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Motorcycle Accessories. Touring

Motorcycle accessories are expensive and while some are extremely valuable others are a waste of money. Therefore which motorcycle accessories should you fit to your dual-sport, touring motorcycle and in what order should you fit them considering you have a budget? Here is a suggested order of purchase table. Two tables are provided i.e. on road and off road touring - see below

Table 1) Long distance touring mainly on tar road and in good weather - this page.

Table 2) Rural off-road touring on poor surfaces, all weather, mud etc. Click here

Suggested order of purchase.

Long Distance Touring Modifications - mainly tar road and good weather.

No Accessory Which bikes Explanation
1

Engine protectors

All motorcycles Motorcycles fall over - fact, often at walking speed. Engine protectors can avoid expensive repairs to your bike but also give additional room for your legs should they be trapped under the fallen bike. On the big BMW GS models (see pic) the tappet cover is made of a soft magnesium and is easily damaged.
2

Pannier frames (and panniers and topbox)

All motorcycles Without a luggage solution you're staying at home! In addition pannier frames in conjunction with the engine protectors help to avoid costly repairs when your bike goes down.
3

Omni vision mirror

All motorcycles Your motorcycle mirrors have to cover the real estate directly behind the motorbike as well as the two blind spots i.e. one on either side when riding on a multi lane highway. That's three areas in total but your motorbike only has two mirrors! The addition of an inexpensive omni mirror can cover the third and final blind spot.
4

Long life, no maintenance battery

All motorcycles More calls outs are received by towing services for defective motorcycle batteries than any other single reason. In addition maintenance on a regular battery is difficult and time consuming resulting in the job being neglected. Therefore it makes sense to fit a sealed battery that requires zero maintenance.
5

High Touring Screen (clear or tinted)

Where wind noise and buffeting is a problem Wind noise and buffeting can result in you arriving at your destination tired and worn out. A high screen can make all the difference. This one is available from www.toursforafrica.co.za

 

6

Aluminum reinforced hand guards

All motorcycles The job of hand guards is to protect your hands when the motorcycle goes down and the handlebars smash into the road surface. In addition the guards protect the vulnerable clutch and front brake levers which snap easily on impact. A broken clutch lever in particular can mean the end of a tour unless a spare can be found.
7

Comfortable seat

All motorcycles A burning aching butt can ruin a great day's riding. In addition a vinyl seat at 40 C causes your crotch to sweat. Therefore a seat that is comfortable and resists excessive fluctuations in temperature is a great investment. This particular example is sheepskin.
8

12v power point

Where a power point has not been provided i.e. mainly older motorcycles Power for camping lights, compressors, GPS units, electric vests and heated handgrips to name a few. Modern motorcycles have at least two.
9

Headlight protector

All motorcycles Cracked headlamp lenses are expensive to repair and are difficult to replace on tour. Therefore this headlight lens protector is an excellent investment.
10

Braded brake hoses

For older motorcycles and bikes without ABS Braded hoses improve brake performance dramatically particularly in older bikes.
11

Big foot side stand

All motorcycles You will only allow your motorcycle to fall over once in soft sand before you fit a big foot accessory. A motorbike that falls over can inflict thousands of rands of damage to itself as it is likely to hit some other object on the way down.
12

Spotlight kit

All motorcycles Motorcycles should not be operated at night especially in Africa with potholes, diesel spills, stray animals and drunken pedestrians. If you insist on riding at night, then a spotlight kit is an essential accessory. This one has the advantage of being so small that it avoids getting broken should you drop the bike.
13

Jump start point

All motorcycles Jump starting a motorcycle with its hidden battery terminals is a big problem. A jump start point solves this by providing a positive terminal for the jumper cable on the side of the motorbike. The negative clamp merely fits onto the frame.
14

Tank protectors

All motorcycles Abrasive motorcycling long pants can ruin your paint work particularly on the sides of the tank.
15

GPS and adjustable GPS mount

All motorcycles with a 12v power point A GPS is seldom an essential piece of equipment if you stick to the tar. However if you do own one a handlebar mount for it is essential.
16

High quality long life oil filter

All motorcycles Oil filters prolong your engine's life. Therefore a filter that can filter out particles only microns in size will benefit your bike enormously if you intend to put high mileage on your motorcycle.
17

High quality, long life air filter

All motorcycles Air filters prolong your engines life. Therefore a filter that can filter out particles microns in size will benefit your bike enormously if you intend to put high mileage on your motorbike.
18

Oil cooler protector

On bikes where the cooling fins are exposed Radiator cooling fins are delicate. If they are exposed like the oil cooling fins on this BMW GS1100 then it makes sense to protect them from flying stones etc. A damaged oil cooling radiator can mean the end of your tour.
19

Radiator protector

On motorbikes with radiators that are exposed. Radiator cooling fins are delicate. If they are exposed like the water cooling fins on this BMW F650 then it makes sense to protect them from flying stones etc. A damaged water cooling radiator can mean the end of your tour.
20

Mud flap

All motorcycles This rubber flap helps keep your motorcycle cleaner and keeps your boots drier on a wet tour. No one wants to wash their motorbike on tour and getting your boots to dry overnight is difficult
21

Long-life, ceramic clutch plate

Big BMW GS models An indestructible clutch plate for long distance, extreme conditions. The thrust bearing can still fail but they are small and light whereas carrying a spare clutch plate is not practical.

This table - Long Distance Touring Modifications - mainly tar road and good weather.

Table 2) Rural off-road touring on poor surfaces, all weather, mud etc. Click here

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