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Well lets start saying that this trip was to see my grandson in Memphis Tennessee for his 5th birthday, who I have not seen in almost 2 years. I am 63 years old and traveled alone on my new G310GS which has only 3 modifications. I added an accessory socket into the dash panel, a set of cheap brush guards ( which I intend to replace soon ), and a Rally Raid Adventure windscreen. Thanks to Everyone at Rally Raid and Jenny X for helping me out so I got the windscreen in time for my trip. I kitted my bike out with the following items that were kept to a minimum ( yea right ).

Camping equipment and provisions:
Small backpacking 1-2 person tent REI
1" thick self inflating sleeping pad Thermorest
15 degree sleeping bag older Coleman
SnowPeak Titanium cook set ( pot, pan, lids, cup, and utensils, with 2 fuel containers and stove
Muli-tool and Large Swiss army knife
2 750ml aluminum water bottles
1 quart military canteen
100 feet paracord
1 Bic lighter and firestriker
1 small led flashlight and 2 emergency flashing beacons ( with infra-red for night-vision )
2 large plastic shop / industrial garbage bags
1 microfiber cloth
2 lbs trail mix, 1/2 pound rice, beef and chicken bouillon cubes, Ramon noddles, 1 can tuna, 1 can chicken, packets of instant coffee, tea, sugar, salt and pepper, catsup, and soy sauce

Carriers:
Various Molle styled pouches and holders
Spec-Ops Backpack with Molle connections everywhere
Rubber strapping with snap-lock connectors

Clothing:
2 pants, 3 tee shirts, 3 under ware, 3 pairs socks, 2 sweatshirts, 1 pair of hiking shoes

Riding Gear:
Klim Outrider pants with D3O armor in knees and hips
Klim Goretex Blade jacket with D3O armor in back, elbows, and shoulders
AlpineStars SP8 gloves
MSR Boots with D3O armor in ankles and bottom of foot
Military ( army ) full Rain Suit
CycleGear Freeze out glove liners and one piece body suit.
CycleGear Bilt Techno 2 Evolution Modular helmet with bluetooth communication system linked to my phone and gps
GoPro 5 Black with 3 batteries, charger, 128gb memory card, and a wireless wifi 1tb hard drive.

Motorcycle Gear:
1 qt oil
1 small can Bel-rey chain lube
1 small can wd-40
3 shop rags
Stop&Go tubeless tire repair kit with 12 volt air pump ( mushroom type plugs that are great )
Abus Alarm Disc brake lock
Old Phone used as GPS on Ram Mount

Total weight of gear not including what I was wearing 46 pounds ( about 21 kilos )

I adjusted the rear preload to 6 and everything is strapped together with Molle connections and rubber straps and locking connectors. Checked everything lubed the chain and set off from southern California on what would be a 22 day trip ( 13 days riding and 9 with friends and family ) covering 8 states and around 4650 miles.
 

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Yep trip is over. Didn't want to add panniers as they make lane splitting / white lining in California much more difficult by making the bike wider. If I find some light enough and easily removable I might think about it. Cost is also a hindrance as I am on a fixed income. And actually it is not alot of gear if you are camping about 2/3rds of what you see in the picture is directly related to camping. If I intended on staying in hotels / motels I would have only taken what would fit in the Spec-Ops backpack.
 

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I'm a dozen years older and my trip plans not quite as ambitious, but needless to say, any trip of over a few days will require almost as much stuff. Did you use a drybag, tank bag or what? Also did you just strap everything to the luggage rack? I'm looking hard at a 22 liter tank bag along with a 25 First Gear dry bag on the seat. Any suggestions from an obvious expert.
Thanks

Bob
 

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Well I'm still a whole year younger than you, Zente. But 4650 miles? That's a bunch!

How did that load act in a stiff crosswind? I'd be inclined to try to keep everything a little lower, but I agree that hard panniers wouldn't be ideal on a bike this light. My setup is a pair of Enduristan Blizzard L soft panniers and a Wolfman duffel thrown across the seat. Those plus a locking Pelican case gives me about 70 liters of storage.



I tested the setup last month on an overnighter out to the coast. But I had an old packing list from a 3-week, cold weather trip I took a few years ago, and even though I was only staying out for one night, I packed for that 3-week trip. Everything fit, with room to spare. But of course I wasn't camping.

Next week I head down to Death Valley to give my setup a real test.
 

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Zente. Well Done You!. That is one **** of a road trip. I did a 250mile round trip on my 310R the other day and I was shattered. I'm 67, but hey compared to some on this forum, wer'e only spring chickens!
 

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Zente. Well Done You!. That is one **** of a road trip. I did a 250mile round trip on my 310R the other day and I was shattered. I'm 67, but hey compared to some on this forum, wer'e only spring chickens!
I rode around all day yesterday maybe 200 miles and I have bad knees. Today I'm paying for it but I still rode to work.
 

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@Old and Slow
The image I posted is exactly as I traveled. I didn't use a drybag as everything in the Spec-Ops bag ( mostly clothes ) was inside a large heavy duty trash bag in case of rain. The Old Phone I use as my GPS is in a water resistant case and all the camping gear is in water resistant stuff sacks ( I sprayed them all down with water repellent ) etc. Yes everything was strapped together and to the luggage rack with Rubber straps with snap lock fasteners. The rubber straps would allow some movement of the gear but would pull back into position a second later. They also allowed easy access to the stowed gear.
@WoodWorks
I wanted to keep things lower but without spending a bunch of cash, everything I had, would have hung in such a way as to block or hinder the view of the turn signals so the option was to put light objects on top of the Spec-Ops bag to keep the weight as low as possible. As for the side wind issue well lets just say at times it was a challenge, but I cant say it would have much different with just the height of the Spec-Ops bag and panniers as I was still most likely the largest wind catcher. I did go through areas of 30 to 50 mph winds from head on and to the side and it did take a toll on me. But I still rode around 250 miles in that type of weather in a single day. Running down a back water roadway at 60 - 70 mph at an angle of about 15 degrees that pounds you and then lets up over and over is a lot of work.
 

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WOW, amazing. After riding bigger BMW's for 30+ years I was curious how the 310 would be on a longer trip and dang it sounds very good.

Glad you had such a wonderful trip and THANKS for the info.
 

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@ Tactical

Over the entire trip I think I averaged around 58-60 mpg. I had thought traveling on the more rural routes and highways that I would be traveling slower, but to my surprise most of them were higher speed limits than most of California Freeways. Most of the routes I took had speed limits of 70 to 75 on 2 lane roads and only slowed down when approaching a small town. Doing 68-72 mph I got around 60-62mpg with a light throttle. When I pushed it hard or was running on portions of freeway that had 80mph speed limits I got around 55-56. The lowest I got was during the 30-50mph winds and that was 52mpg at speeds not exceeding 65mph. The high head winds really showed the limits of the 34hp engine. At times I thought I could push it faster only to find out the throttle was already maxed out and had nothing left to give.
 

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So the 310 seems to be a great all around bike.

It gets me around So. Cal. pretty good, I'll have to try a longer trip...
 

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I will say after bout 3-4hrs the seat gets to be a bit uncomfortable and that is going to be most likely my next upgrade.
 

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When I saw your picture ................ wow.
Your headlights can be used as a searchlight for incoming planes ;-)
I wonder how the bike handles with this amount of luggage, packed in the way you did.

As a motorcycle safety instructor I teached people to store everything in the triangle (between the 2 axles and your head).
This to avoid tankslappers etc.

Beside riding motorcycles I also bushcraft.
Sometimes several days camping in the bush with al my gear packed in a backpack (appr. 15-17 kilo).
Because I have to wear everything on my back I keep the weight quite down and the gear I'm using is not very expensive but light and compact.

Instead of a tent I use a hammock with a tarp in case it rains.
All my gear will fit on the bike in a 40 ltr topbox, a tankbag and a waterproof canoo bag on the passenger seat.

Hope this will help ;-)
 

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Oh yes, lane splitting ..............
On our first trip to the US we brought over our K75 (1990) and ended up in the biggest car park on a motorway.
The one between Washington and NY !!!!
I still can not believe that motorcycles had to stay in lane.
Here, in the Netherlands, it's legal to go between two rows of traffic when the traffic is not moving.
Some rules we have (max speed) but if a cardriver hits you because he hasn't payed attention by changing from one to another lane, he's to blame (and pays !)

It's not like in France (Paris) were the scooters and motorcycles really fly through traffic.
Sometimes you see one of these vehicles parked next to the barrier and 'something' ubder a white sheet !!!!!!
 

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Get a hammock with a waterproof bottum and you can use it as a tent.
If you have two walking sticks or a motorcycle and one tree ...................................
You can do a lot with what you find ;-)
 

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Here are some images from along the Salt River Canyon run that is along Apache Trail a 40 mile long stretch of dirt road ( if you can call it that ) mostly 1 lane wide that runs from Apache Junction north of Phoenix AZ to Roosevelt Dam. The roadway has very few barriers of any kind and sheer drop off from 20 to 300 feet or more. According to a Highway patrol officer I spoke with before going up there, he said that there had been 2 accidents already that day ( it was only 1pm ) and to be careful. I have some GoPro footage as well and may post some of it if I can figure out how to. The bike even fully loaded handled the dirt pretty well and if anyone thinks this dirt road is easy I say come out here and try it. In the distance in one of the images you can see the dirt road you have to come up.
 

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beautiful pictures and area.
I see a hammock is not really an option here.
But ........ snakes don't get in mine (hammock with a cover (zipper))
 
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