|Contributors name - Glen Baker|
What gear to wear is a very personal choice. I do encourage newer riders to wear the best gear they can afford until they build up confidence riding off-road and how your bike handles different terrains. Personally I wear only very basic gear when I'm adventure riding which I consider to be multi day riding most the time.
When I'm fully loaded and camping in the bush I'm not going to ride crazy. Part of the adventure for me is to go long distances and manage myself and my machine so I can return safely. I like to prioritise comfort and practicality over protection knowing that I won't be riding aggressively. I also feel when I'm fully protected in all the armour I am more likely to feel invincible, and ride beyond my skill level, increasing my chance of an accident or breaking something on my bike.
Typically I use a layering system which consists of an icebreaker base layer (merino wool) which breathes in the heat but also protects in cold. I use Klim Dakar pro outer layer and have an outdoor research helium rain suit for when it pours. If it is cold I have an outdoor research thermal jacket designed for technical climbing in the alpine. It's very flexible and comfortable but breaks the wind and keeps you warm whilst being light and dry. I also have the Leatt Airflex pro knee and elbow protectors which are comfortable , light and barely notice they are there.
I wear Klim Dakar gloves and carry a waterproof pair with my wet weather gear which are easily accessible. Normally I wear my Alpinestar Scout boots which are comfortable and sturdy but also waterproof. My helmet changes quite regularly. Most recently I am wearing a dual sport helmet, visor, clear screen with a drop down tinted screen. It's a jack of all trades kind of helmet which you can use in all weather conditions.
Contributors name - Steve Fraser
All the gear all the time.
If you want to save money buy a cheaper bike and spend your money on safety gear. As the old saying goes, a $99 helmet for a $99 head.
The thing about buying really good gear is it will last you for years, I wore the same riding gear for 222 days straight (yes it did get a bit on the noise) going around the world and three years later it still has years of adventure riding ahead of it.
Off-road I always use quality MX boots, they have saved me a number of times. Knee braces are also a must. If I am doing a one day ride then I tend to wear a MX helmet with googles and if I am doing longer rides then I use a adventure helmet with a visor for better wind and rain protection. I have moved to high end Gore-tex riding gear, which is very expensive but means you don’t need to worry about carrying wet weather gear. A high quality Gore-tex riding suits works well in all weather conditions and it breathes great in wet weather but you do pay for it.
Make sure whatever you buy has great ventilation. Australia can get seriously hot and you don’t want to be tempted to take your jacket off because you are too hot.
A hydro pack is a must too even on short rides. You never know when something will go wrong and you are stuck helping a mate in the bush for hours which is not much fun without a drink or snack. This happened to me recently riding with two other guys when something small turned into an all-day affair. It is not a matter of if its going to happen but when it's going to happen.
Contributors name– Damien Keygan
I’m a believer in ATGATT (All The Gear, All The Time).
This was brought home when I took a spill on my Suzuki TL 1000. I had a good helmet, jacket, gloves, and boots. What I didn’t have was good pants, just some cheap cargo pants. Suffice to say, the resulting knee surgery and recovery was enough to convince me that tar is just as effective at grinding down bone as it is cotton fabric. The remaining gear did its job. The gear was destroyed but I wasn’t.
Everyone has a budget when it comes to gear. My advice is to buy the best you can afford . Good gear is an investment and will last years if you treat it right. MX boots for protection and standing on pegs for extended periods off road, as opposed to the current crop of ADV type boots. I do however have a pair of SIDI ADV 2 Gore-Tex boots for winter riding if I’m just commuting etc. I cringe when I see riders without gloves as hands are the first thing to hit the ground when you stick ‘em out to protect yourself.
I use RST’s adventure rally 3 suite, and rate it highly for comfort and durability, but removed the knee armour and wear knee protection under the pants as pads move with the suit, and probably won’t be on my knees when I come down on them. I find the waterproof inner and thermal liner to be more than sufficient for what I do although if you can stretch the budget, Gore-Tex gear and layering is probably the ultimate in weather protection.
Hydration is important. I have several different camelbacks of various sizes depending on where I'm riding. I prefer goggles over sunnies or flip down sun visors which are common in helmets today because they are far better for dust, insect and object protection.
Contributors name - Colin Bayman
I don't think you can wear too much safety gear. I know we all have a budget but try to stay away from the cheap stuff. I prefer MX boots to adventure boots simply because they provide much more protection than adventure boots. I wear proper knee braces after doing an ACL and I also prefer goggles rather than sunnies and a screen. I wear a really well ventilated RST jacket that can keep me cool on the warmest of days and I layer up for cold rides preferring a wet over jacket to a wet internal liner. Its worth carrying some wet weather gear for when things turn wet as it could end up being a long cold ride home. Finally a 3 litre hydro pack on the back to keep me hydrated. Buy gear that works well rather than makes you look good.
I wont always answer your enquires straight away as like you I love to go riding. Sometimes I'm away camping and out of range or maybe even on holidays but at some point I will respond. (ABN 30116154181 )
Hi Fellow Adventure Riders I would like to congratulate Colin on his RIDEWITHME website and associated ventures. What I would like to say about the support I have received from Colin is that if you are into adventure riding, his suspension workshop is a must. Even if you have little experience with swinging tools, you will not exhaust his patience nor could you hope for a better teacher. I completed the most recent MWOB ride and after 2000km+ of dirt, gravel and sand, I was told there were a few bad sections of corrugation. I did not know about them, as the now upgraded DRZ suspension just soaked up everything - and boy, was I loaded. The items he has for sale are cost effective simple, practical and some a lifesaver. I have bought the wider foot pegs, starter kit and emergency stand. The foot pegs were great and gave me much more confidence when negotiating challenging terrain. The starter kit I have linked to my Citec charger - happy days - and I hope never to use the emergency stand, but it’s reassuring to know that it’s there. As for putting an event together, well just look at the comments made by those who joined in on the 2021 MWOB ride. I know there are many things that happen behind the scenes and that there were critical changes that needed to be made at the last minute (like a support vehicle and trailer). For this, Colin sacrificed his own time and made it all happen. But don’t be mistaken, he can be a cheeky bugger at times😊 Looking forward to many more adventures either with you, and/or with your support. Ride safely Marius MareeMarius MareePerth Adventure Rider member
My latest T7 upgrade is one of Colin Bayman's exhaust modifications and it sound bloody awesome 😉😜👍🏼 It’s totally changed the sound of the bike and bang for the buck it’s one of the best mods I’ve done to the Tenere. If anyone wants to get their hands on one PM Colin and support a top bloke selling a great little locally manufactured product... $49 plus postage I reckon is a bargain 👌Shane PowerMember of Perth Adventure Riders
It is my pleasure to write how Colin helped me improve the suspension of my DRZ400 in the lead up to our recent 2021 Mid West Or Bust Adventure ride in WA. Colin is clearly very knowledgeable with years of hands on experience when it comes to technical aspects of the bike. His willingness to share what he has learnt across many fronts in an environment conducive to networking with fellow riders inspires me to keep on exploring our beautiful part of the world.
That was just the best day of adventure riding. If anyone has an opportunity to spend time with Colin Bayman on a shadow ride or similar out on these tracks you need to take it. Great introductory discussion over a coffee in the morning and then into it. Nice and casual to start with and then a slow ramp up during the day. 😂😂 yes Colin, loved the powerline track, let’s do that bit again in say, never. Learned a few valuable skills through the day. Thanks for the water Richard, looking forward to many more.Hugh TrivettClient
After many years of Dirt Bike experience my attentions moved onto Adventure Bike Riding and after only a couple years of this new found genre when I was living in Esperance, I found myself transferred to Perth and looking for new riding buddies. Thru some contacts I was introduced to Colin Bayman who also had migrated to Adventure Riding and as it turned out, was on a similar path to myself and to become a close friend. Colin was much more Tech savvy than I, and had just commenced a Facebook group to link up other like minded riders who sought to partake in this form of riding. It didn’t take long for word to spread for the many Perth Adventure Riders seeking to enhance their time and knowledge in this new found joy of being able to ride out of the garage packed up for a day ride, overnight or multiple days away, exploring new and old trails anywhere and everywhere. Colin was (and is) instrumental in organising and leading many rides all over the state, and is readily available for advice and encouragement for new and experienced riders. His passion for the sport is ever present along with his desire to share knowledge and learnings. Given his mechanical skills combined with his work/life organising skills overlayed with his riding ability, Colin is often the one that many riders refer to for all matters Adventure Riding. After many years of riding together and many fantastic trips, not only in WA but overseas also, I appreciate more than ever what Colin organises behind the scenes and what he knows and shares to as many like minded riders as he can. Now that he has retired from the fulltime workforce and decided to create a website to further spread the message of Adventure Bike riding and provide his knowledge and support further and wider afield, he will no doubt assist many more riders enjoy what we have and continue to experience. Good luck with the new ventureMike LittlefairMember of Perth Adventure Riders
I have wanted to engage in adventure riding ever since I first learned about it in 2014 watching youtube videos. Finally my time came and I bought a beaten up 2000 DRZ400 with little to no mechanical understanding of a motorcycle or what would be involved in making an old farm bike adventure ready. I can't remember how I stumbled across the helpful hands of Collin but flash forward two months and I must have asked Colin around 200 odd questions about my bike, adventure riding, camping equipment etc. Colin impressively has an answer for just about everything and never leaves you feeling like an idiot when you ask questions that you feel a grown person should know. I honestly feel like I could ask Colin where the fuel goes and he would attentively answer that question with the patience of a saint, and then answer the same question to twelve other people that day and be OK with it. I ended up at one of Collins suspension workshops and what astounded me wasn't the cost effectiveness of attending but the sheer amount of money and pain he saved me by pointing out all the future problems I was going to have if I kept doing what I was doing or if I set the bike up the way I had. I have been looking at DRZ-400 rebuild, adventure build, and ride videos since 2014 as a university student, diligently trying to procrastinate and I had no idea about 90% of the stuff he was pointing out. As someone who has limited idea of what I'm doing, his advice has been godsent. If you can manage to just be around the bloke for more than 10minutes and you mention adventure riding, you're sure to leave that conversation better off.Michael SparksClient