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Old 10-21-2011, 09:03 AM   #25216
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Cardinal Rule

Remember the Cardinal Rule of packing for a road trip on your bike......

Make two piles........one pile of "stuff" and one pile of $$

Ok, now cut the "stuff" pile in half and double the amount of $$ you intend to bring along

See how easy that was?

I haven't been able to get away for a trip lasting more than a week due to work/family commitments......That said, the approach would be the same whether one week or one month....synthetic/layers/easily washable.....periodic resupply of food, tires, etc.....
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:29 AM   #25217
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Remember the Cardinal Rule of packing for a road trip on your bike......

Make two piles........one pile of "stuff" and one pile of $$

Ok, now cut the "stuff" pile in half and double the amount of $$ you intend to bring along

See how easy that was?

I haven't been able to get away for a trip lasting more than a week due to work/family commitments......That said, the approach would be the same whether one week or one month....synthetic/layers/easily washable.....periodic resupply of food, tires, etc.....
Easier said than done...I already spent all my $$ on stuff! I agree with the sentiment though. If you can pack/camp for 2-3 days, you don't need any more for weeks, other than a resupply of food on a regular basis.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:48 AM   #25218
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Wolfman info

Called Wolfman with numerous silly questions like "Will the rack assy from a DRZ400S work on the WRR/X?" Of course not, but I had to ask as I found one for sale on another thread.

On a positive note: Wolfman will be having a "sale" in December. Be there or be square!

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Old 10-21-2011, 12:36 PM   #25219
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But Wolfman does make racks for the WRR.



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Called Wolfman with numerous silly questions like "Will the rack assy from a DRZ400S work on the WRR/X?" Of course not, but I had to ask.

On a positive note: Wolfman will be having a "sale" in December. Be there or be square!

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Old 10-21-2011, 02:38 PM   #25220
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Here's me packed for a 3800 mile 3 1/2 week trip up and down the east coast.
Giant Loop Cayote holding everything I need - clothes in the top bag, camping gear in one side bag and tools and a pair of shoes in the other.

Will definitely be looking into a more comfortable seat though!
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:00 PM   #25221
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Here's me packed for a 3800 mile 3 1/2 week trip up and down the east coast.
Giant Loop Cayote holding everything I need - clothes in the top bag, camping gear in one side bag and tools and a pair of shoes in the other.

Will definitely be looking into a more comfortable seat though!
I'm impressed. It blows my mind that you manage to get a tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear and food in that much space. I need new gear.
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:13 PM   #25222
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I'm impressed. It blows my mind that you manage to get a tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear and food in that much space. I need new gear.
I hiked the Appalachian trail for a month a couple of years ago so I'm used to packing light.

2 sets of "town clothes" (travel pants and shirts), 3 sets of riding clothes (cycling shorts, wicking t-shirts, socks).
Camping gear consisted of the synmat ul 7 sleeping pad, contrail tarp tent, REI 20 degree bag and a Jet Boil stove. Only the sleeping bag was in a compression dry-sac, everything else was in lightweight dry-sacs so they can mold to the available space.

I didn't carry any food, there's plenty along the way, but I had room in the cayote and in a bag that folds into the tail bag and can be strapped to the top of it.
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:42 PM   #25223
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Very nice! My summer camping setup more resembles that, packing for swing seasons means more layers there more crap.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:08 PM   #25224
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I wouldn't count on their time line.

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Called Warp 9 today to ask about wheels and spokes.

I'm a cheap ass, and want to build dirt wheels for my X using my hubs.

They did not have what I was looking for.

But he said in about 2 weeks they will have complete sets available; Their own hub design that uses stock parts, comes with bearings, rotors and sprocket. Any color rim and hub @ just under $400 a wheel. F-Y-I for those looking for a X to R conversion.
I called them about the same thing back in April. They said about 3-4 weeks at that time! Maybe they are "Time Warp" wheels.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:14 PM   #25225
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On a positive note: Wolfman will be having a "sale" in December. Be there or be square!
Tight! I picked up a 2010 WR250R last week, and was going to pull the trigger on a bunch of Wolfman luggage this weekend. Now I'll wait......this stuff was just going to be a winter project anyway.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:28 PM   #25226
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Wolfman just released a new version of their racks for the DR650, a beefier, more sturdy design. Perhaps they are about to do the same for the WR.
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:06 PM   #25227
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Wolfman just released a new version of their racks for the DR650, a beefier, more sturdy design. Perhaps they are about to do the same for the WR.
They must be working on bigger bags. The ones they have can't really be overloaded with the camp stuff we carry. Prolly about 20lbs for the saddlebags total. I used a top duffle this season, and with tools and such, that bag alone was 30lbs!

My point is the pannier racks are plenty strong for the bags they are designed for. Maybe they have a new vision?
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:18 PM   #25228
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Along with the new beefed up racks, they've also recently started to sell mounting kits for universal panniers, like Pelican cases.

http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Racks/...ag_mounts.html




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They must be working on bigger bags. The ones they have can't really be overloaded with the camp stuff we carry. Prolly about 20lbs for the saddlebags total. I used a top duffle this season, and with tools and such, that bag alone was 30lbs!

My point is the pannier racks are plenty strong for the bags they are designed for. Maybe they have a new vision?
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:51 PM   #25229
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Here's me packed for a 3800 mile 3 1/2 week trip up and down the east coast.
Giant Loop Cayote holding everything I need - clothes in the top bag, camping gear in one side bag and tools and a pair of shoes in the other.

Will definitely be looking into a more comfortable seat though!
I put together a very cheap and comfortable seat mod that lets you have plenty of clearance on the trails (it pops right off), and be happy as a Goldwing rider on the road: Sweet Cheeks seat widener, with an inexpensive gel pad on top:

BEFORE: I had shaved my stock seat down quite a bit a while back for better reach w/ my 32" inseam. Was a little more comfy than stock on road, and significantly better off-road. Still, it was not up to snuff for the long haul.



After seeing/hearing from some other ADV folks, I decided to spring for the Sweet Cheeks: $30 (one could make their own easily), removable in seconds, and very very comfy.
http://cycle-analyst.com/sweetcheeks.htm



Ridiculously simple and light design, just slip empty (or full) 2-liter bottles into the sleeve and voila! Plenty of room to distribute your weight.



I made one more addition to mine to sort of homogenize the set-up, a $15 gel pad from an auto parts store. Looks kind of tall/thick in the pic, but it squishes right down and conforms extremely well. A sheepskin pad would also work well:


Not the prettiest, but I have to say, having run this set-up continuously from gas stop to gas stop, not once did I think about my rear... In comparison, my street bike has a nice wide Corbin - this is even better.

And unlike a $$$ custom seat with "butt wings", this is still convertible to a slim trail profile, in seconds.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:17 PM   #25230
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I put together a very cheap and comfortable seat mod that lets you have plenty of clearance on the trails (it pops right off), and be happy as a Goldwing rider on the road: Sweet Cheeks seat widener, with an inexpensive gel pad on top:
+1

I use a very similar setup: sweet cheeks + my AirHawk from my Ducati.

Totally customize-able, easily removable, and gives me 4 liters of potable water for drinking, cooking, etc. Since I already had the AirHawk, it was $30 for the sweet cheeks and I was done.

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