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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Horizons Unlimited presents!
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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So, i was dreaming about a Dakar-type screen and a mount for a GPS. Oh, and a GPS. But as this is a hobby for me (read: things should be as cheap as possible), the commercial options where out of my range. Besides, I like to think up solutions to problems and solve them with bits and pieces lying around aka "shade tree mechanic (see glossary below). Other people's rubbish etc... Solution: PENNYTECH!
I had picked up a couple of PALM V PDAs second hand for a couple of dollars a few years back. These are well-outdated PDAs, but are blessed with a big clear (glass screen and a sturdy aluminium housing. State of the art about 10 years ago, but still simple and dependable today. With the optional keyboard (10 dollars eBay for two) I also have a word processor for writing ride reports, a store of technical details for the bike, a fuel calculator and an email/internet option with an old second hand Nokia cell phone (20 dollars eBay). I now have a newer PDA, but didn't want to dump the old Palm V's. so, a GPS attachment was found on eBay for about 15 dollars, and I was ready to roll. I just needed a fitting system.
The design was the best bit: an integrated PDA holder with built in fly screen to protect the rider and GPS from bugs, stones etc. The screen was made from clear Perspex at work (thanks, Martin!) and the holder consists of two lengths of aluminium bar, two pipe holders (rubber, stainless steel) and a handful of stainless bolts (thanks Michael!). Making the whole thing took about an hour, and if anything breaks I can make replacements parts immediately. The rubber mountings are good to absorb vibrations, but not strong enough to hold against the press of the wind. To counteract movement of the screen, two Pennytech spacers where made from a length of hard plastic tube and some zip ties. A rubber pad behind the GPS sorts out the last of the vibrations.
Two slits where cut into the Perspex, so that the GPS can be held on by a thick rubber band, allowing removal of the GPS within seconds.
This setup works. No more wind on the upper body, and the GPS is mounted where I can see it without looking away from the road. The screen is also good to mount my cell phone beside the GPS. Now I just need to figure out a way to run the GPS off the 12V battery in the bike (watch this space!!). I will also modify a plastic lunch box (Pennytech Roadbook) with clear lid to mount in place of the GPS to hold maps.
Shade tree mechanic: The name "shade tree" comes from the shade tree mechanic habit of slinging a chain over the top of a giant oak limb to use the tree as an engine hoist.
Penny tech: simple solutions that involve more brain and passion and usually cost NO money.
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