The Ted Simon Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Northern California. They believe that individuals of good will, moving among foreign cultures and making themselves vulnerable to the beliefs and customs of strangers, have great importance in promoting world understanding, and even more so when they can distill the essence of their experiences into a form that can be absorbed by many. The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and assist travellers in making an extra effort to develop their observations and insights into something of value for the rest of the world to share, whatever their medium of expression might be. To those who are setting out they will offer advice, contacts and where possible, practical help. To those on the road or returning, they will offer assistance in transforming the raw material of adventure into something stunning for the rest of the world to appreciate. They will not be timid in their assessments and they strive for high standards.
The words they live by are Exploration, Comprehension and Communication.
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Check out the products at RKA Luggage. When I was looking to buy liner bags for the BMW R1200GSA panniers I searched absolutely everywhere!! I read reviews, read posts and eventually came to the decision of giving RKA a go. They are an American based company yet ship to virtually anywhere in the World at a very reasonable cost. Their products represent extremely good value and yet I would say they would have to be one of the best available. The liners fit absolutely brilliantly, they make use of every bit of volume and those who are familiar with the left hand GSA pannier will appreciate that. They are as tough as old boots, extremely well made, slide out of the pannier readily when it is necessary to carry the contents, have comfortable shoulder straps and I'm sure they'll last for many years. Those looking for quality, affordable luggage that will deliver the goods, look no further than RKA. Click here to access their website.
Touratech equipment does tend to be a bit on the pricey side, and believe me I've had to buy every bit of what I have on my bike, but I do believe you get what you pay for. They have a massive range of products for many different makes and model of bike, and for many different purposes. Their range of equipment includes body & fairing, protection, lighting, engine & exhaust, chassis, pannier systems, tank & tail bags and special parts. The effort that they put into developing and manufacturing is evident upon inspection of some of the products they have. At this stage I have only ever dealt with Evelyn at the Australian Distributorship and have always found her to be very knowledgeable regarding products and honest about stock levels etc. If it's not going to arrive for 4 weeks she'll let you know. Most of Touratech's stuff is sold online and they have many websites throughout the world, click here to find the one closest to you. Their stuff can also be found in many BMW dealerships but be careful, it'll be even more expensive there. Also be careful when buying products from Touratech that they don't manufacture, things like Ortlieb bags or camping equipment, they can be found considerably cheaper elsewhere. Click here to access their Australian website.
Being a motorcyclist, it goes without saying that I'm a fan of bike racing, all kinds. Being a purist, I'm a huge fan of road racing. Team Hairy Snid were born out of a passion and love for real road racing. They are now an established part of the annual road racing calendar, in particular the Isle of Man TT races. Team Hairy Snid actively support road racing by financially assisting riders and the organisations that assist them. The help they provide to road racing is invaluable and you can be a part of it. Visit their website, learn a little more about them and if like me you'd like to help road racers and their craft, purchase some Team Hairy Snid merchandise, all profits go directly towards road racing. Keep up to date with road racing and the Snid at Team Hairy Snid's website or follow them on Twitter. They're not a huge organisation and they need all the help and support we can give 'em!
FC Moto is a source for very well priced motorcycle gear. They are an online store based in Germany, the DHL postal service they use is priced very reasonably. Living in Australia I get tired of being ripped off for everything I buy whether it's motorcycle or mountain bike gear, so I am forever trying to find good suppliers of well priced quality stuff. I'm all for supporting the local guy but it's getting bloody expensive, I don't so much blame the shop, it's probably their suppliers that are the cause. FC Moto have a fantastic range and always seem to have the full array of sizes. I recently bought the Rev'it Defender jacket & pants from them and if I could have bought it in Australia I would have paid double. Revzilla in the US would've been a little more expensive but they wouldn't ship to Australia because we're supposed to have a Rev'it supplier here! These guys don't mess about, they're cheap, they're efficient and you get your goods reasonably quick. Click here to access their website.
Grant and Susan Johnson, round the world travellers for more than 11 years, run this website for motorcycle travellers and adventurers. It features the 'Horizons Unlimited Motorcycle Travellers' e-zine for the latest travellers' news and stories, a Bulletin Board to keep in touch with other travellers and ask all the questions you want. There are hints and tips and plenty of info to help you get on the road yourself. There is an infinite amount of information on gear, countries, routes, crossings, paperwork, health and more. There are travel stories featuring every country in the world. All up, there are over 60,000 pages of information, so if you can't find the information you need here, you ain't going to find it! This site can be a little overwhelming, but be patient, learn how to get around and how to be specific with your searches and you'll find this site invaluable if you're planning a trip or even if you're on your trip already. And for those on their trip there's the HU Community, where you can make contact with people in other countries and plan meetings or seek advice. It's all here at Horizons Unlimited. Yes, there's a lot of drivel in there, but try and get through that and you'll find some good stuff and some very helpful people.