How much does all your gear weigh?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by DOCsprocket, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. The lone burro

    The lone burro Adventurer

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    Basket case was it a long spike that took out your tire
    Our second flat was due to sand rubbing the tube


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  2. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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    Flat #1: The first flat was due to a nail - I'm not a nail expert but I recall it being a #4 or perhaps #6 common nail. Not real big, but a real pain either way.

    We diligently checked chains, tires, pressures, and general mechanical conditions every morning before loading up, so sometime after we left the hotel in Steamboat I picked up the nail on the paved road. I realized there was a problem when the rear end began to wallow in a curve.

    Flat #2: About an hour later we were onto the dirt road when I felt it act up again. When I got it apart this time I fouud that doofus here had pinched the tube when putting it back together on the earlier occasion.

    Both times I patched the tube rather than break out a new tube. The patches held fine and I did not booger it up the second time, and rode the rest of the trip on that patched tube. A new one was installed when I removed the 606's and installed a new set of tires the next year.

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  3. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    40 pounds total with tools, clothes, camping & cook gear, a couple days of food, and a bottle of Colonel Taylor (transferred to a Platypus) all packed in a GGL Coyote and small roll top bag.
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  4. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Your challenge when packing is BULK not weight. Having space for everything is more important than how much it weighs. Some people would rather carry a bottle of whiskey rather than a MotionPro Micro chain tool.
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  5. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    When setting up a suspension for touring weight is all that matters. It also matters where the weight sits front to back.

    When packing for touring both weight and bulk matter if you want your bike to handle well. Too heavy or too bulky (which generally means piling it on higher) a load will change the center of mass in a way that the bike was never designed for. Even the best luggage systems place your goods towards the rear and higher than the bike's center of mass.

    Some people bring both a bottle of good whiskey and a chain tool because neither are usually available out on the trail when you need them.
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  6. dcwilcox

    dcwilcox Been here awhile

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    My checked bag last trip weighed 50.5 lbs and there were some items still on the bike; I suspect that with a full tank of fuel (5.4gal) and a full 4l water bladder I'm nearly 100 lbs of 'gear' weight on my DR650 plus 165 lb rider. eek! :yikes When I think about it that way . . . it might be time to see what I can lean out to lose a few pounds! :scratch
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  7. 4corners14

    4corners14 Been here awhile

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    Jeez.....you guys are making me feel like a hog. My last ride, the NVBDR, the gear on the bike was 207 lbs when I took it off at home after the ride. 2 weeks living off the bike...... I guess that's why my nickname is "The Pack Mule"
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  8. Jahx

    Jahx Been here awhile

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    When I did my 23 state trip, I was about 130lbs worth of gear. A solid 25lbs of tools that never saw use, for which I'm grateful, another 50 in camping gear/clothing (6'3" / 280lbs - even with dryfit shirts/socks, my clothes are significant) and electronics (surface pro, go pro, camera etc), and another 50 in food/water (Packed a cooler on the back with a 24pack of water, and carried Joylent packs for my breakfast/lunches).

    I could have gotten away with less on the clothes/camping side. I'll carry the same tools next trip though.
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  9. nk14zp

    nk14zp Long timer

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    Murphy's law states that the better prepared you are the less things go wrong. It also states the less prepared you are then more things go wrong. Keep the tools, tire irons, tubes, patch kit etc.
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  10. MikefromNL

    MikefromNL Lost among the yuppies

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    I am just doing up a gear list with weights for a trip to Tuktoyaktuk this summer. I think I am looking at about 85 pounds total for all my gear, including tools, spares, a bunch of freeze dried food, 2gal full rotopax, and 4L water. This includes the top duffel and tank bag weight, but doesn't include the weight of the aluminum panniers.

    So I'm definitely safe at 100lb for EVERYTHING. Without the water, food, and fuel in the rotopax, my gear weighs about 60 pounds.

    I will post my gear list and weight on a new thread for critiquing soon to see if I can be shamed into shaving a few pounds.
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  11. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    I bring 3 hard bags 33 l each and a dry bag across my seat plus a DSLR set up in a 15l tank bag. IMGP1290.jpg

    I really only use the 2 side bags , the dry bag and the tank bag for gear. The top case is for easy access stuff and groceries etc on my trip and as spare critter proof-ish storage.
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    The total weight is (with my tool tube not pictured) just about 50 lbs. Each side bag weighs between 16-18 lbs including case.
    This is what I bring. It is a pretty robust set up and it stays mostly the same for 2 days or 2 weeks. It includes a good quality 2 man tent, Tarp, air pump, hammock, loppers and 2 chairs (all in the dry bag due to length issues) among many other things... IMGP1287.jpg
    I would guess you could easily streamline below 50# But like I said 50# is a prety comfy camp. IMGP1190.jpg
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  12. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer

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    After finishing Mexico to Canada, ala Big Dog's route, three of us weighed our gear from the bike, and riding gear too, right down to our underwear. All three of us, on WR250Rs, had a total of 65 pounds. That's helmet, boots, jersey, pants, bar bags, food, water, spares, tools, camping gear, etc. etc., all of it. Underwear doesn't weigh much so i didn't include that...... The bags were 45 pounds, so we were wearing around 20 pounds with backpacks. Lately I can hit the 45 pounds some time, and sometime I can only get it to 47. I think 50 pounds for all bike mounted bags is a good figure to count on.
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  13. DW83

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    Every time I head out my gear weighs exactly the same, too much.


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  14. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider

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    70-80 is about right for the big bike and that's with all of the needed tools, skivvies, tent, ect.. a gallon of water in a rotopax. Not much else is needed and can be bought along the way. I keep my rortpax mounted under my right pannier. It keeps the weight low and accessible. DSC_0060.JPG
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  15. lhendrik

    lhendrik Putins Puppet

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    You haven't lived until your rear shock leaks out all it's oil and collapses while you are in WhoKnows, Turkey with not a shop to be found. Upgrade that thing before you leave home.
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  16. 55Chevy

    55Chevy Translab Solo Trip Jul 16

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    Anyone else use a lighter or higher temp sleeping bag that is smaller and more compact and then wear your liners from your riding gear to stay warmer on cooler nights?
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  17. 55Chevy

    55Chevy Translab Solo Trip Jul 16

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    I like the idea of the Rotopax mounted low, was thinking of fabricating a tool box in much the same manner as I won't be doing any technical single track on my big bike.
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  18. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    This setup does sound good ! 40 pounds all-in is also what I am setting up at the moment, whilst the tools make 8 pounds at the moment there should be some more opportunity to save more weight.

    Is your weight including the Coyote and roll bag ? I did count my enduristan stuff within.
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  19. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    I weighed everything while packed so the total includes the Coyote and roll top.
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  20. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Wearing 20 lbs? My jacket alone weights that. :becca
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