The Planning of a Monster

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by SuperSonicRocketship, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. SuperSonicRocketship

    SuperSonicRocketship 50 Nations and Counting

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    Thanks guys. I promise i'll try to be as honest in the RR as I have been here in the Planning thread!


    You've hit the nail on the head Pecha! I've already thought this through. See I have been quite blatantly flaunting many personal details in this thread, that realistically everyone and anyone knows where I stay, what my bike looks like and how much cash I have in the bank. I'm sure anyone with half a brain could hijack me on the road without much hassle if they wanted to with the information in this thread thread alone.

    Everything that will be uploaded to the Ride Report will be delayed from real time. I think that Trip Planning Live is a great idea, but I think Trip Report Live is an irresponsible one. I followed a great thread over on Epic Rides board by user Scheffy, who rode the TAT on his Honda over the course of 3 months or so, he employed the tactic that I had initially thought about. Write as if it is happening now, but actually it was 3-7 days old news. I'm not sure if he did it for security reasons or not, but I sure will.

    The only issue with this however is all the nice people who offer to help or want to catch up on-route might be in danger of missing us.


    Pecha's wisdom over the last 8 months has kept me on track. I feel I may list him as the Patron of this project!
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  2. SuperSonicRocketship

    SuperSonicRocketship 50 Nations and Counting

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    UPDATE : MOVING DAY
    (6 Days 'til Departure)

    Now that we are unemployed and have nothing to do all day (if only) we thought we would make use of Sunday and get some headway on the house move. In the end we decided to give up our home, a small flat with a simply gorgeous view that has served as my home for 3 years and my brothers home for 11 years before that. This little place has been in the family a long time and the decision was not an easy one. When it came to selling off my Rights to Buy that I had so fiercely fought for after Rory's death I struggled with the same feeling that anyone would; sentiment. How could I get rid of the home that served as the setting for so many memories over the years?

    Then it struck me... Why was I so guarded over the prospect of giving up the house? After all those memories weren't set in the bricks and mortar, they are embedded in my mind, where they shall remain, right up until the day I check out of this world and into whatever awaits.

    After a few last-minute moments of hesitation I bolted down to the solicitor's office and signed the agreement to sell off my rights to the property. Like tearing a bandage from a wound; sure it stung, very briefly, but by the time I had walked down the stairs of the stuffy office block, and took my first steps into the open air back into the street, that stinging feeling had turned to sheer elation. I took my first breath of complete liberty. I was now jobless and homeless.

    Come Sunday my good friend Ben had lent me his work van, an old Ford Transit Connect, so I didn't need to pay for removal van hire. The van wasn't huge but from eyeballing it, it sure looked like I would fit the largest of the remaining furniture in there.

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    A tight squeeze indeed.

    Unfortunately Ben is a garden landscaper by trade so I seemed to spend as much time cleaning the van as I did loading it.

    The move itself was a nightmare. If it wasn't for the prospect of a world trip to keep me motivated I would have thrown the towel in early in the day. Picture a studio flat, with narrow doors, awkward angles, andonly accessible by a winding 150 year old stone spiral staircase. Oh and one more details... We are top floor. We piled all of the heavy furniture that would require the van into the living area and got to some heavy lifting.

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    Have you ever carried a long L-shaped couch backwards down a Victorian spiral staircase? Unfortunately I have.

    Beds, cabinets, tables, chairs, cookers and about anything else you see was taken away and given to my dad. He cleared his place of his older furniture mid-week to make way for my fine collection of leather and fine oak hardware. All I said during the move was "Uugh Why the hell did I spend so much on furniture"all these years...Look at this table! I could have 40 days on the road for the cost of this!"

    It's turned into a hobby. I no longer see price tags in numerical monetary value, but rather an equivalent of how many days on the road the figure could fund. "£460 for a mattress?!?! I can't believe I spent 20 days on this."

    "Kyla look 8 days for this jacket!"

    Everything left can be carted away in my car. Which gets taken away in 2 days, so then I can add Carless to Jobless and Homeless.

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    Note: Sleeping bags, liners and camp mats are getting plenty pre-trip testing!

    We still have the place right up until leaving day, so I will keep the TV and Internet hooked up 'til then to soak up as many home comforts as possible for the next 6 days.

    Regards,
    Brucie
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  3. SuperSonicRocketship

    SuperSonicRocketship 50 Nations and Counting

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    BONUS FOOTAGE

    TKC 70's out of the wrapper:

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    And the TKC80 Twinduros:

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    The tyres weight about 8kg for a rear and about 5kg for a front. We will be loading the bikes up tomorrow to see how that extra weight affects handling. The tyre to the right of this pic is the tyre we have been practising our tyre-iron technique on.


    Having no bed, mattress or sheets provides good opportunity to test out camp kit... in the safety of your own home.
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    Very rarely do Kyla and I get a half decent photo of ourselves. I feel obligated to show this one, as the next while is gonna be bug-spattered and mud-speckled shots of our grubby pale mugs in various locations. This photo was in the massively over-loaded van moving our stuff from the house.

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    Regards,
    Brucie
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  4. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious.

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    SSR, thanks for this thread. I've been following off and on for quite some time.

    I certainly don't begrudge you for anything you do, but also be aware that the chance of something negative happening through your posts on ADV are just about zero. My experience is that positive things will happen far more often than something negative. I've had a handful of people approach me on the road asking me, "are you Jamie Z from ADVrider?" quickly followed by offers of beer, food, or a shower. I've never had anyone take advantage of my ADV openness.

    Jamie
  5. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    a very, very, bloody good show old boy!
  6. Cici

    Cici Adventurer

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    Don't sink this thread because will remain a good source of inspiration . Maybe you will upgrade him with information about the how it works the planned items (issues with the equipment, visa, vaccines, etc.) - just for a feedback in the same thread.
    It is enough to post here the link to your RR in wich you describe the problem or even a copy of that post.
    Regarding posting your position on line I agree that is a safety weakness. For everybody who need to know where are you, a private message here or on your facebook page is safe enough.
    I looking forward to meet you here and will follow the RR thread and Facebook page. If you need I will send again my contact info.
  7. Daniel3640

    Daniel3640 Adventurer

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    Almost there now bruce!

    Been a good week weather wise did you both get much testing done?

    How are you both coping with the fully loaded bikes?

    Me and Danni are planning on being down at scot riders on sunday just before 11 so will see you there!.


    Daniel
  8. SuperSonicRocketship

    SuperSonicRocketship 50 Nations and Counting

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    UPDATE : COUNTDOWN
    (1 Day 'til Departure)

    What a week it's been. I genuinely thought I knew what the word 'busy' truly meant... til now. Unfortunately my Internet provider decided to cut off my service 5 days earlier than I told them, which was reeaally annoying as I wanted to document the last few days quite closely.

    So here's a brief rundown of how it's all went. We cleared the house in 2 days, we ran aimlessly around the town like sugar induced children for 2 days, and then we spent the last 2 days very carefully packing the bikes. It really is a 2 day effort deciding what to take. We really planned to strike the balance between travelling light, yet being self sufficient on the road. We do need a tent, sleeping get bags, mats, stoves and pans. This took up a fair chunk of room. Bike security is compact but ungodly heavy. As far as clothes? As light as you could possibly imagine. With the remaining space we were sure to be able to actually pack away our riding gear too.

    I'll be over at my mums house tomorrow morning before we set off at around 10.30. We will make our way to the local motorcycle training school where a few friends will join us for the first few miles. Weather permitting I imagine!

    Before we set off I will be sure to make a final closing update. Detailing what we packed, how we packed it and the final pack weights (yes I weighed each pannier until they were balanced)

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    Precision Packing

    So yeh...

    We've almost made it!

    Regards,
    Brucie
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  9. kriske1969

    kriske1969 n00b

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    I watch this thread from the start.
    Have a safe trip Bruce and Kyla.
  10. Cameleer

    Cameleer Europe, three days at a time.

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    All the best wishes for a safe and wonderful trip, and this is just the beginning!
    As much as I have enjoyed this thread from the start, I can't wait to read the RR.
    Buen viaje!


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  11. Ruud109

    Ruud109 Dutch in Barcelona

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    Awesome, just saw your picture on Facebook as well. Have a safe trip buddies, hope to see you in Barcelona!

    Ruud
  12. Skootz Kabootz

    Skootz Kabootz Been here awhile

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    Safe travels and have a truly amazing time!!! I have been following from the very beginning and couldn't be more excited were I going myself. Thank you for all you have shared!! I and I am sure many other have learned a ton. You are definitely setting out with your karma cup running over! Looking forward to your tales from the road. KSU!!! Have a great time!! Cheers!
  13. jackalsour

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    Let's get this show on the road :ricky Bonne route!
  14. Daniel3640

    Daniel3640 Adventurer

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    Safe traves bruce and kyla gutted I couldn't make it down I tried but unfortunately the old girl wouldn't comply! Only got 4 miles from home and she died spent the next 2 hours awaiting rescue. Hopefully catch up upon your return!

    Daniel

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  15. Captain Licorice

    Captain Licorice Adventurer

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    Good luck on your adventure! I'm planning my own adventure and this has been helpful!

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  16. xbonez

    xbonez 2016 Tiger 800 XRT

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    Wishing both of you the best. Ride safe

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  17. Ostrich1001

    Ostrich1001 n00b

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    Your long wait is over. Have a great and safe trip.
  18. Joris van O

    Joris van O Been here awhile

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    I enjoyed your preparations, very inspiring! Have a great adventure, sure will be following you two :)
  19. SuperSonicRocketship

    SuperSonicRocketship 50 Nations and Counting

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    UPDATE : PLANNING OF A MONSTER COMPLETE
    (0 Days 'til departure)

    Well guys... What can I say.

    267 Days ago whilst sitting in my living room, I thought to myself 'maybe it'd be cool to scribble out a diary thread on that ADV site thingy'. 35 pages, 700 posts and 60,000 views later I can safely say it's the most fun I have ever had on an internet forum.

    We've been reaaaal busy since last Sunday. Here's how the last few days could be appropriately broken down;

    WRAPPING UP:

    The last few bits of the house had to be cleared out, and regardless of how much time you think you need, you need more. It took us the best part of 2 days to go though all of our household items, clothes, shoes and anything else. The plan was to have a few rounds of Keep, Donate or Bin. I found myself attaching sentiment to nearly everything. I had to be brutal and throw out a lot of stuff. The rest was dropped in to our local Red Cross Charity Shop. Anything we felt we needed to keep was taken over to my parents house!

    2 whole hectic days, trimmed down into one paragraph

    TOOLS / SPARES:

    Packing the tool kit is a thought provoking task. How can you possibly foresee what you will need. You obviously can't take everything, so you have to start looking at mechanical an electrical issues from a standpoint of If it breaks can the bike still run? Yes / No.

    If the answer is Yes then we didn't consider it for the toolkit. In the end we went with the pretty standard advisory F800GS kit that is heavily recommended over at PU forum. It consists mostly of:

    TOOLS:

    Allan Keys
    Torx Keys (various sizes as required)
    Screwdriver Bits (cross, flat and torx)
    1/8 and 3/4 (plus adapter for 1/2)
    Sockets (Hex, Torx and Star as required)
    Adjustable Tip Screwdriver (takes all of the bits)
    Adjustable Spanner/Wrench (6-24mm)
    Tire Levers
    Rim Protectors
    Roll of Electrical Tape
    Wire Cutters
    Pliers Multitool (Leatherman)
    Survival Shovel (as detailed earlier in thread)

    SPARES:

    Wheel Bearings
    Fairing Clips (tiny and seem easily broken)
    Inner Tubes (1 x Front, 1 x Rear)
    Tyres (Extra Set TKC80's)

    KITCHEN:

    Colemans Dual Fuel Stove
    Pots x 2 (Plus lid that acts as frying pan)
    Pan holder
    Tin Opener
    Cutlery Set
    Piece of Rope for hanging clothes/drying pans
    Matches
    Lighter
    Salt/Pepper/Spice Holders (tiny Tic Tac tubs with seasoning in)
    1 Sponge
    Small screwcap bottle for washing up liquid

    All of this fits inside the closed pot with the lid closed, held tightly with a Velcro strap (perhaps the worlds most useful object)

    CAMP SETUP:

    Tent (3-man MSR Elixir 3 Tent)
    Mats (Thermarest)
    Sleeping Bags (Snugpak Chrysalis 3)
    Bag Liner (Satin)

    REPORTING:

    With just 16 hours left before departure I thought I should take half an hour out of my hectic day to settle on a piece of hardware that would make Ride Reporting a bit more manageable. I rushed up to our local PC World, in between selling the car and packing the panniers, to see what was up to the task. Keep in mind we were well past the point of any online ordering. I needed something immediately. Here's what I found;

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    Lenovo Yoga 700 11.6" 2 in 1 Laptop.

    It's small enough certainly, fits in the tank bag handily, and importantly has a solid build quality. It might be a touch heavier than a few of the others from the competition, but I think the weight comes from the harder outer shell. I picked this up for £549.99. Yeh I know. Expensive.

    PACKING:

    A few points to consider when packing the panniers and topbox. Even weight distribution, item layers, fragility, and then remembering that in a few days time none of this will matter because life on the road doesn't work like that.

    Well except the weight distribution part. We took great care with that. Items were assigned a left or a right side so that no matter the order in which they were stacked they came to the same weight. Other than that, just stuff it in.

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    That's a lot of stuff.

    We were still packing right up until 20 minutes before we set off. This was us on the morning before we headed out.
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    A feeling that simply cannot be described.


    GOODBYES:

    It's tough saying goodbye. Friends, Family, Neighbours, Work buddy's and even pets needed a final moment. Each and every one of them took it's toll. We could be gone a few months or a few years, we simply don't know, but it's likely the latter. We had a leaving night out on Friday at a local bar and got to see everyone there too. Neither Kyla or myself are huge drinkers but it was great fun none the less!

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    Goodbye for now Mum and Dad!

    And I guess on that note; it's time to say goodbye to you guys too. The ADV Trip Planning forum has been like my second home these last 9 months, but I must now, as I sit here on my Trip Planning Lenovo Laptop, bid you all farewell!

    Thank you to all of you who popped in to say hello, to wish us well, and to pitch in with advice. I truly thank you from the bottom of my trip planning heart.

    Hopefully i'll see you all over at Ride Reports.

    Lots of Love,
    Brucie
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  20. SuperSonicRocketship

    SuperSonicRocketship 50 Nations and Counting

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    This is Sandy.

    Sandy is my best friend. He turned 14 in March and has been by my side since I was a spotty awkward 13 year old. He has saw me through every single aspect of my adult life. School, exams, first date, first job, opening my own business, then the other one, my first motorcycle adventure, the loss of my brother and the turmoil of the year that followed.

    I don't know what it's like to be an adult, or a teenager for that matter, without Sandy.

    Fearing the laws that mother nature has scripted for the lifespan of the humble dog, I said perhaps my final goodbye to him.

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    Bye Sandy! If you get sick, i'll probably book a flight home!


    Over and Out,
    Brucie


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