GL002: Before We Left

June 6th, 2016

Before I tell you how our first days in the saddle were, let me show you the preparations that we did. Below are mostly pictures of bike preparations because they are so much more interesting to photograph than our vaccination booklets or how we managed to cram our stuff into our bags and cases.

If you have any questions about our preparations (bikes or otherwise) please let me know. I might summarize the questions in a Frequently Asked Questions section later.

A short summary of the bikes (I’m planning to do a more detailed post of the modifications in the future):

Petra’s BMW G650 XCountry:

  • Year of manufacure: 2009
  • Engine: 650ccm single cylinder
  • Max. horsepower: 53
  • Weight: approx. 170kg (370lbs) with luggage rack and second tank
  • Fuel capacity: 18.5 liters (4.9 US gal)
  • Mileage: 3.7L/100km (64mpg)
  • Range on full tanks: approx. 500km (310mi)
  • Nickname: Stiff Spring
  • In a nutshell: a nice and light bike for her with plenty of power to outrun the Yamaha.

Mark’s Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré:

  • Year of manufacture: probably 2008
  • Engine: 660ccm single cylinder
  • Max. horsepower: 48
  • Weight: approx. 210kg (460lbs) with luggage rack, carbon exhaust and a full tank
  • Fuel capacity: 23 liters (6 US gal)
  • Mileage: 4.3L/100km (55mpg)
  • Range on a full tank: approx. 530km (330mi)
  • Nickname: The Black Camel
  • In a nutshell: A reliable and simple bike that is not too heavy and will survive a knock or two.

Below you’ll find some photos of the bike preparations that we did, including some more-than-basic maintenance because I need to be able to keep the bikes going when the density of Yamaha and BMW dealers drops or if we simply get a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. Many thanks to Philipp R for his support!