Working on the new motorcycles…
Esben is making a list of what as to bee fixed on the motorcycles (Suzuki DRZ400S). He is still on it and taking pictures. The list has formed since our first adventure in 2009. We have had some repairs on both the motorcycle during the years. This it just one of the important details – reinforcing the engine case with case savers from THUMPER TALK.
Our good friend Douglas Osterkamp and owner of “DOPE Racing” (Douglas Osterkamp Performance Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org) is helping us out in the garage. His skills and experience during the years is of great value to us and our motorcycles. Engine Tuning and suspension modifications on motorcycles is his specialty. Douglas has been a part time mechanic for Cody Webb, the number 1 endurocross rider in 2015.
Before we go on this adventure, we want to make sure, that everything is in order with the motorcycles.
So why riding the same motorcycles? – by having two of the same motorcycles gives us several advantages:
- We can switch parts between the motorcycles, to find out where the problem is.
- We only have to carry spare parts for one motorcycle, because we have never experienced the motorcycles to break down at the same time.
- One set of spare tubes (We recommend the Michelin ultra heavy duty). We have only had one flat tire after more than 34.000 miles on each motorcycle.
- We only have to carry one set of tools for the motorcycles.
- Oil change: 1 gallon is cheaper and will fill up both motorcycles.
- Try to negotiate a discount one tires, because we have to by two sets of tires.
Our choice of luggage is different. The reason is that I (Camilla, my height is 5.2 feet/158 cm) am smaller than Esben, which makes it harder for me to handle a heavy/bigger bike. I want a lighter bike and went for soft saddlebags (waterproof) from Wolfman Luggage and a waterproof duffle bag on top from TOURATECH.
To lower my motorcycle Esben put a lowering link on it and at the same time lowered the forks (hasn’t been done on the picture), which requires a pivoting handlebar riser from ROX.
Esbens choice of luggage is aluminum side cases, which has more room than the soft saddlebags, can protect electronic equipment and is perfect for storing the heavy tools and spare parts for the motorcycles in the bottom. These side cases has been with us every mile since 2009 (34000 miles) and are made by Happy Trail in Boise ID.
On our earlier adventures Esben had the tent and a dry bag on top, but this time he has been looking for a top case. Criteria’s for the top case:
- Easy to take on and of the motorcycle,
- it has to bee small enough to carry around and
- it has to fit on the motorcycle with the tent mounted in front of the case.
To find the right size he built a model of the case, to find the right size. I would never have thought of building a model of the case in cardboard!
It turned out to be a really good idea, because all the case models we have built so far is two big. We can’t find a case that has a small width. The top case on the upper picture is 17*14*4 in. As you can see the width of 14 in is two wide and Esben wouldn’t have enough room on the seat (picture below).
We would like to find one that is close to 10 in and still about 17*4 in.
Our advise for the luggage: if you don’t know how the size of side cases and the top case will fit on the motorcycle, built a case model in cardboard to make sure that it fit and at the same time, that you have enough room to move around on the seat of the motorcycle. You don’t want to sit in the same position day after day .
Back to the motorcycles – the old ones are ready for sale
And now you are thinking – they look like the new ones that we just bought! You are right! We have put plastic, gas tanks, handlebars ect. from the new bikes on the old bikes… well the speedometer is still the same – 34,000 mile on each.
We put them for sale Monday – and Tuesday morning a guy came by and bought both. One for him and one for his wife. Our beloved motorcycles is still gonna live together
It was great to sell the old motorcycles, but my heart was broken. I just hope that new love will develop between me and my new motorcycle.