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.
I currently own a BMW R850r and have travelled a fair bit through out Europe. However, after purchasing Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling handbook I want to discover more adventurous routes. I tried a day of trail bike riding on CCM's but found that they were exceedingly tall and I had trouble placing my feet on the floor which at one point gave rise to an embarrasing fall at 0 mph! I am only 5' 6" tall and would really like to buy a second hand trail bike for longer adventure touring so can anyone offer advice or suggestions?
My girlfriend is about 5'5" tall & rides an R80GS Paralever with no problem. The only concession she's made is to have about 1" of seat foam removed & then had the seat re-covered. She's managed the bike off road in the Pyrenees with full panniers, top box & tank bag.
I'm selling my R80GS, I've had a couple of guys round to look at it, both were about your height but with very short legs, in even in relation to their height. They found it difficult to dismount the bike when fitted with panniers? I live in Oxford, you're welcome to try it out for size.
Most single cylinder trail bikes are quite tall. Those that aren't tend to have smaller engines.
Steve, with a loaded touring bike I've always found it easiest to put the bike on the sidestand then get off. BUT you say - the GS sidestand is a horrible contraption that's almost impossible to put down from on the bike. Yep, you need to add a decent sidestand. See: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/johnson/OurBike.shtml
MOST bikes fortunately have a decent sidestand, and sidestand down first works fine then.
Kevin, you'll find that ALL good trail bikes are tall - it's part of the price of long travel suspension. You will get used to it and develop techniques for dealing with the height, but the best thing to start with is a smallish bike - 250cc for instance - and go around to the dealers and sit on them, see what feels reasonable and is a decent price for a starter off-road bike. Despite many arguments about which is BEST - they all work great, and are amazing compared to what was available 20 years ago, and those were amazing compared to what was available when I was racing in the dirt. And we scoffed at the older stuff then...
Of course if you don't want a real dirt bike, the adventure touring bikes are more limited in choice. Have a good read through this forum, the discussion has raged on many times...
Grant, it was indeed the sidestand that was part of the problem. The pivot point was too far forwards for the shorter guys to use whilst sat on the bike. I'm 5'10" & have quite long legs for my height but I don't like using it. I always find the flattest spot to park, dismount the bike & put it on the centre stand.
Another problem was that neither person had experience of hoisting a sizeable bike on to a centre stand & found it a struggle. They both tried it using only uppper body strength to physically lift the bike up instead of relying on total body weight acting on the stand itself. When loaded with luggage, this is a sure way to hurt yourself.
I'm fairly short in the leg department, about 30" inside leg. The R100gs was fine for me, but as stated above the original side stand was a piece of junk. It was impossible to put the sidestand down, being situated too far forward and fitted with the return spring, whilst astride the bike. Ernie at Overland Solutions made a fantastic, standard type, sidestand which was welded further back on the frame and had the advantage of a large foot for use on soft ground. The mainstand was a nightmare to use when the bike was fully loaded and once the sidestand was fitted I didn't use it.
Grant, Yes from the pic's of your bike it is the same. It is, together with the strengthened subframe, the best mod' for this model. Once done it gave me alot more confidence, especialy with the bike fully loaded.
A really good solution - particularly if oriented in Offroad riding is the BETA ALP 4.0 http://www.betamotor.com/media/enduro/enduro00.html
same engine as DR350 but way better handling/suspensions/brakes
don't be fooled by their tech specs ! the real seat height is 780 mm. (just 5 mm. more than the old XT500)
Thanks for all the replies. This certainly gives me a headstart into looking at different models and specifications. Test riding some of these is going to take a while nut i'll look in from time to time and feedback.
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