Long D/S Ride: What I took, What worked, What didn't...

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by neduro, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. neduro

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    Recently home from a long trip in Mexico on the Superenduro, that included a few thousand miles of dirt ridden at speed, and a few thousand miles of road, ridden at speed, and a few thousand miles of freeway, getting there and back. All in all, a good test of equipment, and I wanted to comment on what I took, what I liked, and what I'd change for next time. I'm going to do this in small batches... so please be patient.

    I spent some time in one place, not traveling, so I wanted to have enough amenities for that, but I also wanted to keep the load minimal so that the bike would ride well. I struck a reasonable balance but would bring less stuff next time.

    Here's the bike all loaded up:

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    Here is everything I took for 6 weeks, except a pair of shorts so I wasn't trapsing around nekkid, skeering the neighbors:

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    I'll start with a list. If you have questions about anything, please ask away!

    Bike:
    2007 KTM 950 Superenduro
    advtank rally rear tank + 2 into 1
    Renazco Saddle
    20x number plates from racing Baja 1000 (optional)
    Wolfman Expedition Saddlebags
    Wolfman Expedition Top Bag
    Lots of web straps w/ fastex buckles
    Hilslammer longpegs/ Blackdog Skidplate + rack
    Baja Designs Racelight (homemade mounting bracket)
    Superplush Suspension
    TKC80 front, 908RR rear / Scorpion F + R
    Homemade racks
    homemade windscreen

    Personal stuff:
    knife/ lighter
    pen/ journal
    book
    Olympus E-1 camera + 14/54 lens + batteries, flash, memory, charger
    Canon A560 + memory
    ipod + ER-6 + apple headphones + charger
    passport/ title/ insurance/ cash/ cards
    maps
    GPS 276c + BiciMapas mapset
    Kriega R15 pack/ Hydration

    Bike Stuff:

    18" tube
    2 x 21" tubes
    small tube of tri-flow
    small bottle of chain lube
    small bottle of engine oil
    complete toolkit

    Camping stuff:
    North Face Climbing Bivy Sack
    Marmot 20 degree down bag
    Long thermarest

    Riding Stuff:
    Arai XD w/ light smoke shield
    Oakley Goggles w/ clear lens + spare
    Aerostich Darien Jacket
    Klim Dakar gloves (2 sets)
    Thor Coldpro gloves
    Aerostich Triple-digit Raincovers
    Kidney Belt
    Klim Dakar Pants
    Aerostich Darien Pants (w/o knee pads)
    Thor Knee Guards
    Klim Riding Socks
    Sidi Crossfire Boots (non SRS)

    Clothing:
    2 pairs nylon shorts
    1 pair nylon convertible pants
    1 pair cotton shorts
    2 t-shirts
    1 button down unwrinkleable travel shirt
    Klim Inversion Jacket
    Chaco sandals
    packmocs
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  2. Mudcat

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    Sounds like a fun trip.
    I was wondering how your Arai XD worked with goggles. My felling was I would be better off taking the windscreen off when I use goggles with that helmet. But, maybe it doesnÂ’t matter?

    PS: windscreen refers to the windshield on the helmet.
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  3. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Hola Ned,
    I've been running the Klim jacket on my latest misadventures but used to use the Darien; I'm thinking the Darien would offer substantially more protection in the event of a biff...How about the Klim Dakar pants. That Klim stuff is so well made.
    Anyway, this is making me want to head south...again.
    Laters,
    Jim
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  4. Oldrice

    Oldrice oldrice.com

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    Oldrice-
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  5. tundra61

    tundra61 I wish I had a title

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    How was the bike on that kind of trip? How does it hande the highway miles and whats the comfort at speed with the wind deflector?
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  6. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    A Ned Thread :clap
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  7. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    :lurk that bike looks sweeet..this is going to be good..
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  8. stephano

    stephano Long timer

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    I'm also wondering about the Arai XD. Looks like a good helmet but the whole windshield thing / possible goggle usage without the windshield / both at the same time...seems weird but if it works then cool.

    Nice looking bike too.:evil
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  9. neduro

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    Since there are a few questions about that, I'll start there.

    The XD allows you to put goggles on without removing the face shield, and run the face shield either up or down with the goggles on.

    I used only the faceshield about 90% of the trip, switching to goggles for dusty sections and when it was really, really hot and I wanted the extra airflow.

    The XD looks great, having a visor is very nice in many situations, and the fit and finish are pure arai- excellent. And I hate this helmet.

    It's noisy, it catches every little bit of breeze and buffets like it was designed by a chiropractor who wants to fix your neck, and the ventilation isn't that good. And the visor vibrates in the right wind and chatters off the helmet. And my ER-6's drag the outside of the helmet and transfer noise into my ear.

    Most of the way through the trip, I got so fed up that I shipped the XD home and bought an Airoh like this one:

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    It's crazy quieter, more comfortable, less buffetty, and was even pretty cheap. The only downsides are that the hinge is more fussy and you can't wear goggles with the face shield in place, you have to disassemble it for that.

    They aren't sold in the US, either, because they don't have DOT rating (they are Euro certified, which as I understand it is more stringent).

    I really like the helmet, though, and would recommend it to anyone willing to stop by a H-D dealership and pick up a DOT sticker. :D
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  10. Mudcat

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    You hated the XD.:D
    I have heard comments like yours before. All I can say is, I am very happy with the helmet. I have not experienced these problems with it
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  11. JunkBunny

    JunkBunny Don't mind the sarcasm..

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    Wuttup with that BD light, Ned..
    Does it have a hi/lo, or just a hi?

    I'll be interested to read if you brought enough clothes. I always bring too many damn clothes. Always thinking I can mac with the local hotties, I end up bringing usless (nice looking) threads..
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  12. LoFlow

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    Hi Ned, nice setup. Have you reinforced, or had any problems with your subframe? Thanks.
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  13. elisdad

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    Hi Ned,

    How did the expedition bags hold up for you on the trip? I have been researching the wolfman stuff and they seem to make great bags.

    Eric
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  14. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Great choice of helmet. I was able to wear goggles with mine though...
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  15. maguireb

    maguireb Suzuki Bob

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    I just want to to say a quick word of thanks for sharing the list. I have taken 2 day trips and suffered because I had a long list of things I packed just in case.

    I suppose the one thing I need to pack is a few things to eat and find when doing off road and getting a work out my blood sugar drops. I have been munching the powerbars but find beefjerky which is salty is a must bring with me staple.

    As for water did you purchase this along the way or have you sourced a water purification system you can recommend?

    One other item I tend to overpack is with the first aid kit. I'm always careful to have supplies on hand in case someone needs to help me or I'm able to help someone else. The trick is to make it the easiest item to extract from my bag which means by the end of any ride I hate the inconvenience of moving the darn thing and I always feel thankful it was an annoyance but a reminder at the end of the ride that I was lucky I never needed to use it.


    When you pack for longer rides do you take an extra spark plug(s)? Oil filter?

    As for helmets I have the full face style where the entire front lifts and an open face MX style HJC DOT helmet you need goggles with. I prefer the open face with goggles -- why because of one ride a bumble bee got under the face shield and crawled across my face while I was in the process of slowing down from highway speeds and getting to the shoulder of the road. I was never stung but stayed calm. The lesson was I have never had a bumble bee under my goggles so they are uncomfortable and fog at low speeds and are drying on the eyes at higher speeds but they are bullet proof in preventing a bumble bee sting around the eye so will always be preferred over a shield on my lid.
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  16. Dan Alexander

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    On the highway without a visor the chances of a bee getting beside the goggles and in the side of the helmet are much greater. You may not get stung in the eye but I think you'll have a greater chance of being stung on the ear. I've even had little crawlies come though the Arai eyebrow vents and mouth vents and then start crawling around. Not dangerous but it's annoyong feeling something crawling in your ear :eek1
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  17. stephano

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    I have read many say that they love their XD but you hated it?...I read a review that basically said the same thing you did. To bad there's no place to just try helmets out for a day.:lol3
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  18. husky123

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    Nice post Ned....thanks for taking the time.
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  19. ScottV

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    How did you ride with your Olympus DSLR? I would like to carry my Nikon D80 with me but I am concerned about the off road abuse.

    Thanks, Scott
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  20. Flood

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    3 questions:

    How did the Baja light work for real world/traffic use?
    Did I read correctly that you took 2 cameras, the GPS, but no laptop?
    Will there be a ride report?
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