decided to add a tips page to help answer peoples questions on what
I would have done different and what to expect along the route. I hope
they are helpful and give you ideas to make the trip more enjoyable.
Adventure Bike Camping Checklist, bring only what
you need! (excel file, right click and save as)
- Learn how
to change your tires and patch a tube using only a flashlight,
you can turn all the lights in your garage or better yet, on a rainy
night on the outskirts of town. Go
here for tire changing tips.
- Load up
your entire bike and learn how to unpack in a hurry,
you never know when you will have to cross unknown areas, don't get
lazy like me and think you can cross muddy sections without a problem.
- Army issue boots with off the shelf gel insoles work fine, and are
easier to walk around in than motocross boots. However you do loose
shin protection, which was not a problem for me. Coat the tip of the
boot in Shoe Goo to protect it from wear.
- Chain sliders
- There are 3 plastic chain rollers,
- one is below
the rear sprocket (use White Brothers 45-769B)
- the next is
behind the kickstand bolt (use an MSR® chain roller, may have
to drill the slider bolt hole to 5/16) MSR roller lasts a long time,
but may squeak.
- the third wraps
around the upper swing arm (use White Brothers 45-717).
White Brothers is much harder than stock.
- Learn to check the slack with your eyes closed, you need to know how
much 1 3/4 of slack is, see manual. Lube the chain every 500 miles with
dry chain lube. 110 links DID - 520VM
- Any ASI approved 10/40 or 20/50 oil will work fine, but knowing how
to check your oil is something you need to do. Here are the following
steps that I learned while after running down to a half a quart one
day in Oklahoma.
- start bike
on kickstand and idle for 3 minutes
- turn off bike
and hold upright
- unscrew dip
stick and wipe clean
- put dip stick
back in but don't screw in
- Check to make
sure it is to the top. You are about 3/4 quart low if it is on the
cable - Bring an extra one if you have over 5,000 miles. You
cannot do anything with out it, you are on the clutch a lot in the tight
mountains. Lube it weekly, and learn how to do it with a cable lubing
tool and practice. Lube the cable/lever pivot points as well, they tend
to bind and sheer in this area if not maintained.
- Ear plugs
- The ear plugs with string work well, they are usually labeled non-disposable.
- Fuel Filters
- Put fuel filers on both your fuel lines if using larger tank. Any
kind are fine.
- I like the Mechanix gloves found at hardware stores, they are leather
on the palm and lycra on the back of the hand with a hand protector.
cable - if you have more than 15k on your bike, replace the
odometer cable, the extra weight sags the front end and causes the cable
to wear faster.
- Seat cushion
- Get 2, 6 inches of 2 inch wide velcro. Go to a camping store and get
a inflatable seat cushion, kinda like a stadium cushion, but it has
to be inflatable by blowing it up, the self inflating ones may work,
but cost much more. The trick I learned is to stick the soft velcro
on your seat, then the ruff side on the cushion. You fill the seat cushion
with only 10% of air, it conforms and does not raise you much off the
seat. Play around with amount of air to your liking.
- Get two motocross jerseys, long sleeved. They are about $40, but they
are perfect for keeping the sun off you, and keeping you cool as they
whisk away sweat.You will just need two of these as you will wash ever
4 days. They dry overnight.
- Tail light
- Do not use the tail light from Acerbis for this trip, mine was constantly
vibrating as it does not have any suspension as the stock one does.
I am still looking for an aftermarket tail light that is better than
- If you wear a backpack, get a camelback and put it in your back pack,
they make 20 different versions, so go check them out at your local
camping store or at www.rei.com
- Carry no more than 10 lbs on your rear rack, carry no more than 30
lbs in your saddlebags. I shipped back about 3/4 of my stuff after my
rear sub frame kept cracking. It is a rough road and trust me, you can
always buy stuff on the way, you can get to cites if you take to the
highway and head into town.
tips coming as I get a chance to update, if you have any questions,