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Gear & Equipment Season 6

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15 December 2021

A brand-new season of motorcycle adventures has started, with me going back to South America to continue my journey towards Alaska. I started this route two years ago, and after a long break because of closed borders, I have now returned. But not with the same bike or gear and equipment. I am now riding a Honda CRF300 Rally which I named Alaska, and I have changed my setup, gear and equipment quite a bit since the previous season. So, it is time for a new Gear & Equipment blog!

Clothing

I've been wearing REV'IT! Motorcycle gear for years and in 2020 I even became an official REV'IT! Ambassador. Previously, I was wearing their adventure line of clothing, but as I started to ride more (and more difficult) off-road terrain, I became interested in their new line: the DIRT series. This line caters to the off-road rider (perfect!) and the core of the concept is layering. You could consider it like a modular system! These motorcycle clothes of the DIRT Series are extremely lightweight,  and comfortable. They give me much more flexibility to move in it while tackling hard terrain. They are also CE certified and therefore save to use on tarmac as well! 

I am wearing the Proteus protector body armor with a Scram knee protector, and on top of that, there is a variety of jackets and pants you can choose from depending on the temperature and climate you ride in. Since my journey starts in South/Central America, I now wear the mesh Territory jacket, which gives me a nice airflow to cool me down while riding in hot and humid conditions. The light color of the jacket will also help to keep me cool!

In case of torrential downpour (or drizzle for that matter), I carry the Smock Barrier, which is an extremely lightweight, waterproof rain jacket that fits over my Territory jacket. It has long zippers on the side and the front, so that I can put it on or off without even having to take my helmet off. Something I didn't know I would need in my life as a motorcycle traveler!  

For pants that go over my knee protectors, I wear the navy blue Peninsula pants that narrow down at the bottom so they fit nicely in my boots. These are the most comfortable motorcycle pants I've ever tried, and what I like about them is the soft leather panels that give me extra grip when standing on the pegs of my bike.

As I always manage to get my gloves dirty very quickly, I opted for the black Caliber gloves. These gloves are well ventilated to use in warm weather but feel sturdy enough to properly protect your hands in case of a touch-down! 

Like in the previous season, I wear my Expedition H2O Boots. They are not available anymore, but are replaced by the Expedition GTX boots. I am a fan of the opening-closing system of the boot (works a little like snowboard boots), they are waterproof and so sturdy, I know for sure they've saved my foot and ankle on numerous occasions already. Compared to MX type boots, the Expedition boots give me enough flexibility to even walk with them like a normal person! They are definitely pricey motorcycle boots, but I am very happy to go around the world with them. 

The final piece of REV'IT! gear that I use is their Arid 9L H2O Backpack which is fitted with a 3.75L hydration pack. I can't imagine riding without a hydration pack anymore, and 3.75 liter a day will certainly keep me hydrated while crossing through the Central American countries.

Here is an overview of my REV'IT! gear for season 6:  

Protector Jacket Proteus Peninsula pants Caliber Gloves
Barrier Rain Smock Knee Protector Scram Arid 9L Riding backpack
Territory Jacket    

 

Helmet

In this season, I am still riding with the same type of helmet as the last 4 seasons: the Arai Tour X-4. In fact, I've never ridden with another helmet than Arai since I got my motorcycle license in 2015. The reason for always choosing Arai is that they will never compromise on safety. Safety is always more important to them than a cool design or a lower price tag. Motorcycling can be a dangerous sport and the helmet is ultimately the most important piece of personal safety equipment you will need.

That is why I recently became an Arai ambassador and to kick off my ambassadorship, Arai gave me a brand new Tour X-4, which was custom painted to fit my new motorcycle ánd journey to Alaska! 

I've again set up a Sena 3S headset on this new helmet, so I can listen to music while riding my motorcycle.

After riding with goggles during the Kalahari rally, I've now finally become a fan of goggles. So I've stuck a quick release set on my new helmet in order to easily put the goggles on or off. 

Luggage system

Ever since I switched from aluminum panniers to soft luggage, I have never looked back. I can't imagine riding with all the extra weight that goes with aluminum panniers and pannier racks, especially not off-road. For this season, I again put all my stuff in the rackless Mosko Moto bags. The only difference is that I opted for less bag space this time, it forces me to bring less stuff and keep the motorcycle as light as possible! 

The total volume that I carry in the Reckless 80L Revolver (V3.0) is 84 liters. It contains 2 Drybags of 25 liter each, 1 Stinger 22L mailbag, 2 removable 4 liter dry bags and 2 small 2L Molle pouches. This is, believe it or not, 12 liters less than my set up for season 5 with Savannah, my CRF250L. I can definitely feel the difference in weight!

Since I now carry a hydration pack in my backpack, and not in my tank bag, I am using the Hood tank bag (V1.2) again. Inside of it, I have a GIVI USB charging station which is connected to the motorcycle battery so I can charge small devices while riding. 

Navigation system

When I competed in the Kalahari Rally, I met several riders that were using the Garmin Montana 700i for navigation. Once I realized that this system has an integrated InReach, my interest was sparked. For several years, I have been riding with the Garmin mini InReach. A small and handy device, especially for solo riders like me. Using the mini InReach, you can send text messages via a satellite connection (so, means to communicate with the world when there is no cellphone reception) or even press the SOS button in case of an extreme emergency (a search and rescue party will then come to look for you). You can also activate tracking with this device, so that your family or friends can track your location every few minutes online (for free!). 

The downside of the mini device is that sending an actual message is not very easy and quick. The Garmin Montana 700i however, has a large screen and full touchscreen keyboard so besides a navigation system, you can easily and quickly send a message to a friend or ask for help when you find yourself somewhere remote and in need of help. 

Compared to the Garmin ZumoXT that I was using before, this device also has a lot more options for waypoint management and comes in a much sturdier format and in a stronger holder for your motorcycle. 

I've now been using the Montana 700i for a while now and I have gotten used to all the functions and things you can do with it. I have to say it's the most versatile navigation system I've used so far and it just gives me a peace of mind to know the InReach is always working when you ride somewhere remotely and alone! 

Tyre tools 

I've got quite an extensive toolkit with me (which I hopefully won't need very often!), and the most important tools have to do with tires. Depending on the terrain that I ride on, I regularly check my tyre pressure with a simple, old school, indestructible little gauge. If necessary, I put some air back in my tires with a small pump, which I can plug into a SAE connector which is directly connected to the motorcycle battery. 

Since I don't have a midstand on my motorcycle, and changing a flat tyre without one is quite a hassle (you must either find a big rock, or lay the bike flat on the ground - both are not ideal, as I found out the hard way), I've now brought a small motorcycle trail jack for the first time. Let’s hope I don’t have to use it. 

Here an overview of my tyre tools for season 6: 

Rocky Creek Pump Tyre pressure gauge Trail jack

 

Filming equipment

My filming equipment is quite solid these days. I use GoPro for filming while riding and for droning I use DJI drones. I mount one GoPro to my helmet, and have one attached to the handlebar. When I walk around I use the GoPro with an external microphone and a mediamod that connects the microphone to the GoPro. At the end of a riding day, I put the material on a SSD harddisk, and when I have time I edit my videos on my laptop with FinalCutPro.  

If you are curious about how I create my videos in more detail. Please check out my online course Motorcycle Vlogging 101. Once bought, you will receive all the information you need to film and edit your own vlogs. You will also have life long acces to the course which I will update about twice a year.

That's it - the most important pieces of gear and equipment that I am using this season. In case you missed it, in the first episode of season 6 I talk in more detail about my bike. In the second episode I talk in more detail about the gear and equipment for season 6. 

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I agree with Mike K, I thought the remarks about the US were overly harsh. As long as you use common sense and take precautions, you'll be fine. In fact, I think you'll find folks here to be just as open and warm as anywhere else, especially in rural areas. The real dangers of riding here are more a result of geography. One, stay off the interstates, especially out here in the Intermountain West (Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, etc.), because the limits are often 80 MPH or faster, and being passed in a 300 cc bike by a huge American semi going 80 MPH is not pleasant. Second, the remote areas of the US are deceptively remote. If you take a Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR) through Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, or Idaho, you'll find yourself in areas that rival central Asia in remoteness. Third, it's setting up to be another dry, hot summer, so be aware of the heat when you plan your ride. Summer in Death Valley or parts of Arizona or southern Utah can be deadly. You'll also want to keep up to date on wildfires, and steer clear of them, as they can spread extremely rapidly.

Han Kim  | 

love the videos and drone shots i have one question have you changed your gopro helmet mount

Gordy  | 

I think the comments about the US are overly harsh. You travel on the "roads less traveled" and should have no issue. Like any place else, if you frequent the urban areas, you have to be careful. That said, I felt the same way in London, Hamburg, Copenhagen, etc... not just the US. I've been across the US and Canada, on my motorcycle, three times and found the local people pleasant and friendly. The US has always been a violent society, dating back to our origins. Just use your common sense. Given your following, I'm sure if you ever felt uneasy, you just put out the word on your platform and you'll have a Noraly army show up the next day. Happy Trails !

Mike K  | 

Hi Noraly,
We lived in the south of Mexico for a few years and travelled extensively in Mexico (Chiapas to Quintana Roo) and Guatemala. You probably already have your Route mapped out but I couldn't resist the opportunity to recommend a few of our favorite spots / activities:
In Guatemala:
- Zipling at Reserva Natural Atitlan
- Staying inside the park at Tikal and climbing to the top of the ruins to watch the sunrise above the canopy.
Mexico
Quintana Roo
- Bacalar (lake of 7 colors)
- Punta Allen (best place on the myan riviera, not a hotel in sight.)
Yukatan
- Celestun (if you like Flamingoes)
Chiapas
- Pelenque (one of the most beautiful Ruins)
- Agua Azul (stunning blue waterfalls)
- Yaxchilan (ruins on a river accessible by boat from Frontera), Stay in Champa and visit with the Lacanja )
- San Cristobal de las Casas (stay / visit Na Bolom for a wonderful cultural experience)

Thanks for the content you put out, first class!

























Barry H  | 

hallo Noraly,
ich heisse christoph und lebe in oberösterreich
seit season 1 bin ich ein Fan und teile die leidenschaft zum motorradfahren
mach weiter so und pass gut auf-aber du machst eh alles richtig!
liebe grüsse aus Österreich

schelli74  | 

Hi Noraly! I have watched and loved every single episode you have ever made. You inspired me to learn to ride a motorcycle in 2019 which I love doing but what I find most impressive is your communication skills and instinct. I have no doubt you will manage just fine in the USA however I do admit to being curios about those episodes as I am struggling to picture you there in one very big country for what I'm guessing is going to be a very long time or a very short time in order for you to arrive in Alaska at the right time of year!

Carol S C  | 

Hi! I have been reading with interest the comments about the USA. I am an American who has traveled to 47 countries. The comments below by Virtual Nomad and Couch Potato are spot on. You will find the USA to be very dangerous. Be careful stopping along the way to talk with people.Your friendly personality and desire to meet people will get you hurt or killed in the USA. A few months ago, I stopped at a 24 hour gas station. The door was open and lights were on. No one was there. I called the police. They found the clerks body (throat cut) about a mile down the road. She had been robbed for less than $100. Do not go out at night alone. In 2021, 19,600 people were murdered. 84,767 rapes occurred. 33,296 armed robberies took place in the USA. The USA has become crime headquarters. PLEASE be careful.

It is regulated to the nth degree in the USA. You will not be able to fly your drone here without a Federal license. US law prevents using a drone for any commercial purpose or for any video that is monetized (such as Youtube). You must have a Remote Pilots License issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration (see http://www.faa.gov/uas and https//www.faa.gov/uas/recreational.fliers) for details. Getting these licenses are quite involved. If you post videos on Youtube from a drone and you have no pilots license, you are subject to arrest and even prison time.

I can understand the Aussies dislike for my country. I have the same dislike. Regulation everywhere. The two spare petrol bags you carried in Africa are illegal in the USA (even to possess). Don't bring them in. You must have RED cans that meet federal requirements before pumping gas. On and on it goes.

Many states have outlawed hostels. They are no longer common.

Be extra careful in Alaska- it is the rape capital of the USA. If you want to verify any of the above, just run a Google search. I took those numbers directly off Google. I doubt you will want to stay long in the USA, once you see what life is like here.

I love your videos.

Fred Rogers  | 

Hi Noraly...I just recently subscribed to your YouTube channel, I've now also become part of your online community. Great content! As a citizen of the USA, born & bred, presently living in San Diego, California--I would like to briefly address the comments posted here by Virtual Nomad. First off, he's probably right! The cops in the USA are, generally speaking, very uneducated & ignorant--&, so are many people in our general population. When they see something "foreign," which they don't understand, such as a motorcycle license plate from New South Wales, or the Netherlands, they frequently react suspiciously & with hostility. Still, there's plenty of ignorant people in Australia too, & I was once treated very poorly at the airport in Brisbane. Let me just say, I was very glad to leave Australia, & I most certainly will never return. Still, I do realize that I just had an unfortunate experience, & I really don't blame the entire citizenry of Australia for it. I think the main thing to keep in mind in the USA, especially as a foreigner, is that this can definitely be a very dangerous place. Just because you're in "The Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave" doesn't make it Easy Street here. And, this Aussie's tale of woe definitely bears that out. Still, I really believe you travel under a Lucky Star--&, I anticipate your time in the USA is going to be great, & relatively hassle-free. Also, I worked in Denali National Park one summer, & I've been to Alaska several times. It's one of the most amazing & beautiful places on Planet Earth! Aloha, Bill

Couch Potato  | 

Noraly- You need to look into "Goggle Fi" - https://fi.google.com/about/. This service gives you phone and internet in 200 countries on one SIM card- and it is cheaper. Check it out.

Virtual Nomad  | 

Hi Noraly- I wanted to give you some insight what to expect when you enter the USA. I am an Australian citizen and in 2016, I imported my bike from New South Wales, Australia to Panama and then went to the USA. I started in California, went to Maine, down to Florida and back to California. It was a NIGHTMARE!!! The USA claims to be a land of freedom, but it was not free for me. Here is what I experienced over 5 months of riding in the USA:

I secured a multi-entry visa and secured import papers for my bike through a customs broker. DO NOT TRY TO IMPORT YOUR BIKE WITHOUT A BROKER!!! Doing it yourself can take weeks or even months. When I arrived at the border, I was treated like a criminal. As I drove up, I was ordered off the bike and was made to sit on a bench on the side. A really smart ass customs/border bloke demanded my passport and paperwork. I explained it was still on the bike (they never gave me time to get it out). As I got up to get it, anther agent shoved me back onto the bench and told me to stay where I was.

They then took everything off my bike and dumped it out on a large table. They went through everything. They took my bike to the back and started taking it apart. They literally removed the tyres from the wheels. In the process, they bent a rim badly.

I asked what was happening and they said I met the profile of a drug smuggler (apparently all bikers smuggle drugs). I was there for five hours. When they finally let me go, they refused to put the wheels back on the bike and said they were not responsible for damages to the bike. It took me 45 mins just to repack my stuff. I got the wheels back on the bike, but it would not roll properly, as they were bent. I finally got through the border, but had to call a towing company to pick it up and take it to a bike shop. It cost me over US$800 to fix the damages.

I decided to continue my trip. The next day, I passed through a small town in California, when local police stopped my for not having a proper license plate. I had a New South Wales plate and I had bought US insurance. I also had a carnet and import papers. I told the local police that it was Australian and showed the paperwork. They decided it was not an Australian license plate because our plates say "New South Wales" and not Australia on them (what idiots). After an hour and fifteen minutes, they finally let me go. During my five months trip, I was stopped FOURTEEN times for improper license plates. It was always small down ignorant police.

I was stopped in a small town in Wisconsin on a Friday night. I was handcuffed and placed in jail until Monday morning over the license plate. I found out on Monday that what really happened was some idiot called the local police and reported a "motorcycle terrorist with foreign plates" driving through town. I could not believe it.
I finally finished my trip and was ever so glad to leave!! I will never go back! There is a lot to see in the USA, but the way I was treated was so bad, it was not worth it! Get ready for a mess.


Virtual Nomad  | 

Hi Noraly. I am curious about your drone experience in Nicaragua. I totally aware that you are not allowed to fly drones in that country, but my question has to do with if you are allowed to bring them in (with a promise not to fly) or do you have to do something else? I have read posts that say the authorities will confiscate your drone if they catch you with one. As a result of those stories, some riders have chosen to ship their drone to the next country. I have also heard stories that if you disclose that you have a drone at the border, and promise not to fly it, that you can keep it with you. What was your experience? Thank you in advance.

Bigsmokindaddy  | 

I decided not to take a risk and left it behind in Costa Rica to pick it up once I entered Honduras.

Noraly  | 

Hi Noraly, I am new to the blog I have many questions but no time right now :(
Have a great day and ride safe!

The MotoNoob USA  | 

Hi Noraly... do you have somewhere to receive possible routes for travels in America ?
Would like to give you some possible GPX routes... "Black Rock Desert", "Salmon River Ca", "Steens Mountian" (etc) to you.

TwilightZone  | 

Hi Noraly! What hearing protection/earbuds do you use?

bcmjr1  | 

Hi bcmjr1, I don't use a specific brand, I think :-)

Noraly  | 

Hola, I love, love, love your videos. Great camera work, good flow and just enough information without being bombarded with too many words. Can you please share what settings you have set on your GoPro 10?
Thank you!
Joe

Caseman  | 

Hi Joe, All information regarding filming and film equipment, I share in my online course Motocyclevlogging 101. Best, Noraly

Noraly  | 

Hi Noraly
I'm so jealous of your journey though south and central america. i travelled round south america about 20 years ago and loved the place and you have inspired me to go back. I have a Honda CRF300I'm sorry if you've already been asked this but I was wondering how you deal with the GoPro battery situation. As I'm sure you know their life isn't very good - which is putting it mildly. Do you just have to keep replacing them or do you connect your cameras to your bike battery?

Lorro  | 

Hi Lorro, I replace my batteries. It forces me not to film too much! Best Noraly

Noraly  | 

Noraly, I would like to see a video regarding how your gear and equipment are dong thus far. Tire, maintenance of the bike, how Alaska is holding up, luggage, GPS, boots riding gear etc. Your bike and equipment are so important and I'd like to see how you keep it in top condition.

JonJon  | 

After your endorsement of Rev It products, I decided to give them a try. I needed a new pair of gloves and am disappointed in the fit. I normally wear an XL and had to move to a 3X with Rev It to get a pair on my hands. This size made many parts of the gloves bulky. I was a bit disappointed and had to go back with a new pair of Klim. I'm sure they make great gear, but every pair of gloves I tried just did not fit. Bummed.

KMM  | 

Sorry to hear KMM. The gloves work well for me, but that does not mean they are suitable for everyone. Hope you will enjoy your new Klim gloves!

Noraly  | 

Je channel is echt top, als ik toch iets van kritiek mag geven, zou ik graag meer interactie willen zien met de locals. Praat eens met die boeren hoog in de bergen, hoe kijken die tegen de wereld aan, hebben die internet, wat doen die als ontspanning? Hebben die ook kinderen met autisme en AdHD? Wat is typisch in hun folklore? laat klederdracht zien? Laat hun eigen muziek horen? Dat zou je kanaal nog boeiender maken. 🏆

AmbiorixdeTweede  | 

Several videos of mine are all about locals! :-) Just released some. Hope you will enjoy them!

Noraly  | 

Have been enjoying your travels since you returned to South America to complete your trip to Alaska. Ecuador was great and getting across the Darien Gap by sea was a real adventure. Through you I am reliving my time in Panama.
Hopefully your adventures will continue to amaze you and be safe. If you have not already look up this website when you get to the US, https://ridebdr.com/, it may give you some information that might be useful. Stay safe and keep the rubber side down!

Oldrider  | 

Hi Noraly...Hope your good and enjoying your adventure :-)
Couldn't see what Goggles you use, always meant to ask
on your video's...Just watched another exciting episode
where they wouldn't let you go up the volcano on your bike.

The_Arby  | 

Hi The_Arby, just answered your question to the commenter before you. Don't remember the brand exactly, but as a goggle should fit well, I recommend going to a bike shop and try several.

Noraly  | 

Hey Noraly
Love the video's
have watched and enjoyed every one.
quick question
which make and model goggles do you use with the quick straps on the arai
Thanks
Webby ....

Webby  | 

I bought the goggles for the Kalahari Rally, and love them. Not sure about the brand. The best goggle is the one that fits well with the contours of your face. Best to go to a bike shop and try some. Best Noraly

Noraly  | 

Hola de nuevo Noraly, he seguido explorando tu blog y ya tengo la respuesta a la pregunta que te había formulado: Kit de herramientas Tyre Pro de EASTBOUND SHOP.
Saludos cordiales.

José María  | 

Hola Noraly,
Vi el vídeo de tu primer pinchazo en la Pampa argentina y me gustaron mucho las palancas "saca neumáticos" desmontables que llevas en tu equipaje y no las estoy encontrando en Internet, ¿nos podrías decir qué marca son y dónde las adquiriste?
Gracias de antemano y cordiales saludos desde Cochabamba.
José María

José María  | 

Hallo Noraly,
I just saw your video when you crossed the Darien Gap and went to Panama City. I like all of your travel vlogs and for the moment i'm planning my trip to Germany for this summer ( about 600km from home). I will do this trip in 1 day on my Honda Integra from 2017 but what you do is incredible.
Stay safe and let us follow your voyages, adventures on youtube for a long time.
Goede reis en blijf gezond

Luc De Prekel

Luke  | 

Hi Noraly,
New member here after following you for over 2 years. I only discovered your blog site now.
I plan to do lots of similar riding like you but in N. America only.
I want, need to take a laptop with me.

How do you carry one on Alaska, protect it from vibration and during tip-overs when it is on Alaska?

Is there a laptop size you find works for you? I prefer the 17" LG Gram I have as my eyesight is not 20/20 anymore and I do a lot of stock market stuff via it but I am not sure how to package or wrap it up in soft luggage to protect it
and how to not make it obvious it is on the bike at times I will be stopping for gas, getting food,...
Any thought(s) is appreciated.

Ride on girl as I am living through you as Covid has us locked down here in Canada presently. Plus is was -30 Celsius last night 1/2 hour north of the U.S.A. border.

Slayer

Slayer  | 

As I've posted before, My wife and I have loved your work. We have watched every episode now, from India to the boat ride around the Darien Gap. Now things are different! Before, when we watched, we knew you had worked way thru (who knows what!!!) and there were still 39 episodes to go. Now... YIKES, tomorrow (or RIGHT NOW) you are trying to ride in a boat or ship or raft or ??? to get back to roads in Panama. I have to admit, I didn't sleep as well wondering if things were working out. The problems of a dad watching someone who is a doppelganger of my daughter, in age, attitude and spirt affects me differently than I expected! My only gripe in Season #6? The new Garmin blocks too much of the road. I'm riding WITH you down the roads/trails, picking my lines, etc. Now I can't see as much. I know it's much better for you so that is the most important thing! Keep posting. Be safe, but don't be careful!!!

Dartnmartn  | 

I've browsed this site, it's a really great implementation !! I am passionate about drawing and I really appreciate the Logo *itchy boots* it is close to Genius. 🤓Is there more details on the website behind “Motovlogging 101 course”? The course could be a small intro video / commercial video. You know it 😉👍

Mikko  | 

Hi Mikko, you can find all the info about my courses on the Academy page. Each course also has a preview video :-). Just click on Read More button. Best, Noraly

Noraly  | 

Hi Noraly (or whoever deals with it),
The Dango doesn't scratch the inside of the helmet?

Thanks

Francisco_Castro-PT  | 

Hi Francisco, the mount is placed on the outside of the helmet :-)

Noraly  | 

Noraly ... MARS!
Geology, Chemistry, Earth Science, searching forensics evidences, etc. // PERFECT to send to mars with electric bike(s). 4-5 year trip, UNIQUE ... MANY MANY that would follow ... Again, you ALREADY have mastered recording, reporting, many challenges, etc. and are WELL PREPARED in EVERY WAY for such an assignment ...

WOW!  | 

Hey Noraly! Thanks for the heads up on the bike! Watching your channel for quite some time now, and you convinced me to buy a "descent" offroad bike instead of a adventure bike like the 500x or 750x! In march I'll be sporting a rally to! Since I'm quite wet behind the ears (as we Dutch speaking neighbours like to say) I'm ordering crash bars ans bash plate to be included for day one. Still looking what brand of hand guards you are using. As far as I can tell they're not barkbuster, not zeta, not acerbis.... Are these KTM guards? Thanks for the great view of the world, and stay awesome! Doei!

mutrax  | 

The handguards on my CRF300Rally were ones that they had in stock in the shop where I bought my bike, and that fitted, so I didn't order them specifically. I think they were KTM guards, but not 100% sure.

Noraly  | 

Hi Noraly, I really enjoy all of your trips and videos. You mention you use a DJI drone. Which model?
Happy touring, Tim

TimP  | 

More details about the drones I use are available in my Motovlogging 101 course. In which I also talk about how I use them :-)

Noraly  | 

Thanks, I have seen that episode many times but you do not state in the video the manufacturer of the hand guards. It doesn't have any writing on them (like Acerbis and Zeta have) so I have no idea hence why I am asking. Can you remember? Thanks.

Mollochai  | 

The handguards on my CRF300Rally were ones that they had in stock in the shop where I bought my bike, and that fitted, so I didn't order them specifically. I think they were KTM guards, but not 100% sure.

Noraly  | 

Norally ... REALLY ENJOY all of your sharing + you show care in your interactions with others especially in impoverished locations (how it needs to be with ALL). / Gear: In your downtime when you have a chance could you please make and post a list of ALL the tools you carry with you. I have NO doubts many will copy. I KNOW I will ... who wants to get stuck with a small problem easy to fix and NO SIMPLE TOOL necessary for getting by or repair. Stay safe, take care and God is with you always! Again, thanks for sharing ... be blessed ...

WOW!  | 

Hi, What brand/make are the hand guards you have on Alaska? It looks like you are using the stock handlebars, I am doing the same and like the style of you hand guards so would like to know what they are and if possible where you got them from (although they were probably put on by your Honda dealer, but any information would be helpful).
Many thanks

Mollochai  | 

In the first episode of Season 6, I talk about my bike in detail (among others about the hand guards). Here is the link to that part of the video: https://youtu.be/bTnuoczs3tw?t=703, Best Noraly

Noraly  | 

Thanks for the exhaustive tip. I have to choose a motorcycle without a test drive😜 when I don't have a driving license🤭
I'm sorry to use a translator ✍️🤔
Dutch-English-Spanish .. How can you learn a lot of languages? For yourself, learning languages ​​has been difficult.🙈💦
Can a “stupid” learn a new language with your tips? How?

Mikko  | 

Ah, you still need to get your license. Good luck with that :-) Hope you can travel soon on your own bike!

Noraly  | 

Hi Noraly,
i have seen all your tours. its so great!!!. My question: I see on your bikes, that there are for the mirrors not the original brackets, i see brackets in form of ram mount or similar. is this right?
Thanks for the good stories and ride safe!!!
Wolf

Wolf  | 

I have replaced my mirrors on some bikes with double take mirrors that I bought via Amazon. Maybe that is what you are noticing?

Noraly  | 


Hi Noraly, Iwould like to have you review on Proteus because I'm interested in having something light on me. I sweat a lot and I was thinking to substitute my ventilated summer jacket by Rev'it!, with Proteus. Do you think that it can be a good idea?
Thank you, rise safe,
bye,
Stefano

Hunter  | 

Hi Hunter, I enjoy the Proteus but cannot decide for you what is best. Sorry...

Noraly  | 

Hi Noraly,
Which mount did you use for your Garmin Montana 700i?

Keith Murray  | 

Hi Keith, I don't know the exact name, but it is a Garmin mount for a motorcycle. Maybe you can find one via Google?

Noraly  | 

Hi Noraly, I hope you are keeping well on your travels. Thank you for the inspiration and amaizing videos. I too have a CB500X (2021) and ARAI Tour X4 and wondered what mount you are now using on your helmet for your GoPro?
I'm still new to all of this and trying to find the best options.
Good luck on the rest of your journey!
Thanks, Chris

Hootermcfly  | 

Hi Chris, In my course Motovlogging 101 I give all the information regarding equipment, including the mount I use right now, and show you how to create your own motorcycle travel videos. Here is the link: https://www.itchyboots.com/academy.

Noraly  | 

I remember for 1 season some woman eagerly wrote when she started motorcycling inspired by the “Itchy boots”. For me, going the same way. *Thanks Noraly*, only you have made me really excited about motorcycling🐣🏍. I may have already made a bike selection .. Is the cb500x good? … As new. I visit leather riding gear, what are the benefits they have. 💦Gore-tex works. what is the difference between these in practice?
If you buy the same as you get women's models 🤣 Do you have any suggestions, tips on accessories?

Mikko  | 

Hi Mikko, So many questions :-). Unfortunately, I can not give you real advice. It all depends on where you are going (climate), what surfaces you will be riding, and your own personal preference! I would suggest doing testrides with different bikes, and visit different bike shops regarding clothes. And then just go out there and ride :-). Enjoy!

Noraly  | 

Hi Noraly!
You wrote you using Sena 3S for headset but i saw you use some kind of tws headphone.
Which brand and model do you use?

ad33p  | 

Hi Ad33p, those are just my earplugs for canceling out the noise when riding :-)

Noraly  | 

Another site for OSM is https://garmin.opentopomap.org/
That's where i got my map for Russia for my next trip, needed coverage for the oblast Leningrad and Kaliningrad.

Ray, ride4life.nl  | 

Hi Noraly!
Great tip on the new Garmin, thanks!

For safety though, have you thought of what to to if you get thrown off the bike? My thought is that maybe the small portable one on the body provides greater reassurance? Or do you have an on-body interface to the Garmin?

Traveling Tommy  | 

Dog gone you Noraly!!! Hoped to be able to attach a photo here of My wife and I, bedecked in our Itchy Boots Tee shirts and face masks. We are holding a sign that sez "Thailand 2023" Let's GO! This spring my wife and I did a trip from the midwest to Cabo Mexico and back. Baja was cool, and way outside our comfort zone, but.... It was kind of brown and dusty everywhere and not what we like. We came home and started your season #1. We thot your Thailand stuff was awesome so, the plan is our daughter and my wife and I to head there for a bike trip in 2023. AND IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!
When in mexico, if you are in the baja Nov thru the end of march, MAKE SURE you have a go at the whale watching. We used Antonio's Eco Tours near San Ignacio (You should have better luck on the sand/gravel road than we did on our 2 up FJR1300!). It was by FAR the highlight of our Baja experience. (It's just not everyday here in Indiana that we get to pet and kiss a wild baby whale and scratch her momma!)

Dartnmartn  | 

HI
Thanks for a lot of useful information - only thing Im missing: where do you get your maps from ?.
Garmin maps are very expensive (and for Ecuador there isn’t one - or for that matter Iraq)
I know somewhere in your block there is a link - http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/. Think the link is dead (This request is #112378 in the queue. The delay is approximately 468.2 days.).

I did find some places on the internet where I can download maps for my Garmin - but I don’t want to pay for something that doesn’t work properly.
And I wouldn’t ask if I could find something useful myself (guess you get a lot of questions)

Thanks and happy New Year

Henrik

Henrik Wilche  | 

Hi Henrik, I am still using Open Streetmap, but the mentioned website is often overloaded that is why you cannot reach it.

Noraly  | 

I was browsing posts .. **GPS**
Garmin can connect bluetooth to your phone (app). The garmin watch works as a pair as well. Myself with the Alpha 200i dog tracker, i am surprised at how accurate and versatile the device is. Maps and satellite messages are valuable.

Mikko  | 

Hi Noraly can you tell me what mounting you use to mount your GoPro to your Arai. I have an Arai like yours and have the mounting you last used on your white helmet but this mounting you are currently using looks much more discrete than the previous one you had. Love the video look forward to seeing them and following you on your journeys.

Regards and safe journey through 2022.

Pete

Reynard Racer  | 

Hi Pete,
The details about the filming equipment I use, I share in my only course motovlogging 101. You are correct though that I am using a different mount. :-)

Noraly  | 

Warmest regards to you, Noraly. I am so fond of your africa experience in season 5. It was hectic! You are the bravest woman I ever know especially after witnessing your journey to the diamond territory. Having watched your Q&A hosted by Rev'it on youtube last night, it really helps me to appreciate more your hard work and commitment in producing each second and every minute of your videos! Stay healthy while making your way from Latin America to Alaska! With love from Singapore

Keishi Hasegawa  | 

Very useful guide and tips!

Rodrigo_Vaz  | 

Thanks for the answers about the helmet Noraly.
I literally just finished installing the quick release which i found at 24mx.nl where i also bought the neoprene protectors for lower legs of the front suspension (upside down forks).
Good to know about the scratching, already was thinking about removing it and use some anti fog.
Happy trails for 2022.

Ray, ride4life.nl  | 

@ Tim Haynes:
Can't reply to a post but i had the same problem but i ride pass an offroad/dirtbike shop almost every day and spent about an hour there fitting goggles. Have the same helmet also.
There where a few that fitted in the helmet but only an Oakley felt good. This is only a direction to look for because it's not only the opening in the helmet but also the contours of your face.

Ray, ride4life.nl  | 

Merry Chrismas from Calgary.
Noraly, I know you are headed in this northerly direction and I just thought you should know...
We are enjoying a beautiful minus 25 degrees Celcius Christmas morning and looking forward to minus 32 tomorrow.
So, take your time. And hold on to those blankets, LOL.

Bill Foster  | 

A Very Merry Christmas, Noraly, and a Happy, Healthy and Safe 2022. My husband and I are watching back-to-back your entire six series of videos. From the comfort of our armchairs, we have loved joining you on your adventures from India to Botswana. We will soon catch up with your current video posts in South America. We just want to say a huge thank you for making all your videos so interesting and educational, not just from a motorcycling/travelling the road aspect, but the way you absorb and share your experiences with us. We have learnt so much from you, about the different people, cultures, cuisine, nature, history and of course geosciences. We cant wait to get back on our KTM and get travelling again. Thank you again and keep safe!
Neil & Thelma

Neil & Thelma  | 

Felíz Navidad, Noraly, wherever you are today in South America and thank you for the hundreds of presents you made us in more than three years now. From me a big virtual hug and may all your adventure travel dreams come true.

Thomas

Thomas_57  | 

Hi Noraly,
Thank you for the the continued, & enthusiastic inspiration you give us all.
You’re driving the Grey haired back to adventure!.
May I ask what goggles you use with your QR straps (I have the same helmet), and struggle for fit over glasses etc.
Thank you.
Ride Endlessly & Safe.
Tim

Tim Haynes  | 

Hello Noraly,

Congrats on being on the road again. Among all your new gear, I am most intrigued to get your feedback on the Proteus body Armor. Since it is worn like a shirt, how do you deal with basic washing? Do you have a 2nd shirt that you can swap out the armor while the other is being cleaned/dried? With a regular riding shirt and an armored jacket, the "cleaning" challenge must be less. What has been your experience so far?

Happt travels

Ric Doedens  | 

For washing, all I have to do is remove the armor from the 'shirt'. That is no different from when I was wearing adventure jackets, then I also removed the armor and washed the jacket :)

Noraly  | 

What are you using to attach your GoPro to your new helmet? It looks like your using a different mechanism than before.

John Hawk  | 

Hi John, Yes, I am using a different mechanism now. In my Motocycling Vlogging 101 course, I share the details. :-)

Noraly  | 

Hei hei Noraly,
I saw you sruggling with Alaska in the river the episode before last and found a Kouba Lowering Link by rally-raidproducts.co.uk
The product code is RRP756 and the Kouba part no is CRF300L-2
It reduces the overall ride height be 45mm. Kouba is an American company, so I'm sure it could be organised direct through them too.
Would you like me to see if I can organise one for you?
I have Multiple Sclerosis and have two reasons to thanks you. First your riding of the Zero DSR gave me the idea I needed to get back on two wheels, which I have - on a DS (the DSR was too much; less is more!). Second, I'll never be able to do the rides you are doing, but thank you for allowing me (and all of us of course) to come along and see the world with you :-)
All best cheers,
Mark

Mark Dibben  | 

Great gear and a great start to the Season Six.
I do hope that when you had the break-in service done on "Alaska" that they also checked the spokes for tightness.
That break-in service will save "Alaska" from many problems later on.

Take care and I know you are enjoying riding in Ecuador, cannot wait for the next episode tomorrow Noraly

Mike - P.  | 

Great to hear Mike!

Noraly  | 

Noraly, I hope 2022 will bring more normality to our lives, the past two years have been quite challenging. Hopefully everyone is finally getting the opportunity to plan a riding trip that, perhaps, had to be put off. Regardless of the challenges we face, riding our motorcycles can help us feel free.

It is truly grand that your American Adventure could re-start in Ecuador. Their land is truly amazing and offers a wide variety of different scenery. We are truly blessed to have you as our Adventure Rider Ambassador!

Willy  | 

Hello Noraly,
Je suis heureux que tu ais pu reprendre la route autour du Monde.
J'aimerais beaucoup lire tes blogs... mais malheureusement, on ne peut pas les traduire dans sa propre langue :(
En faisant un clic droit sur les textes, il ne se passe rien (pas de menu déroulant).

wanabee67  | 

Yes Ma'am....
For hydration....have you ever considered a hydration jug mounted on the bike vs the backpack.
I've never heard you mention shoulder pain from the continuous use of a backpack....but some do experience that.
"Keep on rolling"....from Texas

Kiyoti  | 

I had a hydration bag on my tank bag when I was travelling with Savannah, but I prefer a backpack.

Noraly  | 

bonjour Noraly
je rejoins quelques lecteurs qui signalent la position du gps....il masque une partie non négligeable de votre route , mais bon avez vous le choix pour sa position ?
personnellement je me fiche de savoir à quelle vitesse vous roulez, de connaitre le rapport de boite etc...etc...franchement les paysages que vous traversez sont tellement beaux !
ce qui me gêne le plus c'est ce floutage qui apparait toutes les 15 a 20 secondes et assez souvent, j'ai eu ce soucis sur mes gopro alors que je ne savais pas bien les régler........
merci Noraly de nous faire partager ces très bons moments !

 | 

Hi Noraly, great content as always and I'm looking forward to watching your travels to Alaska. So far your journey in Ecuador looks to be amazing. Unfortunately it looks like you'll be dealing with South American dogs again as you are already be chased down by them. I also don't mind where you've placed your Garmin because I like to see the information on the screen. I also enjoy watching your speedometer as you navigate various terrain.
Thanks for the gear review, I'm considering the Garmin Montana 700i as well but I read somewhere that the ideal location for your communication devices is on your person, not the bike, in case you end up off the bike and you can't get to it due to injure or location. I'm also considering the Garmin Zumo XT. There is a Montana 700 which doesn't have the built in InReach as another option. I've read that the screen on the XT is easier to read in bright sunlight and that the screen updates faster and the XT is overall a faster device and better for road riding as well. I wanted to know if you felt that the screen was brighter and updated faster on the XT. Even if it is, I assume you feel that the extra features of the Montana out weight this advantage of the XT.

Ninloot  | 

I noticed in the early series you used the SteelCore locking straps, do you still use them?

Dale T  | 

I still have them with me!

Noraly  | 

Noraly... I have absolutely NO PROBLEM with where your Garmin is located! As a matter of fact I like it's location because it provides information on speed and gear choice. I often freeze the action to examine the details on the Garmin. There's plenty of room on my computer screen to see where you're going and the fabulous scenery. And that camera angle is not the only one we see. I'm sure you positioned the Garmin because of the limitations of the bike design. Don't compromise your comfort, ease of operation or safety.

Bob S  | 

Do you still have your fuel bladders or whatever you call them?
Unfortunately your new Garmin is slap bang in the middle of the screen. Can't you raise the height of your helmet camera or tilt it a bit upwards. But I like the fact that we can see your speed, which would then be gone from the screen.

CharltonLatchford  | 

No need for fuel bladders now, as my tank is big enough :-). Savannah had a very very small tank...

Noraly  | 

so glad you are back in south america really missed your videos hope you never stop love your new crf 300
when yo get to the us don't miss the state of utah 5 national parks unbelievable scenery
stay safe
mark lyman

marklyman  | 

Hi Noraly, I noticed on your videos how much better your clothing is, that protector jacket look really good. Is it comfortable? The new Garmin looks really high tec.
Dave

Dave Marriott  | 

Great to see you back where you belong, in lovely scenery and nice people and mad dogs ha ha. Ride safe as always.

Les moore  | 

Super start of the new season! Nifty new navigation device you've got there. What I notice is that it is in the line of eyesight for us spectators. Your camera is a little below your eyes, so we can just not see where you keep your eyes focussed on because the device is in the way. It would help to lower the nav about 10 centimeters, so the images from the helmet cam get less obstructed.

BStrep  | 

Hi Noraly, Just a silly question. You plan your route, you have to find places to eat, you find places to explore and take us with you, you do your research, you ride all day, you have to stop and film, put your drone in the air to give us fantastic views and when you arrive at your destination you have to down load all the footage, charge all the batteries for the equipment, edit the raw footage to give us 3 fantastic videos a week. When do you find time for your self to just sit and relax as there are only so many hours in a day. Hats off to you for a job well done. Thank you for all the hours of enjoyment that we the viewers get to experience.

Davidjeng  | 

There is always a little time to relax and most of all, I enjoy what I am doing!

Noraly  | 

You do so much with so little! A lot of people these days consider themselves "minimalists" , myself included, but we tote around a lot more "stuff" than you.
Season 6 is a Winner already and it's just begun; I bet you hit a million subs before you get to the US!
Happy trails, Noraly.

Charles Harris  | 

I like the size and position of your Montana 700i because, as a fellow rider (using the Zumo XT), I find it easier to view the screen :) I habitually look ahead, up the road or trail, just as if I were riding it, which has become even more fun post-rally, now that you are a speed demon. I got a kick out of the boot emptying scene after your river crossing. It was very thoughtful of you to return the water to the river.

Bsmukler  | 

You are a delight to follow , my wife and me have watched all seasons, keep up the great work, and have a fab holiday season😊🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉😊😊😊😊

Chris Venter  | 

Enjoying series 6 but feel that the new GARMIN is too much in the middle of the picture and "hides" the road. Could it be moved lower? Thanks Jan

Jan UK  | 

Hi Noraly! We were hiking a mega steep trail yesterday and thinking of you. It’s wild how the camera lens doesn’t share steepness from the real world! We enjoy your adventures so much. Lisa

Lisa.  | 

Hi, Noraly,

You've probably already thought about this, but here's a suggestion anyway. How about collecting your travel tracks and creating micro sd cards that you could sell in your shop? I would be very interested in the Southern Africa tracks.
Cheers!
--Carlos

Husky Carlos  | 

And I almost forgot... I spent 2 years in Alaska in the U.S. Army back in the late 1960's. I'm just waiting to see if you cover any of the same ground I did when I was up there and how it's changed. It's a gorgeous land. I also get a big grin on my face when I see the moose on your helmet. I've had many interesting experiences with them. But enjoy the lower Americas first.

"Let's go!"

Bob S  | 

Hi Noraly! Great to see you on the road again. Someone appropriately called you "Squishy Boots" after your adventure crossing that river. My question is... Why don't you use a neck brace?

Bob S  | 

Was waiting for this.
2 questions about the Helmet, do you also have the problem of rainwater running in between the pinlock en the visor due to the pointy visor on the tour X4?
Second is the quick release for the goggles, the link to them doesn't work. Could find something but can you maybe show it in one of your video's how it's mounted on the helmet? It looks like a really convenient system.
And i'm also really glad your on the rad again, love to join you on your rides and even when i'm on one of my own trips i hope to get a proper connection to watch at the end of the day. One time a was hanging out of a window in a B&B in Italy on the border with Slovenia to get a signal, that's what you get when travelling where not everybody goes (but you get great experiences in return).

Ray, ride4life.nl  | 

Hi Ray,
Q1: At the moment, I am not riding with a pinlock. But when I was, I didn't have problems with that. Fine dust, however, would come in between and led to a scratched visor twice. That's why I'm not riding with a pinlock any longer :).
Q2: The link is working again, but the product is not available everywhere :-(.

Noraly  | 
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