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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For my trip in 2008 I was thinking of using an Africa Twin. But it seems the XT600E seems to be the favoured bike for so many people. Is this because most people are simply following what others do or are there specific reasons why the XT is the most suitable machine? I don't really plan to do any off-road riding if I can help it (at least, not on a bike anyway! ) so is the XT my best bet or will the Africa Twin do the job just as well???
I guess there can be 1000 answers to this question.....but there seems to be something about this bike and I'd love to know what it is!
I think the bikes popularity is a general reflection of the overall reliability of the model, simplicity of maintenance, availability of spares and the capability for the bike to pretty much 'go anywhere'. Compared to the Africa Twin it is a much lighter lump of metal, which you would probably appreciate if you were doing some off-roading.
However as you mention that you'll be sticking mainly to the lovely black stuff, you might appreciate the additional comfort and power afforded by the Africa Twin. In my estimation the Africa Twin would handle longer stretches of (fast) tarmac better than the XT, although that's not to say the XT can't do the tarmac well of course. It can, although I find it tends to lack a little in power towards the speedier end of highway riding, and of course unless you add a screen you'll be copping a face-full of wind.
2x Transalp far left, Africa Twin in the middle, XT far right (the dirty one) Even in this photo you can see the size difference.
Of course it's all down to personal preference in the end, I think the XT looks better. But I'm biased 'cos I've got one
It,s a tough one, I did a trip through morocco on a transalp with a mate on an africa twin. No problems at all even with some off piste, smooth running on the tarmac and honda build quality, but heavy off-road and not a lot of fuel in the transalp.
I do also have a tenere, as an air cooled single, easyier to repair and most mechanics in far flung places in the world understand air cooled singles. Much better off road and better ground clearance, but with luggage, still heavy which effects handling. Not as comfortable to ride long distances on tarmac though.
In my humble opinion, if you take the AT, change the fuel pump, if you take the xt, get a sheepskin.
I owned an XRV750 many years ago and it was a truly excellent machine with startling on-road, touring abilities (performance, handling, weather protection and tank range and spring to mind). Of course, it wasn't as fuel efficient and was more complicated so this must be considered when maintenance is considered. Mine also chewed up drive chains as if they were going out of fashion, but I never did get round to fitting a Scottoiler which might have helped in that department. It's definitely not as D-I-Y friendly as the XT.
In comparison, my XT600E is much lighter, significantly more fuel efficient, and far easier (and cheaper) to maintain.
Both are very reliable bikes, at least my two were/are (touch wood).
As has already been said, the XT will undoubtedly do it all but would also benefit from some wind protection for those long highway miles you intend to do.
As for seat comfort: IIRC, the AT was never particularly comfy either. I use an Airhawk seat cover on my XT and wish that I'd bought it many years ago when I owned the AT.
If I had to choose between them now, and if I was about to embark on a long journey such as yours, it would almost be a flip-of-a-coin decision. The deciding factor boils down to the fact that the XT works reasonably well both on and off-road but I wouldn't like to venture too far off the beaten track on an AT. It's far too top heavy and expensive to repair if dropped (don't ask me how I know), unless of course you invest in some expensive engine/tank protection bars.
I happen to be using the Large cushion merely because I already had one, having used it on a <whisper> BMW Cruiser </whisper> in a previous life. It works fine on the XT though a smaller size would be equally effective, it seems.
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