Final bike prep has been done, for a solo trip from Wagga Wagga to Cape York return, via as much dirt as possible. Bike of choice: my trusty 2008 DR650, fully kitted with around 70k on the clock. Oils, filters, battery, new wheel bearings, new clutch cable, new chain & Sprockets, Heidenau K60 tyres on, bar light fitted, new brake pads, suspension linkages greased, valve clearances okay, forks serviced and spare parts packed. Planning 28 days to cover 8-9000km, which isn't much on a road-going touring bike; however a single cylinder DR with all my gear to be self sufficient, over dirt roads (and the concentration required for dirt roads), through Western NSW & QLD, allowing time to check out anything of interest along the way, should be enough for this bloke. I have done similar trips in the past, so have 'over time' narrowed down what is needed to be carried, and preparation for the bike and myself. Bike done..... myself not so much!!!! usually get a bit of training in on the bike with some small overnighters and some enduro type riding; however, the weather hasn't been kind around here as off late. I originally chose the DR650, as it is a 'basic bike', with a great range of add on gear available and repairable. I've decided to start a thread now, however, actual trip photos will come in September, when I return from my ride, as I have no internet available to me, yes..... I am one of the last people on the planet to not own a smart phone I have tried the smart phone thing before, however, found that I couldn't charge it enough, fitted an power outlet to my bike, but due to all the rough roads, it had limited charging. My current phone can last about 20 days without charging. Riding solo, has risks, so I try to minimise then by preparing properly. I'll carry a UHF radio, Mobile phone, Personal Locator Beacon (PL & Garmin 62s GPS, as well as maps & Compass; and a first age kit (with decent pain killers) Bike complete. Heidenau K60 scout fitted both front and rear. with recent road closures out Western NSW & QLD, I needed a tyre that can handle some tar, if I need to detour to get around certain sections. Hopefully, these will last the full distance of my trip as well as a mix of conditions. (notice shinny new brake pads, and yes.....they are cable ties around the spokes!) Ebay bar light ($26 for 2, delivered) 14t C/S sprocket, tucked away on the bashplate, for when things get a bit bogged down. Currently running the standard gearing of 15/41 to allow for higher touring speeds and better fuel economy. If you see me along the way, come over and have a chat....... as I'll be in need of a break from helmet karaoke.