Hi, I'm new to the forum , and have only been riding for a bit over half a year. So I just spontaneously rode my Yamaha XT250 14000km around the Eastern Part of Australia for under $1500 AUD and thought I could share some advice and info with other adventure riders (I couldn't find much info). Started in Melbourne, went to Tassie, back to the mainland, across to Adelaide, up the Stuart Highway to Darwin, across to the East Coast, up to Cooktown then back down the East Coast. Planning to do the Western Half later. On the road for 5 1/2 weeks, had to come back for university. I think what is a bit different about my trip was I carried very little, slept next to my bike without a tent for most of the trip and did it during the unfavorable middle of Summer/middle of the Wet Season (up north). I also spent a fair bit of time walking off my bike too. Because of the huge variance in climates I had to keep finding solutions to things and maybe if I can share some of what I learnt I can save other people the trouble. I'll start off by saying Australia is hot, very hot. I carried 8 litres of water with me. So here are some of the things that I think would be helpful tips for hot/dry (desert) - 1. Drink lots of water/carry lots of water (but also have salt/electrolytes with water) 2. Pour water on yourself when you can (evaporates in like 5 minutes) 3. Put Vaseline all over your face (its like a hair dryer in the desert blowing 24/7) and possibly in your nose too (my nose bled from the dry air) 4. If you start feeling faint from the heat, try to find a place to stop (but there is very little shade in the desert). 5. Carry spare fuel, if you don't have a designated container I found that plastic drink bottles work fine (just don't fill them to max/leave some space for expanding gas) - they don't melt. 6. For small bikes like mine I found that the engine oil burnt up very quickly. For hot/humid (tropical)- 1. Don't sleep outside (I did it too many times and it was very uncomfortable with the humidity and bugs) - its better to get a good night's sleep 2. Wipe your helmet visor whenever you stop (the bugs in the tropical areas are insane) 3. If you do sleep outside tuck in your clothes or be eaten alive. This means cover all your skin. 4. When it rains it can be heavy but normally brief in nature. You're not going to be dry anyway due to humidity. 5. Try not to ride at sunrise, sunset or at night - animals come out onto the roads at these times. For urban areas - 1. Make sure all your belongings are locked (someone stole my drink bottle that wasn't locked) and carry the mission essentials with you. 2. I never needed to use it, but when sleeping in urban areas I always had a small entrenching tool out just in case I needed to squash some "grubs". I also think its quite hard to sleep in urban areas with people lurking around at night. 3. I would always hide my bike if I slept next to the highway, in between trees and put a camouflage tarp over it. This way no one needs to worry. For temperate/colder areas - 1. The engine of the bike can provide warmth at night and help to dry your clothes 2. I found that I didn't need a tent or sleeping bag because I just used my waterproof pants and jacket over a hoodie (most adventure riders I assume would carry a full rain proof set), this way I can get up quickly in the morning and move. 3. Wind chill from riding is the main thing that will get you cold very quickly. Put on a windproof jacket - problem solved. The 250cc did fine for me even on highways. My main problem was that it wobbled when the wind got bad but it was manageable. Modifications were the barkbusters, bashplate, rear rack and an inverted milk crate which I used as my side frame. I want to show that it doesn't take that much to go on an adventure. Please feel free to ask any questions or provide comments. I have attached some photos, and if you are interested to see more you can follow my instagram - sjmho where I am planning to upload all of them.