THE PACKING LIST

When I started my first adventure trip to the north cape back ago in the year 2012 my former bike was looking like a low loader.

It was packed to the top like a fully equipped, so called nowadays “Adventure-Bike”, right out of a Bavarian advertising catalogue, with loads of stuff, which hasn’t been used once during three weeks of travelling. After a second-long distance trip (with even larger alloy side boxes) I was fed up with heaving around such a mass of weight through the mountains of Greece, Montenegro and Albania

So I bought with the KTM 690 Enduro R, my second street legal motorcycle, which is less heavy than its Japanese predecessor was.

For avoiding the hazard of a leg injury while riding adventurous in bad terrain, I’m using frame less soft bags instead of metal luggage solutions. That also means less potential to stow unnecessary luggage.

Consequently, I had to think about which stuff is necessary and which is not. That’s often a hard decision, especially when the intention is to stay a few nights out in the wild being on my own.

Down below is my current list with all the things I have with me on an adventure trip…


THE LIST:

ITEMS:NOTES:
— LUGGAGE — — LUGGAGE —
Saddlebags, a luggage role and rock straps
Tank bag For electronics: a small waterproof bag inside the tank bag
— CAMPING — — CAMPING —
Sleeping bag
Sleeping mat
Tent+footprint or ground sheet
Alcohol stove+fuel, pan, cup, cutlery, lighter
Water bottles (2x1L, 1×1,5L)
Headlamp+batteries
Camping chair
Bumf (Toilet paper^^)
Dish soap, sponge, dish towel, fluid detergent
Para cord (15m) Para cord is strong: Take it 3 times and you can tow another motorcycle with it
Waste bags My motto: always leave the environment as you found it!
— CLOTHES — — CLOTHES —
Helmet, Motorcycle jacket and trousers
Motorcycle underwear
Rain gear
Motorcycle boots and gloves
Cap
3x T-shirts
3x Underpants
3x Pair socks
1x Pair wool socks … best for getting dry feet after a hard day in the swamps
1x Zip-of throusers
1x Softshell hoodie
1x Bathing slip
1x Pair light Shoes
— TOILET ARTICLE — — TOILET ARTICLE —
A little piece of soap
Toothbrush and toothpaste, Shaver
Contact lenses + care
Glasses+box
Earplugs
Microfibre towel
— PHARMACY — — PHARMACY —
First Aid Kit
Healing ointment
Pain and inflammation killers
Medication against diarrhoea
Patches and medical tape
— ELECTRONICS — — ELECTRONICS —
*GPS System+Maps, Charging cables and plugs for the bike
Camera+battery’s+storage cards
— DOCUMENTS — — DOCUMENTS —
Passport + Visa
Driving license+international driving license
Approval papers motorcycle
Insurance cards
Credit Card, ATM Card
Journey insurance documents
List with important numbers (ICE 1, ICE 2, …)
Diary+pen and E-reader
Repair manual
— FOOD — — FOOD —
Noodles
Tomato sauce
Tuna
Spices
Oil
Cereal bars
… not to much, just for safety if there’s no food available ^^
— TOOLS AND SPARES — — TOOLS AND SPARES —
*All the tools *look in the category “Equipment”
*All the spare parts *look in the category “Equipment”

And here are two pictures of how a bike should not – and should look like, when you want to do with it some adventures with shortcuts into the remote wild:

​That was my first black beauty (SUZUKI, DL650 2007) in the year 2012, packed for a 7000km or 3350mi camping trip up to the north cape. Good for on street travelling – exhausting in open terrain.

And that´s Чернотa fully equipped for a 2000km or 1250mi ride in 2018. The difference is obvious. The 690ty in general is a nice dual sports enduro. It can do middle-difficult off road as well as rides on the highway.

Not as comfortable as the former SUZUKI but clearly more capable and obviously a much better platform for adventures in middle heavy terrain! ^^