So what kind of stuff did I buy for my long motorcycle road trip through Mexico in 2021? Let me show you! I bought a BMW G 310GS in January of 2021 in Cancun, and the road trip started there, waiting for the Mexican Vaccination program to take control of the pandemic and with that the ease down of measurements in Mexico and the States to visit.
The BMW G 310 GS is a totally different bike than the Kawasaki Dominar 400 I rode in the Philippines
In the Philippines the road trip I did there with my son Arnan was kind of unprepared, we just one day decided we wanted to do it, owning a small 150 CC motorcycle and learning a lot along the way.
After that experience, we bought more CC’s and now in Mexico, my son purchased even more CC’s, I kind of have fewer CC’s, (a little) but a more all round bike and somehow it goes faster. I guess the engine is tuned a lot better. I know by now the shock absorber is! The BMW G 310 GS is a perfect bike for me, and the BMW F 850GSA suits best for my son.
In the Philippines we learned about repairs, weather, the importance of good bags in the back, road rage, crazy traffic, and chaotic situations, and more.
All those learning curves we have taken with us to Mexico and we come much better prepared this time. It took us a few months to gather all the stuff we wanted, more so because Mexico is a huge country with many miles of desolate areas where there is hardly any service. So we have to be able to fix our own bikes when something goes wrong.
We bought equipment all over the world to make this journey even better than it was before!
For the upgrades done on the BMW F 850GSA, you click here
and you can even download some of our trips from the Philippines and Mexico there in GPX-format.
For my bike, the BMW G 310GS we upgraded as follows:
- panniers racks van SM Motech
- Ram Mounts for GPS and GoPro
- Sena 20S Evo intercom
- DrySpecs side panniers and top bag
I wanted a USB connector in the dashboard, to charge my phone while using GPS, but I have decided to ride with a power bank under my Huawei telephone I use for GPS, It fits perfectly, and maybe later I have a USB plug installed.
A little adjustment to the bike:
The BMW G 310GS has a kind of “floating” headlight. I have no idea why, for it is annoying. When riding at night the light is all over the place except for where you need it and not to mention the oncoming traffic that thinks I am signaling like crazy.
So we took it partially out, self-sticking insulation rubber around it (the kind you use at home to insulate windows), and put it back in. That was such a huge improvement. But it did not last. The vibration made the tape to move out all the time, I kept stuffing it back.
So finally we decided to do a proper fix.
- Faseed integral helmet
- Kohl Motorjacket
- Mechanix high impact gloves
Still looking for boots and riding pants. it is hard to find in Mexico unless you want to order online and pay too much. So some gear will be bought along the trip.
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Communication and route planning software
We talk along the ride and we plan our routes ahead, using waypoints and points of interest in between start and finish. We ride from hotel to hotel or Airbnb.
I use the following software:
- Nextcloud for file sharing and keeping all the documents digitally within reach that we need for riding, insurance, and registration of the bike as well as our personal documents. We also use this to store GPX files
- Road Trip Planner for IOS, which comes with a viewer for the iPhone. But I do not think it works very well since Apple maps has no clue of Mexican roads.
- OsmAnd Maps for the actual GPS. It is a free app, works like a charm, and only if you need a lot more maps you pay per map. It reads the files exported from Road Trip Planner and is available for both iPhone and Android.
- Sena Utilities, to connect the headset and work with voice commands for radio, music, phone options, better than the dial on the headset.
And then there is all the little stuff!!
You know it when you see it or you buy it because you think you need it, and probably or hopefully never use it, but there might be a day you miss it while you are on the road. I am talking about stuff like:
- That little leg-bag I bought for my wallet and stuff since the pockets on the Kohl Jacket are so stuffy
- A tubeless tire repair set including CO2 cartridges, men I do hope there is a tire repair shop nearby
- Tools that are missing in your standard toolset from the factory, like that wrench in a certain diameter or some Allen keys, stuff that should be there but isn’t
- A headlight, although we swore to never ride at night because you never know when you have to fix something in the dark, will be handy during brownouts as well.
- A medical kit, bandaid, antiseptic cream, Immodium, things like that.
- A pocket knife, although it is not allowed but how to peel an apple along the way, or worse: cut open your boots when you need to? So we have a reason for having it, hopefully, like in the Philippines nobody will notice
- A blue (!! YES!!) luggage net, always nice to throw over your top bag so you can stuff things underneath, like your rain liner, or a water bottle
- Yellow nigh glasses, after my cataract surgery my eyes are more sensitive for lights, so at night this will calm my eyes.
- Disk lock with an alarm and reminder cable and a general lock to I can secure the motor unto something solid
- Bike cover (not sure about that one, it is bulky, but it fits under the net)
And then there is my personal gear! Although I live as a minimalist, there are always some clothes and lots of technical stuff, that takes up most of the space in the DryPecs bags.
Some photos of the mods to the BMW G 310 GS
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