Lightweight Moto-Adventure


Here's a sentence I didn't expect to write. 

This time a couple of weeks ago I was getting sunburnt on a tropical beach in Scotland. I know, I was surprised too.

 Scotland not being well known for either tropical beaches or boiling hot sunshine.

 But it's what happened on the week long lightweight adventure bike tour of the north my five buddies and I just returned from. 

We started near Newcastle and made it as far as the very top of the Island of Lewis & Harris.

Adventure Spec motorcycle trip




Adventure Spec motorcycle trip

Adventure Spec motorcycle gravel suit

Over the next few posts I'm going to tell you some stories from the trip. 

What we took. Where we went. What we discovered about the trails in Scotland. But today I want to start at the end. 

With this photo.

motorcycle trip packingW

This is everything I took on my KTM 450EXC and did not use. 

Which can be whittled down to this photo.

Everything I took, did not use, and would happily leave behind next time. 

Which coincidently takes up about the same amount of space as a small camping chair. 

Which my friends smugly pointed out as I sat on the hard dirty floor, while they put their feet up next to the camp fire.

motorcycle trip camping Adventure Spec motorbike

Before we departed I had ridiculed the idea of taking a chair, but it turns out that on a lightweight moto-camping trip, a lightweight folding chair can be considered to be more essential than: 

1: Mini tripod 

2: Head torch (it didn't get dark till midnight) 

3: Phone mount 

4: Paracord 

5: Axe 

6: Spare loo roll 

7: Tarp 8: Shorts 

9: Baselayer trousers (it was hot!) 

10: 3rd pair of spare gloves 

The joke was definitely on me. In the next Scotland post I'm going to tell you a bit more about the bikes and gear that we all took. 

If you are packing and about to head off on your own lightweight moto-adventure, you'd be surprised at how much gear you don't need. 

But pack the chair. 

See you soon.

Greg Villalobos

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