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Old 09-24-2013, 11:32 AM   #2311
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Not doing anything to the GSA per se, but am practicing packing it for South America. I have too much stuff, and don't really know how to pare it down. Seems like I'm at bare minimum, but still too much.

My riding partners are two up on a GSA as well, so I guess I should stop whining.

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Might be better to keep yourself loaded up, or your just going to end up carrying their crap.

Normally, I'd say go ahead and bring what you think you'll use, and then a week into the trip, ship half of it back home.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:40 AM   #2312
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I have too much stuff, and don't really know how to pare it down. Seems like I'm at bare minimum, but still too much.
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Steve.....I feel your pain!

I went out to the garage this morning and set the ESA to 2 riders to accomidate the gear I finished packing this morning. I'll be leaving for Copper Canyon tomorrow morning.

I've had all my gear layed out on the dining room table for close to a week now. My goal was to look at it every time I walked by and find something else to leave at home. I'm pretty confident I am now at the bare minimum for the level of comfort I need. One of these trips I'm going to have to do a no camping hotel run just to see what a light load is like.

The bike is gassed, all bags are packed with the exception of some electronic devices I need at work today. I should close up the dry bag and strap it on the bike so it makes it harder to add all those extra "I think I need that stuff" items I alwasy find but don't need at the last minute.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:02 PM   #2313
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Not doing anything to the GSA per se, but am practicing packing it for South America. I have too much stuff, and don't really know how to pare it down. Seems like I'm at bare minimum, but still too much.

My riding partners are two up on a GSA as well, so I guess I should stop whining.

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This page might be of help to you (two pages):

http://www.snafu.org/pics/r1200gs/2010/0414-packing/
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:06 PM   #2314
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Just put a third wheel

Project finished this morning, and finally on the road (you can still see the sticker on the chair wheel!)
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:08 PM   #2315
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:28 PM   #2316
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Project finished this morning, and finally on the road (you can still see the sticker on the chair wheel!)
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Now That is a great looking set up....maybe I should do something like that when I can't hold up the Black Beast.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:05 PM   #2317
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Now That is a great looking set up....maybe I should do something like that when I can't hold up the Black Beast.


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Old 09-24-2013, 05:54 PM   #2318
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Not doing anything to the GSA per se, but am practicing packing it for South America. I have too much stuff, and don't really know how to pare it down.
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We backpackers sometimes cut off 3" of our toothbrush handles.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:57 PM   #2319
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Twintwin, I'd be interested in hearing what you think of how it drives now.
At speed, you countersteer a motorcycle (push on the left handlebar to turn left) but I imagine a sidecar situation requires you to "steer" (push on the right handlebar to turn left).
Especially with a bike you're already familiar with, I would be afraid of that really screwing me up.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:16 PM   #2320
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We backpackers sometimes cut off 3" of our toothbrush handles.
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Toothbrush? What toothbrush? That was one of the unnecessary items I removed from my gear to save weight. Hell, I'm only going to be on the road for a month.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:55 AM   #2321
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Fitted the comfier seats, and luggage, ready for a weekend away this weekend.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:03 AM   #2322
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anxiously awaiting my hoh forks!!

Just bought the bike a month or so ago and I can't wait for my new forks I sent hoh 02' yz forks so just going through all the prep work now. The whole fork failure issue on 01's was the extra incentive to just do the swap now I am impatiently awaiting the new gear!
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:19 AM   #2323
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Twintwin, I'd be interested in hearing what you think of how it drives now.
At speed, you countersteer a motorcycle (push on the left handlebar to turn left) but I imagine a sidecar situation requires you to "steer" (push on the right handlebar to turn left).
Especially with a bike you're already familiar with, I would be afraid of that really screwing me up.
Practice practice, if you screw up you crash. Riding a sidecar is not so much challenging, I have also a couple 2 wheelers GS, and I have no trouble switching handlebars. More than the steering, contersteering difference, you have to be aware that you have a asymmetric wider vehicle that pull on the right when breaking and left when you open the throttle. Watch up too the right turns, if you go to fast you may lift the chair, and you are all of a sudden on the 2 wheelers, you have to switch from contersteering to steering in a split of a second, this is for me the tricky part of riding a sidecar. But it is so much fun, believe me.

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Old 09-25-2013, 03:24 AM   #2324
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Hell, I'd do it now if I had the $$$$ and skillzzzz
You can find some nice used GS rig for around $10K, good way to start to see if you like it and to practice your 3 wheels skillzzzz.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:53 AM   #2325
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Just bought the bike a month or so ago and I can't wait for my new forks I sent hoh 02' yz forks so just going through all the prep work now. The whole fork failure issue on 01's was the extra incentive to just do the swap now I am impatiently awaiting the new gear!
Fork failure, on a GS????

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