What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

Pre-trip preparation – My Gear.

Before I set off into the unknown, I thought it might be wise to make sure I was prepared as possible, especially considering I was going solo. I hate the cold and I didn’t want to get caught out.  All up the extra gear I bought ended up costing me  only about a 100 Euro, of course it was all fake brands but as long as it did the job and got through the trip I would be happy.

It was kind of funny, I went to the outdoor store to look for snow jackets and waterproof pants and I was trying on the number of lovely different combinations of colours they had available ranging from 80′s purple to a kind of vomit green. I wanted to go with a bright colour in case I came off a drift somewhere on the side of a mountain and that way I could be spotted, by the efficient and dedicated Indian army sent to rescue me.  I finally settled on a red jacket and green pants, I was looking in the mirror trying to think if it was a bad combination, it wasnt until I got home and tried the gear on again that, with my beard, I looked like Ben, the Christmas Viking. So I returned and finally settled on a grey jacket and cream and black pants. Stylish!

Introducing, My Gear – Some of this was purchased at the beginning of the trip but I thought you might be interested.

Clockwise from left 1) My helmet – It has an Indian safety standard sticker on it that comes off. Confidence!   2) Gloves – I have riding gloves and I bought the winter gloves a bit bigger so I could slide my riding ones inside.   3)  Motorbike Jacket – This was  bought from a company called Cramster in Bangalore, really good stuff, especially for the price. Its got all the protective pads and its designed as a summer jacket so its relatively light. Its my first bike jacket, so I feel the part when I’m wearing it.   4) Knee protection – name kind of says it all, also from Cramster. Only figured out how to wear them properly at this point of the trip, they used to end up being ankle guards.   5) Map   6) My ‘ North Face’ jacket – I bought everything so it could be layered, the inner and outer layer of this jacket both fit over my bike jacket. (This really came in handy later on)   7) Backpack – This contained my first aid kit, important documents and spare tyre tubes, so I wouldnt have to go digging if I got in trouble.   8) Waterproof Pants   9) Standard Issue Indian Army Boots – Picked these up new for about 12 dollars, was told later I had been ripped off.   10) My riding shoes – I bought these in Bangalore, they are full leather and the great thing about India is I can always get them repaired for about 20 cents. They have done me well. 11)  Motorbike Saddle bags – These are also from Cramster and have been great. I can fit everything I need in them and just strap onto the bike. It contained my sleeping bag , toiletries and you can see the foot pump tied on top, up to this point thankfully I hadn’t needed to use it.

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  1. Mos
    Sep 10, 2010, 14:39

    Looks like a great trip. That beard is getting quite serious too. Have you got any tools, tubes etc. Might be very important if youre riding alone off the beaten track as those puncture whallas could be few and far between.

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    Ben

    I am (was) prepared,as much as I thought I could be.

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  2. Sep 11, 2010, 00:31

    Nice set of gear mate, I would lose the bed though – seems it would be a bit cumbersome.

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    Ben

    Thanks Dave, Iv’e tried to ditch as much superfluous gear as I can but you at the end of the day of hard riding its so nice to slip into a warm comfortable bed.

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