Panigale Around Australia 2016: Gear and Luggage

I have categorised my items according to the section of the bike. I’ve tried my best to include everything I had taken for the trip, and I probably have still missed one or two, but the below list will be a good guide for any tarmac-based road trip.

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The complete luggage set up, as shown above in Cloncurry, Queensland

The categories are under the following areas:

  1. Handle bars
  2. Tank bag
  3. Backpack
  4. Top luggage bag
  5. Side luggage cases
  6. Rear rack
  7. Personal gear

 

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The rack design with Rotopax, as displayed at Fraser Motorcycles, Concord NSW

 

HANDLE BARS

If your bike does not have a built-in cruise control system, I highly recommend you to try the Omni-Cruise throttle lock, especially if your road trip includes many hundreds of kilometres of highway straights. Although it does not totally lock the throttle in one place for an indefinite time period, it does well in allowing you to give your right wrist some time to release the strain and give it a stretch while maintaining highway speeds.

The lever guards that I have fitted on the Panigale are of a cheap, generic kind that costed me under $40.00. They offer absolutely no protection due to its plastic construction; these are purely for cosmetic purposes so, if you need actual lever protection, be prepared to spend over $200.00 for ones that do work. In saying that, the faux guards have served me well in the past as a helmet hook, and is definitely useful for those long trips on the open road where clean areas void of ants are as common as the unicorn.

I had specifically purchased and fitted a low-cost charging facility for this trip as I anticipated the need for a charging point when camping in the bush. Unfortunately for me, the charger failed to provide any current to my devices within a week, although the switch still lit up. Due to this possibility for which I prepared myself, I had carried a total of three battery packs, enough for me to charge three days worth of travel for all my electronic devices.

  • Generic eBay lever guards
  • Omni-Cruise Universal Throttle Lock
  • Topeak Smartphone Drybag with handle bar mount
    • Sony Xperia Z5 Android Smartphone, on the Telstra network
  • Generic eBay USB battery charger

 

TANK BAG

The tank bag on the Panigale is the SW-Motech daypack that clips on top of a model-specific U-shaped mounting bracket attached over the rim of the fuel lid. The tank bag is important for two reasons: storage and chest support. This is where your critical personal items would be kept, such as your ID and money. Provided that the bag is sufficiently full, it also acts as a support for your chest, which can help alleviate pressure on both your back and wrists.

 

  • Sony a7R Camera
  • Wallet
  • Anker 13000mAHh battery bank
  • Spare camera batteries
  • Mini camera tripod

 

BACKPACK

The backpack that was carried for the trip was the Ogio No Drag Mach 5. The bag was carried on my back for the first week of the trip, but I decided to strap it on top of the rest of the luggage after departing Perth due to the additional weight from food and supplies that were purchased to anticipate the remote road ahead. Disregarding the weight, the bag performed well in the area of water resistance and the ability to separate papers, brochures and receipts using its many compartments.

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  • Food
  • Torch
  • Laptop with charger
  • Receipts of all purchases
  • Locality maps
  • Other accessories for electronic devices
  • Other miscellaneous items

 

TOP LUGGAGE BAG

The Dririder Explorer Tail Pack served as my main luggage area. The bag offers a volume of approximately 100 litres and, when used with the provided cover, is amply suitable for wet weather conditions. The provided tie-down points help secure the luggage only if your bike offers opposing mounting points that equate to a width of a bike that has side panniers; i.e. you will have no luck in mounting this bag on a stock-standard sport bike. The bag was strapped onto the bike using a minimum of four velcro straps, all of which were wrapped around the handles of the Rotopax canisters.

  • Side pockets, containing:
    • Brita water filter bottle
    • Moist wipes
    • Chain lubricant
    • Back-up battery pack
    • Food
  • Upper strap-down section, holding:
    • Sleeping bag
    • Universal deep frying cooking utensil
  • Main compartment, containing:
    • Folding saw
    • Folding shovel and pick tool
    • Tongs and cutlery
    • Foot pump
    • 2 x water resistant pouches (large enough to protect a bag)
    • Third-person view camera mount
    • GoPro Hero 4 Black and accessories
    • Other camera accessories
    • Spare velcro and bungee straps
    • Spare plastic bags
    • Secondary backpack, containing
      • 2 x towels
      • 2 x shirts
      • 1 x board shorts
      • 1 x trousers
      • 2 x socks
      • 2 x underwear
      • Toiletries case
      •  2 x USB wall chargers with micro-USB cables

 

SIDE LUGGAGE CASES

To ensure peace of mind, I required a bike that would be able to do at least 400kms out of a tank. The Panigale would be lucky to achieve more than 250kms in realistic conditions, and this does not even take into account of the added luggage weight and the reduced aerodynamics, both of which would take a toll on the bike’s existing thirst. Due to the vast arid remote areas that needed to be travelled, I also required enough potable water to last me at least two days in case of a breakdown that prevents me from obtaining a potentially life-saving resource. The system manufactured by Rotopax was a top choice.

The Rotopax systems made a lot of sense for me because, not only was removing a canister as easy as it can get, they are secure thanks to the inbuilt lock that goes with the mounting mechanism. All Rotopax canisters were mounted in a way so that the lids faced rearwards from the bike. In this way, I could refill the canisters without removing them from the bike, nor would I have anything else that would get in the way.

The Rotopax dry pack was utilised to store any small items that, although would not be used much or at all, would possibly be required in an urgent situation where timeliness may be crucial.

  • 2 x 7.6L Rotopax petrol canister (red)
  • 1 x 7.6L Rotopax water canister (white)
  • 1 x Rotopax dry pack (black)
    • Alarmed disc lock
    • Citronella candles
    • Lighter
    • Matches
    • Firelighters
    • Tyre puncture repair kit
    • Tyre pressure gauge
    • First aid kit
    • Knife
    • Rag/cloth
    • Latex gloves
    • Tools, inc. wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers
    • Duct tape
    • Zip ties
    • Super glue
    • Rubber bands
    • Scissors
    • LED head torch
    • Lens/glass wipes
    • Emergency battery bank
    • Spare micro-USB cable
    • Pen

 

REAR RACK

As part of the custom luggage rack design with the mounts that support the Rotopax system, I also requested there to be a rack on the rearmost point of the bike so that I can carry items that are lengthy but small in width, and that the number plate still remained fully visible. The main idea was to have a camera tripod to be immediately accessible, but the final iteration of the final design allowed space for a extra items to be included together.

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  • Spinifex 2-person Hawkesbury Dome Tent
  • Camera tripod
  • Cable lock

 

PERSONAL GEAR

The Aldi-brand wet weather gear so far has been the absolute best that I have used in my wet weather adventures. Don’t look down at the humble supermarket brochure the next time Aldi advertises their motorcycle offerings; they are both cheap and very useful!

  • Helmet: Arai XD-4
    • With Sena 10C bluetooth headset with integrated action camera
  • Jacket: RST Ventilator 4 Textile
  • Gloves: Dainese short gloves (model name unknown), Dririder Adventure 2 wet weather gloves
  • Pants: Dainese Laguna Seca EVO 2 piece leather (only pants used)
  • Boots: Dririder waterproof leather boots (model name unknown)
  • Wet weather suit: 2-piece waterproof top and pants purchased from Aldi Supermarket

 

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The Panigale, displayed in the showroom with its mountain of a luggage!

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