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Old 12-25-2010, 05:10 PM   #30
The Griz
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Some of things you're recommending dropping might be a slight annoyance through Mongolia, yes. They could also, however, prove very nice and useful for the rest of the world! Prepping for the world is a balancing act. Some things that are annoying in certain countries could prove comfy/helpful/very useful in others. The balance.

Originally Posted by sijohnston View Post
1. lose the hard panniers. wolfman expeditions or giant loop are a better option and all of those on tour with me in Mongolia this summer, without exception, are now moving to softs.
I myself would stick with the hard bags. Again, they might be a tad of a pest in harder countries (which are fewer than the easier countries btw), but could prove very comfortable and useful in the other 90% of the trip. Just sayin'.

Originally Posted by sijohnston View Post
2. lose the TT tool kit on the TT bashplate. anyone i know with it has cursed it as with water crossings, all the tools get wet and corrode to high heaven.
I'd have to agree with this one.

Originally Posted by sijohnston View Post
3. upgrade the rims if possible. if you can't don't worry, just expect them to be pretty dinged up on your return. the lighter and stronger excels would be a much better option.
I agree with this one as well.

Originally Posted by sijohnston View Post
4. don't worry about colour schemes and how it looks...just get out and ride the thing!
If I myself am riding my motorcycle around the world and am going to be on it for months and/or years, I'd want to like how it looks upon leaving too! Besides, it's fun!

Originally Posted by sijohnston View Post
5. keep it light, light, light. After my summer with 40k miles on it now, if i don't scale down to a single cylinder japanese bike (easier to get parts in Siberia), I'll be stripping out everything that's not essential. ie., losing HID's as ballasts are heavy, losing engine bars, autocom, weighty mirrors and many other weight saving ideas.
Hope this helps...

IMO light is good, yes. But you're actually going to want to make it around the world! Protective items like crash bars and skid plates and headlight guards are essential. The HID's? I agree. Ditch 'em. Autocom? I agree. Another trinket to break down. Mirrors? Maybe in Mongolia where there's no traffic, but they're going to come in very useful in the other 90% of the countries with traffic! I say remove 'em and pack 'em away when they present a problem, pull 'em out and use 'em the rest of the time!
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