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Planning Progress – February 2013

I had a minor panic last night. I had a sinking feeling that I hadn’t done anything constructive towards the planning for my trip for at least a week. In fact I haven’t even got a firm date for when I’m setting off yet! Is that a big deal at this time? Given an estimated depature date of 28th May, I’ve still got over a hundred days to get all plans finalised.

Shopping

Over the past month my focus has mostly been on sourcing equipment for my trip. Future posts will look at some of these in more detail. Having been on quite a few previous trips I’ve got most of the equipment necessary for an overland trip but there were a few key pieces that I wanted to add to my kit list for he trip:

All my friends will tell you that I’m not quick at making decisions, especially when it comes to me handing over money. Some of the items in the list above aren’t the cheapest of the alternatives that were available but I think you’ll come to realise why I bought them when I write about them in more details.

In particular I’m excited about the features and functionality of the DeLore InReach SE GPS tracker. If you’re looking for a GPS tracker this one has it all. It’s like the SPOT Gen3 Messenger and Connect rolled into one plus so much more! If you want to learn more about it contact David at Global Telesat Communications. Those guys are dedicated to their customers, so much so they even responded to my e-mail queries at 7:30pm on New Year Eve. Now that’s dedication to customer service!

Tyres

Also on my shopping list was a new set of tyres for my R1200GSA. Since my trip to HUBB UK last June I’ve been riding around on a pair of Continental TKC80s.
Continental TKC80 Twinduro
Well, two pairs actually… in 8 months. Now I don’t have a problem with the TKC80s and I’ll happily put on the bike for my adventure but I need the tyres on the bike are at the end of their life and so I figured that I’d experiment with some alternatives before I go.

The folks at BMW Off-Road Skills use the E-9/10 for the big adventure bikes, and I also used the E-10 on my old R1200GS when I went to Morocco. I decided to give them another try on my R1200GSA. I gave Trellesport UK a call and the chap that runs the place is very knowledgable about his tyres. I had been thinking about getting the E-10 tyres again but after discussing the type of surfaces I’ll be riding on he recommended the E-07 instead. They’re sat at home now, waiting to be fitted. If there’s a break in this awefull weather I’ll have a got at fitting them myself if not it’ll be a trip to the local tyre fitters… it’s winter and I don’t have a garage to work in!
Mitas E-07

What’s Next

This is the stage in the planning that separates the men from the boys! I’ve got all the gear to be able to set off around the world but now I need to figure out logistics of actually setting off. I’ve now got a date for my last day at work – 15th May – I need to work out the time line for gettign my bike shipped to the UK and then on to Canada, my flights to UK then Canada and the ferry from Nova Scotia to New Foundland island.

So now it’s time to put my money where my mouth has been for the past year and actually get some tickets booked. (・_・;)

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Adrian Ritchie

Aidy has been riding motorbikes since just after he left university in 2003. His first bike was a 1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 bought for £1000. His second bike was a Suzuki GSF600 Bandit, bought for his adventure to Norway in 2005. Two years later he sold the Bandit to Shane (for him to learn on) and upgrade to a BMW R1200GS... which was promptly trashed one month later by a SMIDSY. Having had the R1200GS repaired, Aidy has spent the next three years giving it a damn good thrashing off-road. 2011 saw the R1200GS take to the remote tracks and desert pistes of Morocco... it managed to keep up with the 650 enduro bikes that make up the rest of the group and made it back to Guernsey in (mostly) one piece. In January 2012, he traded in the R1200GS for a new R1200GS Adventure, planning to use the Pegaso 650 for off-road racing. However, the lure of smaller enduro bikes proved too strong and in April 2012 purchased a BMS G450X