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post #21 of 63 (permalink) Old 10-27-2016, 05:22 PM
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Looks more and more like you are getting it together.
Be sure and let us know about the camping gear along with pictures.

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Thanks and I'll definitely keep this thread posted. Little by little getting all the ducks in a row. Without a doubt there'll be something I forgot, but that's part of the fun!

Another decent load of gear made it in today.

- Sena bluetooth unit - look forward to getting this setup. I've always been a gadget geek!
- Small universal bar bag - wanted something a bit more waterproof, but this was cheap enough to experiment with
- One of my 3 dry sacks. Plan is to run 1 in each saddle bag and 1 extra inside my duffle for electronics and the critical. Using the ones in the hardbags as a liner of sort - it will give me something to yank out and take with me
- TPG Tundra Gloves - decent set of waterproof style gloves. Fit is nice, a little tight in the ring finger and pinky finger's crotch
- Olympia deerskin gloves - These are a bit more Zorro gaulet style gloves than I was hoping for. Fit and feel is very good though!
- Rotopax setup - Only missing my water jug. Will hopefully get something spit balling on mounting/modifying the passenger set back. Went with the lockable version for a bit more piece of mind.
- Crampbuster - extra wide
- Scorpion - EXO-GT920 modular helmet - Reviews were right about the cheeks being tight with lid down, but the thinner pads and a little break in time will do it well. Love the fit and form
- TCX wave waterproof shoe - Really did some thinking on my shoes setup. I'd been caught on a trip with just my Sidi boots and flip flops at the beach(ended up buying some tennies for cruising/walking around the strip) So my ideal shoe would be something that bridges the gap between riding and street casual. Fit is great and they are plenty comfortable, but still decent ankle projection, full leather, waterproof, and have a gusseted tongue. Also came with this slick little shifter pad, I've been wanting to get something similar for the commute in the work shoes.


Got the new set of bar risers installed today as well. I've been dying to ride something and the bar risers had been a thorn in my side.. Took extra care installing and getting everything lined up. Went together well and hoping they hold up


I've been digging into my route more picking potential stop points and camping/sleeping locations. Starting to mooch all knowledge I can off of friends that have some long hauls under their belts. Hardest part is hearing all the spots they liked stopping at and having to choose which ones I can realistically fit into my route!!

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Awesome thread so far. Thanks for sharing. Bike looks great! I have Vikiing bags on my boulevard, i really like them. I too noticed that they hang with a little inward pitch, I think it is part of their design?

Did you buy or are you looking for a tent? Sleeping bag?

I am jealous of your spending spree haha. I love gadgets and gizmos, especially camping stuff. My weakness.

Let me know about the tent, I might have a hookup for you.
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I added a sena bluetooth unit this summer and have been extremely satisfied with its operation. It looks like you are doing things in a logical manner. good luck!

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Wow! I've not been keeping in touch on this Forum like I used to and I gotta say it was a pleasure reading your posts. I LOVE planning for a trip - something my husband doesn't share. Half the excitement is the anticipation and planning for the trip - you are a wise man.

I have a great set of risers so if your latest pair doesn't work, I will dig up my riser info. I, too, would like to go a little more "riser" but don't want to get into extended cables.

I have one little suggestion, and after going through a very nice hot summer, I'd encourage you to get a cup holder installed on your bike. The second one I installed will be my last - it's perfect. Barefootwillies.com - it's black. We fill it to the top with ice and then add the water. By the time we reach our first pitstop, if we haven't drank all the water, we could still count on it still being cold -- very refreshing considering our beautifully hot summer. We found that we could always count on our pitstop topping up our ice and our water just the way we liked it done. Staying hydrated is very important on your ride.

Oh, another thought -- as you plot your route, give yourself the freedom to stop and smell the roses if something piques your interest -- and yes, of course, you might be on a timeline meeting friends and family, but in general, allow time to stretch or time to that perfect picture!

I love the shopping sprees. Isn't that just the funnest joy ever! Love getting home to find amazon boxes!!

Oh, another thought --- you have froggytoggs for legs, but I recommend the jacket too --- yes, you have something -- but I love the lightweight jacket - great for not just rain, but also to keep out a cool or cold wind.

Are your shoes waterproof? Mine are, yup, sure, they are ---until it rains! I got taken there - boo. Shame on me for taking their word and not double-checking myself.

We are heading to the east coast (from Toronto Ontario) to ride Canada 911 Atlantic in early June. We know that at that time of year, we'll probably run into cold and rain so we need to pack right, so I've enjoyed reading how you're putting checkmark over checkmark against your "to do" list.

I'll enjoy reading your updates. Good luck on your trip. Enjoy the prep! (oh, got your best camera ready? Going to mount it? Got your cloud ready to receive a ton of pictures so that you can clear your card? or will you just take a stash of cards?)
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As a suggestion for the cup. I use a kids "sippie cup". I fill with ice at where ever and then water. Stays cold for a long time. You can flip up the "straw" while riding, have a little nip and then close it up with one hand.
Just a suggestion.

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As a suggestion for the cup. I use a kids "sippie cup". I fill with ice at where ever and then water. Stays cold for a long time. You can flip up the "straw" while riding, have a little nip and then close it up with one hand.
Just a suggestion.
OOPS --- I guess I didn't finish my "tip:" We put the double-walled plastic "glasses" that come with the straw that cannot pop out with the wind. The double wall helps the water stay colder longer....but yes, just as buddy there mentioned, fill 'er up to the top with ice, and then pour in the water. Sip away as you ride with no fear that the straw will disappear into the wind! Great!

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@ 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!

@Lois Mack - 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
-Stuff sacks
-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.
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May be a dumb question... But why do you need to carry fuel? The country is littered with fuel stations and unless you're somewhere way in the back country, I can't see needed any fuel. Just my opinion.

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@ 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!

I really like the Viking bags. Have not loaded them up too heavy, but they are rock solid & could definitely handle the weight.

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