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.
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I had a little over 80.0000km on my old 1vj engine. The bike is a 1986 Tenere XT600Z.
It had 50.000km on it when I bought it, and the only problem was a faulty starter clutch.Now Im running a 94 3Tb engine in the bike, the reason I did the engine swap was that the oil pump was giving in on the 1vj and I got the 3Tb from a crashed bike with only 14.000km on the clock, so I figured it was a good deal.
This is a 1991 XT 600 Z 3AJ, replaced engine at 70.000 KM (only because I planned a longer trip) to a used one with 15.000 KM. This one is still in and runs very well. Old engine is now completely rebuild, waiting to be refitted into the bike some day. Still first CDI, generator changed with engine, needed 3 regulators, some steering and wheel bearings - that's it. Specials: Kickstart only , TT600S header, GPR exhaust, rest in original condition.
The 3AJ is the queen of the Ténéré family - care about her and she will run forever!
Original engine, though I replaced pretty much everything (rebore, gearbox, engine bearings, wheel bearings, steering bearings, swing arm bearing, valve stem seals, wheel rims) after a Cape Town - London trip in 1991 (c.50,000km on the clock at the end of that).
Nothing since, other than a new oil pump last year and some inlet rubbers recently - used daily to commute 25km to work.
I just have below 80000 km on my 1998 XTE, I changed the timing belt at 50000 as a precaution but it looks like it was not necessary, otherwise religiously oil change at every 5000 to 6000 km.and change into 5th gear at 4500 to save it
The only problem changed the starter relay 3 times,the bike has been sleeping oustide for the last ten years, and of course the exhaust dissolved.
Otherwise engine is running perfectly
Ive had my 06 xt600e (4pt) for about 2 months, started with 600 miles on the clock and now has 2500
Off too the lake district for a long weekend camping so can add another 700-800 miles or so to that next week. Loving it so far, great fun along the trails, great around town, couldnt have much more fun along the back roads and whilst I hate them the motorways are bearable. Oh, and as im a poor student the fuel economy aint too bad either when im not pushing the poor thing harder than I probably should.
My 86 Tenere has had 13 owners,one being a rental company for 7 years from 1995 to 2002.At that stage the bike had done 91,239kms.Then at 2,544kms,the speedo stopped working for the next 6 years! So it's had 10 owners since 2002 and I've currently put 4,500ish kms on it in nearly a year.
So I'd imagine it's done around 110-120,000kms and is still on the original engine (has had a 2mm overbore).So it's had a pretty interesting history.
My wife's 1991 XT600E is just about to roll past 100 000 miles. It had an engine rebuild at 85 000 miles, probably should have done it 5 or 10 000 miles sooner. This included new crank bearings, con rod and piston rings, but original piston and valves were still serviceable. Before we did our big trip, at about 20 000 miles we had Dave Lambeth do his 5th gear conversion as a precaution. All gears were fine when engine overhauled.
By contrast, the engine of the 1988 3AJ Tenere that I did the trip on, and crashed badly in Aus was not worth rebuilding, everything was badly worn even though it seamed to be running fine before it crashed. Perhaps it happened when it was lying on its side revving. I think it had done about 70 000 miles. Also, while I owned it, it had a rectifier / regulator and alternator windings fail and 3 back wheels crack up (in hind site perhaps due to a weak rear shock absorber and an overloaded bike & rough roads). After I bought it it became apparent that the previous owner had had a major engine problem, patched it up and sold it. I stripped the engine and had it checked out, replaced the oil pump and some other parts soon after I got it.
I now have a later 3AJ Tenere with 78 000 miles on it that had it's engine rebuilt about 10 000 miles ago, but judging by the silicon gasket sealer oozing out around the head gasket joint, not the best job. It buzzes enough to send my hands numb after 30 min at a steady speed.
Bought a 1993 600 XTE at 48 000 and sent it to South America. The engine was leaking some oil
It s parked in Venezuela right now at 78 000 km, after lots of dust, mud and a lazy maintainance from a careless owner.
It s still leaking oil which is not a major problem. I had to replace the starter relay with a relay from another machine. I got the transmission chain changed at 63 000 km. Due to overheating in a 1000 km one day stretch in Venezuela (40 degrees and road side fires), i got the cylinder reshaped and piston changed. A piece in the piston was lacking, and the local mec in Isla Margarita used the one of a...bmw car.
I ll certainly add 20 000 km more this winter going back to Argentina and i m confident, since any mecanic with a brain can fix it anywhere in South America (no ABS, no Injection, one cylinder).
I m an XTE addict and wouldnt swap for anything else for travelling in 1/3 world countries.
I have 04 TT600RE (same engine -3AJ). I have 65'000kms with 55'000 of them hard, loaded up overlanding across africa. Engine runs sweet as. Have only had to change rear sprocket bearing at about 50'000km. Planning on taking her to Magadan next year I don't plan to do anything to her.
I saw a 3AJ tenere in Dar es Salam with 480'000km on the clock, the engine had been opened alot!
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