Yes we did a test ride
Originally Posted by HendiKaf
I am bit curious to see how many of you are fully packing the bike as it will be for your big trip and go for a weekend ride before your departure. I myself did it few time and it help me alot and I also did the opposit and just left without testing the luggage fully loaded , I had tendency to travel a bit heavy then a bit too light , i guess for this trip I will travel....
We did a test ride (shakedown) fully equiped. It was essential, even critical for us as we were 2 on 1 bike and every square centimetre counts. The most important lessons we learnt were how and where to pack things in out panniers to ensure a compromise between easy access and keeping the weight down low.
We also learnt a lot about how and where to put our gear. Out comes and things we learnd were:
- The 1200GS was missing a second helmet hook under the rider seat. With two hooks we could attach both our helmets.
- we decided not to carry extra fuel in a jerry can as we didn't need it and would find fuel easily enough on our journey through Asia, India and the Middle East.
- We repacked all of our gear into colour coded stuff sacks to easily and quickly identify what was what in our panniers.
- We also added Tank panniers to redistribute some of the weight further forward on the bike to improve handling.
- We decided on better riding gear, jacket and pants that were more adapted to touring with more pockets and air ventilation.
- We also decided to carry a cable lock that could be used to secure our jackets and helmets to the bike when left parked on the street for short periods of time.
Before: ie. during the Test ride
It also gave us confidence in riding 2up on all terrain and make last minute decisions and priorities choice of gear. We even had a fully detailed packing list (that was overkill but helped in planning).
After: Taken on route to Oslo in Cambodia
Of course, that was our way, and it helped us but would we do it the same way again, probably no need...