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Affordable TET Adventure

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:06 am
by Redballrun
Enough of the expensive farkles , gadgets and bikes!

Not everyone has the budget, but many have the spirit.

Youngsters can be put off by the seemingly hugely expensive process of starting adventure backpacking by motorbike.

Post here your kit/bike list - with prices and links if possible- to get out there on a TET 2 week adventure on a budget with a bike that isn't going to leave you frustrated and broken down.

Re: Affordable TET Adventure

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:08 am
by Redballrun
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A good second hand yamaha600 TTRE (electric starter) with an Acerbis tank, pegs from a KTM and T63 TYRES.
If you want to improve the fork and the shock absorb, a second hand ohlins YA626 and the front fork Pailoi Magnum rsu from the 600 TTR (kick stater), around 300 euros
You can find here the frame for the bags if you need its:

So with less then 3000 euros you've got a simple, reliable and affordable bike which you can go and maintain it everywhere!

I'm the one who post this tag, Froggy

Re: Affordable TET Adventure

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:52 am
by mastercore
So with less then 3000 euros you've got a simple, reliable and affordable bike which you can go and maintain it everywhere!
I agree, I think €3000 will get you bike, gear and even enough to do the who rough camping for 2 weeks.
If that budget does not stretch to the camping gear, then I am sure that the money you save on hotels will offset. I know that is a bit of a chicken and egg statement, but you will have to have the money anyway for the hotels before you leavbe.
Personally I prefer camping anyway.

I am older and want to adventure with less hardship, so I do have a better bike and camping gear than 3k will buy you.

Re: Affordable TET Adventure

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:49 pm
by Tankas
I'm only starting to put a plan for the 1st TET trip which I don't even know when it might happen due to the injuries I'm recovering from. So far I would choose and would recommend soft luggage from Lomo: ... -Bags.html

Re: Affordable TET Adventure

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:28 am
by Busta
This is the kit I use for all my trail riding including days out greenlaning, overnight wild camping trips, 10 days riding in the Pyrenees each year, messing about doing enduro stuff on the farm etc. The total cost comes in at around £2,700.
2000 Yamaha WR400F £1,300
Needed new wheels and rewiring, probably spent another £500 to get it trail ready. I've since spent more on a bigger tank, comfier seat and lowered suspension but these aren't necessary to get out there and ride.
Tyres either Metzeler MC360 for UK winter mud or IRC GP1 for Spanish rocks and roads, both less than £80 a set on ebay.

I don't just ride offroad so I try to buy simple kit that works for touring on any bike.
Bell MX9 Adventure helmet £150
Knox Venture armoured shirt (used) £50
Acerbis Enduro one jacket £80
Forcefield knee pads £60
Armoured Jeans £Free with MCN subscription
Altberg Hoggs boots £Birthday present!
Army waterproof trousers £20
Peter Storm waterproof cagoule £20
Cycling padded shorts £15
Army softie insulated jacket £20

Camping kit:
Again, used for many adventures, not just motorcycle trips. I have a mountain of camping stuff but this is typical of what I'd take for a week trip in Spring/autumn.
Cumulus lightline 400 down sleeping bag £200, expensive but bought 6 years ago and used for many hiking, cycling and motorcycle adventures. An investment, but cheaper options are available!
Snugpak Bivvy bag £60
NATO/German army folding foam sleeping mat £8
Aquaquest 2.5x3m SilNylon tarp £60
Cookset is a mixture of home made bits and hobo stove or a cheap stick-stove. £50
Robens Geographic stool £20
Platypus 2l folding water bottle £13
If I don't want to sleep in the Bivvy I take a Wild Country Zephyros tent £170

LOMO 35l waterproof holdall £24
Molle Battle yolk £17 (search for Bernie Wright Molle on the Facebook group for more details)
Molle pouches for tool kit and tubes £30
ROK straps £15

There's other stuff like tool kit and food but I think this is the important stuff that means I can get out there and spend days on the trails. My choice of bike represents all my offroad riding needs and may not be ideal for others looking for something TET specific or those riding in areas with less challenging terrain. ImageImageImage

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Re: Affordable TET Adventure

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:39 pm
by Ard
You could even start out on a Honda Cub, fit a little more aggressive rear tyre and some cheap bags.
You won't go quick but you'll have fun trying out if it's the stuff you want to take to another level.

Re: Affordable TET Adventure

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:46 pm
by StefAr
Honda dominator 650 @TET Albania.
Initial price of the bike 1.000 euros
Plus (more or less) 500 euros for upgrades & travel equipment.ImageImage

Re: Affordable TET Adventure

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:47 pm
by Dom1
Bike - 1998 Suzuki DR350 £1300 with Scaggs Moto rack £130 incl. import tax

Helmet - Pro-Grip £40
Goggles - Pro-Grip £15
Shirt - Pro Grip £20
Jacket - Pro Grip 2nd hand £75
Trousers - RST textiles 2nd hand £30 or Thor MX pants 2nd hand £20
Boots - Forma Boulder £225 (also used for trials riding)

Luggage - Lomo 40l motorcycle drybag £15
Panniers - Oxford First Time - don't know how much had them for ages
Rucksack - Kriega R35 £95

Tent - £10 Halfords special. But we did also sleep in a castle. It was the YHA hostel at St Briavels and cost £15 for the night, drying room and hot showers included.
Air bed - £8 from Tesco

9v socket outlet wired to battery for phone charging, air bed inflating and tyre inflating.

About £2k all in.