This video will be of interest to anyone wanting to do a long distance motorcycle camping trip. The Suzuki DR650 has remained unchanged since 1996. A dinosaur in the adventure touring world, this single cylinder ‘thumper’ with carburetor, harks back to simpler times. With a dry weight of 147 kg and a budget price, it has become a legend among RTW adventurers. My bike is a 2007 model I picked up 2nd hand with 3500km on the clock. Off the shelf the DR needs a few modifications to prepare it for long distance travel, and to help the torquey 644cc motor breath better and thus improve on it’s rather tame 46 HP. All up I’ve spent $8200 to both purchase my bike and prepare it for a trip around Western Australia. $3600 has gone into mods. I will be going offroad to remote locations so needed to take camping gear, enough water and food and tools and spares to repair any possible problems like flat tires or broken chains. As I work as a professional videographer, I will also need to be carrying enough production gear to do work for tourism business while on the road. This video goes through what modifications I have done to my bike and what I will be carrying on my trip. At the bottom of this write up I have included a list of my gear, but for now will give a brief overview of each section – bike mods, gear selection and what filmmaking gear I will be taking. Motorcycle I was lucky that my motorcycle already came semi prepared for outback travel. It had a rear rack added, bark busters, stronger renthal bars, a bash plate and performance rear suspension spring set to 100 kg’s. On top of this I have added a 30 Litre fuel tank, re-upholstered the seat and added softer foam, added a staintune performance exhaust, a screen, a usb charger, performance fork springs. There are further performance mods I would have done if I wasnt taking such a long trip (at least 8,500 km) I would have removed the exhaust baffle and airbox snorkle to help the DR breath better and thus improve performance. I would also drill a extra hole in the carb slide for better throttle response. My Dr will be a beast of burden, so the extra HP sauce from these mods may have effected fuel economy, not something I need! Cooking With regard to my camping gear, I am not taking any cooking utensils. I really enjoy cooking and I just find cooking on the road a little disappointing. So I will adjust my diet, eating raw veggies like carrots, salads and nuts. I will sometimes eat takeaway and sometimes find a public bbq to cook a steak or seafood. Given the dietary changes, I’m sure I will loose a few unwanted kilos! Camera Gear I wanted one camera with a small footprint that could do both video and stills. I purchased a Panasonic Lumix G7 for this trip. It is not the ideal video camera given sound restrictions, but the micro four thirds format is definitely going to improve my trip photos! I’m also carrying way too many sound options – a zoom H5 audio recorder, a Rode Ntg1 shotgun mic, a Rode videomic pro and a rodelink wireless mic kit. I made a budget $8 shoulder mount so as to get smooth shots with the G7. As you can see it is not exactly the type of camera you can hand to your dad – autofocus was crap and audio blew out, even at -12db! So here is the extended list, hope you find it handy if you are planning your own long distance motorcycle trip: Bike 2007 DR650 (currently 11,400 kms on the clock) Modifications: Tank – 30L Safari fuel filter ( small carb filter removed) Seat – re-upholstered and softer foam added by Cam’s Customs Tank bag – Ajays Rear bag – Motodry pannier bags and racks – Andy Strapz New fork springs – teknik .54 with 70mm spacer Performance Exhaust – Staintune Front Screen – Screen for bikes Waterproof Phone Holder – Givi USB charger – third gear Metal Chain Guide – Warp 9 Magnetic Sump Plug to counter NSU screws failing Countershaft Seal guard to counter oil spill throttle lock Custom led light number plate light New rear spring – teknik set to 100kgs Bashplate – B and B Hand guards – Bark Busters Rear Rack – B and B New Handlebars – Renthal sheep skin seat cover – old baby change Upper Drive Chain Roller removed to stop frame damage Clothes Helmut – O’Neal Sierra Adventure Helmut Leather jacket – Torque with elbow, shoulder and back pads Jeans – draggin black combat with kevlar and knee and hip pads Motorcycle boots – RST adventure boots Gloves C & R sport T-Lite Dress boots – Blundstone Sandals – Crocs khaki cotton slouch hat cap singlet 7 x jocks 7 x socks 2 x shirts 3 x t shirts swim trunks 2 x shorts jeans warm beanie hat wool jumper rain poncho rain overpants ear plugs belt Camping 2 person tent – outerlimits starlight 3 season 1.9 kgs Sleeping bag – Microsmart 90, 5 degree min 1 kg Self inflating mat – hi country 1 kg Hi Country 3 x 1 litre Aluminium water flasks Hi Country 1 x 750ml Aluminium water flask Travel Towel – medium size Hi Country Cotton youth hostel sheet – Aurora Spork – spoon, fork, knife Sea to Summit head torch tarp rope Camera Camera/Video Camera – Panasonic Lumix G7 -14-140 lens -On camera mic – Rode Videomic pro and dead cat -25mm lens 2x extreme pro SDHC cards Filters – UV, Circ-pol, ND4, ND8 Radio mic kit – Rodelink gopro Gimble On camera Led Light – Metz Audio recorder – Zoom H5 rode ntg 1 shotgun 3m xlr lead Laptop – Apple Mac book pro 15” Tripod – Velbon CX480 GoPro hero 4 silver USB solar charger – Bauhn LG G2 Phone shoulder stabiliser homemade camera bag hard drive in ear headphones various chargers – phone, camera, batteries, laptop rechargeable batteries x 8 Tools DR650 tool kit multitool – leatherman 3 x tyre levers spare rear tube puncture kit spare fuel hose spare chain link Prop Stand – homemade 50 cm spare cross brace for tank mtb air pump gaffer tape zip ties electrical tape spare rear sprocket new hand grips one man brake bleed kit feeler gauges for valves plastic gloves various rags tie wire WD40 Grease chain wax prop stand home made ice cream container for storing liquid e.g. oil, brake fluid Miscellaneous kindle first aid kit toiletry bag toilet paper soap container brake disk lock Ref: Packing for an outback filmmaking trip- Budget RTW Motorcycle, DR650 Mark Shea is a video producer and trainer and specializes in documentary and travel/tourism related content. His youtube channel is one of youtube’s most successful travel partner channels.