Unfortunately Dunlop no longer make these gems - maybe this
new D908 is
You just can't go past Nikon. Yes, I know they sponsored
us, but to tell you the truth, we were rapt that they did. We had a
couple of F-801's and folks, if you haven't got one, get one. They
were incredibly reliable.
One Nikon even had one of the bikes ride
over it. That incident cracked some of the filters but the Nikons were
100%. In the digital age a
would be the equivalent camera.
We had 4 lenses covering 28mm - 200mm and just the essential polarising and warming
filters. We had one flash between the two of us and would have used it
maybe 10 times out of 12,000 shots. A bit of a waste of space....but then
again, you never know what might've come up. For film we used
Agfa's RS 50 Professional slide film, supplemented by some RS
100 Professionaland CT 200 stock. Also in amongst all that luggage
were 2 tripods that saw a lot of use.
One little photography tip here ... many people
spend years planning their motorcycle adventure of a lifetime and then come back
with crappy pictures. You probably will never get the chance to see those
scenes again. Do yourself a favour and take a photography course before
you go. You will look back on your rocking chair aged 70 and be grateful
you decided to learn to take nice pics. What's the point making that
journey you always dreamed of and then not record it photographically in a way
that does it justice.
Our good friends at
Mountain Designs provided us with
the outdoor gear we needed. This included tents, sleeping bags, insulating
mattresses a water filter pump and cooking gear. It was all top quality
stuff and is all still working well today 12 years later. The
sleeping bags were their own
"Standhart" down bags, rated to -10 degrees Celsius.
We needed every bit of that insulation as we often woke up in sub zero
temperatures, with nothing other than a insulation mattress and the sleeping
bags separating us from a slab of ice. We used a 2 man tent which only
just fitted us and our hand luggage in each night, but it was a lightweight, a
great design, easy to put up and kept the wind at bay.
McLeod Accessories (also in
Brisbane) chipped in with
Sidi riding boots,
Dririder wet/cold weather riding
gear and Shoei helmets. Stagg Leather donated a couple of great custom
made leather riding jackets. The only other gear with had with us was the
spare parts. These included cables, a chain each, spare levers and
assorted fluids and oils.
Unfortunately back in 1994 there
were no mobile phones, satellite phones or portable GPS units. Anyone
making a trip now would be advised to carry a mobile phone and GPS unit -
particularly through deserted places like Mongolia. We were pretty much at
the mercy of the people and places we went though. Even maps were scarce in
Russia then. We carried with us an extensive supply of maps. Most
places now have good motoring maps but it doesn't hurt to stock up before you go
for unmapped or poorly mapped places. The whole world is mapped out by the
US Department of Defence and you can buy maps called TPCs from them (about 0.75
x 1.00 metres each) from about $5 a map. This Tactical Pilotage Chart
series maps the world at a 1:500,000 scale but they can be a pain in the
butt to track down unless you go direct to the source. They are also at
least 3 times the price if you try to buy them from anywhere else. Email
them at 9-AMCfirstname.lastname@example.org
or call +1 301 436 8301.
All text and images copyright © 1994 - 2010; Walter Colebatch and James Mudie