For years we’ve been observing that the German clothing company Modeka is like no other when it comes to openness and support for the Polish moto-travelers. In our case, the producer showed us how a great partnership should work. The extremely friendly and helpful team from the Wroclaw shop armed us almost from head to toe with clothes, which help to protect us in all weather conditions during long expeditions. Joki’s choice fell on a set of Magellanic, which offered a lightweight three-layer jacket and is made of quick-drying material with a Sympatex membrane. Liwia chose the Tacoma Lady jacket because of the high quality materials and a good ventilation. She matched the jacket with Kim Lady trousers. Hands are protected and heated by the Stavanger gloves made of goatskin, with a waterproof membrane. The Dakar Summer Mesh gloves should be perfect for the summer heats. So the new adventures will be experienced together with Modeka, we can’t wait!
Since we have purchased Intercom Sena SMH5, we discovered a totally new standard of motorcycle communication and immediately fell in love with Sena branded products. Our enthusiasm for Sena was so high that we immediately decided to share our experience with this intercom by writing a thorough review on the blog. To our surprise and joy, Sena appreciated our article and sent us a new set of Intercom Sena 20S and camera Prism. This equipment will accompany us on subsequent trips and we will make a point of describing our experience with the Sena equipment again!
Before a long trip on our 650 GS Dakar, the priority for us was the replacement of the rear suspension and front springs to progressive ones. These are important elements that have to withstand the pressure of heavy luggage while driving in diverse, often rugged terrain. The support in selecting the suspension we received from Hans-Dieter Fisher who represents TFX Suspension from the Netherlands. Thank you very much for that!
We got interested in the down sleeping bags from Cumulus mainly for two reasons: firstly, this is a Polish company founded by an enthusiast of mountain tourism which has been successfully expanding in the market for over 20 years. Second, their sleeping bags are ultra lightweight compared to the competition. Not surprisingly, the goal of Cumulus is to offer the lightest sleeping bags and down-filled clothing in the world. For this purpose they select the lightest and, highest quality fabrics available. And since a vagabond existence requires a good sleeping bag to ensure a good night’s sleep, we put our hopes in goose feathers. It’s supposed to warm as up even in alpine temperatures. Liwia’s Tenqua weighs 700 grams and should do good even at minus 17 C degrees, while the 600 gram Joki’s Panyam at minus 13 C. We will check that and pay our respects to Cumulus if cold nights in the tent are finally a thing of the past
Thanks to support of MotoBagaz.pl, our baggage is kept in two silver, aluminium cases of Kappa KVE37A K-Venture (37 l each), attached to Side Case Racks Givi PL188 for the BMW F650 GS. On the back we have extra 60 litres of storage provided by the Bags Connection Drybag L, mounted on the central Kappa KR685 rack.
An important thing when traveling is getting a proper insurance. We made some research among other travelers and bloggers and noticed that by far the most popular service in Poland is Planeta Młodych. We analysed the prices and terms and conditions of the company, compared with the competition, any unclear issues clarified with efficient consultants and eventually we entered into cooperation with them. The received insurance cards are called Karta Planeta Młodych VIP Sport, and are valid on the territory of all countries of the world, including Canada and the USA, and cover protection during high-risk sports.
Thanks to the support of Marselus we will always be equipped with a supply of water and gasoline. Bottle holders made of stainless steel and 2-liter canister have been mounted to the cases. Marselus has a wide range of additions to enduro motorcycles. Their offer includes, inter alia, cases, bags, motorcycle guards and many other accessories useful for motorbike touring.
For years we’ve been looking for clothing that we can rely on when driving in the rain. The rainproof sets from the American manufacturer Olympia proven to be unbeatable in every way. Finally, the great quality goes along with a light weight and small size after packing it. We can put on this two-piece suit easily even when wearing a full gear and boots. The material additionally protects from the wind, it’s well visible in the fog, and with the specially designed hood that goes under the helmet, we can be sure that even one drop will not fall under the collar. It just does its job perfectly, you can tell it’s been designed by motorcyclists.
One day at the motorcycle rally we noticed these cool mirrors on one dual-sport bike: you can fold them when riding off-road, they don’t break and have an outstanding visibility. This product is made by Double Take Mirror. As you can probably guess, the mirrors are so good, because designed by a motorcyclist, who was frustrated after too many broken designs and decided to make one himself! And there we go, we’ve installed these indestructible mirrors, which we can set the way we like, adjust their angle or even totally disassemble to use for other personal purposes (nothing is better than multi-functional equipment to save some space in the luggage!) Many thanks to Adventure Mirror LLC for this valuable element on our Dakar!
Thanks to cooperation with Ikol, a major Polish producer of GPS tracking system for vehicles, our route we can now be followed live on the map on our blog! This helps us to accurately archive routes that we cover and increases our safety. Additionally, with the Panic Button feature equipped, we can immediately inform selected people about the sudden, serious problem on the road.
Motovoyager.net is a well-known and popular Polish portal, rich in practical information and inspiration for motorcycle journeys. The editors supported us and our blogging from the very beginning, while organised rides allowed us to make friends. Raphael and Mariusz are always willing to take young travellers under their wings, while encouraging them to achieve their dreams and inspiring readers as they do so.
Bikesearch.pl is a dynamically expanding Polish online catalog created by motorcycle community. It is a knowledge base on the construction, usage, and even the failure frequency of models that you already utilize or plan to purchase. Each biker can share his or her own experiences, and those most active and knowledgeable on the website have the chance to become the official guardians of selected motorcycle or sections.