Brian's onto it! Seem's we have the same idea's! Although due to planning my entire trip in only 5 weeks including buying and prepping the bike I didn't use any brackets to hold the Andyz bags but instead slung them over the back half of the seat as I didn't have time to make any brackets! Amazingly it worked ok, it also means the weight is further forward and lower if you mount them like this. I will be building some brackets for them though when I get home (same as what Brian described).
I used waterproof backpack liners inside them to be sure everything stayed dry, I don't think it is really needed, but I did notice water on the inside once after a day of water crossings (12 of them) in Mongolia where they had been submerged a couple of times! I didn't notice any water getting in during normal riding in the rain though.
The top box is a Pelican brand case that I used for camera's and anything else that would fit. I mounted a 12 volt plug inside it to charge batteries which worked well. A couple of Andys Strapz over the top to strap extras too also worked.
The Barkbusters that I used are the "normal" ones that have the extra wind deflector you can attach (not sure what the model is called), they're NOT the "Ergo" model anyway. They worked as you'd expect and saved the lever's and brake resevoir a couple of times and provinded a bit more wind protection. I used some Renthal 'bars to keep our English cousins happy.
I used the standard seat and managed to pull off a few 900+km days on it. It's not exactly comfortable, but it is not as bad as some people make it out to be. Although it all depends on your arse I guess?!
Handling is as Brian described, you get used to it pretty quick. I just upped the rear preload a bit, didn't have time/money to do the suspension properly and it all worked ok.
Damn good bike the DR...
Last edited by Madmadsen; 14 Nov 2007 at 21:00.