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Thread: Travelling 2 Up With Camping Kit - R1250 GSA

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    We did tens of thousands of miles two up camping on a twin cam gsa. You need to get a bit creative but over time we nded up with this:

    Tent, pegs, Helinox chairs, waterproofs and a few small odds and end directly into the small pannier. Just stuff the tent in, no bag. No voids that way.

    Stove, gas, plates cups, etc etc plus some basic food in the big pannier. Beer/ whisky/ G&T in here too. Oh and some water possibly. This stuff is heavy but the pannier was never more than 2/3 full.

    Exped Sleeping mats rolled wide plus sheet and down duvet, blow up pillows, down jackets and tent poles in a big dry bag on the rear rack. Poles and mats give the bag structure so it ties down easier. Use 2 wide Rokstraps to tie down. The bag was big and full but not excessively so and was surprisingly light - about 5kg I reckon.

    Clothes and whatever in a GS dry bag on top of each pannier. I have the big one on account my size 12s.

    Small tank bag for disc lock, documents, chargers, sweets, sunglasses, etc.

    This keeps the light stuff on the rack and the heavy stuff in the panniers. I also worked out a way to strap a couple of very small Kriega dry bags (3l bags from their waist pack) to the screen subframe above the indicators. These, along with the Touratech bar bags had first aid kit and spare gloves, and some other stuff.

    One trip I tried a Rotopax water carrier on the rack with the dry bag strapped to it. This made for a nice wife base but with 4litres of water in it was too heavy and upset the bike.

    You need to be sure your shocks are up to carrying all this weight. My bike improved no end after fitting Wilbers shocks specc’d for our weight plus all that luggage. It takes a few hundred miles to get used to the weight and the drop in performance but after that the bike rides perfectly well.

    These bikes are awesome at lugging all that weight.

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    Some really useful advice here. Thanks all. Appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyBoxer View Post
    It’s laid down
    Tired carrying all that stuff, needs the rest.

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    Backpackers advice ... make sure you can get to the tent without unpacking anything else, it might just be pissing down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbin-Man View Post
    Backpackers advice ... make sure you can get to the tent without unpacking anything else, it might just be pissing down!
    Good tip that. Or, don’t be in a rush to get your tent up if it’s raining. Go somewhere and sit it out. It’s a lot more pleasant.

    We generally rock up to a campsite and get chairs and stove out and have a brew and or a beer to relax and chill for half an hour or so. Then put the tent up. Irritability tolerances are a lot higher this way.

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    I can't get all the stuff I need for 2 weeks in 2 x panniers and a huge top box on my GSA. And that's when I'm on my own and staying in hotels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Gunn View Post
    I can't get all the stuff I need for 2 weeks in 2 x panniers and a huge top box on my GSA. And that's when I'm on my own and staying in hotels.
    If staying in hotels a 10/15 ltr tank bag does it.
    I always carry a mesh bag that I can tie on the bike in case there is some washing (undies) needs drying.
    If you shit yer undies, buy a new pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Gunn View Post
    I can't get all the stuff I need for 2 weeks in 2 x panniers and a huge top box on my GSA. And that's when I'm on my own and staying in hotels.
    That used to be me (or me and the Mrs). We then looked at our kit when we got home and at what we hadn't worn...and the next time we cut the packing down a bit (knowing that pretty much anywhere we go, if we really need a new top or pants, we can go and buy them) It is now so much easier to just take one pannier worth of clothes and bit of persil.....

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    Unfortunately my wife won't travel on the bike so there's no point in me bringing Persil and the like.

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    I wonder sometimes how I managed 42 years ago, touring two up for three weeks around the French and Italian alps. CX500 with a top box and two WW2 ex army rucksacks slung over the seat with camping gear.

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    Remember, the more crap you take, the longer it takes to set up camp and like wise to decamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Gunn View Post
    I can't get all the stuff I need for 2 weeks in 2 x panniers and a huge top box on my GSA. And that's when I'm on my own and staying in hotels.
    Holy cow ! What the 'ell do you bring with you
    Just 'cos you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you !

    Remember, experience only means that you screw-up less often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jockser View Post
    Holy cow ! What the 'ell do you bring with you
    Just the essentials otherwise I wouldn't get it all in, obvs.

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    Just take the absolute bare minimum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    All that luggage and all those stickers. Tut.

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