Who, Why and When

Hello and welcome to our mid life crisis. We are two thirty something blokes with a love of motorcycles and wide open spaces. This blog not only follows our four week trip into the unknown but also contains information and links on how we set up our bikes for the trip. Hopefully our story not only inspires you to get out of your comfort zone and do something mad and liberating but also gives you a bit of a laugh.

Cheers Mike and Rod

Rods CRF450X

Ok so I also have a love for Enduro bikes and riding with my brother down south. When I got organized again in Oz, I wanted a Honda CRF450X and started looking for one to buy.

After taking on this adventure, I initially thought, I’ll have to buy another bike for it. Well for some reasons that I won’t go into here, I couldn’t buy another bike and so started investigating how to convert the CRF into a safari bike. I have read a lot of blogs and found that it possible but a couple of changes were needed and a planned maintenance schedule would help. So what have I done to the bike;

• Luggage Rack – B&B Off-road Engineering have just brought out a rack for the CRF, They kindly donated one to me to test out on the journey. I am stoked they have and it has helped with packing of the bike.

• Master Cylinder Guard – B&B Off-road have also donated a guard. Again good protection of the braking device on the bike as they can get beaten up a bit.

• Bash Plate – I have brought a rock solid bash plate from Force Accessories; it covers up everything under the engine and provides great protection.

• Radiator Guards – Force Accessories have good rad guards and after some good falls on the enduro tracks, these are good investments.

• 22 litre Safari Tank – I ordered a large safari tank to get some longer range.

• 12 litre Fuel Bladder – Liquid containment make collapsible bladders as there is some areas on the trip we need more fuel than the bikes tank can carry. Once we are through, we can roll it up and save space.

• Extra Large Duffle Bag – Wolfman luggage have good duffle bags for these adventures, I got the same as Mike.

• Gearing – I have changed the gearing on the bike to bring the rpm’s down at cruising speed.

• Tyres – Going with Pirelli MT21 on front and back. Went for this tyre as we want good hookup in the dirt and can handle the compromise on the road.