Gap Year planning

Discussion in 'Americas' started by 95Monster, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. 95Monster

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    Got my first oil change done and checked the air filter, which was clean. Working on refining my tool kit and using just the tools in it and not from the 'big ass' tool chest. Now to sort the tires. OilChange.jpg
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  2. jonz

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    I know it's late in the game for you but I wouldn't want those monster width hard bags. Personally, I'd sell them and get soft panniers that are much thinner. Getting into and out of some of the larger South America cities is a traffic nightmare and I feel like I'd never have gotten out of them without the ability to split traffic that softer, thinner side bags will make possible. Not to mention the weight savings. I did a poll in the main "Trip Planning" forum and fewer than 5% reported any problems with theft from soft luggage that might have been prevented by using hard bags. Just a thought. You'll have an amazing time no matter what.
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    Believe me, it's something I've thought about a lot, Jonz. And I would hate to have one pin my leg in a tip over! But at this point, I've got to try not to re-think too many things. I'm ready to just get on the road but there's still a bit of home stuff to put to bed. Speaking of...anyone want to buy a racecar, or a Multistrada, or a Vespa? Wait, not the Vespa. Or maybe the Vespa... I can't decide : )
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  4. 95Monster

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    Basecamp gives me a headache...give me paper maps all day! That being said, I only have the Garmin North America maps loaded. Should I purchase Mexico and South America?
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  5. Cal

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    Garmin NA include Mexico and CA
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    While planning my border crossing point and going over the locations for the necessary paperwork- Mex insurance, FMM and TVIP- I found a Banjercito here in LA. I called them up and found that they could issue the TVIP here in LA so I paid them a visit. Perfect timing as there was no one there but the woman behind the counter. She walked me through the process, dinged my credit card for 8,700 pesos and gave me my TVIP and a reminder to get stamped out when leaving Mexico! One less thing : ) Banjercito.jpg
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    You still have to get the FMM or did you find that also?
    Thats a great find in LA no one has ever mentioned this.
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    Yes, I still have to get the FMM at the border
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  9. 95Monster

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    What to take? That's my conundrum. I've done a lot of overnight riding but rarely longer than 8 to 10 days and those trips were far apart. Most of my gear and clothing has been tested and I've realized I rarely use half the stuff I cart along! So my clothes are going in the Left Pannier. (I also have a duffel bag on the pillion seat that will be my take inside kit.) Left side contents are spread among three compression sacks:
    Blue= Lt Wt Spray jacket, Lt Wt Puff Jacket, Capeline Long Johns. Shemaugh scarf.
    Green= Blue Jeans, Khaki convertible pants, Lt Wt long sleeve shirt, Lt Wt short sleeve shirt, cotton tee shirt.
    Yellow= 2xSmartWool underwear, 1xCotton underwear, 1xSmartWool long underwear, 1x SmartWool tee shirt, 2xSmartWool long sleeve tees, 2xSmartWool LtWt socks, 2xSmartWool Med Wt socks.
    Misc= Flip Flops, sneakers, bathing suit
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  10. 95Monster

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    Right side pannier currently has the following:
    Motohansa Tool kit (need to weed out some wrenches) + 10mm allen, 17mm deep socket, wire cutters, needle nose pliers, zip ties, locktight. Air compressor & Patch kit, Micro Start XP-1 power supply, extension cord, Sawyer water filter, camelbak cleaning kit and extra hose, Jet Boil, Yeti Highball glass, Yeti Coffee Cup, water bottle, oatmeal, PG Tips black tea, Sleepy Time herbal tea, tie downs, towel (never go anywhere without your towel) sleeping bag liner, flashlight and headlamp. contents.jpg

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  11. Tewster2

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    You could ditch one of the cups...plus you can leave some of the clothes at home...if you find you really need more clothes you can buy some along the way....the long sleeve shirt can be made into a short sleeve one if you roll the sleeves up :lol3
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    ditch 1 cup and the flashlight just the headlamp is enough. Cloths can be bought along the way you will usually find t shirts as souvenirs, socks can be washed at night in the sink.
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    I'd ditch at least half the clothes - jeans take up too much space, won't need short and long sleeve button ups both, long sleeve underwear not necessary and probably not the lower either (just wear the long sleeve shirt and/or convertible pants if necessary for warmth). BTW, I'm assuming you have riding clothes not shown. If your boots are reasonably comfortable for walking, I'd skip the shoes and just carry sandals.

    For your kitchen items, I wouldn't take either of the glasses or the bottle. Drink out of your jetboil pot. That should save a bunch of volume. Most people buy bottled water anyway so no real need to carry a bottle unless of course you want to keep it filled with something other than water :beer
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    Noted- shirt, water bottle, whiskey glass ditched. Jeans are on the fence but will probably get ditched. And yes, riding clothes are separate. Here's my next hangup...tools. I've supplemented the kit for specific tools needed but why the wrenches? It's a late model BMW so everything is torx or allen. I guess it's like the whiskey glass...gives me some comfort knowing they're there but I'll probably never use IMG_1214.jpg them.
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    Hope to follow your stellar ride report. Once across the mexican border, make sure you get a tourist visa ASAP as soon as you cross the border. I didn't do this on my ride South and got screwed out of $100 bribe at the Guatemala/Mexico border. My fault.
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    I'm no help for BMW tools. But make sure you take the usual extras: zip ties, some kind of epoxy, duct tape (I like Gorilla tape) stored in a flattened roll, bailing wire, foil tape for exhaust repairs, some kind of wire splicing crimps, maybe some electrical wire, I carry a little voltmeter for testing voltage and continuity, a few assorted common nut and bolt sizes, and anything else that your inner McGuyver uses to fix stuff.
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    brush.jpg I cut the handle off my brush to save space and weight. Some (family) have suggested that if I shaved the beard I wouldn't need a brush. But if I did that, I'd need to make new stickers :b
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    F50DF278-C0B0-4819-A499-FFF02E78B91A.jpeg Serious question: should I bring the sleeping bag? Top case has 13lbs between sleeping bag, tool roll and misc. And it takes up all the room
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