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Old 12-06-2012, 12:19 AM
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ok guys, divorce is soon final, old dogs gonna go within 6 months, so its RTW for many years soon on my '09 abs Wee. Still havent firmed up which way to begin, SE Asia/NZ/Oz, or latin america, but i want to take some spares along for middle of nowhere repairs.
Heres what im thinking; chain and sprokets, full bearings sets, sproket bumper thing, bulbs, fork seals and bushings, rear tire(?), hose set, levers, brake and clutch pedals, manual, pannier & rack custom bolts, locktite blue n red, inline fuel filters, oil filters, fuses, ??
should i consider a; clutch? water or fuel pump?, starter switch? any thing else for the outback of bolivian altiplano or deep in the congo? i cant really relie on anyone here to mail me anything. i realize that in many places, NZ for example i can get everything, but in other places i cannot. what do you think? my trip is to last years.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:44 AM
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Most little hotties don't work out, through the first 5 marriages...

I recommend all tools and spare parts required that you are comfortable making repairs with.

PS, don't bring home any more stray foreign hotties while gone.
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Must be a thread here or over on VSRI with suggested list and feedback from someone who took the lot and found what was still missing. Perhaps even a proven bike specific list?

Taking too much adds weight which in its self causes problems. Once you have a route plan it will be easier to see where things you might need will be more easily available through the in country dealer network.

Unlikely there is much going to fail suddenly and leave you stranded. Hope its more a case of identifying whats on the way out with a plan to pick it up and fit or repair when the support network allows.

Example with the rear sprocket. Could need one half way round. Heavy and how many times will it try and cut its way out of the case before you decide to use it. They don't break leaving you stranded even when the teeth are very hooked and you will have plenty of warning its due.

On the other hand a chain might break and surprise you. A short length of old chain and a chain breaker/riveter and a few split links might be more use in the middle of nowhere than a complete heavy chain.

Temporary repair with a bit of wire, tape or cable ties gets you going to look for a more complete repair and perhaps a choice of which one you take. Nothing worse than leaving the bike and all your kit to set off on foot or with a lift from a complete stranger to look.

Might be good to practice and prove you can bump start the engine if you get up one morning to find the battery is flat or stolen. Same idea to practice repairing a puncture and prove you can handle the bike for a slow short ride with a larger puncture that can't be repaired. Understand how to fit an inner tube in your tubeless tires/tyres just in case you wreck the carcas or dent the wheel rim so it leaks.
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Just strap a KTM on the back

Seriously

There is a group called unlimited horizons I think. They routinely run all over the planet and as a source of both local MC and also volunteer assistance


http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/



You should have plans for serious service plus at like 10,000 mile increments.

Somewhere you can buy this great fuel funnel with a built in filter and water separator which I would have to have

Just practice looking poor and unpalatable
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Heres what im thinking; chain and sprokets, full bearings sets, sproket bumper thing, bulbs, fork seals and bushings, rear tire(?), hose set, levers, brake and clutch pedals, manual, pannier & rack custom bolts, locktite blue n red, inline fuel filters, oil filters, fuses, ??
should i consider a; clutch? water or fuel pump?, starter switch? any thing else for the outback of bolivian altiplano or deep in the congo?
Why not just take a spare bike and be done with it?

And BTW, "deep in the congo" you are more likely to get snuffed in the civil war there than burn out your clutch. If you haven't even bothered to find out what's going on in the world maybe "adventure travel" isn't your strong suit.

Please be considerate of others. Nothing messes up the U.S. Embassy duty officer's weekend more than a call from the local constabulary that some dumb-ass American citizen has thoughtlessly got himself killed. The DO has to collect the stiff, make a lot of calls, and generally waste the better part of a day. Believe me, it's very annoying and even worse if the call comes in the middle of the night. It's better if you just get arrested. Then it can wait until Monday morning and regular embassy office hours.
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And BTW, "deep in the congo" you are more likely to get snuffed in the civil war there than burn out your clutch.
All the more reason to take spares so his bike doesn't break down in the middle of a shootout haha.

p.s. take some Um Bongo (I hear they drink it in the Congo) ..... not sure if anyone with get that across the pond
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From what I have read about world motorcycle travellers, a lot of them purchase all of the spare parts that they think they will need prior to heading out on a trip - then they label each piece and leave them with someone that they are in regular contact with thoughout their trip. If the need arises they simply email their contact and ask them to courier the part they need to wherever they are in the world. I'm sure that they still take a chain, brake pads and smaller items but they certainly don't fill their panniers with spare parts.
Just another suggestion.
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Thanks for sharing, that was a great video.
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