Route Modifications & preparation    Spares Vaccinations & first aid Tools Camping & cooking Clothing Miscellaneous

Welcome to Sean Kelly's trip preparation page!

Overland UK to Oz by BMW GS

 

The route

UK
    France
    Germany
    Austria
    Hungary
    Romania
    Bulgaria
September 2nd 2002
Turkey September 9th 2002
Iran September 23rd 2002
Pakistan September 30th 2002
India October 14th 2002
Nepal November 4th 2002
Thailand December 9th 2002
Malaysia January 13th 2003
Singapore January 20th 2003
Darwin February 10th 2003
Sydney March 10th 2003

16,000 miles, 28 weeks...

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Bike modifications

1993 BMW R80GS Paralever

HPN 43L fuel tank
Touratech panniers
Touratech lowered footpegs
WP shock absorber
Maxton fork internals
PD single seat and rack
PD sump and centre stand bash plates
Re-condititioned Bosch starter motor
4 pot front brake caliper and braided hose
FIAMM horn
Fuel filters


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Bike preparation

Fit pannier locks
Change fork oil
Adjust fork oil volume to fix patter
Change oil and filter
Check or renew battery
Check or renew air filter
Fit new plug leads and caps
Fit new spark plugs
Change gearbox oil
Change rear bevel drive oil
Lube upper/lower clutch nipples
Check and lube sidestand
Check and lube centrestand
Lube/repair speedo
Lube all locks
Clean and grease exhaust nuts
Check, grease or replace front wheel bearings
Check, grease or replace rear wheel bearings
Check/renew brake fluid
Check/renew front pads
Check/renew rear shoes
Check and adjust rear brake cable
Check clutch plate and lube splines
Adjust clutch
Check and adjust rockers
Re-torque cylinder heads
Valve clearances
Check and adjust head bearings
Check and adjust swingarm and paralever bearings
Loctite/torque/tighten nuts and bolts :
    Engine mounting
    Centrestand
    Front wheel axle clamps
    Rear shock absorber
    Hose clamps at carbs/fuel lines/driveshaft
    Rear wheel mounting bolts
Adjust and balance carbs
Check and clean alternator brushes
Lube bevel drive splines
Check fork seals
Check diode board
Clean and dielectric grease all electrical connections
Re-heatsink CDI module and regulator
Check exhaust for blowing/leaks
Check pushrod seals for leaks

 

Spares

Tubes front and rear for emergency
Head lamp bulb
Stop tail bulb
Selection of fuses
Spark plugs
Oil cooler bypass
Secondhand rotor
Alternator brush and spring set
Speedo cable
Rubber exhaust mount bush
Spare clutch lever
Spare brake lever
Crush washer and 'O' ring kit
Fuel filters
Oil filters and o rings
Oil filter gaskets
Sundry crush washers (oil cooler, brake line)
Drain plug
Valve cover gaskets
Brake pads
Coil
CDI
Front and rear spokes and nipples
Valve cores
Carb diaphragms
Fork seals
Sundry nuts and bolts
Clutch cable
Throttle cables
Oil for top ups
Regulator
1m petrol pipe
Split pins
Spare keys hidden on bike
Spare pannier mounts

Spares to consider

Driveshaft
Pushrod seals
Fork seals
Base gaskets
Relays
Diode board

 

Official documents

Passport with at least 1.5 years remaining
Carnet
Travel insurance documents
E111
Vaccination certificates
Driving licence
International driving permit
Insurance certificate
Green card
Registration document
International certificate of motor vehicles
MOT

Financial

Credit cards (visa, amex)
Expired credit cards
Cash money belt
Cash hidden on bike

Visas

Turkish visa
Iranian visa
Pakistan visa
India visa
Nepalese visa
Thai visa - Pickup in Delhi
Australian visa

Miscellaneous

Last will and testament
Passport photos x10
Organiser with addresses and emails
List of UK embassy addresses
List of BMW dealers
Haynes manual
Stove manual
Camera manual
Water purifier manual
Maps

 

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Tubercolosis
Diptheria
Polio
Rabies
Typhoid
Japanese B encephalitis
Meningococal meningitis A and C
Tetanus
Doxycycline malaria pills for 7 months

First aid kit

Plasters, dressings and bandages
Paper clips
Safety pins
Tweezers
Folding scissors
Antispectic spray/cream/wipes
Aspirin
Codeine
Rehdyration salts
Diarrohea tablets eg. Immodium
Constipation tablets
Multi-vitamins
Throat pastels
Anti-histamine
Sutures/butterflies
Aids pack with syringes and needles
Temporary fillings
Fungal cream
Micropore tape
Calamine lotion
Rubber gloves
Anti-biotics course eg Cotrimoxazole/amoxycillin, ciprofloxacin and metronidazole
Deep heat
Wet ones
Book on travellers health "Travellers Health" Dr. Richard Dawood
Thermometer

 

Standard BMW toolkit under seat:

Pliers
Open ended spanner selection
Allen keys
Wheel nut spanner and extension
Tubeless puncture repair kit with plenty of spare plugs and inflators
'C' spanner for rear shock
Spark plug spanner
Tyre levers
Hand pump
Right angle valve adapter
Valve core removal tool
Plane and cross head screwdrivers

Tools in separate kit:

WD-40
Clear silicon RTV
Araldite
Liquid metal
Super glue
Loctite
Tie wraps
Copper slip
Lithium grease
Small packets of LM47 rear spline and Optimol T white spline lube
Dielectric grease
Rags
Electrical wire
Electrical connectors Lock wire
Duct tape
Electrical insulating tape
Rotor puller
Feeler gauges
Multimeter
Ring spanners 6/7/8/10/11/12/13/14/15/17/18/19/22
Sockets 8/10/11/12/13/14/15/17/18/19
Socket for swingarm
Socket wrench and extensions 3" and 6"
Mole grips
Adjustable spanner
Exhaust nut spanner
Spoke spanner
Wire cutters
Long nose pliers
Plane and cross head screwdrivers
Ball driver allen key set 1.5/2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8/10
Junior hacksaw and spare blades
Small file
Air pressure gauge
G clamps
Stanley knife
Jump leads
Torque wrench
Twinmax carb balancer

Tools to consider

Steering bearing adjusting tool
Clutch centring tool and wire
Steering bearing spanner
Bead breaker
12V air compressor
Battery charger

 

Camping and cooking equipment:

Tent
Sleeping bag
Sleeping bag liner
Pillow
Sleeping mat and repair kit
Impregnated mosquito net
Stool
Tent light
MSR Dragonfly stove, fuel bottle and spares kit
Lighter and waterproof matches
Pan set
Cutlery - knife, fork, spoon and tea spoon
Mug
Water purifier, spares and purification tablets
Water bladder with shower attachment
Sigg bottle
Washing liquid, cloth and scourer
Tin opener
Salt and pepper
Coffee,tea and dried milk
Cooking oil

 

Clothing and toiletries:

Fleece jacket liner
Leather trousers
Thermal long johns and vest
Ear plugs x lots
Socks x 4 pairs
Underwear x 4 pairs
Long sleeve shirts x 2
Trousers that convert to shorts x 2
T shirts x 2
Leather money belt
Hot and cold weather gloves
Waterproof overtrousers
Swimming trunks
Balaclava
Scarf/bandanna
Helmet
Boots or hiking boots
Sandals or trainers
Sun hat

Travel towel
Wash bag with:
Soap and box
Shampoo
Razors
Shaving foam
Brush
Toothpaste and brush
Mirror
Nodders
Bog roll
Universal sink plug
Nail clippers
Talc

Clothes line
Dirty clothes bag
Laundry soap bar and box

Miscellaneous:

Sun tan lotion
Sun block
Lip balm
Wallet
Dummy wallet
Pens, pencils and rubber
Notebook / diary
Straps
Bungies and/or cargo net
Rolls of film
Camera 35mm and/or camera digital
Mini tripod
Short wave / FM radio connects to intercomm
Petzel head light
Solar credit card calculator
Watch/alarm clock
Rechargable batteries and charger
Playing cards
Swiss army knife or leatherman
Compass
Candles
Boot laces
String
Parachute cord
Sewing kit
Door guard
Small padlock
Plastic bags
Rubber bands
Bike locks
Travel mains adaptor
Lightbulb screw/bayonet to mains socket
Steel wire / pack lock

Stuff to consider:

Bike cover
3 band mobile phone with 110/220/BMW socket charger
Laptop computer with 110/220 charger
Modem and phone adaptors