My Bike & Gear

What bike am I using?

A 2016 Triumph Tiger 800 XRT – I bought this bike mainly for commuting, before I even started thinking about doing a big trip. When I decided to do the trip I read lots about choosing the right bike but in the end I figured that as the bike I already had was more than capable I’d stick with it. It is a decision I’m still very happy with.

Of course I made a few changes. I had already had it lowered, and as the XRT is the top of the range of the more road oriented version of the Tiger 800 it already had a lot as standard (such as uprated alternator, aluminium radiator guard, tyre pressure monitoring, auxiliary lights, pannier frames, centre stand, heated seat as well as grips) but I felt it would be a good idea to fit some of the more off-road oriented accessories – just in case :

  • aluminium sump guard (Triumph)
  • engine and fuel tank protection bars (Heed)

And for practicality and comfort :

  • side stand big foot plate (Adventure-Spec)
  • gps mount (SW-Motech)
  • machined footrests from the XC (Triumph)
  • adjustable screen (Madstad) – best feature is being able to remove the top half to get more air flow

And purely for aesthetics :

  • front beak (Triumph)
  • machined brake and clutch lever (Triumph)
  • machined clutch bracket (Triumph)
  • silencer (Arrow)

What am I wearing ?

  • Klim Artemis jacket
  • Klim Artemis pants  – I set off in Dainese Drake Super Air pants but sent them home from Malaysia
  • Forma Adventure Low boots
  • Triumph Route Gloves (good 3 season gloves)
  • Harley Davidson (mesh) gloves (good tropical gloves)
  • Schuberth E1 helmet with Bluetooth 
  • Keis V501 Premium Heated Vest

What gear did I have ?

  • Vango Zenith Pro 200 tent – swapped for a Lone Rider ADV tent (for better ventilation)
  • Thermarest NeoAir Venture mattress
  • Silk sleeping bag liner (easier to clean than sleeping bag)
  • Vango Venom 300 (summer) sleeping bag – swapped for Alpkit PipeDream 600 (for colder weather)
  • Inflatable Pillow (noisy, stopped using it – just put a bag under end of mattress now)
  • Outrak compact and lightweight camp chair
  • Primus Omnifuel stove and 0.6l fuel bottle 
  • Flask (recent addition)
  • Aluminium water bottle (recent addition)
  • Small pan set
  • Tin mug
  • Fork, spoon, knife, spork 
  • Lighter
  • Multi tool w sharp knife 
  • Sandwich bags
  • Food basics (spices, oil, rice, pasta)
  • Clothes – too many, and collected t-shirts
  • Givi XS307 tank bag (ditched in Malaysia, zip breaking and too heavy)
  • Full set of brake pads
  • Oil filter and sump washer (2 used between dealer services)
  • Headlight bulb, indicator bulb, indicator lens
  • Battery jump starter / powerbank
  • Chain oil (tutoro)
  • 12V air compressor
  • Slime tyre pressure gauge
  • Dynaplugs
  • Visor cleaner spray and cloth
  • Disk lock (hardly ever used)
  • Helmet lock (used a lot)
  • Toolkit (everything needed for oil change, pad change, front and rear wheel removal, tightening stuff)
  • Gorilla tape
  • Cable ties
  • Gorilla glue
  • Torch/magnet
  • iPhone 6s (main camera)
  • Garmin Sat-Nav – Zumo 595LM – free OSM worldwide maps
  • SJCAM video camera (bought in Kazakhstan)
  • Olympus Tough TG5 camera (screen cracked when left in top box for flight to Australia- ooops)
  • Powerbank 
  • Laptop (mainly for connecting to Zumo and doing videos)
  • Kindle
  • Power adaptors (1 cube, 1 Aus/USA, 1 Europe)
  • Too many USB cables 
  • Hella/USB adaptor
  • Spot tracker
  • Passport / Carnet / IDP / V5 / bike insurance/ travel insurance / passport photos
  • Currency in waterproof pouch 
  • Medicine tin
  • Journal notebook
  • Sketch pad
  • Kriega US-30 DryBag 
  • Various dry bags 
  • Net laundry bag (for drying washing on back of bike while riding)
  • Clothes pegs – small bag of washing powder (or just use shower gel/ shampoo/ soap if don’t have any)
  • Straps (latch and rok straps)
  • Boot laces
  • Ear plugs
  • Union flags
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet roll
  • Spare keys
  • Toiletries 
  • Mosquito repellent 
  • Poncho
  • Maps
  • Hat
  • Fly net (added in the Outback)
  • Trainers (Sketchers – comfy and lightweight)
  • Camelbak
  • Spf50 suncream
  • Large travel towel