Bike and Kit 6


 

Tigger and all the stuff we make him carry. We’ll review stuff, both good and bad, as the trip evolves. Crap stuff will have nowhere to hide 🙂

The bike

Tigger loaded and ready to leave Seward

Our bike is an orange Triumph Tiger 800 XC which we call ‘Tigger’ or ‘Tiggs’ for short (we’re never going to win any “most imaginative name” contests with that one but what else do you call an orange Tiger?). Its registration plate is T800 RTW (Round The World) which we hope means he will make it all the way round with us.

There are many adventure style bikes on the market today but when Triumph launched the Tiger 800 in 2011 we just knew that that was the bike for us. Two Brits travelling around the world on a British bike just has to be right 🙂 Other bikes considered were the BMW F800GS, Suzuki 650 V-Strom and Honda Africa Twin. Steve dismissed the BMW as we have had poor reliability with previous BMWs we’ve owned, the V-Strom would be the sensible choice but didn’t stir the emotions at all and the Africa Twins are getting long in the tooth now and are a little cramped for 2 people and their luggage. We pretty much dismissed all of the large capacity machines as you don’t need that much power, weight and often complexity. Having said all that pretty much any machine can be used, small or large, any manufacturer and probably the bike you have now will do the job. What really matters though is that you decide to go, what you ride becomes pretty irrelevant once you get going 🙂

 Bike Modifications and kit

Centre Stand

Hyperpro spring – as we are two up

Adventure Spec engine bars and bash plate

Jessie panniers

Barkbuster hand guards

Triumph headlight protector

Touratech bottle holder – petrol for Primus Omnifuel Cooker

Sheepskin Seat Covers – made from sheepskins designed for animal beds

K&N Air filter

Unifilter pre-filter

R&G front wheel spindle bobbins

Extended front and

Touratech extended rear mud guard

Touratech folding gear lever

Iriddium spark plugs

Sat Nav holder

Scotoiller E system

Heidenau K60 tyres

Adventure Spec side stand extention

Rack

Wolfman Rainier tank bag

Ortlieb Large Bag

Pack List

Kit picture smallIt’s difficult to remember just how many times this list changed over the months. Early on we decided that we would camp, especially in North America where we would be able to more fully enjoy many of the National Parks, and this decision had a major impact on what we would need/be able to carry.

I was determined from the outset not to overload the bike and stay within its stated load capacity. Maximum payload as defined by Triumph for the XC is 223KG. Here’s a rough idea of where we’re at

 

Steve fully kitted out in bike gear – 92KG

Janette fully kitted out in bike gear – 75KG (Janette’s weight without bike gear is a closely guarded national secret)

LHS pannier – 14KG

RHS pannier – 14KG

Small 5L Kriega bags x 2 – 4KG

20L Kriega bag – 4KG

Tankbag and contents – 3KG

This gives us a total of about 206KG. Allow a bit for stuff that I didn’t weigh like crashbars, bashplate and ScottOiler etc and we’re probably near the limit. We will need to carry water and some food for much of the time, factor this in and we’ll be on the limit. I love it when a plan comes together 🙂

 

Clothing & Bike Riding GearTigger loaded 225 x 300

The vast majority of clothing will be in the large grey Ortlieb drybag attached to the rack. We’ll keep spare riding kit such as gloves in the 20L Kriega bag attached to the RHS pannier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janette

Number

General

Socks (short X socks)

2

Undies

3

Bra

2

Paclite jacket (Haglofs)

1

Paclite trousers

1

Jeans

1

Travel trousers

1

Long sleeve shirt

1

Short sleeve top/T shirt

2

Swim suit

1

Baselayer top (thick)

1

Baselayer bottoms (thick)

1

Baselayer top (thin)

1

Baselayer bottoms (thin)

1

Down jacket

1

Warm hat

1

Fleece

1

Walking shoes

1

Sandals

1

Bike

Helmet

1

Winter gloves

1

Summer waterproof gloves

1

Summer gloves

1

Bike socks

2

Boots

1

Jacket

1

Trousers

1

Heated vest

1

Waterproof/windproof collar

1

Steve

General

Socks

2

Undies

3

Down jacket

1

Warm Hat

1

Fleece

1

Baselayer bottoms

1

Baselayer top long sleeve

1

T shirts/short sleeve shirts

3

Long sleeve shirt

1

Jeans

1

Trousers

1

Swimming shorts

1

Walking shoes

1

Paclite jacket

1

Paclite trousers

1

Sandals

1

Bike

Helmet

1

Summer gloves

1

Winter gloves

1

Boots

1

Bike socks

2

Jacket

1

Trousers

1

Waterproof/windproof collar

1

 

Camping Equipment

Exped Venus IIIWe’ve not been great campers in the past but are keen to explore this way of travelling. Partly to help manage the costs in more expensive countries such as the USA and Canada but also to fully enjoy the National Parks and countryside that these countries and others have to offer.

 

 

 

Tent

Exped Venus III

Tent footprint

Exped

2 x sleeping bags

PHD

2 x sleeping mats

Exped DownMat 7

2 x pillows

Exped

2 x sleeping bag liners

2 x chairs

Helinox

Stove

Primus Omnifuel

Pots etc.

MSR

Cutlery

From home kitchen 🙂

Plates

XBowl

Mugs/cups

MSR

Light my fire

Light my fire

Washing up bowl

Ortlieb 10L

Condiments set – salt, pepper, spices

Home grown

Vegetable knife

Leatherman

Stirring spoon, spatula

MSR

Washing line pegs

Home

Washing line/cord

Paracord

 Water Filter

Katadyn Pocket

Head torches x2

Petzl

 

 

 

 

 

 


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6 thoughts on “Bike and Kit

  • Val Rasmussen

    My wife and I will be headed from Florida, USA, at the end of Feb. 2015 each on our own Tiger 800 roadies. We bought the the bikes first and then asked “where can these takes us?” Obviously the answer was ” Usuaia and Beyond”. We will be watching your progress closely and thanking you for any and all advice you have. Thanks and Happy Trails to You. Val Rasmussen

    • stevedouglas@hotmail.co.uk Post author

      Hi Val, great choice of bike, you’ll love the Tiger. Any specific questions regarding your trip yu might want to ask, feel free to drop us a message

  • steve

    Hope you’re having a blast !
    I have the same bike, now 32000 miles and 4 years on , no problems at all I am sure you’ll find the same …..
    Envious !!

    • stevedouglas@hotmail.co.uk Post author

      Hey Steve, the bike has been great. We’re at 30,000 miles and are currently waiting it out in Guanajuato, Mexico for spares from the USA. I’ll post details of the bike and the 30,000 mile service I’ve just completed in a new post soon.