It’s been almost three months since the launch of Eastern Dirt 14. Despite the silence, I’ve been busy. Building the bikes, selecting equipment, sorting out logistics, paperwork and visas, testing etc. These phases are well documented and I’ll do proper write up on them before the departure to the long trail east.
I’ve been planning this project for a year now. I always felt it to be something distant, without the sense of urgency. A dream in the far future. It has now dawned on me, that in 24 days we are departing for our great adventure. That’s three weeks and three days. In four weeks we should be well into Russia already! That’s a terrifying and exhilarating thought.
Today we leave for the grand rehearsal, “Test Run 14”. It’s on familiar turf, with an eleven hour northbound train ride as a start. Our mission is to test and tune the bikes and fine tune the correct combination of gear, parts and tools. Having said that, we have a 2000 km dirt track mapped out so I imagine it will also be a welcome break from all the planning, preparing and building.
Full gear list here. I consider myself a bit of a minimalist, but both my Magadan panniers are pretty full. I’m not a fan of tail bags, but I just might have to ride with one or get rid of some gear. What would you leave out and what have I missed?
All these can get in the Magadans and the tankbag? Impressive!
It’s pretty much a complete list, a good one. Maybe a little too much on the parts? (chain for example).
I might consider a) a radiator sealant (does the “chemical metal” do the job?), b) a mosquito net for the head c) maybe a wind screen for the msr stove.
Thanks John. It was a tight fit, but it did fit. After the shakedown test I decided to ditch some gear so there will be less. I think you’re right on yhe chain. We will likely carry only one between the bikes.
I hate mozzie headwear and prefer repellant. Windscreen is a good call as it’s small, light and saves fuel. I will look into rad sealants.