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MOTORCYCLE GEAR

Helmet, Arai XD, would have loved to keep my Schuberth flip-up but couldn't handle it more than 2 hours

Gloves, 2 pairs, BMW, 1 pair summer and 1 pair rain. No winter pair as I have heated grips

Jacket, Rukka Air Power, really enjoyed combination of mesh jacket + rain jacket for the body and strong heavy pants

Pants, Rukka Armacor

Boots, BMW Savannah, love them

Kidney belt

Heated vest, BMW

Rain suit, 2 pieces, First Gear, Even if my riding gear is waterproof, I rather have the rain suit in heavy rain, it dries quicker.

Hydration bag, Osprey, left it in Mexico, not necessary


MOTORCYCLE TRANSFORMATION

Extra low seat, Wunderlich, was necessary when I started but now could deal without it

Shock, Works Perfomance, My bike was already 40,000 miles when I started the trip and the BMW shock is known to brake with heavy load however, I made a mistake because that one made the bike very low

Hand protectors, BMW, I wrecked many times with those plastic ones and never broke anything on the bike. I save a $70 Acerbis pair!

Heated grips, BMW, would never consider riding without them

Cruise control, handy on freeway but not necessary. Could deal with throttle rest only

Carbon fiber skid plate, Touratech, lighter and longer than the stock one but could deal with the stock one

Crash bars, Touratech, absolutely necessary

Washable air filter, K&N, no need to carry or find extras, however, wouldn't use it if I was only in North America or Europe

Washable oil filter, Scott, no need to carry or find extras, however, wouldn't use it if I was only in North America or Europe

Chain oiler, Scott, no need to oil your chain but mess up the rear wheel, I stopped using it after a while

Fat inner tubes, Bridgestone, there are 4 mm inner tubes and I never had a flat during the trip


PACKING

Side cases, Jesse Luggage ... very good quality

Top Box, BMW, it has been bolt on the Jesse racks in order not to loose it

Tank side pockets with map pocket, Touratech, no tank bag because already enough space and not practical when I stand on my pegs

Top box inner bag, BMW, packed all my cloths, toiletries, sandals, towel and laptop; very handy when I come to a hotel, I just have to grab the bag and leave the bike where it is!

Small cargo net, I leave it on the back seat and put food or anything necessary during the day

Compression bags, Eagle, one for clean cloths the other one for dirty cloths

Plastic bags

Lunch boxes


SPARE PARTS

All of that has been placed under my seat, Extra bulbs, Spark plugs, Connectors, Wires, Clutch cable, Throttle cable, Fork seals (I don't have fork gaiters…. Long story but I should), Oil drain washer, Oil filter gasket.

In a box, Front brake pads (I changed my rear pads in Arizona), Front inner tube (in case the rear tire gets flat, I can always use the front inner tube for a few miles. however, I never had a flat during the trip), Jesse hooks, misc nuts, bolts and washers


TOOLS

Tork wrenches, halen wrenches, 7 to 19 mm flat wrenches, 24 mm big wrench (for rear wheel and oil drain), 10 mm socket, feeler gauges, spark plug gauges


SECURITY

thin 6 foot cable with lock (useful to lock helmet, jacket, pants and boots on the bike), thick 8 inches cable (useful to lock the bike to a tree), chain lock (make it hard to steal the bike)


MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES

Oil (small bottle), Coolant (small bottle), WD40, JB Weld (Dude!! I use it all the time), Bike cover from Aerostish, Air filter soap and oil from K&N, Chain lube, Cycle pump, Tie-downs (had 2 big ones at first and switched to 5 small BMWs), 2 ft hose (in case of gas emergency!)


NAVIGATION

Central America and Mexico guide book, Footprint

South America guide book, Footprint

State maps for North America, AAA

Country maps for Central and South America, Nelles

GPS, Garmin, 76C model with basic maps only

Compass


PERSONAL GEAR

2 thermal shirt, Arcteryx, best underwear ever had, easy to wash and dry, very good in cold weather and ok in hot weather

2 thermal pans, Arcteryx, good to wear under motorcycle pants; moto pants not sticky on legs and can remove moto pants without being naked in the front of everybody!

2 lycra tee-shirts

2 pairs of zip-off pants

1 fleece

2 sport bras

3 pairs of socks

had liner at first but got rid of them as they were extremely smelly

6 lycra penties, had bought REI dry fast penties but hated then, I deal very well with my old lycras

2 head scarfs, Buff, good to hold hair in helmet and good looking as a regular scarf (you know the French like scarfs!)

1 cap

1 scarf, just my lucky silk scarf that my mom made me when I was 12 years old; I always carry it!

Sunglasses

Cross country running shoes, Salomon, good for running and hicking, left them in Bolivia

Sandals, Teva


TOILETRIES

Liquid soap, Shampoo, Moisturizer, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Comb, Contact lenses fluid, Contact lenses, Nail cutter, 2 small light towels


CAMPING

Mug, bowl and spoon, Swiss army knife, Head light

Sleeping bag sheet, 50% silk, 50% coton, cleaner in sleeping bag and useful in sketchy hotels

Sleeping bag, REI Sub Kilo, down, not very performant when cold and humid but packs in my boxes

Air mattress, Thermarest

 Tent, North Face Roadrunner2, sent from Arizona to Peru


COMMUNICATION

Laptop, Apple PowerBook G4, In Peru, switched for a Palm Pilot with keyboard. Much more handy and resistant than the laptop and cheaper to replace in case of problem

USB drive, easy to download website in internet cafes

digital camera, Canon Powershot S40 then S60, compact and easy to set on the handlebars

3 batteries for the camera

1 camera charger

1 camera bike charger, used it sometimes in remote places


ADMINISTRATIVE

Passport

Driving license

Motorcycle title

Motorcycle registration

Credit cards, Visa and AMEX, 2 French and 2 Americans

Laminated copies of driving license, passport and registration, handy to give at hotels or check points. the original documents were kept in a dry bag and hidden in the boxes

Copies of documents and medical prescriptions


MISCELLANEOUS

Baby powder, for non-smelly feet inside the motorcycle boots

Sun block

Natural moskito repelent

Pharmacy

Laundry line

Toilet paper dry bag, Ortlieb, GOSH!! Probably the best trick on the bike! So good in countries where they don't give you paper. Unfortunately, it was STOLEN !!!

Small backpack

Extra DVDs

Watch

Ear plugs

Spanish phrase book

One spear wallet


LEFT AWAY

Video camera, was nice to have not a must

Helmet cam, sent back to provider - was luxury

Hammock, thrown away in AK but would be handy in Central America

Swimsuit, thrown away in AK, now swim in my underwear

Stove and cookware, thrown away in AK

Pair of jeans, thrown away in CO but bought another one in Lima because I was missing it

Coton tee-shirst, shipped back home, was too heavy and smelly

Gogles, shipped back home, was nice to have not a must

Stool, thrown away in AK, was luxury

Sleeping bag replaced the North Face synthetic sleeping bag by a smaller one that fits in boxes

BUDGET, TOTAL, 34,000 USD

DAILY EXPENSES ($30/day), 7,500

Food, Accommodations, Visits


CAMPING, 500

Tent, Sleeping bag, Pad, Stove…


MEDICAL, 1,000

Medical Insurance, Inoculations, Pharmacy


ANNE TRAVEL TICKETS, 1,800

Boat Seattle-Anchorage, Plane Panama-Caracas, Plane Buenos Aires-San Francisco


NAVIGATION, 700

Guides, Maps, GPS


MOTORCYCLE, 6,000

BMW F650 GS


RIDING PREPARATION, 1,500

Motorcycle Safety Class, Mechanical class, Off-road training


MOTORCYCLE EQUIPMENT, 3,500

Tools, Spare parts, Side cases, Tank bag, Insurance and other documents


MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE, 4,500

Gas, Tires, Regular maintenance


MOTORCYCLE TRAVEL TICKETS, 1,500

Boat Seattle-Anchorage, Plane Panama-Caracas, Boat Buenos Aires-San Francisco


MOTORCYCLE GEAR, 2,000

Helmet, Goggles, Gloves, Jacket, Pants, Boots, Hydration pack, Heated Vest


VIDEO & COMMUNICATION, 3,500

Digital camera, Video camera, Laptop, ISP