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VIDEO GEAR | CHARGING GEAR | HELMET COM | SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR | RIDING GEAR | NAVIGATIONHONDA LUGGAGE | HIMALAYAN LUGGAGE | CAMPING GEAR | MAINTENANCE | HONDA TOOL ROLLMISCELLANEOUS | CT125_RACKS | #SHIPPING | TAT COSTS

VIDEO GEAR

CameraGoPro 9Amazing camera
GoPro AccessoryMedia ModFor audio
ND Filters for GoProNewerHelps keep the iso low for less noise in video.
GoPro AccessoryLong GoPro ScrewThis is key so that you can easily get it off.
GoPro AccessoryGoPro Quick Release
Plate
I put these on any mounts and tripod or selfie stick so
I can easily change where the gopro is mounted.
GoPro AccessoryGoPro Quick
Release Buckles
These break now and then. Good to have some spares.
Selfie StickInsta360 StickLight weight and versatile. This and the feet became my tripod.
Tripod FeetZedio Mini FeetAttached this to the bottom of the selfie stick
TripodManfrotto CompactI ditched this for something smaller/lighter, but it's a great compact tripod.
Ball HeadOben Mini HeadAn easy way to level the camera.
Helmet ClampDango Gripper MountLove this thing.
DroneDJI Mini 2The perfect drone for motorcycle videos. Tiny and light. (but no motion tracking).
ND Filters for DroneND Filter SetHelps keep the iso low for less noise in video.
Lav MicMM Audio LapelAudio is key. I ordered one with a custom short cable and an L shaped adapter.
SD CardsSanDisk 256gbDon't get any larger than this.
SD Card CaseMicro SD Card CaseWater resistant
Camera MountSmallRigPut a GoPro quick release on it, and boom.
Camera MountTaisioner Super ClamPut a GoPro quick release on it, and boom.
Hard DrivesSamsung T7 2TB
Case for Odds & EndsFulton Baghttps://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Insulated-Zippered-Bag-Hardbody/dp/B08T1G6FS3/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=fulton+bag+co+lunch+box&qid=1643051432&sprefix=fulton+bag+%2Caps%2C234&sr=8-4

CHARGING GEAR

Power InverterBestek Power InverterI needed this to be able to charge the laptop which needed 110V.
SAE ConnectorKuncan ConnectorConnected to the battery to provide power to my charging setup and the air compressor.
Power Charger
(TAT)
Anker 10000mAhGreat power charger. This is what I used on the TAT. Have since upgraded. This is what I used to charge phone/InReach/TCom at night when camping.
GoPro Battery ChargerTelesin BrandWorked great. Charges three batteries at once. Stayed closed in tank bag.
USB Charging HubUSB Charger6 port usb charger. I plugged this into the inverter and then attached all accessories via usb.
Current USB HubCar USB hubThis is what I'm using now. If you don't need a laptop - connect this to battery via SAE and charge everything in your tank bag.
Short Micro USB CablesShort cables for less mess.
Short USB C CablesShort Micro USB CablesShort cables for less mess.
USB PortsQuick Charge 3.0 Dual USBThis is NOT the port I have. But it is supposed to fit with a bit of sanding down the hole. Mine is from Webike and it fit- but I don't recommend it.

HELMET COM & SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR

Helmet Intercom
System
TCOMHighly recommend. Worked great and not too expensive.
Satellite
Communicator
Garmin InReach MiniSeemed like a smart thing to spend money on.

RIDING GEAR

Modular HelmetScorpionEXOLove.
BootsO'NealMaybe not the best ankle protection you can get - but comfy as hell. Love these.
Padded JacketBiltNo Longer Available
Padded JacketSimilarSimilar
Jacket I Might
Get Next
Helite Free-Air MeshLooks interesting.
Padded PantsBiltNo Longer Available
Similar PantsSimilarSimilar
Rain Jacket (TAT)Rain JacketI had a Columbia jacket that must be 15 years old laying around. That's what I brought. TOO BULKY!
Rain Pants (TAT)Rain PantsI used Frogg Toggs pants. TOO BULKY!
Rain Jacket (Current)Revit Smock BarrierPacks tiny. Love it. But - $$$.
Rain Pants (Current)Revit Acid 3 H2OPacks tiny. Not too expensive.
GlovesAplineStarsI think I got women’s gloves, and I’d do it again!

NAVIGATION

GPS Navigation
(Current)
Garmin Zumo XTSo much $$. So worth it. I still use Gaia for route planning.
GPS Navigation APP
(TAT)
GaiaGreat App.
GPS Navigation
(TAT)
Old iPhone 6Worked Fine
GPS Navigation
(TAT)
Kyocera DuraForce ProWe couldn’t get them to charge properly. Can’t recommend. You can find them cheap used...
Phone Mount
(TAT)
QuadLock Love. Kind of pricey, but.
Phone MountQuadLock Universal
Adaptor
Attach to any phone instead of buying the expensive QuadLock Cases.
Phone Mount
(TAT)
RAM Quick GripThis thing is kinda big, but I really liked it. Easy to get phone in and out. None of those dumb rubber things... I used this for awhile and gave it to JP to use when his fell apart.

LUGGAGE: HONDA CT125

Main BagGivi 40LLove.
Second BagGivi 30LLove.
Tank BagGivi Tank BagLove. And fit well on the CT.
StrapsRok StapsExtremely useful. Bring some spares.
StrapsVoile StrapsGreat to have around.
Front CaseApache 1800 CaseCheap and solid. If you have a Harbor Freight nearby, get it there for cheaper.
Side BagVolkcam Bike 20L
Pannier
So cheap and fit so well on my rack.
FuelMSR Fuel BottleBetter than my bladder idea.

LUGGAGE: ROYAL ENFIELD HIMALAYAN

Tank BagMosko Moto
Nomax Tank Bag
Great but $$$
LuggageMosko Moto Reckless 80Great but $$$

CAMPING GEAR

TentBig Agnes Copper SpurHell yes to this tent.
Sleep PadThermarest Neo AirThis is stupid-expensive - but I swear - the pad is the most important piece of gear…
Camp ChairHelinoxI had an REI Flexlite, but this is the same thing. I sent this home, but a nice luxury item.
Cheap Camp ChairKnock Off ChairA cheaper knock off that's probably just as good.
Quilt/Sleeping Bag
(TAT)
Enlightened Equipment Revelation 30 DegreeHigh quality quilt. I'm into the quilt thing and I love this company.
Expensive!
Sleeping Bag
(OLD)
Aegimax BagI used this for backpacking and the SM 500. It's a decen bag, but not for less than 50 degrees.
Quilt/Sleeping Bag
I might get next
Enlightened Equipment Convert 0 DegreeI'm thinking about doing the NEBDR in September/October and I think
I need a lower degree quilt. Maybe.
Bag LinerVumosThese are great to have. If it's super hot, these alone work great.
WaterMSR Dromedary BagGreat and holds a lot of H20
WaterDrinking Tube for
MSR Bag
Pocket BlanketMatador Pocket BlanketOne of my favorite pieces of kit.
Camp TowelSea to Summit
AirLite Towel
Love. Tiny and works well. You'll be the talk of the camp shower...
Tent LampBlack Diamond LanternLove. Great to hang in the tent.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PRQ0O94/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1
HeadlampCREE LED I used the tent lamp much more than this. But - handy
to have for sure...
Poo ShovelUST DigLeave no trace people
Ditty BagsDitty BagsKept things organized.
BuffMerino Wool BuffLove. Great for wiping gauges, sweat, water, whatever. Use as a
headband or make it into a hat.
Cook StoveFancy Feast Cook StoveYou can make these yourself out of a cat food can. But - be lazy like me. I like this because it's quiet (unlike a jetboil). And it boils quickly.
Fuel BottlePlastic DispensorFor stove fuel
Stove FuelHEET (yellow)I like it because you can find it anywhere...
Survival KnifeSmith & WessonI got this to process wood for campfires I never had... Someday!
Camp SpoonGSI LongYou need one of these to dig into those freeze dried bags of goop.
Camp Spoon 2Collapsible SpoonI love the GSI spoon. But it's length is kind of a pain in the ass to pack neatly. I'm trying this one. We'll see...
Cook PotToaksLight and great.
Wind ScreenToaksTo put around the stove if there's wind.
Collapsible CupSea to Summit X SeriesHandy
Coffee PressAeropressIf a flood came, this is what I would save. We use this every day at
home - not just for camping.
Bear BagRock SokA clever bit of kit
**Fig BarsNatures Best!The world's most perfect food.
Vegan Camp MealsLeafside (Disgusting)The world's most imperfect food.
Camp Shoes
(TAT)
Vertico SlidersThese were fine, but just a bit big to pack (and squeaky!)
Camp Shoes
(Current)
Vifuur Water ShoesThese pack to nothing, but I’ll feel stupid wearing them in a Mexican restaurant lounge.
Current Med KitAdventure Med KitIn addition to this, get some tweezers or a tick key.
Tick RemovalTick PatrolI hate ticks.
Insect RepellentSaywer PicaridinGood stuff.
Insect TreatmentSayer PermethrinSpray all your stuff down before you go.
Camp SawSilky Gomboy ProAmazon won't let me link to this - just google it.
Water TreatmentSaywer filtrationI didn't bring this on the TAT. But if you're getting super remote -
this is a good kit.
Merino Wool SocksTime May Tell SocksGreat.
SoapDr. Bronner'sCareful of the bottle being secure. My toothbrush was super minty
in a bad way one morning.
Laptop ProtectorUrban Armor
Mesh Laundry BagMesh Laundry BagGood for drying clothes on the bike...
UnderwearExOfficio BoxersSynthetic for wicking and quick drying.
BackpackBackpack
ParacordParacord
Puffy Jacket

ON TRAIL MAINTENANCE

Air CompressorSlimeFantastic!
Multi ToolWingman LeathermanGood to have somewhere you can get to easily.
Tire Tubes for CT12517" Tubes for Stock Tires
Chain LubePJ1 Blue
WD 40WD 40Always good to have around. Clean the chain, lube your jacket zipper that's so dusty it won't move anymore, etc...

HONDA CT125 TOOL ROLL

Tool RollWolfy 
Tire SpoonsMotion ProI used these a lot, and liked them a lot.
8/10mm Wrench8/10mm Wrench
12/14mm Wrench12/14mm Wrench
17/19mm Wrench17/19mm Wrench
16-18mm Spark Plug Wrench16-18mm Spark Plug Wrench
Pressure GaugePressure Gauge
ScrewdriverScrewdriverFrom the Honda Toolkit
Various Zip TiesVarious Zip TiesGet some of the huge ones from Harbor Freight too.
Small 5” Vice GripsSmall 5” Vice Grips
Allen Keys 3/4/10mmAllen Keys 3/4/10mmOnly need the 3, 4, and 10mm
JB Quick WeldJB Quick WeldGood for emergencies. Put it in a zip lock. I didn't and one of them got punctured...
Latex GlovesLatex Gloves
Blue LocktiteBlue Locktite
A few 10Amp FusesA few 10Amp Fuses
1 Fuse Puller1 Fuse Puller
TapeGorilla Tape
Stem PullerStem PullerI didn’t have this on the TAT. Will never be without one again!
1 Microfiber Rag1 Microfiber Ragery good to have around!
Tube Patch KitSlime patch Kit

MISCELLANEOUS

High Heat PaintRust-Oleum 248903Used for painting the exhaust.
Chain ScrubberEnenes BrushCompletely unnecessary and I wouldn't take this on a trip. But I use it at home.
Wash BrushesTooly Detail Kit.Completely unnecessary and I wouldn't take this on a trip. But I use it at home. Good for getting in the nooks and crannies.
SiphonKatumo SiphoneTo get the gas out of the tank to put in ethanol free for winter.
Bike CoverBike CoverCheapo. Good enough.
Valve AdjustmentYunshuo Spanner ToolUsed for adjusting the valves of the REH.
Oil FunnelFlexible Oil FunnelGood for draining the oil from the REH
Battery TenderBattery Tender JuniorKeep your battery in line during the winter time.
REH MirrosDoubletakeAwesome. (And Itchy Boots approved...)
Front Tire2.5x17 Shinko 244YES
Rear Tire3.0x17 Shinko 244YES

MY CT125 RACKS

BUYER BEWARE: Buying from this vendor means wiring money blindly with no protection. There is also a difference culturally in the way business is done at a small shop in Chang Mai, Thailand. Don’t expect immediate responses. Expect to be worried that you’ve been ripped off. If you don’t have the patience or the stomach for this kind of transactions, use WeBike or Beez. I took the risk because I am a cheap bastard who doesn’t mind a gamble and I was looking for the best bang for my buck and I thought that the sites like WeBike and Beez were a rip off. Working with this vendor worked out great for me. I take no responsibility for what your experience might be!

All of the racks are from “CT125 Accessories Parts”. I found them on Facebook. I was pretty surprised by the cost of CT125 accessories I was seeing on Ebay or WeBikes or the other usual places –  (plus the crazy international shipping). This place is located in Chang Mai, Thailand and is legit (in my experience) despite the lack of a website. The racks are high quality and solid. Everything lined up and fit correctly. They don’t have a website and they only take wire transfer – so there is definitely a bit of a leap of faith involved. And communication is different from what you’d get from an established company with a fancy website. But their prices are very very good (and I’m cheap). They shipped via Thai Post – which I recommend… It was relatively cheap and came quickly. I’m pretty sure 2 week shipping was $200 or 2-3 months was $60. But it comes quicker than that. It was all very well packed. No instructions – but I emailed them a question and they got back to me with photos and an explanation right away. 

I don’t get anything out of recommending this – I just had good luck with them. Here’s a link. Talk to Jednipit and tell him Angelo sent you. 

https://www.facebook.com/CT125PARTSTHAILAND/

Here’s what I paid. This is much cheaper than I saw anywhere else. 

ITEMBAHTUSD
Crash Bars 2,900 $93.45
Front Rack
1,150$37.07
Headlight Protector800$25.78
Center Rack1,640$52.85
Tail Light Protector1,250$40.28
Left Side Rack 1,800$58.00
Fender Lifter Brackets650$20.94

Shipping

Like anyone planning a trip like this, we figured, we’ll just rent a truck, throw the bikes in, and drive home. That was until we found out that a one way truck or cargo van or box truck rental was going to be about $2,000. We also found out that even if we were dumb enough to pay that – there were none to be found. Keep in mind- this was 2021 just after the first vaccines were going out and people were psyched because we all thought Covid was over. Which also meant that everyone and their mother was trying to get out and about, camping, traveling, whatever… Anyway – ship and fly made the most economic sense since slabbing those little bikes home was definitely off the table.

But shipping was expensive. We used Federal, and even though they screwed up and sent my bike to Louisiana – I guess I’d still recommend them. It was the biggest expense of the trip. It cost around $950 to ship from Medford to Asheville for me (although because of the screw ups I got refunds of $400). Basically they’re a broker for CRST. Maybe you can get a cheaper rate dealing direct with CRST. Our rep was very nice and made things easy. At the time, shippers were very busy – so definitely set this up well in advance. You don’t have to nail down a date, but get a reservation going. Something to keep in mind – the drop off isn’t open on weekends, so you have to plan to be there Mon-Fri which can be tricky.

Here’s the basic process. Call and give them info on your bike and where you want it shipped from and to and a vague date. A few days before (make sure to call them on a weekday) let them know the exact day you’ll be dropping it off. They’ll email you a way to pay and the drop off location address. You bring the bike in and let them catalogue how badly you fucked up your bike on the TAT, and then you sign some papers and wave goodbye. The location we dropped off was at a warehouse maybe 15 minutes from the airport. The process didn’t take long. Also just know – you don’t have to drain the bike or anything like that. They’ll also tell you not to leave luggage on it – don’t believe it. Ours were fully loaded and it was helpful to not have to fly with a bunch of that gear. Just make sure everything is secure and all good. (This was our experience – I can’t guarantee it will be the same for you…)

Here’s the information – tell Tessa Ang and Johnny Pow sent you. She won’t remember us, but tell her anyway.

Federal
federalcos.com
Tessa Henderson
tessa.henderson@federalcos.com
800-747-4100 x-2292

Here are some others that we came across in our research. Don’t trust us – call around.

Haul Bikes
https://haulbikes.com/quote/
Forward Air
https://www.forwardair.com/
Motorcycle Shippers
https://motorcycleshippers.com/
Federal
https://funtransport.com/quick-quote/
Moto Shippers
https://www.motoshippers.com/
UShip
https://www.uship.com/

 

How much did the Trans America Trail trip cost?

This doesn’t include the bike, the racks, the luggage, the camp gear, shipping the bike back, or airfare back. This is pretty much in line with what others report too.

-$588.10 OTR Cycle Maint/Tires/Tubes/Chain/General BS
-$700.70 Food/Drink
-$419.38 Fuel
-$1,296.33 Camp/Motels
-$3,004.51 Total