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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HELP! wee problem with my xt ...about 350 miles in to my first european bike tour i come out of a service station and bike wont start off button,kick starts ok and i head off,then lights start to dim,ok prob with charging,getting dark and no lights so get lift from AA to london,next day take bike to local dealer as electrical knowledge is pretty poor,he suggests r/r,i drive to brigton buy one,fit it no joy,then he suggests generator do the same no joy,check connectors and wires around charging system seem ok,after four days of getting nowhere,give in,bus back home,get old slabby and start journey again,great adventure and gonna do it again next year but hopefully on xt this time round.
bike blowing fuses now every time i earth the r/r, but wasnt doing this initially before new generator and new r/r were fitted,has initial problem got worse?should i refit original generator,arrghhh any ideas very welcome
Have you tried measuring resistance between positive & ground/negative, after the fuse i mean not with the thing hooked up to the battery, just to rule out a short in the wiring.
Then measure between your negative terminal & the frame to make sure you have a good ground there.
Its a matter of going back to basics & proving every item one by one im afraid, blowing fuses is fairly serious & don`t be tempted to up the rating of the fuse, that`s hiding a fault not finding it & you could have a meltdown.
Im a sparky by trade but i friggin hate bike/car shit, LoL
Usually you trace this sort of thing to a short or dodgy connection somewhere.
I have seen some odd problems with a poor connection in one of the connector blocks. You will sometimes find a connector in these blocks which has corroded and therefore not connecting and somehow forcing a "re route" of power causing a fuse to blow.
If you can work through the connector blocks and check the individual connectors this may prove to be the cause!
Long winded I know but I have seen this many times.
Can you check/clean all your earth points too.
Thanks guys for the reply i was kind of thinking the problem is lying somewhere in the maze of wires..
started to clean up block connector from ignition switch to loom,popped out first mini blade connector(red one) to clean properly and it fell apart(very brittle and slightly green in colour),hopefully this might be the prob with my luck its prob not,also the black wire up at the barrel was loose/disconected,the 6 wires from the switch have all been cut and joined to fit onto the original block connector its looks a bit messy,got a new igniton switch from wemoto today and
its far too short with the wrong connector the same one as on the bike, found the correct one on dave lambeth ebay shop just now,thankfully this happened in winter.
Mezo, your photo's had me nodding and smiling!
Seen all sorts on peoples bikes, twisted together and insulated with chewing gum, selotape, a plaster from a first aid box.
Big thumb up for silicone grease, £4 a tube from maplin, I use it liberally on my connectors.
Good luck with the fault finding Tenere.
Location: XXX<-Portugal->Azores->Santa Maria (island)
A quick tip for properly soldering wires together with flux solder:
1- Cut the wires a bit longer than you need them as you'll have to take the insulation off to be able to solder both ends of the cables.
2- Pass the heatshrink wrap over one of the cables and try to pull it a bit away from where you are soldering or it'll shrink where you left it if it is too close to the joint!
3- Open the BOTH ends of the cables to join (spread the thin pieces of copper like a tree)
4- Join the both ends of the cables until you can make the insulation from both ends almost touch each other.
5- Hold one side of the wires and tightly wrap the other half of the wires.
6- Hold the side you've just wrapped and wrap the other side of the cables IN THE SAME DIRECTION but backwards as you did before. This creates a very tight connection by itself!
7- Heat the joint with the solder iron for 1 to three seconds! (to avoid burning the insulation)
8- Apply the solder on top of the joint and put the soldering iron beneath the joint!
You should now have a pretty strong and good looking soldered joint!
9- Let it cool down for about half a minute and slide the shrinkwrap over the joint and for god sake don't use the soldering iron to apply heat to the shrinkwrap!
I'll try to post a few pictures tomorrow to show this..
P.S.: In step 6 I said: "Hold the side you've just wrapped and wrap the other side of the cables IN THE SAME DIRECTION but backwards as you did before. This creates a very tight connection by itself!"
Imagine you're wrapping the first half with your right hand in a clockwise direction (as if you were tightening a bolt) you have to wrap the other side WITH THE LEFT HAND also in a clockwise direction.....
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