Setting up for a trip.

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    I purchased my Boully with the intent of traveling. As it is a very stock C50. What mods and gear would you suggest for extensive touring. My first few trips will be only a few hundred miles to settle in and work out what is right for me, but, eventually the longest trip I'm currently looking at will be WA from bottom to top. My intent is to camp so will need advice on tents/swags, too.
    I'm all ears! :D
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    panniers and a wind screen...:bigthumbsup:
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    Sheepskin seat cover or get it re-done for better support.
    And a throttle lock / cramp buster thingy
    Friends of mine have these itty bitty little foldable camp chairs made from alliminium. Pack up ultra small
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    I have an Elite camper that I tow these days with everything that I need or think I might need but over the years I graduated from sleeping under a tarp tied to the bike thru various tents ect,. Before the camper I found one of the main things was to have a tent big enough to stand up in and store your gear in when it rains and a bit of comfort when weather is shit. Keep in mind that the advertised tent size are bull shit. A 2 man tent is half a man , 4 man is about 2 and a 6 is about 3 . I ended up with a so called 6 man tent and then pulled the foam mattress out of my swag and put an air mattress in so then I had room to roll my tent and pillow up inside the swag , hook a chair to the swag and place on top of a butane stove on the pillion seat then hook Ventura bag on the rack and tie them together. travelled a lot of K's with that setup until I decided I liked a nice soft bed with an esky attached to the front. So then came the Elite trailer which I have now done about 150,oook behind an M109
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    I went around Oz on a M109.. Slept on a busted self-inflating mattress with a sleeping bag, to keep the rain out I had a cheap hiking tent.. Worked a treat..

    For the bike I got lots of stuff as in the pics.. However, for a WA trip I'd just worry about luggage space.. I had heaps so the trusty bottle of Bundy and a few 1250's of Coke always had a spot..

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    I went for my first decent ride today. First stop was the motor registry to sort out the rego on my late wife's car. I then had to find a boot repairer real fast as the soles on my boots decided that they did not want to stay attached. Ended up buying a cheap set of safety boots from Kmart for $35. I think that I'm going to have to go a little better as they are not particularly comfy. The cost to fix my other boots over $100, so I decided I'd rather find something better.
    Stopped at Yamaha Pitmans in town and purchased a tank bag and throw over panniers. Then headed home via the "back roads". I filled up the tank on the way into town so, time I got home the trip meter was only reading 160 km. Given that the servo is about 40ks from home, means I did nearly 200km today. I've also decided that my gloves have seen better days. They were OK when I started out, time I got home, my left index finger was numb from cold. (It has some circulation issues from trying to stop a chainsaw with it a few decades ago.)
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    you seem to have it all sorted.:bigthumbsup:
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    Awesome work.. I recommend good warm wither gloves as top priority..
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    Got myself a new pair of boots from AMX a few months ago. $199, on clearance for $99.
    Have a look there, you might find a bargain.

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    Thanks mate, didn't know about AMX, will check them out! Thanks.
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    and MAS in Keilor if you are near thete.
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    Probably a little far away Hulk, I live in South Aust. :D
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    google it, may be one closer..:dontknow:
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    Rode around the Block in 2018. Here's the link to what I took. https://atb2018.blogspot.com/2018/02/first-pack.html

    Or you can read the full story from
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    Thanks Sneikz very useful.
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    Just finished reading your blog (after a ride to see my quack for an amputaion - actually removal of a suspect mole). Most interesting. Out of curiosity how many kays were on the clock when your m50 died? Was there anything that might have prevented it?
    6.5L/100 sounds high, so far, I'm averaging around 4.5 and budgetting about 5/100.

    Is there anything you'd do differently?
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    A further question, the fuel bladder that you used. From whence did you get it? Dimensions? Price? When full, where did you carry it? I've done a lot of travelling in the outback in my youth so would LOVE a range of up to 1000km, but that, on a Boully, is obviously a pipe dream. :D. On re calculation after, filling my tank a couple more times, I suspect that my 5L/100 is ambitious, so, I am working on your calculations as a more realistic estimate of costs. Given that much of my time is going to be either camping or staying with friends and family, I'm hoping that your $100 a day is ambitious.

    I'm not sure that I could come up with the cost of a new bike half way through my trip, though. :D BTW how's the new bike treating you I do like the look of the M109 though.
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    The bike had around 100k on it. My fault. I got a bit excited coming out of the roadhouse and give it a full twist.
    Had about 100k on the clock. I got a bit exited coming out of the roadhouse and give it a boot full which was just a tad too much. The bike had a bit of pepper due to aftermarket tweeking. My own fault. It was tweeked for power, hence the lower than normal fuel consumption.

    I was going to do it again this year with my son, but Covid put an end to that.
    That blog is at: https://atb2020.blogspot.com/

    The trip was to be almost a copy of the last. As I'm now retired, I would have taken a while longer, while we only averaged 3-400kms per day I would spend a tad more time smelling the roses.
    I was going to take less clothing. Cut the 3 of everything clothing down to 2. The stock M109 panniers are smaller and this would have assisted. There were items I just did not wear. There was the odd item I did not use ( but by hell if shit happened I would have!) Emergency stuff.

    The highway pegs were brilliant! Great on a long ride allowing you to adjust your riding position. May not be a must on the C50 as the M50 is not a cruiser riding position as standard. I had raised bars.

    I purchased the bladder from MCA for around $150 and was used across the top and down the west coast. Empty it rolled up into one of the panniers. When full was attached with 2 ocky straps on the pillion seat . They're Aussie made. https://ebay.us/4FYaAa

    I mapped out a lot of things in the prep stage using Google Mymaps and this was an enjoyable exercise in mentally maping my route and feeling very comfortable in myself knowing roughly what was down the road. No, "Oh f**k where am I!". But each to his or her own. I believe this allowed me to better enjoy the ride and not worrying about where my next meal, pillow stop etc would be. Of course if I was 20 again, I'd have done none of that and just fuelled up and ridden until the fuel gave out or the long shadows appeared! No right or wrong. But I had an enjoyable few weeks touring in front of the computer screen. And to be honest it was only fair for my wife and family to have an idea of where I was, etc.

    I'm glad I did my nightly blog before going to sleep. I had lots of armchair followers other than family and now a couple of years down the track it's great to relive the ride. I did a Vistaprint book with the blog and that's been brilliant.

    Whatever you do will be OK. Don't overpack. Australia is so much smaller now than it used to be. It's really just a morning ride, lunch, followed by an afternoon ride, repeated a few times. Easy!

    Hope these ramblings help.
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    afyer reading this post i am convinced a Bully is not the right bike to do a circuit. i would suggest you sell the Bully and do what the yuppies are doing and get one of those adventure bikes:D