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.
I'm shortly leaving for Durban to start a trans africa trip and am keen to have arranged a bike to buy before I set out. I replied to an ad I found for a Yamaha XJ650 for R10000. It needs some work done on it (new battery, tyres and the general mods needed) its also pretty old (1982). Does anyone know anything about this bike and whether it might be reliable enough for a big trip like I'm planning (SA to UK). I'd really appreciate any advice, Cheers,
The XJ650 was a leading bike is its day but are you sure it is the right kind of bike for the trip you have planned? It is a fairly heavy 4 cylinder shaft drive road bike that is also now 21 years old. You could be up for a lot of money to get it reliable enough for a big trip. Then you have to ask yourself even if it is reliable, would there not be a number of other bikes better designed for those kinds of roads. Having a shaft drive is one advantage but at it's age, there is the very distinct possibility that the shaft needs overhauling anyway. Personally, even if it was a very very good example, I would be looking for something else.
Nigel in NZ
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[This message has been edited by Nigel Marx (edited 05 March 2003).]
Thanks a lot for your opinion on the XJ 650, its really useful to me since I know nothing about bikes. I found it on a website (www.ecr.co.za) along with a few other bikes - CB400,DR500, GS500e, IT200, XR200R. If you know anything about any one of these bikes I'd really appreciate it if you could share it with me. These are the only bikes advertised on the website which were available in thre Durban area (where I'll be). As far as I know none of them are classic overlanding bikes whoich worries me slightly. What I'll probably end up doing is going to a few garages in Durban and see what they've got to offer and trust them to be fair with someone who knows very little about bikes. Thanks a lot for your help,
From the list you write. I'd recommend the GS500E. This is a simple, air cooled engine with an excellent reliability record. It still sells solidly in Europe too, so spares should not be a problem. You should be able to pick up a 2/3 year old model fairly cheaply. Keep it clean, though - this bike has a tough engine but very prone to corrosion frame, exhaust. forks etc.
Thanks a lot for the info on the GS500e, its going for 16750R (about 1400pounds I think) - do you think this is a good deal? It was made in 1995 and the ad says its in good condition. Cheers for help,
I am a fan of the GS500 too. They have been making that base engine since 1978 or '79 I think with the first one being a GS400. The motors are well sorted by now. Light too, and how many overlanders do you hear of who are trying to make their bikes and loads lighter? I think it has great potential for overland use.
Nigel in NZ
--"How can I be lost if I don't care where I am?"--
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