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Trans-Asia Jaunt
« on: July 26, 2017, 07:01:41 AM »
As I may have mentioned once or twice over the past few months, I have been assembling, fettling and generally sodding about with a 2016 500X with a Rally Raid level 3 conversion.

This has all been done to ride from the UK to Bangkok and I leave in under 2 weeks  :156: The route is through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland,Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Laos and then Thailand approximately 10,500 miles and 10 weeks later.

I had a practise pack over the weekend and this is what it looks like.

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Re: Trans-Asia Jaunt
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2017, 08:06:14 AM »
sh#t man, what an adventure! I'm jealous!

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Re: Trans-Asia Jaunt
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2017, 10:20:07 AM »
Looking good John and set for the off.  Look forward to reading about your exploits.

Stay safe beg fella.
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Re: Trans-Asia Jaunt
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2017, 05:18:50 PM »
Packing looks good, what size panniers are those? Oh, aren't you the one who is going to have the bike shipped back at the end of the trip? If so I have seen you mention it.
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Re: Trans-Asia Jaunt
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2017, 07:06:49 PM »
Thanks for the comments guys, I feel like a kid before Christmas, only 8 more sleeps to go  :080:

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Packing looks good, what size panniers are those? Oh, aren't you the one who is going to have the bike shipped back at the end of the trip? If so I have seen you mention it.

I'm quite pleased with my packing, my roll bag will be coming into hotels at night with my clothes, wash kit, kindle etc. and the panniers will stay on the bike. They are 38L Metal Mule panniers which I already had and use on a KTM 1190 Adventure R and a BMW F650GS Dakar. Metal Mule don't make frames for our little 500 so I bought the hoops from MM and made the rest of the metalwork myself.

The roll bag currently holds all my clothes so I will have a bit more space when I wear something and the panniers are each only 3/4 full and again have all my riding gloves, buffs, fleeces etc so again I'm happy that I have loads of room......... I haven't put any food in them yet though  :084:

And yes, that was me, I'm shipping the bike back via sea freight from Bangkok.
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Re: Trans-Asia Jaunt
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 07:53:12 PM »
Sounds like an amazing trip ! best of luck. I would get some rok-straps for the roll bag and also do something about the bottom of the right pannier , that exhaust might cook the stuff inside (my Leo Vince does that, since it's a straight thru setup for the gasses to exit (even with the baffle in).
 :028: I wish I was going too ... I'm jealous ! :821:

PS: you're missing a GoPro ! have to document the trip of a lifetime !
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Re: Trans-Asia Jaunt
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2017, 08:06:25 PM »
Those are 38L? They look massive! I have 37L Outback Trekkers and I don't think they are nearly that large. Quite an impressive packing job. Make sure to leave room for food and water (although I usually just keep that stuff in a backpack, I have Dragon Egg from Direct Action that works wonders and if I am going distance, I just strap it on to my seat) and keep plenty of spare what nots just in case you get into any trouble with the bike.
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Re: Trans-Asia Jaunt
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2017, 05:49:55 AM »
I am so jealous! Please post  more often , so we can travel with you  :002:
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Re: Trans-Asia Jaunt
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Sounds like an amazing trip ! best of luck. I would get some rok-straps for the roll bag and also do something about the bottom of the right pannier , that exhaust might cook the stuff inside (my Leo Vince does that, since it's a straight thru setup for the gasses to exit (even with the baffle in).
 :028: I wish I was going too ... I'm jealous ! :821:

PS: you're missing a GoPro ! have to document the trip of a lifetime !

I'm not taking ROK straps but am using 1" wide webbing straps with cam buckles, if necessary, these can double up as tow straps as well.

In terms of the silencer warming up the RH pannier, I could either use it to keep croissants warm or weld a tube at an angle to the outlet, as you can see from the pic, I chose the latter.

And no, I'm not taking a GoPro, I will be taking pics on my phone and compact camera and that's it. Call me old fashioned but this trip is all about the experience, not worrying about whether everything is charged and whether the video will look fantastic on my YouTube channel. I have mates who always use video cams to record their rides and they all stress about the bloody things.

Not for me I'm afraid. I have a blog where I record my trips and prep etc. I won't update it en-route but will write everything in a paper diary and type it up day by day when I return. Feel free to take a look......
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Re: Trans-Asia Jaunt
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2017, 11:23:52 AM »
Fantastic! Looks like you got it covered. Best of luck !
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