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.
Hi there,hard decision again.I'd like your advice for a bike trip Montana,usa to Alaska,prudhoe bay rtn two up.Stay in hotels,workers accom further up.Leave it at my bro's place in Montana for future trips.Experianced ex dirtbike racer,previous bike trips u.s./Canada,australia,southern africa, on road and offroad bikes,solo then,thx Ron.
Look at the big "Dual Sport Motorcycles", 900 - 1200 cc.
The major brands are BMW, Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, KTM.
Ther are a couple of reasons for those,
(1) Carrying capacity, check the wet weight of the bike then subtract that from the maximum weight to see how much you can carry.
(B) Horsepower, you want enough so you can keep up with traffic on the Interstate Highways at the Max load of the bike.
(*) Accessories and tires, on most of the brands listed above you can get many different kinds of panniers, boxes, soft luggae to fit your needs.
Good long range dual sport tires are available for all of those bikes.
I first met my friends in Mexico, and they are in Argentina now. 2up, the entire way, Kansas, USA, to Ushuaia.
Ty, the rider really loves the bike, and Jill his gf and pillion, really likes it too.
It's got 100hp, and they have two 45liter side panniers, and a 45 liter top box. On top of each pannier is a 20liter stuff sack. They are LOADED, and have been known to carry a second rear tire as well.
He has a Russel Day Long seat, and swears by it.
He has Jesse Panniers, and swears by them.
He likes it so much, he's refusing to sell it, and will rather ship the bike home.
I have to agree with the big V-Strom. When I got mine, I had a friend loan me both a 650 and 1000. I was engaged at the time and riding 2-up a lot... The 650 was a great single rider bike and 2-up on non-highways. On anything with a speed limit of 65mph or greater it was a little wee... The 1000 is a heavier bike, and not nearly as nimble as the 650 but there is no replacement for displacement!
The bike itself is simple and straight forward. Mechanically sound, no gotchas as far as maintenance beyond having to remove plastics for just about everything. I neglected to mention I am not a little person. If you and your pillion partner are smaller than the average Texan, the 650 might be a viable option...
Good luck in whatever you choose. Montana, western Canada and Alaska are all full of amazing riding....
There are different opinions on what is "enough" for 2-up, and nobody´s wrong, but can only answer for themselves.
The DL650 naturally has much less power, but does surprisingly well - considering it´s only a 650 - and it´s got a couple other points going for it. Like being a bit lighter, cheaper to buy, and possibly insure as well, using less fuel (giving better range, as they share the same tank volume; 2007 and newer 650-models have even bigger advantage, as economy was further improved on 650), being available with ABS (again from K7 onwards), and being not so sensitive about having the throttle bodies perfectly on sync.
For me, the only place where the 1000 would really have a clear advantage, would be on the big highways, fully loaded, and at sustained high speeds. Still the 650´s been able to do even that at 90-95 miles per hour all day, so that´s been good enough for me. But like I said, people value different things, and the 1000 surely would not be a bad choice, either.
edit. but if your looking for a bike, that can be fun outside the tarmac, and to do long tours with a pillion, you´ve got a wide variety of other choices, too, and they´ll all have their ups & downs. For example: Varadero, Transalp, Versys, Caponord, big BMW GS, Yamaha Tenere 1200, and various versions of Triumph Tiger.
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