Gear

We've laid out the gear we are using as we ride across the Americas. The prices of these items are subject to change, and only represent what we paid. These items were accumulated over the course of a year and a half in preparation for our trip, but all were still in working condition when we started. Over the course of the trip, some items were worn out/lost/destroyed/etc and had to be replaced.

Camping Gear:


Eureka Apex 2 Tent - $62.98 - Replaced in Texas with:
Alps Mountaineering Lynx 4 Person Tent - $119.99
Teton Sports Tracker 5F Double-Wide Sleeping Bag - $136.37
Exped SynMat Hyperlite Duo Sleeping Pad - $279.00
Exped Schnozzel Pump Bag - $39.00
Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow - $30.95 X 2 ($61.90)
Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair - $74.93 X 2 ($149.86)
Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Camping Stove - $10.99
Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag - $34.99
Ohuhu 8 Piece Lightweight Outdoor Cooking Set - $14.99
Master Lock Python Cable Locks X 2 (keyed alike) - $34.05
Solar Phone Charger - $25.99 X 2 (51.98)
Gerber Gator Machete - $15.34
Arteck Battery Jump Starter - $39.99
BikeMaster Portable Mini Air Compressor - $24.29

Total Camping Gear Cost = $1,065.72

Riding Gear Johanna:



Scorpion EXO-R410 Helmet - $139.95 - Replaced with:
Scorpion EXO-AT950 Helmet - $324.90
Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - $112.12
Icon 1000 Hella Women's Jacket - $275.00 - Replaced with:
Icon 1000 Fairlady Women's Jacket - $225.00
Troy Lee GP Airway Women's Jersey - $22.40 
REV'IT! Summit 2 H2O Women's Gloves - $139.99
Fly Coolpro II Women's Gloves - $26.96
UglyBros Women's Twiggy Jeans - $88.00
Icon 1000 Elsinore Women's Boots - $245.00

Johanna's Total Gear Cost = $1,599.32

Riding Gear Josh:


AFX FX-39 Dual Sport Helmet - $144.95
Sena SMH5-FM Bluetooth Headset - $112.12
Icon 1000 Forestall Jacket - $300.00
Icon 1000 Jackknife Jersey - $35.00
REV'IT! Hydra H2O Gloves - $99.99
Scorpion Skrub Gloves - $24.95
Icon Hooligan Denim Pants - $120.00
Icon 1000 El Bajo Boots - $190.00

Josh's Total Gear Cost = $1,027.01

Motorcycles:

2016 Yamaha XT250 - $6,163.5 X 2 ($12,327.00)

The Wild Hunt - Josh's Bike: $1,478.62 in accessories



Ricochet Aluminum Skidplate - $119.95
Immix Racing XT250 Cargo Rack - $84.97 - Cracked in Guatemala, Colombia, reinforced in Peru.
Seat Concepts Comfort Seat - $174.99
Cycra Probend CRM Handguards - $120.56
HySpeed Handlebar 30mm Riser Kit - $20.95
Wolfman Enduro Tank Bag - $99.99
Wolfman E-12 Saddle Bags - $172.99 - Replaced with:
Giant Loop Motortrek Panniers - $198.55
Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffle Bag Large - $144.99
Wolfman Rollie Bag Medium - $69.99
Wolfman Enduro Fender Bag  - $29.99 - Lost on the road in El Salvador
Wolfman Wolf Bottle Holster - $24.99 
Pack Animal 20 oz Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle - $32.00
Wolfman Luggage Tool Roll - $29.99
Ram Mount - $46.99 
Rok Straps - $21.11
Rotopax 1 Gallon Water Pack - $44.74
Kryptonite Kryptolok DFS 10 Disc Lock  - $41.62

Total carrying capacity = 103.50 Liters

The Blue Monster - Johanna's Bike: $1,398.26 in accessories



Ricochet Aluminum Skidplate - $119.95
Immix Racing XT250 Cargo Rack - $84.97 - Cracked in Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, reinforced in Peru.
Seat Concepts Comfort Seat - $174.99
Cycra Probend CRM Handguards - $120.56
HySpeed Handlebar 30mm Riser Kit - $20.95
Wolfman Enduro Carry All '12  - $69.99
Wolman Day Tripper Enduro Saddle Bags - $138.74  - Replaced with:
Giant Loop Motortrek Panniers - $198.55
Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffle Bag Large - $144.99
Wolfman Rollie Bag Large - $84.99
Wolfman Wolf Bottle Holster - $24.99
Pack Animal 20 oz Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle - $32.00
Ram Mount - $46.99 
Rok Straps - $21.11
Rotopax 1.75 Gallon Fuel Pack - $72.87
Kryptonite Kryptolok DFS 10 Disc Lock  - $41.62

Total carrying capacity = 104.25 Liters

Total Motorcycle Cost = $15,203.88

Total of all vital trip items = $18,895.94

We also carry a number of spare parts including:

Spare front tire tube
Spare rear tire tube
Tire Levers (3)
Oil filters (2)
Motor Oil
Spark Plugs (2)
Chain Lube
Motion Pro Slack Setter
Clutch Lever
Brake Lever
Clutch Cable (2)
WD-40
Spare Fuses

In March of 2016 we sold off our other bikes and purchased two new 2016 Yamaha XT250's. We wanted to get more into off-roading and moto-camping, with the eventual goal of riding around the world on them. We chose these bikes for several reasons:

 1. Weight. With a wet weight of 291 lbs, it's one of the few bikes that Johanna would be able to lift on her own if needed. There are endless debates online regarding bike size and cost, and we determined these were the best for our needs. For an example of this debate, check out this link:
The Debate. Big Vs. Small. Cheap Vs. Expensive

2. Air cooled engine. This equals less weight and no chance of the water pump failing, making the bikes more reliable.

3. Low seat height. The XT250 has one of the lowest seat heights of any bike in its class (31.9 inches). This was a very important factor for Johanna to be as comfortable and confident as possible on the bike since she is only 5'4". Her bike has been slightly lowered as well.

4. 2.6 gallon tank. These bikes have a slightly larger than average tank meaning more fuel capacity than many bikes this size. We've augmented this with a 1.75 gallon rotopax fuel can, giving us an average range of 150 - 216 miles (assuming 60 mpg).

5. Electronic Fuel Injection. Of the 7 bikes we've owned, 2 of them have had a carburetor. And those 2 were always unreliable, and required constant maintenance. Breaking down on the side of the interstate is a terrible experience, and doing it in a foreign country is even less appealing. We've heard all the arguments against EFI, but our own experiences plus the recommendation of several experts on the subject has convinced us this will be much more reliable in the long run. For more on the argument about EFI vs. carbs check out this link:
Adventure Bike Selection - EFI Vs. Carburetor

In the end we purchased identical bikes so that we would be able to share parts in the event of a breakdown, and all maintenance procedures would be identical. While plenty of people may disagree with our decision for a number of reasons, these bikes meet our needs and goals. In the end, it doesn't matter what bike you take, as long as it's the right one for you.

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