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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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.
my options was XT600 and DR650. I wanna simple, light, reliable, non-electronic, non-injection bike. there is no bike which last forever. Turkish Suzuki importer does not import DR since 2004 so the latest model here in Turkiye is 2004 make.
i have heard that post-2000 make XT's are as not reliable as the pre-2000 ones. I dont want to own a bike which is 10 years old.
did you mean 18000 miles is too much for long distance bike? there is one more which is 2004 make and has only 4000 km (app 2500 miles) on the clock and it is really shiny. it is 600 km (375 miles) away from my home.
the first one cost 5900 USD and the second (one with 4000km on the clock) 7100 USD. i know they cost to much comparing to US price. I have checked the suzuki usa site and saw that brand new DR cost 5099 USD.
how should air filter look like? and how can i exemine the oil without drain it?
how should air filter look like? and how can i exemine the oil without drain it?
thanks a lot!
Mollydog is saying that the air filter should be clean and the oil should be the same, if the bike is well maintained - for the oil, just look at the dip stick or the sight window for the oil level.
by the way i went to suzuki dealer here. he had a 2006 make DL650 V-Strom. it has 8000 km on the clock looks shiny and brand new.. a bit costy comparing to xt or dr but very very comfortable, powerfull and tempted. However, i am suspicious about the Africa leg of the tour. I think it (the dl) cant cope with Africa and remote places in S.America. But it is definately ideal bike for Turkiye and any other EU country (ok, Iran and USA too). Also, on this form, I haven't heard bad things or bad fault report about DL. bad points are: their are heavy, low graund clearance, delicate plastics, too much digital electronics, carbs and need a dealer to fix, especially the electronic bits!!!
it is really hard to make some choise. everyday you change your mind.. i've got couple of months. i'll wait and see.
However, i am suspicious about the Africa leg of the tour. I think it (the dl) cant cope with Africa and remote places in S.America.
It all depends of where you want to drive. People have made though Africa on scooters and bicycles. If you want to drive on main roads, no big problems. If you want to go off the beaten tracks then that is something different.
Advice from an amateur long distance rider but long time owner of bikes. Get a Yamaha! I have owned four so far in my life and the most reliable bike I ever had was a 1974 Yamaha XS 650 twin. I bought it in 1987 for US$500.00 and it just ran and ran.
My 1993 xt600 with 55K Kilometers does not leak or burn any oil. I bought it two years ago with 46K kilometers on it. Did a 3K trip on it recently with no problems. It runs great and I am planning on a 12,000 Kilometer trip one year from now. Buying bigger gas tank, softer seat, etc.
I rode my friends 97 Suzuki DR650 the other day, it was more comfortable than my xt but seemed wimpy to me. IMO
Although it was aimed mainly at the 2008 TA, it has some info about the Wee Strom.
Of course there are plenty of other threads that deal with the bike and I believe there are lots of them travelling right now.
I think it is significant that no one has bad things to say about them.
ps The "balance" between off-road and on-road riding while travelling long distances needs to be thought about carefully - again, check back with earlier threads - once a bike is loaded up it is a handful for any type of dirt riding (and the serious dirt riders would laugh at such antics).
I guess it depends, in part, on what you want to get out of a particular trip - is riding dirt "for the sake of it" likely because many, many countries have some form of sealed road surface nowadays.
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