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Kriega US-5

Posted: 28/01/2014 in Equipment archives
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Hey!

Lets start off this year bloging with a short review of my new pack, the Kriega US-5. If you don’t know Kriega, RevZilla made a short video of the brand and products guide.

Now these pack are supposed to be 100% waterproof, and there is quite a lot of happy users out there. So I thought I would get the smallest one to check it out. Also the bag contents has been changed for 2014->, they added a aluminium hook strap kit to it and raised the price for £10 (~12€), but the plan(hopefully) for my US-5 is to attach it to Hydro-3 and I don’t need the alu hooks for that, so I bought the “old” bag.

So what do you get when buying the US-5. Well you get the bag itself, 2 mounting straps and 2 strap keepers so that they don’t flap around in the wind.
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The bag itself is a roll-top design with outer water resistant layer and inner removable white waterproof layer.
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On the outside of the bag there is a mesh pocket and a zipped pocket. On the zipped pocket there is a YKK water resistant zipper.
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This bag can work as stand alone bag or you can attach it on any of the Kriega backpacks and other dry packs. There is a very long thread about those packs and all of the Kriega gear on AdvRider.com and its worth reading.

Stay safe!
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Update 17.5.2014

Comming back from enduro meeting in Croatia and having used my Kriega US-5 on my bike for the first time I have to say I am very impressed at how well it worked with Kriega tool roll on the back of my KLE. US-5 is just big enough to hold my tool kit and yet small enough to not interfere with getting on and off the bike. Will definitely getting more Kriega bags in the future as they really are the top of the line.

All packed up at home
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After a day of riding
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Packing list

Posted: 28/07/2013 in Equipment archives
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Hey all!

I am finally back home for 2 days to sort out a few things and head back on holidays. Just got from the sea side with my girlfriend and tomorrow I am heading off to a 5 day ride with my grandfather (70 years old) around Slovenia, as close to the border as possible.

But before we go I would like to make a post here about how I pack on my bike. It is far from perfect, it also couldn’t work for all people. But it has worked out great for me so far. Before I go into details of what is where, here is the picture of a loaded bike:
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So on the bike I have a SW-Motech Enduro tank bag, Moto-Detail soft panniers (not extended) and a waterproof duffel bag.

The packing system is the same for on-road and off road with 1 difference: on-road I use Givi Maxia 52l top box instead of waterproof duffel bag.

And here is what is in my bags:
Right pannier (exhaust side, light items):
-3xUnderware
-3xSocks
-3xShirt
-1xZip-off pants
-2xShorts
-1xSports suit(long sleve)
-2xTowel

Left pannier (heavier stuff):
-1xSleeping bag
-1xAirmat
-1xPillow
-1xAxe
-1xToolkit
-1xChain oil
-Toilet bag (toothbrush, paste, etc…)

Waterproof duffel:
-1xTent
-1xGroundsheet

Tank bag:
-1xLamp
-1xKnife
-1xLighter
-2xCharger (MP3 and Phone)
-1xCamera
-1xPapers
-1xGPS (when not in use)

Extra stuff I carry on me:
-1x2l Camelbak
-1xValet
-1xKeys
-1xMobile phone
-1xKnife (no confusion, I always carry a Knife in a hands reach)

Now I know that this may seem a lot of stuff, but in my opinion this is quite a light packing list. Out of curiosity I have took all my gear on a scale to see how heavy/light it actually is.

Here are the results:
Panniers=10,8kg
Tank bag=2,7kg
Duffel bag=3,5kg
Total=17kg of gear

That is on the bike, plus 3kg on me (camelbak, etc…).

Here is all the gear, riding and packed, on my bed:
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There you go, my full packing list, I can ride a weekend trip or a week long trip with ease packed like this (maybe throw in a shirt or two for longer trips).

All the comments and suggestions are appreciated in the comments section below.

Thanks and safe riding!

P.S.:Stay tuned for more stuff coming in the late august! GPS hard-wiring, report from III. International KLE Meeting and more…

Hey all!

Lately I have been working and riding quite a lot and didn’t seem to find any time for some updates here on the blog. So to redeem myself a bit I will do a quick tent review.

As most of you know, my old tent broke on my first ride with it, so I was in the market for a new one. After looking around for a long time I have finally decided to buy a Vango Banshee 300.

It is supposed to be a 3 person tent, but it so more 2+gear if you are on a motorcycle. It is also very light, only 2,75kg (according to the official site). In my set-up with a 2x4m ground sheet and a waterproof duffel-bag it weights 3,5kg. I won’t be doing a very in-depth review as it has been done really well here!

Here are a the pictures of my tent:

Packed up:
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In the bag:
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Standing up:
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Inside:
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I forgot to mention that the packed size is only 48 x ø16cm and it also fits in a Givi Maxxia 52l top-case.

Have a nice day!

Hey all!

A few months ago I bought a SW-Motech GPS Bag and did a review. I bought that in hopes of getting a car GPS and use in ton the bike, so it would have a bit of protection from the elements.

But that plan went down the drain a few weeks ago when I won a Garmin 60CSx handheld GPS unit. So now I have a different unit that fits in that GPS bag. So I needed a new mounting system for this unit. After reading a lot of things of different mounts on the forums I decided on RAM mount as the Touratech lockable mount was to expensive for my pockets.

I ordered my set from gpscity.com. They are great to deal with, and fast to. The set I ordered is a RAM Mount GPSMAP 60C Series Stainless Steel U-Bolt Mount, here is the link to it.

Here are a few shots:

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Complete set

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GPS cradle

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GPS Cradle with ball

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Handlebar bits

But there isn’t all so good about these mounts. The mounts I got look like they have survived a world war. They are scuffed up, the paint is flaking. Though this doesn’t effect the operation.

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Here are a few pictures of it with GPS in the cradle:
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Stay tuned for some mounting “instructions” in a few days 😀

Hey all!

All over the winter I have been looking for a suitable GPS to use on my motorcycle trips this years. I have been set on buying a car GPS, something in range of 1490T. But than one day, when I lost a bidding for a 1490T, I noticed a 60CSx on a very low price and very short time till the end.

And in the anger of not wining the 1490T, I started bidding on a 60CSx. Kid’s when angry don’t be on E-bay :D. In this wake of disappointment, I went over my budget for a GPS. I lost the 1490T because I didn’t want to pay more than 110€ for a GPS, and 30min later I won the 60CSx for 155€, way over my intended budged. Oh well, a few hours of working overtime to fill the gap in my bank account.

Enough of the talking, lets get down to the fun stuff. First of all here are some technical details Garmin 60CSx.

The unit was used, maybe once or twice. I was without a scratch, dent… Just like I bought a new unit. I really liked that. When I connected it to my PC and checked it out, all I found was 7 search results, so I assume that is the most it was used, for seven searches.

Here is the retail package:
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Paper work, I forgot to mention I also got a original Italy&Greece maps:
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The GPS itself its packed in a cardboard shell:
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The shell opened up:
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I had a chance to test the GPS out in a car, and I must say that I am very happy with it. I have no regrets in buying it so far.

For setting up your gps for motorcycle riding, mostly dual sport, you might want to check out the dualsportwest.com where you can find a step-by-step guid on how to set up you 60CSx.

Also as we all know standard mapping on Garmin devices is a bit poor, so a upgrade to more detailed maps is suggested. You can find a lot of info on noeman.org, it’s full of interesting and helpful articles on how to download and use your maps on your gps and PC.

Soon there will be a set-up guide for mounting it on a KLE, so stay tuned!

Hello!

For those of you who ride your KLE’s off road, you know that stock handlebars are very uncomfortable while standing. So for that reason I decided to either geat a set of Rox or vario risers or swap handlebars. After some discussion on different forums I decided to go with different handlebars, and it is a bit cheaper than risers.

As you could read in my Holiday shopping post I bought a Renthal bars and grips. And now lets go to the mounting process.

Here is a one over the other photo:
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First of all, you need to remove everything from the stock bars. I left the throttle assembly together as I didn’t want it to fall apart and when I removed the bars just slid it down.
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Next undo the four bolts at the clamps. But be aware they are tight as hell, and a bit rusted if still factory. It took a 40 cm extension on the hex wrench and a quick surge.
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The bike without bars, looks quite sad:
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After this it is time tu set up the bars and control for a test fit:
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A this point you have to decide If you will grind the tabs on the controls or drill holes. I decided I will grind of the tab on left side controls as it is plastic and it also doesn’t matter if they spin a little. But on the right side at the throttle I decided to drill the hole to prevent twisting of the controls on the bars.

Grind those little studs in the middle:
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Now to the part that Renthal does not encourage, drilling the bars. I dont think this will be a problem for my bars as I don’t ride half as aggressively as hard enduro and rally guys. Just make sure you drill at the right spot. I think I used a 5mm drill bit.
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Now it’s all just the matter of putting everything back together, clamping on the bars and setting their position to suit you and bolting the controls back on. When the bars are securely back on the bike you can install the new grips. For these Renthal grips I had to cut a hole in the end of the grip so that the bolt for hand guards could go through.
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After that you just slide them on. I used a bit of brake cleaner to help sliding them on. After the brake cleaner dries out they won’t spin, or at least mine don’t. A word of warning here, as the Renthal grips are made for MX/Enduro bikes, the throttle side grip is a bit to short and a bit of plastic throttle tube looks out under it, if I would have measured before fitting I could cut away the excess plastic and make it look nicer but it will have to stay like this for this season.
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With all that done, here is the finished product, and by the way, stock cabel are long enough for this conversion.
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If you have any questions, please ask.

Ride hard and stay safe!

Hello!

Well it has been quite a long time since my last post. I have been occupied with work and college and had very little time. So now I am back with a good set of things to post up. So in this short post I would like to do a quick review of the Sidi Charger boots that I have bought myself to replace the 8 year old Probiker Scout boots. Sidi Charger boots are one step down from their premium Crossfire boots.

Lets get to business. The boots come packed in a standard but colourful cardboard box:
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Inside the box you find the boots and a bag of goodies:
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Before we head on to the boots, lets look at the contents of that bag. Inside there were 4 sets of ankle pivot bolts, a sheet of Sidi stickers, a sheet showing their other items, certificate and cleaning instructions:
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Now for the boots themselves. I got them in black, but also exists in white, blue and red.
Here is a picture of them:
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Having the boots on in house they were really comfortable. These are my first proper MX boots so I can’t wait until the snow melts and I can give them a test ride.

I will have a bit more to write about them when I have a chance to put a few thousand kilometres on them, but until then, stay safe and happy riding!
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Update: 30.10.2013

After a whole season of riding, I think it is time to do a quick overview of the boots performance. I have to say that these are the best boots I have ever had a chance to ride on a motorcycle. Some times they were on me the whole day of riding and I haven’t felt any discomfort or pain in my feet. And there is the felling of a secure ankle when you step down from the pegs and on uneven ground. I also used them on a few rides with my grandpa’s ER5 and I have to say that they didn’t fell bulky or uncomfortable on a street bike. If you are looking for a MX boot and don’t have the funds for a Sidi Crossfire boots, consider these boots. One more thing, they do squeak as all MX boots do.

Cheers!