October 07, 2008 GMT
4. Gear and stuff - Equipo y carga

I made my packing list based in my experience, but checking out some lists posted in Horizons Unlimited and other sites.

My main concern is riding light but not forgetting some items that would be helpful when you are alone in the road. The lighter the bike, the easier the handling, especially when off roads. My total carrying-on weigh is 26 kg.

You don’t need too many cloths because half of the time you are wearing your riding gear. Long underwear fleece pants to combine with electric jacket and gloves (my bike has not heated grips) and Gore-Tex riding gear. And for the off-bike time, a few (2-3) multi-purpose micro-fibre long sleeve shirts and zip-off pants. Of course, washing is frequent.

About gloves, I probably am over specified: additional to the heated pair, 5 pairs of all kind, from plain fingerless to Gore-Tex/Thinsulate. Gloves aren’t heavy and I don’t want to have unprotected the most sensible part of the body.

Riding boots, a pair of sneakers and mandatory flip-flops is all to be used on feet.

Devices: 2 digital cameras, Garmin E-trex GPS mini-calculator, binoculars, digital recorder, and radio receptor (no e-Pod, I prefer enjoying the music and news on every different country instead of listening my already-known music).

I had prepared my 2-person tent, but decided to cut stuff. So, I went to manufacturing and made my own single tent using a piece of fabric I had and some fibre-glass frame I found thrown away. Almost 2 kg were cut down. Thermarest and medium-temperature sleeping bag complement sleeping needing, indeed while in non-full-clean hotels.

All the tools I’ll carry are the ones the bike comes with, except one small wise grip and tire repair kit. About parts & accessories, I’ll carry what I would call “ standard list “: cables, tapes, epoxy, lubricants, fuses, bolts, etc.. Of course, also tools for the body: medical kit.

I got a good pair of backpacks for using as bike saddles. I think soft bags are more reliable for non-paved roads. They absorb and distribute in time a big part of vibrations reducing the stress on suspension and frame. And they are less aggressive with legs and ankles when you are impelled to kiss the road. A tank bag and a tail box complement the bike carrying capacity. I hope having only 19 kg in the saddles, 3 kg in the tank bag, and 4 kg (including daily food and water) in the tail box, in one word, less than 30 kg total.

Additionally, some things are attached to the bike: drying clothing, tripod, a rope, and a metal stick (useful for climbing, and protecting against dogs when you’re walking).

This Saturday 11 I'm leaving for Colombia were Suzi is already waiting for me. Next report will be the first on trip. Good by.
And Rick thinks he is light
Y Rick cree que va liviano

Amigo: ahora puedes leer la historia completa en mi libro "La Suramérica que recorrí". Ve a www.palibrio.com. Las fotos, míralas aquí.
Hice mi lista de viaje basado en mi propia experiencia, aunque chequeando algunas listas publicadas en Horizons Unlimited y otros sitios.

Mi principal preocupación es viajar liviano aunque sin olvidar artículos que podrían ser importantes cuando se está solo en la carretera. Entre mas liviana la moto, más fácil su manejo especialmente en destapado. El peso total acarreado es 26 kg.

No se requiere mucha ropa porque la mitad del tiempo se está vistiendo el equipo de carretera. Pantalones interiores de fleece combinados con chaqueta interior y guantes eléctricos (la moto no tiene manilares eléctricos), mas chaqueta y pantalones exteriores de Gore-Tex. Y para las ocasiones que no involucran estar en la moto, 2 o 3 juegos de pantalones de pierna separable y camisas/camisetas de manga larga en micro-fibra son mas que suficientes. Por supuesto, hay que lavar frecuentemente.

Aparatos: 2 cámaras digitales, GPS Garmin E-Trex, mini-calculadora, binóculos, grabadora digital, y radio receptor ( no llevo e-Pod, prefiero escuchar la música y noticias de cada diferente país en lugar de la música que ya conozco).

Iba a llevar mi carpa para dos personas pero decidí reducir peso y bulto. Fabriqué mi propia carpa usando un trozo de tela que ya tenía y algunas varillas de fibra de vidrio que encontré botadas. Reduje casi 2 kg. Una colchoneta Thermarest (auto-inflable y aislante) y una talega de dormir para temperatura media complementan las necesidades para dormir, incluso en hoteles "pulga".

Las únicas herramientas que voy a llevar son las de la misma moto, excepto un hombre-solo pequeño y equipo para parchar llantas incluyendo las palancas para retirar la llanta del rim. En cuanto a repuestos y accesorios, llevo lo que podría llamar “normal”: cables, cintas, epóxico, lubricantes, fusibles, tuercas y tornillos, etc. Y por supuesto, herramientas para el cuerpo: botiquín.

Conseguí un buen par de morrales para usarlos como alforjas. Pienso que las maletas blandas son más confiables en carreteras de grava. Ellas absorben y distribuyen en el tiempo una buena parte de las vibraciones reduciendo esfuerzos en la suspensión y en el chasís. Y son menos agresivas con piernas y tobillos cuando uno se ve obligado a besar el suelo. Una maleta de tanque y una caja de parrilla complementan la capacidad de carga de la moto. Espero tener 19 kg en las alforjas, 3 kg en el tanque, y 4 en la caja trasera incluyendo comida para el día y agua. Total, menos de 30 kg.

Adicionalmente, algunas cosas van pegadas de la moto: la ropa que se está secando, trípode, lazo, y un bastón metálico que servirá como ayuda para trepar y como defensa contra perros cuando se está caminando.

El próximo sábado 11 salgo para Colombia donde ya me espera Suzi. El próximo reporte será ya el primero de viaje. Hasta pronto.

Posted by Santiago Lema at October 07, 2008 02:19 AM GMT

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