Any bike can be an adventure bike, it all depends on who's riding it and where the it's taken. For our Africa adventure, we bought three well kept second hands bikes with low milage and the correct equipment for our type of riding. More bike specific details will soon be available.
KTM 640 Adventure '07
Peter is riding this orange little pig thorugh Africa! The bike is originally built for long adventures with a huge 28L stock fuel tank, 310mm of front suspension travel, strong steel subframe. KTMs famous and solid LC4 engine which produces more vibrations than you can imagine and 53hp. With it's low weight of only 150KGs, it's light enough to be taken on technical trails and easy to lift up when it falls over.
BMW xChallenge '07
You'll hear Christian coming two countries away with his brutal LeoVince-exhaust. It's a sought after adventure bike, fully capable to ride on single tracks and around the world. The bike is powered by a bullet proof Rotax engine, which hopefully will live up to it's reputation on this adventure. It's equipped with C2P suspension, an extended Touratech fuel tank and LED-lights.
BMW xChallenge ABS '07
Morten is partly German, therefor he insisted on a BMW for this trip. Recognizable by it's awesome rally look and tall steering, it's a bike perfect for the type of riding we're doing.
RIDING GEAR AND EQUIPMENT
Some of the stuff we're wearing and bringing along the road.
HELMETs AND INTERCOM
Nexx XD1 & Touratech Aventuro
One of the lightest helmets available on the market. Enough room for proper MX-goggles and low weight. Christian uses the Touratech Aventuro, where the main difference is the full carbon shell, making it even lighter. To communicate, we're using the Sena 10S, an intercom with decent range and sound quality, enabling us to listen to music and speaking with each other with ease.
Canon 80D DSLR
To capture the moments, we use an 80D bought from Interfoto in Norway. It offers good settings for both video and photography. The built in auto focus really shines when filming, while the time lapse function enables us to set up the camera remotely. We're also bringing a variety of lenses to capture all the moments.
- Canon 24-70mm f 2.8
- Sigma 10-20mm f 4-5.6
- Canon EF 70-300mm f 4-5.6 USM
- Canon 50mm f 1.4
BODY ARMOUR AND CLOTHING
FOX Titan and KLIM gear
A torso filled with protection all over the upper body. Complete with a kidney belt and a solid back protection, this body armour fits great and offers good airflow. Peter uses an identical Chinese knock off, which is pretty much the same, but half the price. We use MX jerseys from KLIM to wear above it, and their Mojave pants. Christian uses Olympia Dakar Dual Sport Pants, which transforms to shorts in seconds.
A highly compact drone with 4K-recording and 29 minutes of flying. With built in features like "tap to follow" it'll be our way of capturing the riding with the birds eye view. Three batteries and different ND-filters for light enviroments. Charges off our bikes with 12v socket and stays safe inside a designated pelican case.
SIDI MX Boots
Maximum protection is important when traveling through remote places. We used the SIDI Adventure boots on our trip through the Americas, and we were impressed by the great quality and fit. It even saved Christians ankle and foot in a head on collision. We wanted more protection and sticked to SIDI. Two pairs of SIDI Crossfire and one pair of Sidi X-treme SRS is what we're wearing through Africa.
GoPro Hero 4+
Even though the GoPro's aren't the perfect action camera, it still rugged enough to be mounted on the bikes. Picture quality isn't perfect, and the communication between the phone app and camera is stalling on us a bit too often. We're bringing lots of different mounts, and four batteries which also charges off the bikes battery.
sleeping bags and mats
Haglöfs +1 and NeoAir xLite
Nothing beats a good night sleep after hours of riding. We've now changed our sleeping bags from Helsport to Haglöfs. They offer incredible low weight and packs up really nice and small. The Haglöfs +1 also has a bottom opening, making it possible to walk around while "wearing" it. Unlike the last adventure were we brought cots from Helinox, we've now swapped them out for some ultralight Therm-A-Rest NeoAir xLite sleeping matresses. It's just as big as a soda can, and weighs in at 300gr.
TENts and CAMP STOVE
Tarptent Tents and Primus
A family owned company based in the US specializing in creating high quality and durable tents for the gram hunter. We used their Moment DW on our last adventure and were extremely pleased with the quality and ease of use, therefor we settled with three new solo tents. They each weigh in at less than a kilo, and are put up in about two minutes. To prepare our food, we're using the durable camp stove, Primus Omnifuel, It burns pretty much any fuel, and is easy to do maintaince on.
SPECIAL THANKS TO
These following companies and brands deserves a special thank you for supporting us with discounted gear.
Based in Oslo, Norway, Interfoto is the place to go for professional camera gear and equipment in Norway. They're extremely service minded and their staff are experts on the products they sell.
Thank you for providing us with great deals on camera gear and equipment, and believing in what we do and our travel. Interfoto has supported us throughout our travel with services, repairs and brand building.
ATG - All Terrain Gear
Based in South Africa, they manufacture luggage systems, camping gear and equipment made for overlanders! Their vision on creating high quality and lightweight gear for an affordable price really shows off.
We were given a great deal on three sets of soft luggages and 40L drybags. Thank you for helping us out, and we're stoked to use your products on the following year to come!
Motopumps - Performance Under Pressure
The most lightweight, compact and small sized motorcycle air pump. Manufactured in the United States with high quality parts. It's the perfect motorcycle accessory when traveling.
They supported us with two AirPumps, and have been helping us with inflating our tires ever since. Thank you!
Way2Ride - Traffic school in Asker, Norway
Our local home town traffic school. They offer full drivers education on most types of licenses for affordable prices.
The owner Roy is a great teacher, and is probably one of the most experienced motorcycle riders in Norway. With more than 2.1 million kilometers on the saddle, he sure knows the do's and dont's of motorcycle riding. Roy sponsored us with the extension program for upgrading the licenses into a full effect motorcycle license. Thank you!
Speed Motor Center - Norway
One of Norway's biggest motorcycle stores located in Sandefjord. They have a huge range of clothing, gear and motorcycles for all types of riders.
They made us a great deal on two pairs of SIDI Crossfire and two NEXX XD1 helmets. Thank you for supporting us!
Yamaha Vinterbro AS
Norway's main Dainese dealership helped us out with 20% discount on their flagship adventure clothing line - Dainese D-Explorer. We both bought a full set of this true 4-season of protective clothing, including GORE-TEX and thermal liners.
Thanks for speedy delivery and advices!
NILZ Printing - Oslo, Norway
NILZ is a clothing store in Oslo specializing in custom prints on shirts, sweaters and other clothes. We were given a few t-shirts with our Chasing Borders logo on when we left for Alaska-Argentina.