March 21, 2007

Equipment list for Easter expedition

At the start of April I am heading South on my bike, travelling with Martin (R1100GS), aiming to find some dry dirt roads, good weather and wilderness (Spain, maybe further). Here is my list of equipment to take.

My GS will be loaded up with its full luggage set. That provides plenty of space:

  • 33 litres in the Touratech Zega top box (TP);
  • 46 litres in the left Tesch pannier (LP);
  • 46 litres in the right Tesch pannier (RP);
  • 45 litres in the Touratech V45 tank bag (TB);
  • 2.5 litres in the built in glove box (GB);
  • 1 litre in the underseat tool box;
  • 35 litres in an Ortlieb dry bag (OB);
  • some extra space on the rear seat for large/long items (RS).

A total of 208.5 litres of covered storage. If that were completely filled, and accompanied by 35 lites of fuel, it would most certainly be far too much. But that’s not the plan. Four rules apply when packing for motorcycle camping: 1. take all of the essentials; 2. keep weight to a minumum; 3. distribute weight low and evenly; 4. pack so that any item can be retrieved without every other item having to first be unpacked. Hence my approach is to have far more luggage capacity than I actually need.

  1. a lightweight one man tent with pegs (RS);
  2. tent mallet (can this be replaced with something smaller?);
  3. combined torch and tent-light;
  4. mini maglight;
  5. self inflating sleeping mat (RS);
  6. small pillow;
  1. five pairs of boxer shorts;
  2. five pairs of socks;
  3. three t-shirts;
  4. one short sleeved shirt;
  5. swimming shorts;
  6. one pair of BMW summer motorcycle trousers;
  7. one pair of Heine Gericke Air desert motorcycle trousers;
  8. one Heine Gericke Tuareg armoured jacket, without Gore-Tex liner;
  9. one pair of Diadora motocross boots;
  10. desert boots;
  11. one pair of Heine Gericke brown leather gloves;
  12. one pair of Heine Gericke windstopper glove liners;
  13. BMW Sports Integral helmet;
  14. Hein Gericke Tuareg waist bag;
  15. four sets of foam earplugs;
  1. Coleman petrol stove;
  2. plate, fork, knife, spoon, cup;
  3. 2.2 litre Camelback water carrier;
  4. box of matches;
  1. one small towel;
  2. toothbrush;
  3. small toothpaste;
  4. soap;
  5. small medicine kit;
Office and photography
  1. watch;
  2. small digital camera;
  3. binoculars;
  4. Palm M515;
  5. Palm keyboard;
  6. mobile phone (check coverage);
  7. phone car charger;
  8. camera battery charger;
  9. BMW power socket converter;
  10. paper notebook;
  11. Nikon F50 SLR with 80-300mm lens;
  12. 35mm film;
  1. Magellan Palm GPS;
  2. map measurer;
  3. compass;
  4. maps;
Bike tools
  1. electric tyre pump (RP);
  2. Ultraseal tyre sealant (RP);
  3. disc lock;
  4. security chain and lock (RS);
  5. wheel spanner;
  6. allen keys;
  7. screwdriver set;
  8. 1 litre of engine oil (LP);
  1. driving licence;
  2. V5;
  3. E111;
  4. insurance certificate;
  5. passport;
  6. credit cards;
  7. tickets;
  8. travel insurance documents;
  9. contact details.

- 2 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Snorestore

    Foam earplugs?? No!!! Try Alpine MotoSafe ear plugs.

    Plenty of other choices for sleeping and general noise, too.

    Have a good trip.

    22 Mar 2007, 07:34

  2. have fun, look forward to the photos ;)

    23 Mar 2007, 20:55

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