‘Adventure’ Kit

When I’m out and about on the F800GS I’m usually in ‘adventure’ mode, which is really my way of saying I’m off travelling, usually solo, for extended periods in the middle of fsm only knows where, wild camping and going off road. My other bike, a GTR1400 is my pure road bike, a mile crunching super sports tourer. When I’m on this I’m usually not doing anything like I would on the GS, I might be camping at a campsite but I aint going anywhere near an off road track or trail or wild camping. The GTR is for short, or long trips touring, perhaps 2-up, but most likely solo and staying in hotels or hostels. So here’s the kit I take on my ‘adventures’, the lessons I’ve learned and the things I’ve replaced or dumped along the way.

Wolfman Rainier – nise sized tank bag

Tank bag: Wolfman Rainer Main compartment:

  • Toilet bag: small folding shovel, pee bottle, tissues, wet wipes, had sanitiser
  • Documents (passport, V5 & driving license – insurance, breakdown cover, health cover etc are packed in a pannier)
  • Battery charging
  • 1L Platypus and drinking hose
  • Small micro-fibre towel
  • 1 x emergency field dressing
Map pocket:
  • Maps & Recta elite global compass… (I rely almost entirely on my Zumo 660 with the most up-to-date FREE and downloadable OSM maps – but a real map and compass is vital to cover GPS failure)

Front pocket:

  • Multi-purpose lock knife
  • Dummy wallet (expired cards: credit/debit cards, old drivers license, old receipts and small amount of local daily currency).
  • Chewing gum, lypsil, sunblock, Ibuprofen, bin bags, electrical tape

Right Pocket:

  • Stanley multi-tool
  • LED head torch

Left Pocket:

  • Mossie headnet
  • 100% Deet spray

Back Pocket:

  • Write-in-the-Rain notepad & some pens
Modified fender bag

CrossBar Bag: Wolfman Fender

  • Hip flask with some Johnnie Walker black (great to have a tipple)
  • Pipe & tobacco & cigarettes (even if you don’t smoke cigarettes break the ice  and grease the wheels, they can get you through borders quicker and might help avoid speeding tickets)

Touratech Zega Pro 38L 

Touratech Zege Pro

 

 

Wolfman Teton

Right side pannier:

  • MSR Hubba Hubba Tent, poles, pegs, footprint(s) & loft
  • Sleep System: Exped 7DLX inflatable down mattress, Thermarest fitted sheet, large Thermarest Ventra (in a Medium Sea-to-Summit Event Compression Sack) & Nimo Fillo travel pillow
Interior lid bag right:
Puncture kit for tubed tyres (incomplete)

Left side pannier:

  • Trangia (or Optimus Nova+ or Optimus Crux)
  • Trangia cookset: Sea-to-Summit X-bowl, titanium spork, Microbites utensils, MSR grater/strainer, MSR alpine scraper/scub, tea towel, dish soap (or Optimus Terra Cookset)

    Trangia – requires meths and is slower but I’m in no hurry
Optimus Nova+ will burn petrol so is great for long trips into the wilderness 
Optimus Cux – great solo or weekend gas canister system, useful for basic food and water boiling

 

  • MSR Hyper Flow water filter & chlorine dioxide steri-tabs
  • Laundry kit (in an Exped waterproof bag), mesh bag, Sea-to-summit 10L kitchen sink, Sea-to-summit clothes line, Sea-to-summit laundry wash.

Interior lid bag left:

  • Laptop & cables: EU adaptor, USB-SD adaptor, Iphone charger.

Exterior netting:

  • 1x field dressing & 1 x survival blanket

Pannier Accessories: strapped to outside

Left:

  • 2x 1L bottles: oil & fuel (the bottles I used were not well suited for fuel – I now use a proper 2L fuel can, thereby carrying 2 x 2L Jerry cans of fuel).

Right:

  • 2L Jerrycan: fuel

Touratech Exterior Lid Bag Left

  • 4L Dromedary.
  • Tripod
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Sewing kit

Right

  • First Aid Kit
  • Boot kit: small brush, boot polish
  • Bike rain cover
  • Clear visor
  • Chain lube
  • 2 x spare Rok straps (simply the best straps you can get)
  • Disc alarm lock & cable

Wolfman Tank Panniers I modified the straps of the Wolfman Tank Panniers to make them fit my ADV-Spec Crash Bars but when I crashed in Irkutsk it tore one of the straps. Luckily I took with me my waterproof US-10L Kriega bags, which worked out great. I’ve since modified them further by adding some velcro tabs to go around the crash bars, much better.

Left:

  • Waterproof trousers & poncho
  • Spare summer gloves
  • Bike-Start cables

Right:

Wolfman Enduro Fender Bag

Wolfman Expedition Small Duffel Bag

  • Wash kit: micro-fibre towel, travel plug, shower gel, scrub, anti-perspirant, toothbrush, toothpaste & dental floss, small gillete razor, moisturiser, extra tissues, nail Clippers, folding wash bowl.
  • Clothes: 5 x underwear, 5 x socks, 2 x cargo trousers/shorts, 3 x T-shirts, fleece jacket, thermal underwear
  • Trainers & sandals

On my person

  • Spare engine key around my neck
  • Cardo Scala Rider Q3 & Drift Ghost HD
  • UltimateEar custom made Sound Ears
  • Iphone4

On the Bike Under the seat:

  • Spare Keys
  • Owners manual with emergency credit card & $100 cash
  • Taped to inside of fairing: emergency key, headlight bulb

Handle bars

  • Zumo 660 in a Lockable Touratech V2 Mount
  • Drift Ghost HD Remote
  • SPOT2

Touratech Tool Box (replaced with an ADV spec design and removable black army ammo tin)

ADV-Spec – NATO ammo tool box not attached (larger & waterproof) 

Touratech – decent but small and not waterproof

 

John Dere tool tube mounted behind right pannier
Agri Tool Tube
  • Optimus/Trangia 1L fuel bottle (petrol/meths for cooking)

I’ll post more pics of changes when I can…

6 thoughts on “‘Adventure’ Kit

    1. Hi:

      Dumped in the sense of ‘I sent it home mid trip’ usually because I wasn’t using it and it took up space. I just wasn’t happy with the quality of the vio; standards have come on so much in the last couple of years. I’m looking at getting a Drift Ghost HD camera now. Most of the kit I had turned out to be very good.

  1. Hi Stephen!

    Got a question about the laptop you carried – How did you charge it? Did you get an inverter so you could plug it to the bike’s 12v socket? They’re quite bulky… Or did you simply wait and charge it when you stayed in hostels?

    Kilian

    1. Hi: I charged at hostels, cafes and bars etc… I didn’t take a 12v bike charger but its a good idea. Think of getting one though. Amazon sell them (PARA Samsung Netbook Car Charger Adaptor for N-Series Netbooks) for £10

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