There’s some overlap, but broadly...
bike preparation is the responsibility of the Donkey, and Trip planning is the responsibility of the
researching spare parts, working out
what tools will be needed, sourcing add-ons to the bikes such as alarms, GPS, luggage and protective
working out logistics of bike
transport, the route, visa issues, liaising with guides where necessary, putting together a document set,
and web page promotion etc.
Bike Prep so far...
Identified all spares and bike
Spare parts ordered from KTM in
Riding Gear ordered from Dainese in
Bash Plates and Rear racks from
B&B in Australia
HID 50W headlights
Akrapovic exhausts fitted, these
are LOUD, so loud that the restrictors will
likely go back in for the trip, and they now backfire like satan himself is jacked up on crack and trying
to get out of the motor.
Trip Planning so far...
List of countries to be visited
compiled see here
Visa requirements identified for
most the above
Tour operators contacted for Algeria
Ongoing contact with various
embassies to establish travel warnings etc
Documenting the addresses of the
foreign embassies en route
Web page in first draft
The Mule had his shots today, lots
of them! Yellow fever, meningitis, cholera, polio, flu, rabies and something else he cant remember
to come in January.
17-7-9 ~ riding
The riding gear has just arrived,
but we have managed to mess up the order (sizes and jacket type) so it needs to be returned.
Thankfully the guys at Silvermachine
Dainese in the UK have been really helpful
and are happy to have them returned. Still the postage is now killing us, so we think it’s time to
bite the bullet and source something locally that we can try on before buying. Lesson
As mentioned above, the riding gear
didn't work out, so we have both decided to go with BMW Rallye Pro2 suits. Its hard to argue with
the quality and fit of these suits, and Bruce at BMW in
Adelaide has been really helpful ordering in
different sizes to make sure we get exactly the right fit.
30-7-9 ~ Riding
gear again... and shiny new parts for the bikes :)
Thankfully the Dainese gear got back
to the UK without any issues, and the guys at Silvermachine Dainese are happy to provide a full refund,
but we’ve decided to go with some gloves and thermals from them anyway.
The spares and upgrade parts arrived
in the US last week too, we had a
bit of miscommunication so some of it was picked up in Customs locally, meaning a few hundred dollars
extra to pay, and half a day of finding and then filling in forms to get it all cleared. Still
better than local retail prices though.
The Donkey also ordered a set of
Marchesini wheels for the 950 to convert it to a Supermoto for an upcoming trip to Hidden Valley raceway
in Darwin: the Mule is very jealous but upcoming Carpel tunnel surgery means he will miss out.
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