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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by ClearwaterBMW, Jun 8, 2007.
That's where "duct tape" comes in handy and I don't mean for the bag..
Here are a few pictures from a two week cross country camping trip I did earlier in the summer:
At the Bonneville Salt Flats:
At camp in Montana:
A windy, rainy night at the Badlands. The Kelty tarp was really nice to have as the rain was blowing in sideways all evening.
I have two Seahorse SE720 cases for panniers and a Givi E45 top case. The side cases are 26 liters each and the top case is 45 liters, so my total capacity is 97 liters. All of my gear fits easily into the cases with enough room for about a twelve pack of beer and a few munchies to bring to camp.
I have a Eureka Backcountry 1 tent. It's a one man tent and is a little on the small side, but I knew I'd have to give up a little bit for a tent that packed small enough to fit in one of my panniers along with room for a few other things. It's not ideal, but I lived out of it just fine for two weeks. It's long enough that for me (I'm 6'0") that I could stuff all of my gear at one end of the tent and still have enough room to sleep.
camp shoes (Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars)
tool kit with air pump
ratchet straps, cambuckle straps
pacsafe security net
first aid kit
Kelty 9' tarp without poles
atlas, textbook (wasted space and weight, as I didn't study at all while I was gone)
extra water (platypus 2L bag, sometimes filled, sometimes empty)
electronics bag (camera battery charger, helmet cam, tablet, wireless keyboard, all charged from Powerlet charger in top box)
extra waterproof bag that I can strap to the passenger seat if I need to
all the shit that we normally keep in a tank bag
18 day, 6,100 mile trip two-up.
Two full sized 41 litre Zegas and one XL drybag and a Wolfman tankbag. Also there is a small lockable compartment under that black Jesse rear rack with the reflective tape on it.
(Just outside of Chicago, in Marengo)
in the left side, my side
The bulk of the tool kit. (never used)
Can of Plexus and microfiber cloth.
two face shields (dark and clear with pinlock)
extra drybag in case more kit needs to be strapped to the bike.
extra pair of warm gloves.
my toiletry bag
Cube bag with all the clothes (4 days of riding kit and one pair of pants with zip off legs and a real t-shirt, and two quick dry camp towels)
Tevas sandals. Good for walking and showering in campground showers.
Aerostich windblock jersey
In the right side, her side:
A portion of the toolkit (again, never used)
A first aid kit
Her clothes in a cube bag. (riding kit for 4 days, two quick dry camp towels, plus plus plus. You understand.)
Her cold weather liners.
extra pair of warm gloves.
her toiletry bag.
A mesh bag with a cordlock opening in which to place the wash or to strap wet wash to the bike so it could dry.
4 extra straps which were very long, just in case.
In the tankbag is a Canon T3i Camera with an 18-55mm lens in a LowePro top-loader plus a 55-250mm lens a separate bag. Plus the other things you put in a tank bag.
In the Jesse rack locking compartment is a partial quart of oil and a Pack-Safe net. We never used the Pack-Safe net. I've carried it twice now and I have yet to use it. When I leave the bike I either took the tankbag with me or I took the camera. No one ever bothered the dry bag.
This is how we left the bike, even in Yellowstone, for hours. No hassle.
You might recognize the place.
I just left a strap on my lid and one on hers for tying down the Tevas.
In the dry bag:
Her Kelty sleeping bag, synthetic in a compression stuff
Her Therm-a-Rest air mattress
Her REI camp pillow
My North Face Gold Kazoo down bag in a compression stuff (it comes with one)
My Big Agnes air mattress
my Therm-a-Rest pillow
a small fleece bag with all the camp kit: bug spray in a sealed bag, headlamps, matches, eating utensils, clothesline, tent repair, etc.
Big Agness Copper Spur UL3 tent.
So you see, on the three times we got hotel rooms, we didn't have to unpack that dry bag at all. It comes off and stays in the corner. On the other hand on those times when we had to go back out to fetch provisions or firewood, etc, I could drop her off, throw the dry bag at her and know she had everything to set up camp.
(Glacier Nat'l Park)
This is how the bike looks when we leave camp. The wet camp towels are strapped to the arse end of the bike to dry. They will be dry by the first fuel stop or sooner. Sometimes if we aren't able to dry the washing we put it in the cordlocked mesh bag and strapped it there as well. Never a problem.
Tevas were strapped to the top of the Zegas to dry. Worked a treat.
Not much to it. We usually keep our riding kit in the drybag, under her side of the vestibule. We keep our boots under the vestibule as well. Helmets are kept in the tent, the Copper Spur 3 has enough room for this. Toiletries and clean clothes are in the tent for the next day. I put the tank bag in the tent or in one of the Zegas and locked it. I never took the panniers off the bike. No one ever messed with it. If you know the sound of your pannier being opened I'm sure you'll agree it would wake you up straight away.
Now I just need to leave about 30% more stuff at home. I'm getting there.....figuring out what I don't need or use.
Im doing half the WABDR here in two weeks. I've never camped off my bike before. I have some of.the essentials, but the 3-4 days I'll be out there will teach me a great deal. Im pretty nervous. But excited a hair bit more
I put SE720 cases on my SV with SW-Motech racks. I have a Eureka Apex 2XT that fits in the side case. Plenty roomy with the dual doors and dual vestibules. I put all the gear in the back vestibule and put a case with clothes, toiletries, etc. by the back door.
There's a new version of the Apex 2XT and I'm not sure if the poles are still the same length or not. I know the version before mine packed a little shorter.
Well, here I am packed for a two up three week trip.
From the front:
Ready to go, sans the tank bag:
Left pannier, his clothes. Right pannier, her clothes. Left Wolfman bag, tent and ground cover, rain fly. Right Wolfman bag, sleeping bags, mats, fuzzy pullovers, soft hats for cool nights. Top case has the kitchen stuff. Tank bag has odds n ends, P&S camera, sunglasses etc, etc.
The GSA is great for two up expeditons.
This was for a 5 day, 4 night camping trip. 1412 miles all together. I brought food for 5 days, turns out I didn't eat as much as I thought I would and had enough food packed for another 5 or 6 days! I was also carrying enough water for 2 days.
Brought way to much other junk for "just in case".
My poor bike was so top heavy! Made it really hard on the rough trails.
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Cumberland pass. I rode the COBDR and then a ton of hardball with this set up. Still had to shed some things but for me I wouldn't want to pack any more than this.
Yes. All of my camping stuff is in there. Lots of water meant the dromedary bag went on top of the wench. The wench by the way was comforting but never used. As I was alone, and still go out alone a lot I probably won't shed that with such a heavy bike but I'm not sold that it is good kit. Several threads on that elsewhere on adv.
Man that is a good looking bike.
Actually, she turned over 88,000 miles this afternoon.
Nice to see someone else using the SE720s as panniers on an SV. That tent looks nice. However, I often 'stealth camp,' so a brightly colored tent is out of the question for me. My choices are limited when looking for a tent with drab colors with poles that fit in my panniers.
I'm actually reasonably happy with the BackCountry tent I've got now. If I had to do it over again, I would have bought the BackCountry 2-person tent... But I'm not unhappy enough to buy another tent. When I do eventually replace this tent, I'll be going with a 2-person for sure.