Madrid-Europe (TET)-Asia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Pcq, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    Hi everyone, I’m planning to take off in a month’s time. My goal is to do this entire part of the TET for the 1st stage.

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    Then either to St Petersburg and train along with bike to Mongolia, Vladivostok and ship bike to Japan

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    Or turkey-Iran-stans-Mongolia

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    Then Indo on to Bali ...

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    Sold this

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    And bought this for the adventure

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    It is a bit ambitious but I’ll just get going and hopefully find a way ...

    Hope to see you guys out there on the tracks !

    More on the prep in the next few days...





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  2. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    As part of the prep this weekend I went on a rally course.

    Although I am preparing a long off road trip and not to compete in rally/raid events I decided it should be good in any case to gain more experience.

    I learnt the following things:

    -What happens when someone tips a running bike into water and what to do to avoid ruining the engine
    -How to take apart the top half
    of a 701 to get to the spark plugs (not so easy)
    -use an ICO prepare a stage and paint and use a roadbook (so much fun)
    -safely tow a fellow biker with just a good mountain rope
    -spin a bike 180 degrees with ease using the stand
    -ride and enjoy a 450 rally bike
    -use a SPOT tracking and SOS device
    -better protect myself and some key travel tools and survival gear
    -how tough and motivating the stages can be
    -how much we can learn from a Dakar and multiple international rally legend and how humble these people can be
    -team mechanics, organisers and medics are Gods and deserve all the recognition
    -how attitude is still the most important factor, no matter what you do ...

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  3. Mandro

    Mandro Mandro

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    Good Luck man! Looks like epic plans. Really looking forward to following your journey!

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  4. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    This is the first part of the kit I’m putting together

    Kit part 1 - Electronic stuff

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    -Lenovo pad with keyboard for Basecamp management, surfing the net, emails and watching movies. I figured better go inexpensive and PC in case of damage
    -Montana 680, OMS and TET of Europe loaded
    -Charging cradle
    -iPhone case and usb charger to cigarette lighter
    -Extra cigarette usb charger
    -Extra iPhone
    -extra battery case
    -Compact battery jump starter / charger

    Total weight 2.8 kg

    Still missing : GoPro and SPOT

    Kit part 2: Tools and related

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    -Assorted spanners and socket kit
    -multi screwdriver, various Allen keys, Torx keys
    -Mini screwdriver with various sizes
    -Force variable spanner
    -Various nuts and bolts
    -Lock Tite
    -Chain link
    -Mini compressor
    -High pressure hand pump (especially for tubliss inner bladder)
    -21” inner tune (running tubliss but just in case)
    -Tube repair kit + tubeless repair kit
    -Latex gloves
    -Rubber bands and various zip ties
    -Rok straps, webbing additional straps
    -Duck tape, various electrical tapes, tubliss rim tape
    -Tire levers and axle spanner
    -Strap and high tensile climbing rope for towing etc
    -Leatherman multi
    -Disk lock with motion alarm
    -Cable lock

    Total weight: 6.5 kg

    Still missing:
    Spark plugs with tool
    Extra brake and clutch lever
    Wire
    Small container with grease for chain
    Small container with soap for tyres

    Kit part 3: Camping gear

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    -Tent and tarp
    -Warm weather sleeping bag (for current conditions)
    -Silk liner for bag
    -Inflatable lightweight mattress
    -Inflatable pillow
    -Gas stove & extra lighter
    -Pot & pan, cup, spoon
    -Headlamp

    Total weight: 7 kg

    Still missing: water filter and iodine tablets







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  5. smalley

    smalley n00b

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    Wow!! I'm definitely in for this one! Looks promising. Best of luck!
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  6. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    Riding gear prep
    Warm weather:

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    Acerbis adventure pants and jacket with hydration pack
    Hebo full body protection mesh jacket
    Leatt lower back support
    Mx top
    Light full length trekking socks
    Bike riding padded shorts
    Light off road gloves
    Alpinestars adv boots
    AGV AX8 helmet (will probably switch for Klim adv helmet)

    Cool weather / rain gear:

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    Adv spec linesman jacket (doubles as a comfy camp jacket)
    Merino wool base layer
    Acerbis thermal vest
    Acerbis adv pants
    Warm riding socks
    Long padded bike riding pants decathlon
    Warm dainese gloves (will probably switch for klim goretex)
    Waterproof over pants decathlon
    Waterproof over jacket decathlon

    Total weight all gear 11kg

    I went for a layer approach instead of buying a goretex suit. If I don’t need the extra clothing I prefer to ride light and throw on as required.



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  7. Skawtish

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    You were doing to so well with your sleeping set-up, then you ruin it with a 3-man tent. C'mon bruh.
    Seriously though, this looks like it will be good.
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  8. Matte Norrköping

    Matte Norrköping Adventurer

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    Will be mind-boggling!
    Looks great, just a heads up. Don't forget patches/glue if you need to patch up your inflatable sleeping mat, because it's not only uncomfortable, it can get REALLY cold as well depending on moisture and ground temp.
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  9. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    Haha I know it looks lame but there are reasons not to lose the rear pegs and always have a little extra space in the tent... apart from the luggage


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  10. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    Totally...Thanks for the tip !


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  11. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    First aid:

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    Betadine gel
    Scarring aid gel
    Cotton pads
    Gauze pads
    Bandage
    Tape
    Serum capsules
    Paracetamol
    Ibuprofen
    Baby powder
    Assorted plasters and blister pads
    Ziplocks
    Sun block
    Lip protection

    Good medical insurance !

    Still missing water filter




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  12. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    Also bug repellent ...


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  13. Matte Norrköping

    Matte Norrköping Adventurer

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    WATER filtration:
    This is what you want.
    https://sawyer.com/products/sawyer-squeeze-filter/

    The ”Sawyer Mini” is too slow when a little bit clogged, and this standard filter only adds a tad space and most likely if using ”clear water” you don't have to clean during the entire trip, but still get a good through put. If the bags should break, buy a Coke in a half litre bottle and use it ;-)

    This filter takes ALL bacteria, but not virus & chemicals; #notetoself only use water that looks good to drink, otherwise move on.

    There are filters that deal with more advanced matters, but expensive and expensive replace filters; this lasts 3000 cubic metres.
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  14. Matte Norrköping

    Matte Norrköping Adventurer

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    By the way. If you wanna cook your meals on gas, you need a windshield like this:
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    A windy day without it will quadruple your gas consumption.

    Personally I think Optimus windshield is better, but if you got the space there's NOTHING like a Trangia storm cooker. It beats every effing technology the rest ever invented once you understand HOW to use it in bad weather, rain, shine or winter.
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  15. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    And total weight : 0,65kg


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  16. Vens

    Vens n00b

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    It was a pleasure to ride with you and to show you how to dive the Husky into the river :-)good luck, all the best. I’ll follow you in your adventure.
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  17. Pcq

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    Great times Vens! Your yellow submarine move took some balls ! We learnt a lot of things that weekend awesome route and I’ll be ur wingman again anytime bro !


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  18. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    Final prep ongoing looking to leave Monday of next week 16-07.

    Btw if anybody is going to be riding the TET from Spain or France towards the Balkans I’d be happy to ride sections with company

    The additional gear :

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    - Spot gen3 with giant loop backpack attachment
    - Giant loop tank bag
    - Enduristan monsoon saddle bags with dry bags
    - Klim Krios helmet
    - Klim goretex adv gloves
    - GoPro hero
    - Leatt hydra waterproof backpack
    - Klim outrider pants
    - Nomad soft luggage mounting system
    - Extra tyre levers
    - Givi waterproof roll bag

    I also fitted a new seat cover, got it from Rebel and it’s actually really nice. Really makes the seat so much more comfy, factory vinyl cover is awful.

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  19. Pcq

    Pcq Adventurer

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    Weight 12kg

    Total additional weight so far is very close to 40kg...

    Might need to eliminate some stuff...




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  20. Navel

    Navel Omphaloskeptical

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    Looks like this is gonna be a great ride, also interested in seeing how the husky performs. Best of luck!:clap
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