Planning this trip has been a time consuming, yet exciting, activity.  Researching and organising delivery of all the gear from Australia for delivery in Canada and the USA from across the Pacific has proven to be a lesson in organisation.  Thanks to the internet, adventure forums and our North American based crew for taking delivery of boxes and boxes of gear.

Our bikes were always going to be BMW dual sport bikes.  As Murray is 6’4″, the F800GS was the logical choice. At a slightly less 5’7″, a flat footed stance could only be achieved on the F650GS for Loren.  The frame and internals of both bikes are the same, the main difference being larger suspension on the F800GS.  With a water cooled, twin cylinder, 798CC engine, we should have no problems with any of the mountains on our journey.

The gear is very similar for both riders.  This is the slightly summarised list.

Loren Murray
Bike 2010 BMW F650GS 2009 BMW F800GS

Adventure Spec Crash Bars

Adventure Spec Rear Luggage Rack

Adventure Spec Sump Guard


Jesse Odyssey II Panniers

Wolfman Large Expedition Dry Duffle

Wunderlich Headlight Cover

Wunderlich Tank Bag

Wunderlich Vario Touring Screen
Camping Bowl

Cleaning cloth


Espresso stovetop


Light My Fire Spork


Liner – silk

Liner – thick

Mont-Bell Spiral Down Sleeping bag

MSR Cooking Pot

MSR Fuel cannister

MSR Nano Towel

MSR Original Towel

MSR Whisper lite stove

Nalgene storage bottles


Plastic storage container


rubber hammer

small towel

Tent REI Half Dome 2+

Tent Footprint

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-Rest Pillow

Wash liquid

Wash pad/brush

Water Filter
Clothing Camel Back 3L Day Pack

Casual shirt (collared)

Gerbrings Heated Vest X

Gerbrings Single Remote controller X

Hornee Kevlar Jeans

Icebreaker 150 s/s

Icebreaker 260 l/s

Icebreaker 260 long johns

Icebreaker 320 GT l/s

Icebreaker Balaclava

Icebreaker Beast Jocks

Icebreaker inner gloves

Icebreaker neck warmer

Icebreaker Socks

l/s shirt (collared)

Lightweight hiker pants

Rev’it Cayenne Pro Jacket BMW Rallye 3 Jacket

Rev’it Defender Goretex Pants BMW Rallye 3 Pants

Rev’it Monster Summer Gloves

Rev’it Tempest Winter Gloves Rev’it Alaska Winter Gloves

Salomon Exit GTX light hikers Merrell GTX light hikers

Shoei Hornet DS Helmet


SIDI Canyon Goretex Riding Boots

Documents Canadian Registration/Insurance

Driving licenses copy

Driving licenses originals

GPS files

International Driving License

Location Maps

Lonely Planet Central America

Lonely Planet Mexico

Lonely Planet South America

Mexico Insurance

Packing List


Passport Photos

Travel Insurance Documents

Vaccination Schedule
Electronics Belkin Surge Protector Mini

Centech AP-1 Fusebox

Cigarette Socket Battery Lead

Garmin Zumo 660 GPS

GOPro Helmet Cam


Midlands GTX1000 5W 2way

SLR Camera

SPOT Beacon

Starcom1 Communication System
Medical Aspirin

Cold Flu Cough


First Aid Kit

Ginger Anti-vomit


Tools 1 oz bottle of RuGlyde

10m – 5mm Maxim Techcord , 2270kg TS

Adventure Spec Tool tube

air pressure gauge

Airman Tour60 air compressor

Andyz Smart Strapz

BMW F650 Toolkit

bulbs (extra)

bulbs (turn signal) X 2

chain master link clip

Clarity Defog it

fuses (extra)

JB Weld

Leatherman Charge TTI


oil funnel


Rescue tape/Self fusing rescue tape

spark plug (extra)

spark plug holder (for extra)

tubeless tire repair kit

twin socket adaptor

vinyl gloves