Hey all I've been trawling this site and I'm impressed with the amount of info here.
However I am looking for a few answers and feedback with regards to the trip that me and my girl have in the plans.
my Ride - 2014 wee adv model , which is standard equipped with crash bars , luggage etc. I have a centre stand not yet installed, which i believe is OEM not certain as previous owner purchased.
Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego
Most likely in the fall or next summer is to take a trip from Nelson BC Canada to Alaska to complete part of the journey. This trip will be about fine tuning the bike and camping set up and getting acquainted with how it will be along the way.
After I have completed the Alaska trip ill begin plans to complete the rest of the journey down through central/south america. The plan isn't to do too much crazy off road stuff maybe occasionally if and when required.
First thing I'm curious about concerns the centre stand. I'm looking into getting a skid plate as i think it would be smart to protect the filter etc but I'm not sure if there is any conflict with having the centre stand on. If anyone could shed some light on this id appreciate it i.e. which skid plate to buy that doesn't have any mounting issues relating to the centre stand etc.
Im also looking for recommendations on recommended farkles that i would most likely benefit from such as Chain oiler, throttle lock, 12 v accessory plug, upgrade to tires . Im considering the fork brace based on feedback here. This is my first road bike so I'm very green as to what should be on the bike for anyone considering a trip like this.
If anyone has places, tips and dos and don'ts they recommend to visit on any part of this journey , feel free to post here.
Ive also got an issue with the crash bar vibration at 46-4700 rpm which i have found on here as well which I'm intending to try and resolve with some home made rubber washers made form vulcanised rubber. if anyone has any suggestions on better way to resolve this, feel free to add opinions.
Last but not least I'm intending to do the south and central portion with a surf board attached to the bike. Im a keen surfer and looking to try and surf at as many places on the journey as i can. I have ridden smaller bikes with a board and see it as feasible but if anyone has ideas on suitable racks and such or better still a surf break they recommend along the way . Holler at me !
Sorry for the long winded post . cheers for any help