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!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
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."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
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'm in London and looking to buy a bike now that summer has (supposedly) arrived, the problem is choosing which one! Something suitable for sport-touring & general riding, friendly for a pillion, not expensive to buy, insure, or look after, fun to ride, not for the dirt, not for commuting, not for going round the world, not (another) thumper.
Every bike I've checked out has something about it that confuses the choice - the new CBF1000 seemed perfect but just doesn't excite, looks-wise; the SV650S is fun, cheap & sexy but supposedly uncomfortable for a pillion; the old FZ6 Fazer was a top all-rounder but reportedly has poor build quality that's no good for a second-hand bike; the new Fazer has no mid-range; the KTM 950 is rather expensive...
What would be your shortlist? If you're doing weekend rides & longer tours with your girlfriend, blasts for fun with & without your mates, and you like your bike - put in your two cents!
My budget is around £6,000 - could higher but this is what's in my bank a/c at the moment and I don't want to mess around with financing. The BMW F800S / ST is on my maybe list - is it too new to get a testride?
In general I would take the "sport" out of "sport touring" so that you are left with just a touring bike. The reason is that a sport touring is neither a fun crotch rocket, nor a touring bike. Very often, the handle bars are placed so low and far front that you will lean a lot on them, making your wrist hurt after only a short perio of riding. Theses bikes really only beomes comfortable at speeds of an exess of 140 km/h, where you can rest your chest on the wind... but then the wind noice and wind chill wears you out.
The sports tourings are also often poorly constructed in terms of carrying both a pillion and luggage well balanced, which often makes itself evident when the pillion sits up straight, leaning against the rear top box, which will make the front of the bike drift some what, especially when accelerating... or even worse, make you wheelie if you really push it. On the other hand, if the pillion rests on your back, you won't make it through five sets of red lights before you are begging to have someone come and chop your wrists off. The Fazer however have a more straight up sitting position with the handlebars raised. I bought the CBR 600 F (the new engine) and allways regretted not buying the fazer (it looked a bit to unusual when it first came out and I was worried about the fazers resale value).
Although I have sworn my next bike will be a one cylindered offroader, this would not be my reccomendation for a bike which will, exept for the very rear occasion, only ride on nicely paved European roads (unless your thing is to go out of your way to find dirt roads).
In my opinion, a sports touring with a 600cc engine is fine for a couple going on a weekend trip, and maybe even a week or two. It is a great daily rider which you cruise arround town on, too and from work, and which you can take out for the occasional short trip every now and then. But, if you plan to buy a bike for the sole purpose of travelling, and a lot of two up, then buy something else. I will never ever again own a sports touring, ever! Riding sport tourings arround at 260 km/h is fun, as is doing 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds (CBR), but not travelling two up for any significant signifiacant distance or speed.
A collegue of me has a Yamaha XJ900S Diversion and he has now 100.000 km on it with nothing but normal maintenance. Just replaced some small thinks like stearinghead bearings and a few other small things.
He is very happy with it. I did a test drive on a XJ900S too and it is very smooth and comfortable.
I like my F650GS more but I can recommend the Diversion for long on-road trips.
Thanks for the input, guys. A 2000 VFR appeared on the autotrader ads this morning, and having checked it out after work I've bought it. £3,000 and very low miles it seems a great deal and one that wouldn't wait - can't wait to start riding her
Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!
Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).
"Inspiring and hilarious!"
"I loved watching this DVD!"
"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."
Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.
What others say about HU...
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.