Bike and Kit Lists 13


Tigger and all the kit we make him carry. We’ll review stuff, both good and bad, as the trip evolves. Crap stuff will have nowhere to hide :-). On this page you’ll find kit lists including clothing, camping, toolkit and bike modifications.

 

The bike

Tigger at Horizons Unlimited

Tigger in Nakusp, British Colombia, Canada at the Horizons Unlimited meeting

 

 

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 – updated September 2016 and February 2018

  1. Centre Stand – to aid maintenance tasks
  2. Hyperpro spring – as we are two up – Replaced original shock absorber and Hyperpro spring September 2016 with a Nitron rear shock absorber, lubbly jubbly. To aid handling. Original shock absorber spewed all its oil in Costa Rica
  3. Adventure Spec engine bars and bash plate – to protect Tigger in the event of a tip over and bash plate to mostly protect engine from stones/rocks
  4. Jessie panniers from the US of A – to carry our stuff
  5. Barkbuster hand guards – to replace the inadequate plastic originals from Triumph
  6. Triumph headlight protector – to stop headlight damage from stones
  7. Touratech bottle holder – petrol for Primus Omnifuel Cooker – self explanatory
  8. Sheepskin Seat Covers – made from sheepskins designed for animal beds! – to aid comfort and to stop original vinyl seats getting too hot when left parked up in the sun
  9. K&N Air filter – serviceable when travelling, don’t need to find replacement original air filters
  10. Unifilter pre-filter – to filter out most of the crap before it reaches the K&N air filter. Also serviceable on the road
  11. R&G front wheel spindle bobbins – these will help protect the brake calipers in the event of a tip off 
  12. Extended front mudguard – to stop too much crap being thrown directly onto the engine
  13. Touratech extended rear mud guard – to stop too much crap being thrown up onto the rear of the bike and Janette
  14. Touratech folding gear lever – may save bending the gear lever in the event of a tip off
  15. Iridium spark plugs – need replacing less frequently than “normal” spark plugs
  16. Sat Nav (GPS) holder – to errr, hold the GPS
  17. Scotoiller E system chain oiler – to help keep the chain in good condition. Also has an ambient temperature gauge which our version of the 800XC lacks
  18. Heidenau K60 tyres – to keep the wheel rims off the ground. They also last a long time 🙂
  19. Adventure Spec side stand food extension – to help stop the side stand sink into softer surfaces when parked up
  20. AltRider Rack – to strap our big grey Ortlieb bag onto
  21. Wolfman Rainier tank bag – to carry documents and camera
  22. Ortlieb Large Bag (grey) – to carry our clothes. Makes it easy when arriving at a place to stay. Just remove the grey bag and walk into the hotel. All camping stuff etc. stays locked in the panniers.
  23. Kriega 5L soft bag LHS – strapped to engine bars and used to carry spare inner tubes
  24. Kriega 5L soft bag RHS – strapped to engine bars and used to carry air compressor, tyre levers and puncture repair kits
  25. Barnett clutch – replaced the original clutch August 2017 with a far more robust Barnett unit

 

Kit lists

 

Kit Triumph Tiger 800xc RTW

All laid out. Tigger and everything we carry on our RTW adventure.

 

 

It’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 – 90KG

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 – 4KG

 

This gives us a total of about 205KG. 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 🙂

 

Camera Kit – as of April 2018

I shot Canon SLR’s and DSLR’s for more than 30 years. It’s just too big and heavy for a trip like this. I switched to micro 4/3 and will not be going back to DSLR’s. Image quality from my micro 4/3 kit is excellent. Up until January 2018 I was using an Olympus OM-D E-M5. That’s now been replaced with an E-M1 Mark ii. The kit we have is as follows:

 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark ii

Olympus 12-40 F2.8 PRO lens

Olympus 40-150 F2.8 PRO lens

Panasonic 7-14 F4 lens

Olympus TG-5  – new as of January 2018

Billingham Hadley Digital camera bag

Small GorillaPod

 

Clothing & Bike Riding kit – Updated February 2018

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. Spare riding kit is now kept in the LHS pannier. We moved it there because it’s more secure than being strapped to the top of the pannier. Quality riding kit is hard to replace when on the road in many parts of the world.

 

We made a couple of trips home in 2017 and took the opportunity to replace a lot of our clothing which had certainly seen better days. Fundamentally the list changed very little in terms of the number and type of items we have. I, Steve, finally managed to replace my Klim Badlands Pro suit which I eventually hated with a Rev’it Sand 3 seen in the photo below.

 

Kit Triumph Tiger 800XC RTW motorcycle adventure

Steve wearing his Rev’it Sand 3 suit at the Colombia/Ecuador border

 

Janette

 

Number

General Clothing

Socks – Darn Tough

3

 

Undies – Marks & Spencer’s

4

 

Bra – Marks & Spencer’s

2

 

Jeans Travel trousers – Ayacucho (jeans take too long to dry)

1

 

Travel trousers – The North Face

1

 

Below knee trousers – Ron Hill

1

 

Long sleeve shirt – Marmot

1

 

Short sleeve shirt – Columbia

1

 

Tech T-shirts – Ron Hill

2

 

Swim suit – Marks & Spencers

1

 

Baselayer top – IceBreaker 200 merino wool

1

 

Baselayer bottoms – Halvarssons merino wool

1

 

Baselayer top (thin) – Helly Hansen

1

 

Baselayer bottoms (thin) – Helly Hansen

1

 

Down jacket – PHD

1

 

Wool, lined, Warm hat – Snugbug

1

 

Sun hat – Ayacucho

1

 

Fleece – Craghopper

1

 

Walking shoes – Merrell

1

 

Sandals – Merrell

1

 

Buff

1

Bike Riding Kit

Helmet – Shoei Neotec

1

 

Winter gloves -Held Warm N Dry

1

 

Rev’it waterproof overgloves

1

 

Summer gloves – Bering Raven

1

 

Bike socks – X Socks

1

 

Boots – Alpinestar Scout

1

 

Jacket – BMW Streetguard 2014

1

 

Trousers – BMW Streetguard 2014

1

 

BMW rain jacket (also used off the bike)

1

 

Alpinestars waterproof over trousers (also used off the bike)

1

 

Waterproof/windproof collar – Halvarssons

1

 

Heated vest – Oxford

1

Steve

   

General Clothing

Socks – Darn Tough

3

 

Undies – Paromo

3

 

Down jacket – PHD

1

 

Warm Hat – Mountain Hardwear

1

 

Fleece – RAB

1

 

Baselayer bottoms – Halvarssons merino wool

1

 

Baselayer top long sleeve – IceBreaker 270 merino wool

1

 

Baselayer top long sleeve – Columbia

1

 

T-shirt – Ice Breaker merino wool

1

 

T-shirt – Fjall Raven

1

 

Short sleeve shirt – Columbia

1

 

Long sleeve shirt – Craghoppers

1

 

Trousers – The North Face

1

 

Trousers – Fjall Raven G-1000

1

 

Swimming shorts

1

 

Walking shoes – Merrell

1

 

Paclite jacket – Berghaus GoreTex. Also used as rain jacket for Rev’it Sand 3 jacket

1

 

Paclite trousers – Berghaus GoreTex. Also used as over trousers for Rev’it Sand 3

1

 

Sandals – Merrell

1

 

Buff – Triumph

1

Bike Riding Kit

Helmet – Shark Evoline 3 – on my 2nd one of these as first one wore out. Latest one is white in order to try and minimise heat in the sun. Got a great price on the new one as a new model had been released (paid half the price of the updated model in March 2017)

1

 

Summer gloves – Racer, model is High Racer

1

 

Winter gloves – Rukka R Star

1

 

Rev’it waterproof overgloves

1

 

Boots – Alpinestars Scout

1

 

Bike socks – X Socks

1

 

Jacket – Klim Badlands Pro – Rev’it Sand 3 new in January 2018

1

 

Trousers – Klim Badlands ProRev’it Sand 3 new in January 2018

1

 

Waterproof/windproof collar – Halvarssons

1

 

Camping kit – updated February 2018

 

Kit Triumph Tiger 800XC RTW motorcycle adventure Tikal

Great camping at Tikal, Guatemala. Note that we started with a green Exped Venus III tent which was replaced under warranty with a red/orange one. Not our choice of colour but that’s all that was in stock.

 

We’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. Update February 2018 – I’d say we’re pretty accomplished campers now :-).

 

Tent

Exped Venus III – replaced under warranty in December 2014

Tent footprint

Exped

2 x sleeping bags

PHD

2 x sleeping mats

Exped DownMat 7 – both replaced under warranty in September 2016 and November 2016

2 x pillows

Exped – both replaced under warranty in November 2016

2 x sleeping bag liners (cotton/silk blend)

Sea to Summit

2 x chairs

Helinox

Stove and fuel bottle

Primus Omnifuel

Pots etc.

MSR

Cutlery

Stainless steel from home kitchen 🙂. Replaced with KLM plastic stuff, much lighter and surprisingly robust

Plates

XBowl

Mugs

MSR

Strike a light (creates spark to light petrol for stove or gas in hostels etc. No need to carry matches)

Light my fire

Washing up bowl

Ortlieb 10L

Condiments set – salt, pepper, spices

Home grown

Vegetable knife and wooden spoon

From home, unknown brand

Spatula

MSR

Washing line pegs

From home

Washing line/cord

Paracord

 Water Filter

Katadyn Pocket

Head torches x2

Petzl

 

Consumables, spares and tools – section added February 2018

Below is a list of tools consumables and spare that we carry. It’s quite an extensive toolkit but I do all the maintenance myself, including checking and adjusting the valve clearances. Before leaving home I completed all the regular maintenance tasks and every time I used a tool it went into the toolkit to take on the trip. I also had to acquire additional sockets for, for example, fitting and removing the R&G front wheel spindle bobbins. The tools are stored in a Kriega tool roll which lives in the RHS pannier, a waterproof Tupperware waterproof box in the RHS pannier, a Tupperware waterproof box which lives under the passenger seat and a 5L Kriega soft bag which houses the compressor, puncture repair kit and tyre levers and is attached to the RHS engine bar.

 

Here’s a couple of photos of the Kriega tool roll and its tools as well as the Tupperware box that lives under the passenger seat. These two combined account for the majority of the tools that I carry.

 

Kit Triumph Tiger 800XC RTW motorcycle adventure

Kriega tool roll and accompanying tools (listed below)

 

Kit Triumph Tiger 800XC RTW motorcycle adventure

“Tupperware” tool box

 

Consumables

  1. Loctite 243 (blue) – to make sure various nuts and bolts don’t rattle loose and things fall off
  2. JB Weld – an epoxy to stick stuff back together
  3. NLG2 grease – to grease stuff that needs greasing e.g. suspension linkage and swingarm bearings
  4. Duct tape – every motorcycle travellers best friend for taping stuff up when it breaks
  5. Cable (zip) ties – motorcycle travellers second best friend
  6. Electrical tape – to tape electrical joints and replace old tape when it wears out
  7. Engine oil top up – for when Tigger wants to drink oil (very rare)
  8. SAE 80/90 gear oil – for the chain, none of that fancy chain spray here. In fact the chain manufacturer D.I.D. recommend gear oil in the literature that comes with a new chain and I assume they know what they’re talking about.

 

Spares kit

We really don’t carry much in the way of spare parts. The list below is all we have.

  1. NGK Iridium spark plug – just in case one malfunctions
  2. Front brake pads – they are a wear item and we don’t want to hang around waiting for replacements when needed
  3. Rear brake pads – they are a wear item and we don’t want to hang around waiting for replacements when needed
  4. Clutch cable – just in case the original breaks
  5. Clutch cover gasket – purchased a new gasket in Bogota in preparation to change the clutch. When needed it turned out that what I purchased was the wrong part although the part number on the bag was correct. Had a replacement made in a small shop in Filandia, Colombia which has not leaked but I purchased a spare just in case.
  6. Timing cover gasket – needed as a routine maintenance item when adjusting the valve clearances
  7. Oil filter – always nice to know I have one as a spare when changing the oil, just in case one is not available locally when needed
  8. Indicator stems – these have a habit of breaking due to fatigue
  9. Fuses – not needed any yet but could be useful and really small
  10. Inner tubes front and rear – quicker to change a tube than try and repair one at the side of the road
  11. Inner tube valve cores – just in case and really small
  12. Front sprocket – I have a spare for when the chain and sprockets need changing next. My spare is a non standard size that I’ll use to reduce the overall gearing
  13. Chain links – in case the chain breaks
  14. Bash plate rubber mounts – These are a combination of rubber and a metal thread and are used to mount the bash plate to the sump. Sometimes the bonded rubber part separates from the threaded part and needs to be replaced. Only a small part to carry.
  15. Hot Cams shim kit – for adjusting valve clearances. Really small and easy to carry.
  16. Oil drain plug washer – to stop oil leaking from the drain plug
  17. Cam cover washers – these are the ones that go under the bolts that hold the cam cover on. Again small and easy to carry.

 

Tools – as well as the list below I also have a laptop with DealerTool and an interface cable for the bikes ECU – used to check ECU codes, balance fuel injectors, reset service indicator, bleed ABS unit etc.

 

In RHS Kriega 5L bag attached to engine bars

  1. Slime compressor
  2. MotionPro bead breaker and tyre levers
  3. Puncture repair kit

 

Loose in RHS pannier

  1. Long Philips screw driver – to remove throttle cable bracket when removing valve cover for valve clearance checks/adjustment
  2. Plastic mallet – to sympathetically hit stuff with (also good for camping)
  3. Small round file
  4. Small flat file

 

Stored in Tupperware box in RHS pannier

  1. Multimeter

 

In Kriega tool roll stored in RHS pannier

  1. Knipex 97 01 180 pliers
  2. Triumph 27mm ring spanner and extension – rear wheel nut
  3. Snap-on 3/8” ratchet
  4. Snap-on 3/8” T bar
  5. Snap-on 3/8” Long extension bar
  6. Snap-on 3/8” Short extension bar
  7. Snap-on SSDP31 No. 1 “Philips” screwdriver
  8. Snap-on SSDP42 No. 2 “Philips” screwdriver
  9. Snap-on SSD2 flat bladed screwdriver
  10. Snap-on SSD4 flat bladed screwdriver
  11. Leatherman Kick pliers/multitool
  12. Snap-on 12/14mm open ended spanner
  13. Snap-on 8/10mm open ended screwdriver
  14. Triumph 13mm open ended spanner
  15. Snap-on 5mm allen key
  16. Snap-on 3mm allen key
  17. 6mm allen key
  18. 3/16” allen key – as far as I remember this is for the Jesse luggage
  19. Plus 4 other small allen keys I’ve had to pick up along the way for things like the Nitron shock remote preload adjuster bracket
  20. 14mm 3/8” drive deep socket

 

Stored in waterproof Tupperware box under passenger seat

  1. Telescopic magnet – ideal for removing buckets when adjusting valve clearances, amongst other things
  2. 2 x 11mm spanners – acquired February 2018 to adjust manual stepper motor
  3. Snap-on ¼” ratchet
  4. Snap-on ¼” T bar
  5. Snap-on ¼” extension bar
  6. 6mm ¼” drive socket
  7. 7mm ¼” drive socket
  8. 8mm ¼” drive socket
  9. ½” ¼” drive socket
  10. T30 ¼” drive Torx bit
  11. 3/8” wobble bar
  12. Snap-on 8mm 3/8” drive socket
  13. Snap-on 8mm 3/8” drive deep socket
  14. Snap-on 10mm 3/8” drive socket
  15. Snap-on 12mm 3/8” drive socket
  16. Halfords 13mm 3/8” drive socket
  17. Snap-on 14mm 3/8” drive socket
  18. Snap-on 17mm 3/8” drive socket
  19. Snap-on 19mm 3/8” drive socket
  20. Snap-on 4mm 3/8” drive hex bit
  21. Snap-on 5mm 3/8” drive hex bit
  22. Snap-on 6mm 3/8” drive hex bit
  23. Snap-on 8mm 3/8” drive hex bit
  24. Halfords 3/8″ drive T40 Torx bit
  25. Halfords 3/8″ drive T55 Torx bit
  26. 3/8″ drive spark plug socket
  27. 17mm 3/8” drive socket
  28. 19mm 3/8” drive socket
  29. Feeler gauges – for checking valve clearances
  30. Front spindle tool to remove front spindle

 

 

 

 


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13 thoughts on “Bike and Kit Lists

    • stevedouglas@hotmail.co.uk Post author

      Hi Charles, I just added a list of camera equipment to the kit list. Bit of a major omission on my part but all fixed now 🙂
      Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
      Saludos Steve

  • Mike Hannan

    “On the limit”? The limit here being the collapse of the rear shocker! You are the most organised rider I know Steve. We still just throw things together after all these years. The principal being that there isn’t any thing we need that a credit card won’t find if we leave it out. Notwithstanding Team Elephant’s bad habits, this is a nice article, well worth while for lots of folks. Regards from the GSL

    • stevedouglas@hotmail.co.uk Post author

      Hola Mike, bummer about the rear shocker. If I remember correctly, you’re running Ohlins? Is it repairable or will you go for something else? We had our rear shocker spew its guts in Costa Rica and got a new one shipped into Cartagena. The OEM shocks are almost the same price as a top notch unit but nowhere near as good so I chose Nitron which has been great so far. I’ve been asked quite often about what we carry so decided to create an almost exhaustive list (I’m sure there are a few bits and bobs I’ve not recorded).
      I find it amusing that you think I’m organised as it doesn’t always feel that way. We also have a credit card as a last resort 🙂
      Best regards to you and Jo
      Saludos, Steve and Janette

  • 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.

  • 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