Some of the gear and use Adventure Motorcycling and why

Adventure riding Ducati HyperstradaEveryones comfort level for adventure riding around the world is different. What you take can depend on the area your going, the seasons, and the level of comfort you want. One of my recent adventures was nearly 6000km from near Bangkok in Thailand, across Laos and into China with a final destination in the mountains of Shangri-La.

This trip saw me riding my Ducati Hyperstrada, and staying in budget hotels along the route. The Hyperstrada comes with side panniers, which are great, but cannot take a lot of weight. Filling them with clothes is the best bet there.

adventure riding ducati hyperstradaThen after that, I ran my Pacsafe backpack, inside a weather proof bag held down on the rear section of the seat with bungy cords. This worked great, and had the added benefit of giving me some back support in the lumber area.

Because I was riding from Thailand (35 degrees) all the way to Shangri-La (-11 degrees) I needed to take lots of layers of clothes. This didn’t add to a lot of weight though, as the main things I used here were thermal compression pants and long sleve compression shirts. These things worked great in the cold. Check out this great Alpine Stars neck warmer I use every time.

For the Thailand and Laos portion of the ride I wore a pair of jeans, but once into China and with the temps dropping fast, I then swapped over to my adventure riding pants.

Also worth noting was the need to have a good neck sock, and also a scarf to double up on the insulation. Gloves I wore three layers, yes three!

Firstly I wore some rubber surgical gloves to stop my skin from breathing (this trick is awesome), then I wore my fingerless gloves, then over the top of all of that was a pair of Gortex skiing gloves.

This kept me warm enough, though there were some times with wind chill that it wasn’t enough and I suffered quiet excruciating pain.

As we speak I am currently planning a ride into India, up through the Leh-Manali highway, which will see temps the same as described above and I will be doing a few things differently to see if I get a more comfortable result.

Now something that probably gets over looked when going on these adventures is just how much footage you are going to collect on your GoPro camera. Over the last few rides, I have nearly 2TB worth of footage, and even though I have now edited most of it and posted on YouTube, I am not prepared to delete these original files, for the simple reason I might want to re-cut the footage in the future.

One key thing for me recording on the GoPro is that I don’t just turn it on and leave it running 24/7, for one this chews the battery, and secondarily it will create huge files and me a nightmare for me to edit down the track. Normally the longest recording time I shoot is about 5 minutes, and then I shut it off until I have something new I want to film.

WD 4TB My Passport Pro Portable External Hard Drive - Thunderbolt - WDBRNB0040DBK-NESN So how do I store it all? For one I store them on my laptop for easy access, seondary backups of these go to the cloud, more specifically to Dropbox, which I have a 100TB account that costs me about $100USD every year.

I also have a third redundency which is a backup drive. I use the Western Digital 4TB Passport Raid drive, extremely fast and reliable.

Will keep you all posted in future stories or check out my Facebook page MidLifeMate for all the lastest updates from whereever I may be riding in the world..

Loboo waterproof duffle bag:
GoPro Hero:
GoPro Waterproof Selfie Stick:
Camera Olympus:
Ram Mount Handlebar with U-Bolt:
Pacsafe Anti-theft Backpack:
Battery Power Bank:
Oneal MX Boots:
Kneck Sock:
Fingerless Gloves:
Winter Gloves:
Rain Suit:
Motorcycle Disc Lock:
Bag Locks:
Luggage lock:
Universal Power Point Adapter:
Ecopro Compact Sleeping Bag:


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