Kathy at Motofreight has been an invaluable source of information and support. The road is the deathbed of the best laid plans and ours were no exception. When time ran out for getting our Pakistan visa Kathy went out of her way to make herself available for shipping quotes, advice and general brain picking, helping no end to minimise stress and maximise options. Motofreight's network of agents around the world and their wealth of experience and friendly approach make them a great choice wherever you're looking to ship.
We've heard such good things about the durability and performance of Conti tyres that we decided they had to be our tyre of choice. So we got in touch with Graham at Cambrian tyres for some expert advice on which sort we needed. We're on the dualsport TKC70's at the outset as they're high mileage tyres and we'll be mainly on-road for the first part of the trip. As the terrain becomes more off-road, we'll switch to TKC80's (depending on how the 70's are doing at that point of course!). Both can be used tubeless but we'll have tubes in.
All the gear we're taking we've chosen because we believe it's the best combination of function and value for money. There's no doubt our journey will push these products to their limits but we think they'll stand up to it. We'll let you know!
While our full adventure suits will see us through much of the travelling there'll come a climate when a full adventure suit is too much to bear. For these times we have Knox armoured shirts which don't compromise protection while accommodating greater ventilation in hotter climates. We also have Knox summer gloves with scaphoid protectors for extra hand protection if (when?) we hit the dirt. Knox gear is tailored towards an optimal combination of flexible utility and protection and in a male-dominated industry it's a big bonus for Katie that they supply women-specific products, designed by women.
Mark put the PR4's together for us when they arrived and is going to build and fit the luggage racks for us. A good friend too, he does great work and is dedicated to seeing his customers right. Check out his facebook page for all your automotive repair needs!
An independent, quality magazine covering all aspects of overland motorcycle travel, from a weeekend spent riding in a neighbouring country to a trip of a lifetime journey like ours. OVERLAND magazine aims to enthuse, inspire, inform and entertain whilst also making a beautiful addition to any coffee table. The guys that run it are also all-round nice people.
Biketrac is a small tracking device that allows you to locate your bike anywhere in the world. This means that if your bike is stolen it can be recovered quickly, often within hours of it being reported stolen. It also allows you to track your journeys and we'll be using it for this through the Event Eagle that Bike Trac are running for us. You'll be able to find it on their website, we'll post the link here
once we set off. In addition to allowing our followers to keep track of our journey, we'll have added peace of mind that our bikes shouldn't stray too far from us!
After Katie received a full REV'IT adventure motorcycle suit for winning the Overland short story magazine competition we decided to stick with REV'IT for all our gear. Two times winners of a red dot award
, REV'IT clothing is a fantastic combination of design, quality and functionality, take a look at their website by clicking their logo below to check it out. They're also ahead of the game in motorcycle clothing by having an attractive women's range that delivers protection without compromising on cut and fashion. Their customer service is second to none with a helpful, customer-first approach at all times. We'll be posting more about how the suits perform as we go but we're confident they'll suit our needs for all the climates and terrains we'll travel through and our experience of the company and their products has so far justified our choice thoroughly.
IPH Print have delivered a top-class, professional service for all your printing and web design needs since 1979. They have kindly provided us with our stickers and cards so we can spread the word of Trails - thanks Pete! If you need high quality printing done at affordable prices, click on their logo below to go through to their website.
The foundation believe that 'individuals of good will, moving among foreign cultures and making themselves vulnerable to the beliefs and customs of strangers, have great importance in promoting world understanding, and even more so when they can distill the essence of their experiences into a form that can be absorbed by many' and urge and support travellers to 'go the extra mile and become reporters of truth in the world'. The desire to see the real world, connect to people in a meaningful way and leave a positive mark when we move on is strong for both Mickey and I and I'm excited that my status as a Jupiter's traveller will allow me to do this with greater impact. - Katie
The Muskoka Foundation is a charity network that connects independent travellers with projects that fit their professional skills so that they can 'do good as they go'. We will be scouting for local partners for them as we travel and we'll also be supporting expansion of their photography program out in Asia. This program gives children and young adults the skills and opportunity to make money from photography as well as providing them with a constructive outlet for emotions that might otherwise be overwhelming and destructive.
A well established Oxford society run by post graduate students, OxFEST run a dynamic program of events to engage and inform women in the STEM subjects (science engineering and maths) and tackle the issues which lead to a scarcity of women in senior roles in these subjects. I have worked with OxFEST on a number of occasions to promote gender equality and mentor younger female scientists through the often complicated and daunting career path. I'm delighted to continue my affiliation with them while travelling, and hope that doing so will better enable me to promote science as a viable career for girls as I travel. - Katie