I’ve been working for the past few days to get the bike prepped for the trip. I’ve been getting a ton of help from the staff at Touratech USA. These guys know what they are doing and have really been great. After many phone calls and a lot of research I ordered my first batch of parts:
- Expedition Skid Plate, Long
- BMW Crash Bar Reinforcement BMW R1200GS / ADV
- Zega Pro Topcase Rack, Rapid Trap
- Pannier Racks, Stainless Steel
- Zega Pro Pannier System 38/45 liter, anodized silver
- Zega Pro Topcase, anodized silver, 38 liter, w/ Rapid Trap
- Final Drive Breather Kit, BMW R1200GS / ADV
- Zega Pro Liner Bags and locks for all panniers
- Stainless Radiator Guard, Black, BMW R1200GS / ADV
- Quick Release Stainless Steel Headlight Guard
- Large Sidestand Foot
- Sidestand Switch Guard
- BMW Nav V (purchased from BMW dealer)
- BMW bar risers (purchased from BMW dealer)
I also bought a new Aventuro Carbon Helmet since my old helmet was well past it’s expiration date. My first few rides with the Aventuro Carbon Helmet have been fantastic. It’s much lighter than any other helmet I’ve owned and I love the massive field of view. It’s very comfortable as well.
Most all of the parts bolted on just as advertised. The pannier racks were extremely easy to install. My only issue was ordering the wrong top case rack. I didn’t realize the the R1200 GS has a different rear configuration than the GS Adventure. In fact the Adventure has a lot of differences in the fairing and body panels. I didn’t realizes how different until I started bolting on parts.
I haven’t installed everything yet because some parts are on backorder. Touratech is expecting things to ship in the next three weeks, I’m hoping nothing is delayed too long. I really need to get the bike finished and tested so I can leave the USA soon. Once the bike is finished I’ll take some real photos (sorry for the iPhone snapshots) and give my impressions of the entire system.