EQUIPEMENT update 17/01/19
- reinforced handguards – Barkbusters
- full crash bars and bash plate – Outback Motortek. Canadian company with factory in Hungary. Prices are modest and quality excellent but all that weighs a lot.
- windscreen brace – camel-adv. A great idea from this American inventor which reinforces the windshield and accessory brackets and therefore the fairing and windscreen support system. Very well done, robust and lightweight
- LED lamps 2.0 – Denali, the ultimate lighting, super powerful, so-called E-9 approved, expensive
- RM3 steering damper and pedals – mscmoto. Competitor of American gprstabilizer. Mscmoto is Australian, cheaper and so-called better
- extreme suspension front and back – Touratech. The ultimate adventure suspension, designed for sturdiness, typically lighter than the original endowment
- side stand extension
- accessory connection box – PDM60
- pannier rack – SW-Motech
- dashcam K1 – Innov. Beautiful invention, with front and back cameras, but I have never managed to make it work properly
- tubeless rims – Alpina Wheels. Regarding tubeless or tubed rims, discussions are endless. In case of severely damaged tires one can always put a tube till the next garage. Otherwise the repair of punctures on tubeless is super simple and fast.
- headlight protection – Altrider
- fender extensions
- shortened and foldable brake handle – Touratech. Quite useful in case of a fall, the handle folds instead of breaking
- double horn – louis. In order not to sound like an anaemic scooter and be heard
- GPS and Tripy connection
- Guglatech petrol filter
- K&N air filters
- The list is not exhaustive. There are still some trinkets.
Lenovo produces some sturdy laptops with military certification.
UAG hulls, the off-road hull.
No rugged phone choice because their performance is lower. The phone serves obviously as a secondary camera and video equipment with the advantage being able to go online.
The last Zumo and a Tripy II.
Tracker InReach mini.
I selected micro four-third for the best compromise between quality / volume / price.
- motobags and minibags – Lonerider. A good compromise between rigid metal cases and soft bags
- GPS bracket – Touratech
- tank bag and tank ring – SW-Motech. I was tired of having straps and Velcro stickers that melt in the sun
I did not choose a tent to park the bike inside. It is not discreet enough for my taste, although being able to stand inside is an undeniable comfort, especially with the years. I opted for Swedish quality in four seasons.
The bike has its own cover that is also useful to make it less attractive when parked outside, even when not camping.
Aventuro Mod – Touratech. Equivalent of the Schuberth E1 helmet but more ventilated. The choice of helmet is a compromise between protection, ventilation, lightness, and the practical side that allows you to raise the chin to be seen and quickly talk rather than having to TAKE IT OFF every time or fence oneself off from interlocutors
Finding the right boots is also a compromise. They need to be good for off-road / adventure riding but also for walking / visiting. Boots with sewn soles can be re-sewn. Ideally they should be waterproof and breathable. I chose Forma. I did not opt for Touratech boots with inner shoe. This type of boot is already quite massive. The inner shoe system is handy but you need even larger boots; they cannot be worn without the shoes, then the dirt of the shoe soles goes into the boot. This seems to me to be a false good idea.
In my opinion, the best riding gear for the adventure rider is undoubtedly the Compañero by Staedler / Touratech, unfortunately very expensive (about 1800 €). The only brand, together with Klim, that offers “external” Goretex protection (important). However, if we take into account that it is flexible, wearable in all seasons, the price is more acceptable.
Some prefer more plain, more versatile and less bulky clothing. It is in fact more useful to mingle with the population without looking like an alien, but it is much less protective.