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 looking for a dual sport that will get me around many countries (in Africa) over a long period of time. My debate is weather it is worth paying the big buck for a more quality machine or go with the more widespread bike (easily to find parts). If the later is the case then which bike would that be? I'll be in East Africa most of the time.
Sounds like a good idea. But I'm afraid that spares for any big bike are rare in Africa. With probably more chance on finding anything for Japanese bikes than European ones. Anything more than tires and chains (if you're lucky) you will have to order from home.
On the other hand, going with a more quality machine will often means a modern bike with lots of modern electronic components and engines so complicated it will drive any bush mechanic mad.
In my opinion (but thats just me...) take a bike thats proven reliable and easy to fix with simple tools.
I agree with PeterKirk. When I was I was in Africa I found that in a lot of countries the police or army had used the old Beemers and they have a lot of spare-parts and spare-bikes.
Most countries also have a BMW-car shop and it looks like the ordering-system is the same. They have a computer with the software and can order the parts for you. Then you don’t have to worry about customs, shipping and so on that might be a nightmare.
Thanks for the input,
I was actually thinking of a KTM Adventure since it is more off road then the BMW GS650. Although they are both beautiful bikes! After speaking with a dealer he said the BMW is fuel injected meaning better gas milage, harder to fix, vulnerable to bad fuel... lots of +'s and -'s. On the other had the KTM (carborator, not injected) is easier to work on and better off road. I'm torn. Then, I also read about the Honda XRL650. Sounds like a proven machine too. Aghhh what to do? Your advice helps, thanks.
p.s. Isn't this web site excellent!
Have you ever tried to work on a KTM? I would not say that they are easy to work on ;-) Regular services like oil changes, valve adjust, and spark plug replacement are time consuming since everything is so compactly positioned.
And it's my opinion that the KTM needs more regular maintainance and service than the BMW or XRL. The KTM will easily out perform either of the other two bikes offroad, but there is a trade off. Not a knock against the KTM, just my observations from many miles riding with and wrenching on these bikes.
No I haven't ever owned a KTM, just had friends with them. I'm simply a beginner so this kind of advice helps a ton. Since I'll be in the middle of no where (Iringa, Tanzania) for a while I would like either a bike that will need few repairs, or I can repair (with some training) on my own should something happen. I'll be on the dirt abou 40% of the time.
Again thanks y'all for your advice.
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