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Old 06-08-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Ever weighed your packed gear??

Anyone weigh their packed gear before departing on a trip?? I am leaving for a month and just weighed Nelsen Riggg CL 850's 17lb left side 18 lb right side. Moto Fizz medium 21lb and Bags Connection speedpack ( no sides ) 24lb
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:16 PM   #2
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:18 AM   #3
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I did mostly to equal out my panniers weight.


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Old 06-09-2013, 03:12 PM   #4
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:32 PM   #5
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NO!! ignorance is bliss!
Yeah kind of scared me too!! LOL
But considering about 15lbs are the weight of the bags and Kermit chair and laptop make up another 10 I think I am doing well with 55 lbs of gear for a month long excursion in full camping mode
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:32 PM   #6
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Yer not going far enough...

The truly annal weigh each thing before packing and select the lightest for the job ..

e.g. for one pair of jeans you can have two zip off pants made out of capiline and a thermal... and they dry quicker after washing.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:42 PM   #7
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panniers and gear= 80 pounds........70 days...13,000 miles
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:17 AM   #8
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Yer not going far enough...

The truly annal weigh each thing before packing and select the lightest for the job ..

e.g. for one pair of jeans you can have two zip off pants made out of capiline and a thermal... and they dry quicker after washing.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:42 PM   #9
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Just under 80 lbs. I'll do better next time.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:47 AM   #10
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No -- would be terrified to know how badly I'm overloading the poor thing...
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:37 AM   #11
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2011, GSA, 23-25Lbs in each side pannier, 23 Lbs in dry bag way forward and compressed with two ratchet straps.
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:04 AM   #12
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50 pounds including the bags; tent camping Alaska/North America trip 25000 miles 5 months, DR650.

When my tent zipper failed and I had to replace the tent, my weight gained about 3 pounds. I had 15 pounds in each wolfman bag and 20 in my top bag (namely due to my laptop which I wont bring next time) when I left. I plan to cut 10-15 pounds off for South America if/when that happens.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:15 PM   #13
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Weight adds up fast, especially if you camp. I didn't really notice until I ran into Air Asia luggage limits.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:13 AM   #14
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I admit I always carry too much stuff with me on a bike...

And sorry if this doesn΄t stay fully on topic... but I΄ve got a friend, an old Finnish guy, who has done an incredible amount of mc-travel, all around the world (made a RTW-tour in the Seventies) but especially in Asia and Australia in the last 40 years. I did a few rides with him in Asia, as he was our tour guide in 2005-2007, and I saw how he΄s really made an art of “packing light”. A big thumper, like a DR650, is his choice of bike, and a very very small backpack, not much bigger than a laptop bag, strapped to the back seat is really everything, that he has with him (plus the stuff that he is wearing). He wears clogs, for example, as his riding shoes AND his leisure shoes, so one pair of clogs is all that he΄s got while travelling... (a warm climate does help here, if he went riding in Europe, I think he would have to get something more suitable for that!)

He told a funny story, how in the end of 80΄s, or early 90΄s, he once met a German biker in southern Thailand. At that time, it was so rare to see any big bikes there, that when they came across each other on the road, they stopped for a chat. The German had freighted his bike to Bangkok just a couple of days ago, and was now riding around Thailand, and he had every imaginable bit of luggage and riding gear, he was even carrying extra cans of fuel “because he was not sure, if it΄s always available in Thailand”... and the guy was clearly in discomfort wearing too thick gear for the hot and humid climate.

So after a while, the German had asked my friend, where is he coming from, and seeing that my friend wore a t-shirt, shorts, clogs and motocross helmet, he clearly assumed, that my friend is probably on his way to a local foodstore or something. But he was actually returning from a 15000-kilometer trip to Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia, that had taken several months. He said the German guy was really having an extremely tough time to believe it...

(of course this is an extreme example, clogs are not perfect for riding unless you are this guy, and he΄s paid the price of not wearing ATGATT a few times as well, as he΄s had some pretty bad crashes sometimes.. but my point is: think very hard, what you REALLY need to have with you, and leave the rest home – also do not pack on the last minute before you set off, because then you will have unnecessary stuff with you!)
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:05 PM   #15
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Weighing my gear would be like weighing myself........ I don't want to know
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