Motorcycle Specific Gear for Alaska Trip

I’ve covered off the things that were more or less attached to the bike. This post covers the gear that was more or less attached to me. Mostly it covers the outer shell parts.
The inner layers consisted of various combinations of:

  • Under Armour T-shirts (just brought 2)
  • ExOfficio underware (3)
  • Columbia zip off pants (2)
  • 2 different weights of Merino wool base layer
  • Icebreaker wool socks (3)
  • MEC 200 weight fleece jacket

And now for the outer gear.  The important point here is that my jacket and pants never let any water in.  The boots did a bit during the driving rain from Tok to Whitehorse but in all fairness, the dirty roads had done a number on the leading edge of the toes of the boots. The Summit H20 gloves leaked.  Rev’IT has offered replacement but I really like them and I figure the next set will likely leak too.  Reviews seem to indicate that waterproof gloves are rarely waterproof for very long.

I would only change two things with the items listed below.

  • Klim did not have Hi-Viz colors in the Badlands Pro jacket when I bought mine. There were two choices; Black and Grey.  Since grey was not available anywhere, I went with black.  Black is not visible enough (hence the Hi-Viz CamelBak I got).
  • My Klim gloves are a bit too small for me.  I should have bought a larger size.  Even stretching attempts have not yielded comfort.

I am very much an ATGATT (all the gear, all the time) person.  I wear the same outer layer in all weather.  It works well.  On really hot days you don’t really want to be at a standstill even thought the Klim gear vents amazingly well.

To aid in cooling on the really hot days we had “Heat Busters” that we got at Mark’s Work Warehouse.  They are a neckerchief that has water absorbing stuff in it.  I also had a Frogg Togg’s Chilly Pad.  We would put these in the cooler for a refresh when we stopped. The Chilly Pad gives up its cold water more readily but they tend to mold.  The Heat Busters cool your neck for a bit.

I did not buy the bike shorts until the trip home.  I wish I had watched this video before we left. You can fast forward to 3:36 or so.  Or, just accept that Tracy says something like “Bicycle shorts, for any kind of long distance riding, they are gold. Trust me.”

Here is the list of gear with links.  No money has changed hands. But hey, Klim, if you are reading this, I’d love to swap my jacket for the Hi-Viz version.  I’d take that sponsorship.

Item Manufacturer Category Purchased At Link
Badlands Pro Jacket Klim Shell http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.klim.com/
Traverse Pants Klim Shell http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.klim.com/
Armor For Traverse Pants Klim Safety http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.klim.com/
Suspenders Klim Comfort http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.klim.com/
Rev’IT Alaksa Gloves Rev’IT Gloves http://www.revzilla.com/adv-sport-touring-gear http://www.revit.eu/en/#/home
Rev’IT Summit H20 Gloves Rev’IT Gloves http://www.ottawagoodtime.com/ http://www.revit.eu/en/#/home
Adventure Gloves Klim Gloves http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.klim.com/
Adventure Gore-Tex Sidi Boots http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.sidisport.com/scheda.php?macro=2&id=14&lng_riv=
Arai Signet-Q Arai Helmet http://www.revzilla.com/adv-sport-touring-gear http://www.araiamericas.com/#/home
Light Smoke Pinlock Visor Arai Helmet http://www.revzilla.com/adv-sport-touring-gear http://www.araiamericas.com/#/home
Balaclava Klim Insulation http://www.revzilla.com/adv-sport-touring-gear http://www.klim.com/
Buff Buff Many http://www.buyabuff.com/ http://www.buyabuff.com/
Camelbak Hi-Viz Camelbak Hydration / Safety http://www.copsplus.com/ http://shop.camelbak.com/hiviz/d/1135
Sena SMH-10 Intercom Sena Communication http://www.revzilla.com/adv-sport-touring-gear
Lance Armstrong Bicycle Shorts Nike Comfort Sports Experts
Ear-Plugs (disposable on a string)

Super Tenere Farkles (accessories) for the Alaska Trip

During the heat of preparation for a big trip, you can lose track of what you have done and possibly how much you have spent.  I’m glad to have lost track of how much I spent.  This post contains a list of the accessories (farkles in cool internet terms) I added to the bike. Not all are permanently attached.  Many deserve complete reviews.  The internet has taught us that we are rarely original.  My combination of farkles might be unique, but I’m not the only one to have any one of the items.  Most of my research was done on motorcycle forums.  Most notably, http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/ and http://advrider.com/forums/  and the wonderful links, trip reports, reviews that are shared on these sites.  Note that I have never posted on the forums.  I’m a lurker.  The reviews on Revzilla and Anthony’s videos are pretty helpful too.

I had a great spreadsheet that listed everything I was bringing, why and where it was stored.  I lost that spreadsheet in the great “iCloud is full so remove the account from one of my iDevices and all of my content disappeared” human error incident of 2013.

I have included links to some items and where I bought them.  I try to buy locally (or at least in Canada) but sometimes can’t resist the huge savings that you can sometimes get shopping in the US of A.  One exception is the tires.  I bought those at Revzilla and got a good price.  Price in Canada from certain online retailers would have been very close, however, the tires were not available in Canada when I needed them.

I also found that talking to some of the staff at local stores and most notably the guys at Dual Sport Plus was really beneficial.  It’s really nice when you can get advice that results in spending ZERO dollars.

There are a few things that I would change:

  • The Wolfman dry duffel was great.  But I didn’t need it.  All of the contents were in dry bags so I could have gone with a durable cordura duffel for significantly less money.
  • I used a regular 1 gallon gas can for auxiliary fuel.  I did not need it.  I was going to go with a rotopak, but that was a lot of money for something I did not really need.  The problem was that the gas can moved around on my pristine AltRider luggage rack marring the surface permanently.  Not their fault.  If I had a do-over, I’d buy the rotopax and mount, it would not have moved around.
  • Small hard top case.  Dendog had a “KLR Style” hard case and it was really handy for just dropping things in.  I wish I had a small one of those for gloves, snacks and other frequently accessed items.
  • Single versus dual duffel.  We followed a guy through parts of Minnesota (I think) and he had a nice setup on his BWM K series.  Side bags, a small top case and small duffel bags on the top of each top case. I assumed he knew what he was doing since he had a lot of state /province stickers on the back of his side bags. I liked that setup as it would allow me access to the side bags without removing the large duffel bag that straddled the side bags.
  • Protect the top of the Side bags.  The duffel did move around on top of the side bags marring the surface of the side bags.  If I did it again, I’d have added some kind of thin nylon to the top of the side bags to take the abrasion.
  • Get a fenda-extenda (I did not make up that name).  Would help protect the front of the engine from crap thrown by the front wheel.

I didn’t mention it below, I bought my Super Tenere at Motor Sports World.  Great people. Dendog’s Versys came from Ottawa Goodtime Centre.  Also really great to deal with.

Remember, I’m not compensated by anyone for any of this content.  Links are provided as a courtesy.  I am happy to do business with all of these entities.

Oh, one last thing.  It’s not really a farkle, but we used a Polar Bear cooler the entire way. It was awesome.  It spent the entire trip strapped to something.  I just wish they made an 8 pack model.  We used the 6 pack (not for beer) and it was just a bit cramped some days.

I still don’t want to eat at Smitty’s.

Item Manufacturer Category Purchased At Link
Skid Plate AltRider Bike Protection http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.altrider.com/altrider-skid-plate-for-the-yamaha-super-tenere-xt-1200z/pid/690/cid/1
Engine Guards Alt Rider Bike Protection http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.altrider.com/altrider-crash-bars-for-the-yamaha-super-tenere-xt1200z/pid/600/cid/1
Luggage Rack AltRider Storage http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.altrider.com/altrider-rear-luggage-rack-for-yamaha-super-tenere-xt1200z/pid/625/cid/1
Side Stand Foot AltRider Bike Protection http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.altrider.com/altrider-side-stand-foot-for-yamaha-super-tenere-xt1200z/pid/1307/cid/1
Master Cylinder Guard AltRider Bike Protection http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.altrider.com/altrider-rear-brake-master-cylinder-guard-for-yamaha-super-tenere-xt1200z/pid/378/cid/1
Universal Joint Guard AltRider Bike Protection http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.altrider.com/altrider-universal-joint-guard-for-yamaha-super-tenere-xt1200z/pid/368/cid/1
Tank Protectors (side) TechSpec Bike Protection TechSpec http://techspec-usa.com/magento/
Tank Protector (back) Yamaha Bike Protection http://www.motorsportsworld.com/
ROX Pivoting 2″ Risers ROX Comfort http://www.revzilla.com/adv-sport-touring-gear
Brake / Clutch Line Extenders RideOnAdv Comfort http://rideonadv.com/ http://rideonadv.com/shop/brakes/rideonadv-super-tenere-long-lines/
MadStad Windshield Bracket (with Cross Bar) MadStad Comfort http://www.madstad.com http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/it.A/id.887/.f
Madstad Stabilizer Bars Home made Comfort  
Touring Windshield Yamaha Comfort http://www.motorsportsworld.com/
Side Defelctors Yamaha Comfort http://www.motorsportsworld.com/
Heated Grips Yamaha Comfort http://www.motorsportsworld.com/
Front Auxiliary Lights – Rigid 90611 Rigid Safety http://www.dualsportplus.com/
Rear Aux Lights Skene P3 Brake / Tail Lights Skene Safety http://www.motorcycleinnovations.ca/ http://www.motorcycleinnovations.ca/Skene_P3_Lights_p/p3.htm
Throttle Lock Excel Comfort http://www.excelthrottlecontrol.com/index.htm http://www.excelthrottlecontrol.com/index.htm
Jesse Odyssey II 10″ Side Bags Jesse Storage http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.jesseluggage.com/
Tank Bag Yamaha Storage http://www.motorsportsworld.com/
Dry Duffel Bag (Large, Expedition) Wolfman Storage http://www.revzilla.com/adv-sport-touring-gear http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_id=104
FuzeBlock FZ4 FuzeBlocks Electrical http://www.fuzeblocks.com/ http://www.fuzeblocks.com/
Optimate USB Port Optimate Electrical http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.dualsportplus.com/product_p/o100.htm
Optimate Flashlight Optimate Electrical http://www.dualsportplus.com/ http://www.dualsportplus.com/product_p/o120.htm
GPS (Garmin Car $100 GPS with Sandwich bag cover) Garmin Navigation Coscto
GPS Lock Home made Security
GPS Mount RAM Navigation GPS City http://www.gpscity.ca/
GPS Hard Wire Kit Garmin Navigation GPS City http://www.gpscity.ca/
Spot Mount RAM Navigation GPS City http://www.gpscity.ca/
Stop N Go Tire Repair Service Ottawa Goodtime Centre http://www.ottawagoodtime.com/
Spot Messenger (Gen 2) Spot Safety GPS City http://www.gpscity.ca/
Alaska Sheepskin Seat Cover Alaska Leather Comfort http://www.alaskaleatheronline.com/servlet/StoreFront http://www.alaskaleatheronline.com/servlet/StoreFront
Bike Lock Kryptonite Security Ottawa Goodtime Centre http://www.ottawagoodtime.com/
Bike Cover (Half Cover) Nelson Rigg Security http://www.revzilla.com/adv-sport-touring-gear
Shorai Battery Shorai Reliability  http://www.motorsportsworld.com/
Helmet Lock Home made Security
Duffle Bag Lock Home made Security
Rok Straps Rok Storage http://www.dualsportplus.com/
Michelin Anakee 3 Tires Tires Tires http://www.revzilla.com/adv-sport-touring-gear
Various Retroreflective Stickers Many Safety