Planning,packing, re-planning and re-packing

T – 1 month

Welcome to my 1st trip blog! 1 month out and it’s time to start planning, packing, re-planning and re-packing.

This is the luggage I have to work with. It’s two  37 liter Trax panniers that I’ve had since my KLR days back in 2009, one 38 liter Dry Spec Rigid waterproof dry bag, one 4o liter Mosko Moto Backcountry duffle and a Giant Loop Fandango tank bag. I’m hoping to reduce my load enough to not need the orange Dry spec bag. When it’s all loaded on the bike, having two bags on the tail rack and back seat is a bit much.What to bring is always a compromise. I know if I had a smaller tent and didn’t need a C-PAP or do I really need a second pair of riding pants and my utilikilt? I have a month to figure it all out. What would you pack for six months with 160 Liters of storage space?


In helping to reduce what goes in the luggage, I’m modifying my bike to fit more on the bike. I have the Altrider luggage rack system on the tail and space where the back seat used to be. Using spacers available from Altrider to raise the tail rack an inch or so, it adds a little bit more storage space. It also evens out the level of the tail rack and top of the Rotopax one gal fuel can. There should be enough room under the tail rack for some tools and/or air pump or 1st aid kit. Every little bit helps.


One of my homemade add-ons is a piece of ply wood and carpet that covers the lock on the Rotopax fuel can. It helps prevent wear on the bottom of my luggage.  The carpet gets used as a table when in camp.


The tent I’ll be using is the Redverz Solo Expedition tent. I already have the older Series II Expedition so I know what to expect, Redverz makes amazing tents! As mentioned earlier, everything is a compromise. A smaller one-, two- or even three- person tent will pack much easier and weigh a lot less but after a long day on the bike, it’s very nice to get the Redverz up and be able to stand and move around in your tent to get in and out of your motorcycle gear…..especially in the rain!  It takes me no more time to set up the Redverz as it does my 3 person backpacking tent, all you need is relatively soft ground for the tent pegs as it’s not a free-standing tent. The tent is big enough to get me and the bike inside, if I need to, but I can rarely see a situation where that needs to happen. The designer, Kevin Muggleton thought up the idea for the tent while in Africa as a photographer for the National Geographic when gear was stollen off his bike while camping in the bush. I surely hope I’m not in that same situation on this trip.


I know my pack and set up will change several times between now and departure. By posting this now and getting it out there, it will open up discussion for ideas of better ways to pack. I rely on others that have “been there and done that” for guidance. I know I’m not the first one to do this and I’m also very aware that there is no “right way” to get it done. My journey starts now!



Author: PNWTenere

It's all about going for a ride with friends on the Yamaha Super Tenere, on road or off in the Pacific Northwest

2 thoughts on “Planning,packing, re-planning and re-packing”

  1. Glen, have a good trip.
    I just did a Shoreline – San Diego round trip at the end of March and have much of the same gear, gas wasn’t an issue (I find that Yamaha was so conservative with their gauges that I rarely have to put in more than 5 gallons, despite going off the end of the fuel gauge). If you have organized sub packs within the Mosko Moto bag that helps otherwise things can get lost. You might go down to the nearest work clothing store and get a couple of the soak-able neckerchiefs, these are life savers, you wouldn’t believe how much cooling your neck can do. Soaking the sleeves of your under layer shirt helps a lot as well.
    My biggest issue was trying to work with the bluetooth helmet microphone/speakers and my iPhone (if there is any device out there that sync’s with Siri – I would move that to the top of the list). Google would tell me of traffic re-routes that I would have to confirm by touching the screen which wasn’t that safe at 70mph. The Caterpillar O-ring as a cruise control worked pretty good.
    By the end of the trip, I had a pretty good stretching routine down – legs out front – then moving to a pseudo-superman over the tank legs back.


    1. Thanks Matt for the tips! I have REI compression bags inside the Mosko Moto Duffle. I’m carrying less stuff than originally planned. Making a run to LD Comfort next week, their double layer base layers are supposed to be the coolest things on the market. Thousands of Iron butt guys swear by them. The GPS thing isn’t an issue either because I don’t rely on one ;-)! One of the goals of this trip is to meet and ride with others on their favorite routes, I’ll be following them! 😃 Want to join me for a ride??


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