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.
IMHO forget the SM and get the dual sport S model if you plan on going off road. While the SM can so some light off road, the S model is much better. The SM is a real great bike on the pavement and can really out turn the S model, untill you get off road.
as for the seat try a sheap skin cheap & comfy & you can sit on/off the bike on it & sleep on it only down side is it will raise your seat hight . Just used one on N/W Africa trip on BMW & it worked great . I also have a DRZ & got some cheap case gaurds off ebay as ive been told you can put your gear change/rear brake pedal through the cases.
Why you have choosen the SM model is beyond me.
It has ZERO advantages on a RTW ride or combined off road/on road tour.
The S model is the one you want.
Err excuse me? how about this:
Riyadh dealer is a small outfit (bikes are not big business here 50+C in summer, crazy driving). Available bikes are:
1 GSXeR's, 750 & 1000
2 Intruders (various sizes)
3 SV1000 (Not V strom)
4 Various quad bikes
5 One new discounted 2006 DR-Z 400SM at £1500 below UK list
Trust that explains my decision. Thanks for the other answers, Im still buying the 400SM. With the money I save I'll buy a bigger tank, better seat, do the various mods and look at a set of off road wheels.
The price works out at 2500 GBP, which I reckon is a bargain for a new 400 SM. No tax of course
No S models. It's pretty much a case of whatever they have.. orders can take a while unless you are buying from the BMW or Harley dealer in town. Its also getting hotter now and we will not be able to ride from June until September.
Sports bikes are the main deal here, although the dealer has a few hard core RM's for dune bashing.
My mate Jarkko (mad Finn) has a Dominator and I reckon I can set the SM up for less than $1000. We will do about 30% tarmac & 70% rocky/gravelly trails, with the odd bit of sand thrown in.
I like playing with bikes so will look at getting the subframe strengthened here, doing the mods and getting an aluminium rack and panniers made up.. some good welders and labour rates are low (and I am a Structural Engineer, which helps). Will keep posting when (if ever) I set off back from here!
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