Updated 5th December 2010, in italics Updated 16th April 2012, the latest updated notes are in red<;/span Chassis
Givi Crash Bars – I definitely need these and they work, trust me! Yep, they still work
Podia Belly Pan- Flexible but useful and suits the bike, has been partially destroyed by a rock, but did it’s job and protected the oil filter
REMOVED and replaced with a metal style as supplied by Chad at AdventureMotostuff, nice bit of gear But unfortunately the aluminium bracket cannot handle the Russian roads on a lowered bike. This bracket needs to be made of Steel
Radiator and Oil Cooler Guard – Home made, cheap but effective
ProOiler- New chain oiler system, working very well at this time
CLS 200- Electronic Chain Lube system Removed as it failed after 5 years and the company would not respond to contacts and a different method of purchasing a replacement online, they have a very weird system in Germany
CLS Heat – Electronically controlled heated grips - Failed after 5 years, no way of purchasing a new one from the company so replaced with a shop bought system, brand to follow
Centre Stand – Factory OEM, a must for ‘on the road’ service
Pat Walsh Radar Shelf – To mount GPS etc
Elka- Performance Rear Shock built for me personally, I probably will not buy this brand again, very expensive to repair, despite being a good shock
REMOVED now replaced with an original Suzuki shock modified by Suspensions by Sasquatch, seems to be robust enough and although it does not have as many adjustments, once it is set for the load, forget it
Speed Corrected Gauge Faces – Made for the DL650 by Austin Burge in LA
Standard wheels with Metzler ME880 Harley rated rear and TKC80 front for the South American leg
HEIDENAU K60 Scouts will be installed when I arrive Frankfurt, a longer lasting tyre, good grip, heaps of tread depth, and good in the wet, I will test them in the Alps , ****edit 7th July 2012–Well, these tyres are excellent, after installing them in Frankfurt I have clocked up 23,000 Kim’s with tread still on them. They did get a bit squared off which cause them to howl when I lean into corners(they screamed in the Alps). I have a new set to install which I hope to get me to Australia, that would be fantastic
Back Off – Brake light modulator for rear protection
TomTom Rider 2 – Waterproof Satellite navigation designed for motorbike riders, a crap unit, has failed multiple times, I will buy a Garmin Zumo 550 next time.
I have finally given up on the TomTom system. I have now purchased a Garmin Montana, with Europe City Nav maps and a rugged mount for the bike. A nice unit, it replaces BOTH the TTR2 and the GPSMap76S. It also can handle paperless geocaching as well as turn by turn riding and quite a lot of other features. We shall see if it can handle ME This unit is also crap, it has failed many many times when trying to navigate complicated road networks and freezes. It has to be Master Reset all the time. It has been replaced with a new unit by Garmin Europe but the new unit is also showing the same systems. Unless I have managed to find two faulty units, this system is NOT ready for adventure motorcycling
Tyre Watch – Wireless tire pressure and temperature monitor, excellent system
NOT Working, Battery dead in sensors but may buy some more when in France. I still like this system, it would be nice to be able to change the batteries rather than buy new sensors.
Kisan Chargeguard – Battery monitoring system and charger – This has failed again, I do not recommend this product, it is not waterproof and I will be looking for a different unit suitable for a bike.
Crap Unit Dumped, I don’t have any type of battery monitor this time, I may add one on the road as it will be very useful when I have all the heated gear on when I am up high
Toshiba – Satellite Notebook with wireless adapter for updating this blog
SPOT – Personal tracker and satellite messenger so those at home can stop worrying And it has a ‘Come Get Me, I Am Broken” button in case I go A over T and can’t get back up!!!
Still a good system, and I have re-activated this unit for my travels, the price has gone up $30 in two years(FYI)
Olympus- μ720SW Digital camera, waterproof and drop proof, that means ME proof. Well this one died, lucky I had extended warranty as it has now been repaired but is back in OZ, I have broken two cheap cameras since and now have an 850SW, a later version of the same camera
Still have the 850, as a bonus my iPhone has a camera for backup and also my GPS has a camera as well. I am also taking along a helmet Cam, POV, Point of View called Drift Innovation Stealth 170. With the extra batteries and SD cards, I should be able to record all day, just in case something happens, like them moose and bear up in Alsaka
The above camera started to fail with many artifacts and lines giving crap pictures. Two cameras with failures is not a good record so I have now dumped Olympus and just bought whatever I could find in a shop, as it happens it is a Fujifilm N705 GPS waterproof shockproof
iPod Classic 160GB – Personal music player, plus movie storage and probably photo backup
PIAA 510 Series Auxillary Lights – Excellent for roo spotting, and now deer.
These were sold with the US bike and I have not replaced them. I only rode in the dark twice and have no real intention of doing so again.
REMOVED I am now and have since the US trip being running a CAMOS Bluetooth headset. Never bothered with the mic, but happy with this product. The battery has lost a bit of life and needs charging after 8 hours instead of 14, but until I can source another, I can live with it
Happy Trails – Teton cut aluminium panniers with lid racks, powder coated black
These were left with the US bike, but purchased the NEW quick release ones of the same style as above. There were too quick to release and kept coming off the bike when I crashed, HT have since modified them and by adding a top plate, they now screw in like the older style and should protect my legs in an off
Pacsafe – Tank bag, can lock it to the bike and is lined with steel mesh Remove3d and replaced with a HELD as PacSafe could not supply a zipper or new base system, they have now removed this product from market
I love this product despite two small issues. The base zipper(that holds it to the tank) fails and also the zipper that closes the top cover. I have had EXCELLENT customer service from PacSafe and they have over the past two years replaced the base twice and replaced the whole bag once. They no longer make them and the zipper is hard to find, but once again PacSafe managed to source one so I can take this bag OS with me, good on em, hopefully they will come out with a replacement system soon
DMH C96 – Waterproof bag for all the extras needed for camping
Custom Aluminium top box, it is massive and can hold two full face helmets, looking forward to see how it handles being upside down
Coleman – Exponent 550B725 Multi Fuel stove, excellent simmer control- an essential feature
Roman – Lite Trek Advance sleeping bag, opens right out and 0° capable, if it gets any colder I am not going
Tent – Just a cheap 3 man dome tent at this stage.