Comfort Package $475
Clear Turn Signal Lenses $60
Anti Theft Alarm $235
Center Stand $150
Low Seat $0
Dark Magnesium Metallic
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