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Old 24 May 2012
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Originally Posted by Underboning View Post
As an alternative suggestion, we looked at panniers for our RTW trip on 100cc SYM Symbas and instead decided to go with a top case and a waterproof duffle on top. We used a Pelican Storm Case that is waterproof and dustproof as a topcase (30L) and an Ortleib waterproof (50L) duffle on top. The Ortleib is kept inside a Pac-Safe bag to keep it safer on the road.

(my wife and riding partner in Chobe National Park on a US plated Symba)

This set up gives us each around 80L of space and we are both carrying about 25kg of stuff. Some object to our set up as being top heavy but it hasn't been an issue for us (25kg is way less than just about any passenger you'd have on) and it keeps us narrow down low, which has been a bonus when loading onto small boats and cutting through other obstacles.

The other bonus is that it was cheap. The Pelican case was 105 USD, the Duffle was 80 USD and the Pac-Safe was 50 USD. Everything is waterproof and it has held up for 15 countries and 37000 km so far. The top case is bolted to the bike, so only the duffle comes inside with us when we stay at hotels.
I really like your setup and the way you travel, Sir! I follow your trip over at ADV and find it VERY inspiring.
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150 two up

It was in 1982 when I was younger, fitter and dafter. Anyhow we toured around Europe, two up on an MZ 150 with camping gear. As we were also into back packing that is the kit we used.
Tent was a Robert Saunders, cooker was a Trangia and the sleeping bags were light weight. Think they were Ultimate.
Still use a Trangia when camping with car and a big tent. Robert Saunders died this year and I think the firm went with him. Even so plenty of tents to choose from. Same for sleeping bag; Snugpack are the best, but pricey.
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Indeed, that's a good suggestion. Less weight is better.

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i have an 08 and i love it been abroad for a while so the bike sat in my garrage for a year then started first time it does 250 miles to a tank and is comfortable too i say doo it
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how do you manage with the 2500 service intervals on the cbf?
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