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 own a mint 1999 XT600E with only 5,000 miles on the clock. I'm prepping it for a solo tour round European Russia next year (I'm 45 years old so times getting on a bit). I'm doing it alone cos I don't have any M/C buddies and the Mrs hates bikes (dangerous etc...). I have been riding for many years but have never done more than Wales, Scotland and day trips to France and Belgium. The furthest I've been on 2 wheels is the Pyranees in 1993. If I don't do it now I never will. I'm planning the BIG one next June 2009. I am very travelled but not on 2 wheels (worked all over the world but mainly Africa).
I wonder if someone can please point me in the right direction for a good large (50 Litre) alluminium tail box?
I want to spend about £150 if I can plus fittings.
The idea I have is to store my personal stuff in the tail box and dispense with panniers completely. I shall carry a large waterproof holdall on the passenger seat behind the top box and perhaps a tent and sleeping bag on top of that.
As my engineering abilities are not great I'd appreciate the details of someone who could fit the stuff too?
Thanking you all very much (in anticipation) for your valued advice here
This may not be the sort of response you're looking for....but are you so determined to carry all your weight way up high? I carry a tailbox about two thirds that size as a matter of course, and just loading it up with daytrip stuff (tools, camera, food and water, a few odds and ends) makes me plenty top-heavy. Adding a large duffel loaded with long distance and camping gear would be survivable, but not much fun. It's about enjoying the ride, right? The things you've seen people do on bikes in Africa or Asia they're doing because they've got no choice, not because they're trying to enjoy themselves.
Before getting to the point you're describing, I clip on back panniers, then front panniers, and I load all the heavy stuff as low as possible; I may add some gear behind me on the seat as a last resort, usually stuff that is bulky but light.
Personally, I'd eliminate the top box in favor of panniers if I had to, not the reverse.
I'll add: I think you're looking for this beast http://www.happy-trail.com/ProductIn...B%20TB-2C12-58, but I don't know where you'd find such a thing in the UK. It's about your price range, and I use other Happy Trails products and find them reasonable in concept and execution.
I shouldn't worry too much about the weight being up high. I often carry 14 kgs in my Givi Maxia 52 ltr topbox and some more in a roll bag on the back seat. You just get used to it. After a day or so you don't even notice it. Off-roading will be a different game I would think but for hard roads including dirt and gravel it will be fine. I wouldn't rule out side panniers though as they're necessary to carry enough gear for camping. They seem to stick out miles and look cumbersome but the same rule applies. After a few miles you won't notice them and I always find that they're well within the normal "safe" zone I allow around the bike when in traffic. Just go with what you feel is right and it'll work out.
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