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Proudly presenting; our very first sponsorship!

Early on when I was planning my, now our, great adventure, I made a good new friend at a wedding (not my wedding, but a wedding none the less). Tom Møller Christensen and I soon found common ground in our interest in motorcycles, the urge to ride far and wide, and to be free.

Tom has always been very supportive of our project, always focusing on all the reasons why it could work. One day not long ago he invited me and my wife into his shop, Urmaker Thorbjørnsen. He smiled and proudly presented what was to be our very first sponsorship.

Toghether with Tissot, Tom Møller and Urmaker Thorbjørnsen has sponsored our adventure with matching Tissot T-Race sports watches. Everyday it will serve as a reminder of great support and trust, but also of the fact that time waits for no man. The adventure is right there, you just have to go get it. Tom even arranged a photoshoot for the occation, and the result you can see below. It was a lot of fun.

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It’s always very easy to compile a long list, a very long list, as to why an undertaking will not, can not, succeed. Many have done just that.

It is much more difficult to create a list over why it could work out, why it can be done, why you should not give up. Adapt yes, but never give up. It is a choice, and I choose to believe.

Tom has been a valuable supporter and believer, urging us on, when the voice of many where urging us to stay. We’re grateful for it!

 

 

Measure once, cut twice

I am about to get married. And my fiancée already know some tell-tale signs of restlessness. With the (mostly) goodnatured nickname «Gorilla» it hardly needs stating that I don’t do so well sitting still doing nothing for too long.

 

She even claims that I go around looking for projects,- a tree to climb up and/or cut down, something to fix, and axe to grind to shaving speck, or one of the many motorcycle modification projects. It is ofcourse a completely unfounded claim.

 

Eitherway, the other day when I was hovering over our two BMW F800GS in the garage, I found that I could gain 3,5 cm, or 1,378 inches, of luggagespace on each bike by moving the Rotapax fueltanks backwards.. That’s 3,5 cm more space to try to find a comfortable position riding our bikes for 13 months. (If you’ve not yet heard about the project, click here for the route description)

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The process of moving the spare fuel tanks is fairly straight forward. It is simply a matter of measuring up and drilling two new holes in the luggage plate. It is highly reccomended to remove the luggageplate before you start drilling, unless you want to risk ventilating the bike in places the BMW-designers did not intend for it to be ventilated.

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I pride myself in using only the tools I have in my toolroll. These are the tools that are going with us on the trip, so it makes sence to make sure I can do any opperation I need with a minimum of tools and gizmos. Drilling two holes in a precision cut luggage plate however is not something I wanted to try without powertools. So I got my drill from storage, removed the luggage plate form the bike and measured up where the new holes should be. Then, drilling the holes is eazy peazy.

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In my juvenile days, roaming around in my dads basement/workshop, I remember him telling me «measure once,- cut twice». I now realize that this was not so much an advice as it was a warning.

In retrospect I now wonder about a lot of the other advice he gave me growing up. Perhaps they all where warnings? A bit confused and curious I returned to my work. The lockabel attachment for the fuel tanks have a very spesific distance between the holes for the bolts, a distance I missed by maybe 3 mm (0,118 inches). As metal dont really bend too well, I had to follow my dads advice, now turned into warning, and cut twice. So another powertool came out of storage and I made the annoying little adjustment to make it fit.

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Some before and after images. 3,5 cm may not seem like much but I’m sure it’ll make a big difference. And the zen-like state of mind I get from taking on and finishing yet another project makes it all worth it.

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See the difference?

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The map quest

Things have been crazy busy with preparations for the wedding the last week, so the preparations for the trip was put on the back burner for a little while.
Now things are finally getting back on track, and yesterday I found and bought all 20 maps we need for the 13 month adventure.

After snooping around on the web and in a couple of travel books etc I kinda landed on two possible suppliers: Borch Maps and International Travel Maps & Books.

And its quite a few maps that where on the list:

  1. Germany
  2. Italy
  3. Spain
  4. Argentina
  5. Chile
  6. Peru
  7. Bolivia
  8. Ecuador
  9. Panama
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Nicaragua
  12. Honduras
  13. El Salvador
  14. Guatemala
  15. Belize
  16. USA (4 maps)
  17. Canada

In addition we’ll be traveling through the following countries. How ever we figure that the bike-mounted GPS will suffice:

  1. Norway (home sweet home)
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark
  4. Switzerland
  5. Austria
  6. France (the very southern point)

23 countries in 13 months..

Even happier when I found all in Amazon for close to half the price listed at the respective suppliers’ websites. Yay!

The maps are folded, water and muck repellent and range in scale from 1:250 000 and up to 1:2 200 000.  Some city centers will be a bit awkward to navigate with a map on the scale of 1-to-two-point-two-million. We’ll have to rely on the GPS, Tonjes impeccable navigational skills local knowledge and a generous dose of luck.

Who dares wins,- right?     What can possibly go wrong?

The “OMG what have I done” job

For a long time I had plans to practice removing and replacing the sparkplugs on my BMW F800GS, in preparation for the big trip (click here for more info on our 13 month trip).

Close to two years ago I helped my good friend to change the oil on his KTM 990. We laughed at the saying that “if you wanna change the oil on a BMW you’ll drink two beers while doing the job, but if you want to change the oil on a KTM you’ll drink a case of beer.. The oil change took half a day on his KTM. Well, I laughed, and Andreas grumbled. Today however I got a bit of karma handed to me..

It turns out that if you want to (or need to) change the sparkplugs on a BMW F800GS you come very close to disasembling the entire bike. After the job is completed I now realize that the great engineers at BMW started the asembly prosess by one guy holding the sparkplugs, and then another asembling the entire bike around them…

So this morning I did the final little pieces of research and then happily skipped down into the garage underneath my building, my home away form home. Just before I left the Apartment, Hotstuff aka Tonje, comented on the oilfilter removal tool that just arrived form Wunderlich. “Ooo what a nice color… what is  it?” Great…

Oooo what a nice color..

Oooo what a nice color..

Anyways, I brought the nice-color-doodaa down to the garage and got started.. Below you can see the bike as it was.. I had just removed the saddle. “Why”, you may ask. “Are the sparkplugs underneath the seat?” Surely no, as will be the case for a great many things I had to take off the bike. Just pealing off the layers like a two-wheeled onion. With a GPS. And spare fuel tanks..

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So I followed the instructions I found on the BMW mechanic handbook. Step 1 ; Remove saddle. Check.  Step 2; Remove the beak.. Really? Remove the beak, waaaaaay in front of everything. In order to remove the sparkplugs, that surely must be in or around the engine somewhere? Now my pride and joy looks just like a retarded seal.

What, take off the beak? To change the spark plugs?

What, take off the beak? To change the spark plugs?

Next step was to take off the fairing on both sides. But noo,- not that simple. Because in order to do that I had to take off the upper crashbars. Have I mentioned that I perviously mounted the extra heavy duty adventure crashbars from Wunderlich? … Grumble..

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Then came battery removal, all kinds of wires and hoses, and the entire air-intake and airfilter housing. Any sparkplugs in there? Nooo sir.

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At this point I really had to take a step back, and said out aloud (yes I do talk to myself in the garage while working on the bikes) “OMG what have I done? How the heck am I gonna get all this back the way it was? Anyone got a AAA-card?” No one answered, but at this point my fiance came into my domain (well, it’s really the garage we shared by about 30 other people..) with coffe and lunch. Life was suddenly much better..

Oooo. Another shining doo-daa with great color

Oooo. Another shining doo-daa with great color

And true to form, she looked around at the disaster area with parts everywhere, spotted the little spark plug tool from Wunderlich. “Ooh there’s another of those great-colored parts.. What is it?”..

Pulling out the HT coil with this little great colored doodaa was a lot easier than expected. Which is about the only thing all day that was easier than expected..

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Fun fact; the pipe that is used in order to actually loosen the spark plugs can also be used to loosen the front axle. I know ’cause I tried. Also, see how long it is? Even after all the stuff I took off this two wheeled onion, I still need a foot-long tool to reach into the belly of the beast in order to get the spark plugs out.

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TADAAA! Spark plug successfully removed. Very happy! An then I remembered that I had to put everything back together again..
Just to complicate matters I decided that this was a good time to mount the reusable airfilters from Touratech. Turned out A-OK. I hope this is a good idea. This way we don’t have to bring extra airfilter for the 4-ish months we’ll be driving through South and Cenral America on our trip..

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One cup of coffe and a lot of bolts and nuts later, the job was complete.

Check out the video below for proof of life! The engine runs perfectly after all I put it through. Very happy now!

The paint-job and the Motooverland bashplates

Every once in a while, a MC-rider will park his ride horizontaly. Never by design, as motorcycles have an inherit design-premise inidicating that parking should be of a more vertical manner..

I’m jumping the gun a little here..

All through the summer I spent hours in the garage, time and time again converting that little rented parkingspot to my own mechanical workspace. The last piece of equipment to be mounted on both HotStuff (aka Tonje) and my bike was the awsome bashplate from Motooverland.  I had spent quite a bit of time researching and looking for the perfect crashbar and bashplate combo, and after I found the very rugged crashbars from Wunderlich, the bashplate from Motooverland was the only piece missing.

Crashbar test complete

The crashpars was somewhat a tight fit. That’s A-OK because you really don’t want the crashbars to move around too much… They offer great protection; proven. Before Tonje aka HotStuff and I had our test-ride those two weeks this summer, I had the crashbars installed on both bikes. The bashplates didn’t arrive in time for out test-ride, but we had no real plans for any offroad riding anyhow. Shortly after returning to Stavanger after our 2 week trip I stopped by a friends place in order to check out his own mechanical project. As I put out the sidestand, apparently I had a moron-moment, ’cause the bike leaned to the right. The sidestand is on the left side. Always have been.. So I ended up parking my ride horizontaly. Leaning it safely  and firmly on the crashbars. You can see the three impact Points. No damage to the bike. Some scrapings on the crashbars and a massively bruiced ego. I’ve had my license since 1999, and only once before have I parked any bike horizontaly. My first day with a license in 1999…

So it was clear that I would have to deal with this in the near future. At the same time the bashplates arrived form Canada. OH HAPPY DAY 🙂

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See the difference between the tiny plastic bashplate original from BMW and the much bigger and sturdier Aluminum (5052) one from Motooverland? 🙂 I couldent wait to put it on.

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After a little while I discovered that between the BMW, the crashbars from Wunderlich and the bashplate from Motooverland, something was not a perfect fit. There are 6 bolts to fasten the bashplate, 4 underneath on rubber-cushon, and 2 in the lower front. The two in front would not align properly 😦

I emailed the good people at Motooverland for some advice- They quickly gave me 3 options for a fix. 2 0f them required a bit better equipment and workspace than what i have available. If you have read my post you may have noticed that I work out all my mechanical issues in the parking garage where we live, using only the toools I’ll bring for the trip. Also I have no place to mount a vice that was needed for the two first options. So option number three it is; – widen the forward mounting holes just enough.

It seemed like a easy fix. I strolled to the  local hardwarestore and bought a dremel-like tool and what seemed to be the correct bits. The going was slow and after a little while I notice the powertool wobbeling in my hands. For those of you that don’t know this; wobbeling powertools are generally not a great idea. Before I manage to hit the “off” switch the diamonddust covered bit I used went flying. But only after impacting my right middle finger. The same one that sometimes is used to communicate in traffic. Especially when one has polite but firm opinions about ones fellow travellers on four or more wheels.. Anyways. There where a lot of cursing and a bit of jumping around. At first I was convinced it was broken. But as sanity slowly returned I performed a basic self-diagnostic prosedure:

Does it bend? Oh YES it bends. Logic dictates it’s not broken, as it bends in the right place..

As I was squaring away my tools (I called it quits for the day after bandaging my very battered communication-device..) I realize that I where not using protective goggels, or gloves.. I was just very lucky that the flying bit didn’t hit something vital, like an eye.. So the next day I strolled back to the hardwarestore and got even more bits, + goggles and gloves. As soon as my finger healed work where resumed and the adjustments made. Once this was done, I primed and coated the bashplates to prevent them form rusting.

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And while the bashplates where drying in stages of 2 prime coats and 2-3 black paint coats, I got to work on the crashbars. I made good use of the dremel-like-but-not-quite tool and ground away all scraches and rust and evened out the surface. After this was complete I wrapped my bike like a christmaspresent and got ready to apply a few coats of primer..

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And between each coat,- the waiting game. Luckily for me and everyone around me; patience is stong in this one. 😦 After priming, I had to unwrap my ride, remove any flaking and smoothe any edges. Then prep and wrap and tape again. I coated it again 4 times, with plenty of time to dry properly between each coat.
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I am very happy with te result, Even more happy that I now was ready to mount the bashplates again.
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Yep. That’s right. The two forward bolts in place, bashplate secure. Ready to ride again.
And I will try to avoid any future horizontal parking…

Shopping – a guy thing

I admit I have a strained relationship to shopping.
Like IKEA, aka Mordor, I can only take so much kids and screeming and furniture. Or clothing (unless its sports, outdoors or MC related). Dear God I want to give prais to the very understanding and compassionate people who put chairs and sofas in shopping malls in or close by any store that is not sports, outdoors or MC related…

Or pubs. There should really be a pub in or close by said stores..

Anyway. As a preparation to the 14 month honeymoon – (it’s been somewhat referred to in, well, more or less every post on this blog. It just recently changed names a little bit..) – I have been doing som shopping. Shopping of the kind that made the hours fly and have me longingly waiting by the mail box. Shopping for very spesific motorsycle equipment and / or camping gear. Shopping for bits and pieces and gadgets to make the bike and rider adventure ready. Theres soo many cool gadgets and so much research in order to select just the right piece based on price / weight / function and how it would work in conjunction with everything else.

So, suddenly shopping is a guy thing.

With Tonje aka The Extremely Lost Biker aka HotStuff going with me on the trip, it was easy enough to order double up of everything that is needed. A few items we’ll only get one of. Kinda makes sence, saves space, weight and money.


Below is the short shopping list.

There are still some items in the whishlist, but we’ll have to deal with those later.. I’ll try to imbed links to the right page on every item. Just click it if your curious 🙂

Altrider


Wunderlich


MotoOverland

  • Skid plates = 2 pcs   => (The only one available that fits the wonderful crashbar from Wunderlich)


Brunton


Turatech

Verktøy.no

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My kitchen for 14 months… MSR Dragonfly

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Here it is. I all it’s glory.

A lot if research whent into it. And to me the Choice was easy.  The Kitchen for my 14 month long trip around the world will be the MSR Dragonfly.

Weight, ease of maintenance and the ability to burn several different types of fuel made it the logical choice for a trip to places only a very few people are stupid enough to go of their own free will.

Check out the vid made by MSR here

The ability to burn diesel, gasoline, kerosine and white gas makes it a safe bet.
I suspect it works out ok with fermented goatsmilk as well.

I tested this puppy resently. On a family boat trip I was lucky enough that the onboard gas reservoar was nearly depleted. GREAT! A legit chance to test my new and barely opened MSR Dragonfly kit 🙂

The youtupe vid above makes it seem very simple.
How hard can it be to ignite gasoline in mistform right? Hard. Almost impossible. Really? Gasoline in mistform?
There was a lot of cursing, not to loud ’cause of the kids near by, and grinding of teeth.

Then after revisiting the cursed user manual, I discover a few things about valves and the direction the pump inside the multi fuel bottle needs to face..

But as all these ducks came in a row, the gasolinefueled fire roard heartily.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J88-RdWnNT0

Tested twice and put back in storage for the Shakedown trip and later the real deal in july 2015.

MSR Mutha Hubba. The tent, bought and tested..

Those of you who have read some of my research know I have looked at quite a few tents.

Factors where as follows but not in any spesific order..

  • Weight
  • Durability
  • Price
  • Ventilation
  • Space
  • Pack size

After much pondering I ended up choosing the MSR Mutha Hubba, a 3 man, 3 season tent. In adition I also got the MSR Hubba Gear Shed, and extension for storage space. Yes it is a lot of space but it is also a 14 month trip. With many many nights in a tent.Comfort matters. A lot.

Arguably there are other tents out there that will score better on one or many of the key factors I was looking for, but overall the choice where made without any doubt.

I wanted a tent that could be pitched without the rain-fly cover, with only bug protection and a lot of ventilation. Also I am a fairly tall guy at 189 cm and some change, so I needed a tent that allowed me to sit upright properly. Ease of pitching is also important if your doing it 4 or 5 out of every 6 nights. And a good vestibule option for sorting out stuff and/or drying clothes on the road.

MSR Mutha Hubba

So far I’m very happy with the choice. The only thing I am not 100% happy about is that the Gear Shed does not fit the 3 man tent Mutha Hubba as well as I assume it does the Hubba Hubba, the 2 man version. It works, and with some adjustments to the straps I’m confident that there will be no problem. But I always like it to be ready out of the box when the salespitch indicates it will..

Anyway. See below for the test-pitching of my home / office for 14 months on the road. I’m only sad I can’t go right now. Still gotta wait on visas to Russia and Mongolia, and seasons (I wanna get 3 summer seasons, not 3 winters..).

354 days to go..

 

First curious setup of inner tent and poles.

First curious setup of inner tent and poles.

 

 

Yay! Bug net / inner tent setup in 2 chakes :-)

Yay! Bug net / inner tent setup in 2 chakes 🙂

 

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Fly sheet setup complete. Not bad. Not bad at all :-)

Fly sheet setup complete. Not bad. Not bad at all 🙂

My son, the Labrador Leo. Carefully following my lumbering from the cool shade...

My son, the Labrador Leo. Carefully following my lumbering from the cool shade…

 

The Gear Shed. Not a Perfect fit, bus some minor alterations and we're golden. Good thing it can easily be added when there is need, but can just as easily stay in the bag.

The Gear Shed. Not a Perfect fit, bus some minor alterations and we’re golden. Good thing it can easily be added when there is need, but can just as easily stay in the bag.

 

 

 

Time flies – a 6 week recap..

Time passed since my last confession is nigh unforgivable. So much has happened since may 23rd! 

2 day offroad cource – Greatness!
The third weekend of May I took the trip to Säfsen in Sweeden to have a go at Touratech’s OffroadSchool. Their Basic cource was to be a friday-saturday thing. I was planning to go there on my new ride, but bike delivery got delayed. So some quick reorganizing and I flew to Oslo and picked up a Rental there for the 3 hour drive into Sweeden. (On a side noet; the rental company, Europecar, upgraded my chosen GOLF to a brand new BMW 316. VERY good start on what was to be a great weekend)

I concider my self a fairly skilled rider, on tarmac. But this class would focus on gravel and offroad driving. Previous to this class I had the total of 10 meters experiance on gravel. (5 meters going in on a dirt road with a Fazer, then rethinking the stupidity of my mini adventure, and 5 meters out again..). Given my previous experience I was more than a little apprehensive. Adding that I crashed and completely destroyed my trusy Yamaha Fazer FZ6 in november (check out the disaster-post here) I was somewhat less confident than I would prefer.

The basic class was awsome. And also on a Toouratech rented BMW F800GS, som I would get to play with the same bike I was waiting for back home 🙂

The first 100 meters on gravel just as a means of transportation from the Säfsen Resort Hotel and to the training ground was not fun. I felt the bike was splashing all over the place in this very hostile new environment. But we emediately starting training on some very basic driving skills and soon enough I started to enjoy the feel of control and could play around more and more. Each day was ended with everyone taking a drive on the gravel roads in the lokal area guided by one of the instructor from the OffroadSchool. Awsomeness! From freaking out (very discretely in my helmet,- noon needed to know at that point) that same morning at the first sight of gravel, to enjoying a gravel backroads trip riding standing up for about an hour.. And then the next day doing it all over again.

Stuff that was covered was roughly as follows (all based on riding standing up)

  • Basic balance techniques
  • Turning on gravel
  • Various cone-slalom drills
  • Enclosed 180 deg. turn
  • Enclosed 360 deg. turn
  • Enclosed figure 8 turn
  • Breaking with and without ABS
  • Hill ascent (40 deg elevation!)
  • Hill decent (40 deg elevation!)
  • Water crossing
  • Different ways to pick up the bike without breaking bike or rider…

I already look forward to the advanced cource next spring..

Bikes delivered
After I got home the bikes where delivered. Very happy!
Wait! Bikes??!? But you only need one right?
Yes, I do only need one. But my girlfriend got one as well. Same make and model and colour (will upload picktures here, I promise..).
Wait! Girlfriend??!? But you said “bla bla driving all by my lonesome..” You where very spesific…
Yes, girlfriend, yes I know what I said, but sometimes theres just not enough reason to go around, and so life change.. But don’t worry, the grand trip is still happening.

Apartment sold, Appartment bought
Also, during the last year I’ve been planning and dreaming of the grand trip, and a major milestone has been selling my old apartment. very big and very costly, and all my funds where tied up in it.
I have done a fair bit of remodeling, especially the kitchen that got a new everything. And soon after putting the apartment on the market, it was sold for more than asking price! Now, the remodeling, I put hundreds of hours in it. And I had help from family and then friend, later girlfriend (who says that remodeling will break a couple up??) and I was very pleased with the result.
My former neighbor now tells me that the new owner is tearing out everything to do it again her own way… Ironic, perhaps, but I have to look at it in terms of job done and paid for..

Apartment bought?
Well, the afore mentioned girlfriend and I bought a large walk-in-closet about a third of the size of my old apartment. I like it, I love that I don’t have to rent, and it’s very close to everything. In fact it’s so close to work that these days I’m always late..

Still waiting to buy that one piece of furniture that we have room for. Its a draw between a lamp and a chair.

But, the bikes (yes, plural) stay side by side in an in door garage parking space. About half the size of the afore mentioned walk in closet. But not to worry,- the parking area already have a lamp. And considering it is much cheaper, I finally can free up capital ang get proper momentum on the preparations of my project, not only in theory, but real physical momentum. 🙂

Life is good, enjoy it while it’s there 🙂

Bike delivery date confirmed!

Alright! So finally the day is arriving! My new fabtastic shiny  BMW F800GS is coming home tuesday May 28th. Woho! I can’t wait. Bobyoboyoboyoboyoboy

In the mean time I’m going on a 2 day offroad cource in Sweeden at the Touratech Offroad School.
What better way to get aquainted with my new bike, than to play with one the same make and model on gravel and in fairly deep water?

Awsomeness waiting to happen! 🙂

NEW BIKE! Yeah baby!

Been a while since my last post. Appartently remodeling and selling an apartment is a fulltime job. Who knew, right?

So, anyway, tomorrow I’m going to sign the papers for a new BMW F800GS, 2012. YAY!

What (!), you gasp. 800GS? Whatever happened to all the boasting about BMW R1200GSA?

Well, there where adittional conciderations. New factors. stuff like offroad capabilities, weight, range, offroad capabilities, price new, cost to get it adventure ready, range, and also ease of maintenance. No, all the constant nagging regarding the GSA being a couch. On two wheels. For old people. All that had absolutely nothing wahtsoever to do with it.
Shut it, Andeas..

More info will arrive in the next couple of days. The Bike is expected to arrive in Norway around May 10th. WEEE! Yes, it will be imported from Germany. But then that kinda makes sence. It is German after all 🙂

And then May 23rd I go to Sweeden to participate on a 2 day offroad cource by Touratech. Click the link to check it out 🙂

Man. May 2013 is going to be AWSOME!

Helmet Camera

Helmet Camera GoPro

OMG this is a real must!

Solar charging a car battery!

They said it could not be done!

Or, more like I hoped it could be done but got lost in the research.

I keep playing different scenarios in my head. What if this breaks, how can I fix it. What if this breaks, how can I fix that..?

Parallel to this I already decided to bring some sort of foldable solar charger in order to charge laptop, camera and sat-phone. While traveling I can charge all these items using the alternator on the bike.

However, the trip is not about getting there really fast. Its about spending 12 months (or more) seeing a large part of the world. That, hopefully, also means spending 2-3 days on that perfect spot just because I feel like it. Picture it; Sunshine. Hammock. Book (kindle). Coffee. Blogging about the fact that I have found the perfect spot…
Sitting around will eventually sap the energy out of the gizmos I bring, and hence the Solar charger

But then I got to thinking; what if the motorcycle-battery dies for some reason, or just goes really low? Can I charge it with the foldable solar charger? It turns out, that yes! with a controller that is.. Happy days.
Me preparing for this in all likelihood means that it will never happen. But as theys say, “´tis better to have and not need, than to need and not have..”

Brunton solar charger

Brunton foldable solar charger

Right. So, the trip is estimated to 12 months. I hope to charge satphone, laptop and cameras with 12 violt outputs on the bike while riding. However, charging while not moving requires another solution.

This may very well be it.

🙂

What´s with all the links..?

You´ve got to understand that this blog serves three purposes at this stage:

1) It´s my diary in this process of planning and preparation

2) It´s my medium for talking on and on and on about the thing I´m really interested in , the big trip!

3) It´s my planning tool. And as a planning tool I use it to store all of the information that I find at least semi-important to the project. So all the links are for me in order to get equipment, documents or training that I need for the trip. They are also for you, if you are planning anything similar.

Go nuts! Klick `em all! They are there for a reason 😉

Christer
Lost Biker

So this may be …

So this may be a bit juvenile, but instead of figuring out important stuff like VISA-applications and Carnet and other very dry but ultimately crucial stuff, I look for a new helmet that I won´t need for at least a year. Makes sense, right?

So, I´ve fallen in love with this one from Arai, based on the features like big visor opening so that I can use the attached wind shield or a pair of goggles, nice big peak and the fact that its intended for the kind of trip that I´m planning. Also, a bit of coloring makes it stand out and be more visible in traffic compared to my current matt black finished helmet.

Also I just think it rocks!

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That being said, I haven´t even tried it an it may not fit my Shrek-sized head..