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post #1 of 20 Old 02-01-2012, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Adventure Touring - What to bring?

I bought my KLR with the intention of riding from Salt Lake City to Alaska and back. That won't happen for a couple of years, we need to get another bike, get both bikes kitted out with the right accessories, learn to ride a bagged up bike in the dirt, and do some test-runs with all the gear.

With this long timeline comes the chance to poach some nice deals on what we need. Since I'm new to the KLR, I'm curious what you adventure riders have put together. What gear works, what doesn't - where can you save a few bucks and where do you really need to pony up some cash.

Aside from the obvious camping gear, food, water, fuel, oil, etc. What specifically do you bring for your bike? I figure daily chain cleanings and lubrication will be in order when riding dirt all day, but what else? Do I need any specialty tools that aren't in the tiny tool kit that comes with the bike?
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Something like this:


plus:
siphon hose
tubes
compressor
chain tool
first aid kit

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I bought my KLR with the intention of riding from Salt Lake City to Alaska and back. That won't happen for a couple of years, we need to get another bike, get both bikes kitted out with the right accessories, learn to ride a bagged up bike in the dirt, and do some test-runs with all the gear.

With this long timeline comes the chance to poach some nice deals on what we need. Since I'm new to the KLR, I'm curious what you adventure riders have put together. What gear works, what doesn't - where can you save a few bucks and where do you really need to pony up some cash.

Aside from the obvious camping gear, food, water, fuel, oil, etc. What specifically do you bring for your bike? I figure daily chain cleanings and lubrication will be in order when riding dirt all day, but what else? Do I need any specialty tools that aren't in the tiny tool kit that comes with the bike?

Spend some time on ADV and Horizon's Ulimited Check out bicycle touring and ultralight backpacking sites also, a lighter bike is better!

Riding gear is pretty subjective. I went through several lower cost gloves and jackets because I was reluctant to spend the money. The $300 jacket I eventually bought would have been more cost effective initially!

My opinion is the less stuff you need to take the better off you are. I think it's better to improvise if need be then try to prep for every possible scenario.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor 2:9
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That is a nice tool kit TK. Looks to be about all you might need but not too much(that is usually my problem). I like the tool roll itself, did you have it made or was it bought from a vendor?? Would have liked to made one of your classes before I moved up to Humboldt County> Thanks
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spare tires too. nothing worse than being able to fix a tube but not the tire.
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spare tires too. nothing worse than being able to fix a tube but not the tire.
Respectfully, Scrapper; how many times have you RUINED A TIRE on a motorcycle, in contrast to HAD A FLAT?

Typically, motorcycle tires last thousands of miles; spare tubes and patch kits generally keep 'em rolling.

Your suggestion to carry a spare tire, must be DOUBLED, since front and rear tires are of different sizes.

In my view, motorcycles with spare tires lashed aboard seem not unlike scenes from the Clampett family's odyssey, on, "The Beverly Hillbillies."

Even a blown-out tire can be lashed to the rim and rolled or ridden to safety, in an emergency.

Carry extra tires if you wish; I'd concentrate on good, serviceable tires at the outset (maybe even, "run-flat" ones), possibly pre-positioned spare tires along the route (if considered necessary), spare tubes (maybe, heavy-duty ones) and patch kits.
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depends really how your riding there. if its going to be roads all the way i wouldnt worry about it but if you are riding offroad in a rocky area then yeah its nice to have. and i have sliced the sidewall on 1 rear so far. kind of rocky down here in new mexico buddy.
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kind of rocky down here in new mexico buddy.
I hear you, Scrapper.

Do you carry spare front-and-rear spare tires when you ride there?

Maybe the OP will encounter similar riding surfaces on his Alaskan trip.

Full disclosure: Ain't been, myself.
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post #9 of 20 Old 03-02-2012, 07:37 PM
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when i offroad here i do. ive never been to alaska either but i grew up in northern wisco/up mich and it can get gnarly there. minn too i imagine its like that multiplied by about 1000 so its gotta be rough in places.
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I just read this thread and had to smile. If the question is about a trip to Alaska....that is a bit different than choosing to take such roads/trails/tracks that are gonna rip your tire apart. My last trip to Alaska was on a DL1000 and with knobbies it performed every bit as well as my buddies uber bike(BMW Adventure).I also noticed that the dirt roads in Alaska "get better" every year with stone and occasionally asphalt. Sooooooo IMHO leave the spare tires at home, or you may just end up trading them for bug dope! By the way the best stuff for the 747 misquitoes up there is pure euclyliptus oil. Take it!

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