Malcam Universal Waterproof TPMS

Having lost air pressure on the rear tire of my KLR three times in as many weeks, I’ve become a little paranoid along with my own rear-end a little hypersensitive to how tire air pressures are holding up. That’s why I sprang for this tire pressure monitoring system for the Tiger 800Xc. At fifty-five bucks,…

Givi Trekker Outback 37L Panniers

Calling anything on a motorcycle weatherproof is a misnomer, unless we’re talking about these panniers. O-ring sealed, riveted aluminum and reinforced polymer construction make these live up to the claim, not to mention bullet-proof, or I should say high and low side proof. Givi engineered a clever locking system that works tandem in securing the…

Rok Straps

Having developed a reasonable fear of bungee cords after almost losing an eye, I use Rok Straps to secure the Givi bags to the panniers and tail of the Tiger. They’re a two-piece strap with webbing that has a looped end and a quick-release buckle on the other that snaps into an elastic element that…

MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter

Indispensable is the MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter. It pumps clean water up to a liter per minute and is maintained with built-in cleaning tools.

Teton ComfortLite Pillow

The greatest improvement in our sleeping comfort is the addition of these Teton self-inflating pillows. They’re filled with a material that compacts easily on deflation and expands to whatever firmness you’d like to rest your head on with the easily operable valve. The orange side is finished in a comfortable microfiber while the base has…

Givi Soft Gear

The Givi 37 liter Trekker Outback panniers fill up pretty quickly with camp gear on one side and riding gear on the other, so I went with some Givi soft bags to round out my packing needs. The Givi 6 liter tank bag is an electronically seam-sealed case with a horseshoe zipper hidden under a…

Shoei Hornet 2

When we went shopping for gear upgrades I tried on some new brain buckets. My GMax GM11D was just too loud and uncomfortable at freeway speeds and given the time I’ll be spending in a helmet it followed that’s where I should be making the most serious investment. Then my partner chimed in with her…

Camillus Camtrax 3

I keep a Camillus Camtrax 3-in-1 hatchet retained by shock cord that’s webbed around tabs build into the Givi pannier lid. It’s always a bonus to find kit that serves more than one purpose, and that’s what makes this tool indispensable to my camp gear. The hammer drives in tent stakes, the hole in the…

Sena 10S-01 Comms

The best part of my kit is this Sena 10S-01 Bluetooth Communication System. The headphone speakers fit like they were made for the Shoei helmet liner and have an amazing dynamic range that punches through wind noise until around 60MPH. After that, most of what I’m picking up are mid-tones, but still audible. It interfaces…

Alps Lynx Tents

I used to camp in an ALPS Lynx one-person tent. It sets up in moments and the fly has nice touches like a clever adjustable vent and windows at a height that’s just right. It packs small and stows well. I’ve since upgraded to the Lynx 2 and I feel like I’m in a suite.