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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I'm planning to tour South America in a year time and have not decided yet on which bike! My problem is that most bikes are just too high for me (I'm 1.63m). I had my sight on the F650GS which can have a lower seat at 700mm, but I've read here that it would be very expensive in repairs and spare parts. What other options can I have? Most Japanese bikes have seats at 800mm or above, I just can't drive that! Any suggestion welcome! Thanks!
I am currently looking at a Buell Blast for my wife. Low seat, good power and light weight, I don't know what the service network is like for them. Having said that people always find parts for their Harley's.
thanks for the tip Riq. I do drive a cruiser at the moment (Virago) and love the very low seat (and I love cruisers!). However this would not be adequate for South America. I am not planning to do any off-road but I don't know what to expect and we may end up in gravel, or non-tarmac roads, so a HD is out of question for time being! Probably later! I need a more sporty bike but they all seem to have very high seats (80cm or more)! The only one I found is the BMW F650GS (they can get the seat at 70cm) but I would like a bit more choice. Can some Japanese bikes be easily lowered?
I will test drive the F650GS this sunday though. I might fall in love with it....:-)
Actually, now I read you reply again: the Buell Blast: how does it look like? I saw couple of Buell but they look more sport/race type of bikes.... can you do a bit of off-road? Is it confortable to spend all day on it ?
Location: After almost 2 years on the road back in Germany
Hi, my wife is 160 cm and we lowered an Africa Twin for her. She rides great with it, also on dirt. the only problem is, that the bike is a little heavy, so when it droppes to the side she cannot hold it upright. She was riding a Virago in Europe before the AT. we are on the road now currently in Peru and sometimes on tough dirt roads we wish se would have taken a GS650 or lowered a KLR650. Just think about it, it is worth getting a new seat made for u and to change the suspension, so u have more choice for a lightweight bike. Invest the 500 Dollars for customizing!
Maria, I'm moving this post to the "Which bike" forum as it's more appropriate there. There's also a number of threads for "shorter" people there you should read.
My main recommendaation is to just look at lowering a KLR or Transalp, or just go with the F650. All are suitable for what you want to do, and common choices for shorter riders. All can be lowered to suit just about anyone. There's a "Kouba-link" (I think that's the spelling) that lowers a KLR significantly. Modifying the seat helps a lot, more than you'd think. Narrowing the seat a little can make a huge difference.
Take a look at the Suzuki DR650, a very unappreciated bike IMHO. It has the lowest seat height of an stock dual sport, and is designed to be lowered with no aftermarket parts. It has been around for several years, very reliable, and inexpensive. Also you can get a gel seat that is an inch (25mm) lower than stock I believe. There ar a couple of ladies here that went around the world on the DR650 with very little if any problems.
My girlfriend is about the same height & rides an 1150GS, fitted with a Wunderlich lowered seat (by 40mm).
She's fine on the road but off road can be a problem for her with such a heavy bike.
Bike choice is also partially dependant on the luggage load you intend carrying. If travelling light, you could use a DR350 - inexpensive, light, reliable & easy to maintain with plenty of aftermarket support, both new & used.
Other options are later XR400's that may come with an e-start? A later fuel injected F650 that's been lowered is also a good bet.
Maria, what about a Suzuki DRz400S? Many companies do lowering links, they are cheap to buy, sold all over the world and great on the loose stuff. If you are small you will not want to be wrestling with a big bike loaded with luggage. 400cc will be enough for a small person and luggage. You can kit them up "off the shelf" with a 28 litre Aqualine tank, Corbin seat, Ally luggage and racks from www.offtheroad.de. Then go anywhere you fancy!
The DRZ400 is still a tall bike, lowering links or not. The seats are not that comfortable IMO.
As Giorgio said, the Beta Alp 4.0 looks a good bike. The only downside is that the fuel tank looks a little small & I've not heard of an aftermarket larger capacity replacement. I think the style & shape of the bike would make it hard to do a good job of modifying a DR/XR tank to fit?
Wow! I did not expect so many reply! Thanks everybody! I certainly know now that I have much more choice than I first thought! I will definitely check out few of the bikes above and will discuss with dealers for lowering options.
Location: Frome, Somerset, UK. Currently in Argentina.
Maria, we travelled on a klr 250, 2's up plus kit. we too were in south america. the lady who owned it before was shorter than you and had a link lower fitted to it. The bike was one of the strongest bikes i have riden. it has now been around south america 3 times and still on its original rear suspension. Have a look at Peter slarke's write ups to see the bike in action. Its got plenty of power for a 250, and is light enough for the muddy stuff. Its also very simple to maintain and repair, and also cheap compaired to the others you are looking at.
what ever you choose you will have a great time!
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