@ Tortoise - Yeah I think it's probably angled to handle weight a bit better. Gives it the angle to fight again sagging. How have you been liking your viking bags? Loaded them up with much weight? I haven't made my tent/bedroll purchase yet. A hookup huh? I'm always looking for a deal. Let me know what brands you have a connection with. Thanks!
- Great post, preciate that for sure! For hydration I had planned to use one of my camelbak setups, but haven't figured out a mounting setup just yet. Cup and holder is definitely a good alternative. See the last of this post for my rain gear setup. Just got the last of my order in earlier this week. Shoes are waterproof-ish. Nothing crazy, but they are full grain leather with waterproof membrane and gusseted tongue. As for camera and mounts - I'm still on the fence. I'll definitely have a digi cam, but I'm reluctant after taking on the filming of my subaru build(Full Length Edit
). It's a heavy undertaking trying to film a cross country trek. I'll likely take a small digi cam, my gopro(bike, chest, and mini tripod mount), but won't be holding myself to any edit idea. Storage will be on my cards and then dumped when I stop at a friends place along the route.
-Rotopax water jug - excited to get the setup mounted.
-Grip shields - I'll be catching some cooler temps throughout the ride. I was really opposed to hippo hands due to its form and some function. Didn't want heated grips as I'm aiming to reduce the elec load on the bike. So this was a nice median, projection with not much form sacrificed.
-Power commander - I jumped on this without thinking it through too much. I'll be doing more research for sure
-Dry bags - These worked out well, my large bag fits my rear duffle nicely. The pair for my saddle bags are much larger than I expected, but will do the job of a saddle liner bag just fine.
-H2O suit - Fits well, still need to size it up with my main suit.
Aaaand Drum roll please..
-Olympia Odyssey suit - Fits great, still have lots left to explore and familiarize myself with. I'll be getting the legs hemmed to fit, but may look into shortening the sleeves to get the fit that much better. My out of the box assessment is very good. Look forward to getting to know it more!
My duffel liner fits perfect! I'll either roll it tight to have room for other gear, or pack it full so it takes up the whole duffel.
Rotopax got put together and mocked up. It'll definitely add some weight and top heaviness, but I'm planning to be as safe as possible. One gallon of fuel and one gallon of water.
Looks better than I pictured in my head!
Mounting will take a little effort, but shouldn't be too bad. Plan is to attach it to the back, retain the passenger seat rest, and rest some of the pax weight on the rear rack itself. Trying to reduce strain on the mount.
Should start mounting all the bit and testing the rest of the gear over the next few months. I'm going to ride as much as possible over the cold months to get a better idea of the setup. Hoping to load up and take my first camping weekend trek to a friend's barn party down in NC soon.