Gear

This is where we will write about the gear for our trip – it’s a work in progress so please bear with us.

JAYNE

Hein Gericke Ladies Boots

These are the only ladies boots Hein Gericke offer

These are the boots I am planning to wear for 35,000 kilometers. Cowhide and Gortex, guaranteed waterproof and windproof. It’s more difficult than I thought finding ladies motorbike gear!

PHIL

Bike:

2000 Kawasaki KLR 650

Panniers: Ammo cans.

49000 km with top-end re-build at 40000km, due to a famous “doohicky” failure. (occured under previous owner).

Modifications:

-EM Cam chain tensioner bolt upgrade (aka doohicky)
-Supertrapp IDS2 race core exhaust (aka too loud)
-Progressive fork springs
-Aftermarket rear suspension (I’ll check make/model)
-16 tooth front sprocket
-Swapped out lower end for 1996+ due to worn countershaft bearing. (not really upgrade, more sideways-grade)
-Amazing paint job. The previous owner had someone back into his bike, denting the gas tank. It was cheaper to get custom paint than to buy replacement stock decals.

Paniers:

Currently have two steel Ammo cans for side panniers. See above photo. above.

June 5th: Picked up a Givi top box. The E52, has a 52L capacity, enough for 2 full face helmets apparently. Don’t know that I’ll use it for that. But we’ll see. I like that it attaches solidly, but removes easily. At least it will once I bolt it on.

Boots:

Phil’s Sidi Discovery boots

Picked up some boots off the classifieds on KLR650.net. Shipped quick and I got a nice pair of Olympia gloves thrown in for 10$. Total with shipping was about 220$ish. They normally retail for about 350$. So far they are comfortable, but I  need to get some better insoles as the original owner took them out, so I’m using some old ski boot insoles.

GPS:

Garmin Nuvi 550. Waterproof, shock resistant, with luck: Phil resistant. I’ve used it on a couple trips both via car and bike and it works well. On the bike I attach it by suction cup to the windscreen. (photo once I buy a new camera)

Camera:

TBA. I just lost my Olympus 770sw at Sasquatch festival. Had it for the past 6 years or so. That was one durable camera.

Jacket/Pants:

Tourmaster Transition 3 Jacket. Size: Large/Tall

Comfortable, and way less flapping in the wind than my previous oversized leather Jacket. Wondering if I should have gone with the medium instead of the large, but otherwise so far I’m impressed!

Tourmaster Flex Pants. size: Medium/Tall

The pants are certainly hot as hell with all the layers in, so if we encounter cold weather, I’ll be just fine below the Waist.

Extra strong gear

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