Category Archives: Gear

Spot 2 Personal Tracker

The SPOT 2 Personal Tracker is a GPS Satellite location device that can be used to notify friends and family of your location and progress via a SMS message or Google Maps. In the event of a life threatening or other critical emergency, you can notify emergency services of your GPS location and that you need assistance.

We were recommended the Spot 2 by our good friend Ela who used one on her solo trip through south America. Hopefully the Spot will only be used to update the site’s “Where are we” map. Having an SOS feature is certainly reassuring – both for us and those back home.

SPOT 2 features include:

  • SOS / 911 – In the event of a life threatening or other critical emergency, notify emergency services of your GPS location and that you need assistance.
  • Help – In the event of a non-life threatening emergency, you can use this function to notify your personal contacts that you need assistance.
  • Check-in / OK – Allows you to let your friends and family know that all is OK with a pre-programmed message along with your GPS location.
  • Track Progress – Send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress using Google Maps

Satellite coverage is limited, however the areas that we are most concerned about do have coverage.

Motorcycle tyre repair kit

I use the following tools and kit for plugging punctures on the go. I ride on tubeless tyres mainly so most repairs involve plugging the puncture and then re-inflate, a really simple procedure. I do carry tubes in case the tyre needs to be removed on the roadside and I can’t re-install the tubeless tyre, a more involved job. If you use a tube in a tubeless tyre make sure that the tyre can support this setup!

Stop ‘n Go – Tubeless tyre repair kit
The easiest tyre plugging kit that I have used to date, a punctured tubeless tyre can be plugged in a couple of minutes without removing the wheel.

The Plugging device ‘drives’ the plug into the hole with a turning of the hex wrench. The plug expands under pressure to fill the punctured area. A firm pull on the stem with your pliers’ seats the mushroom head on the inner wall allowing no air to escape.  The re-inflate, simples…

Slime 12v air compressorPortable 12v air compressor
Great little air compressor, weighing only 950g and can inflate a tyre to 37 psi in only 4 minutes. It conveniently powers directly off the bike’s external power socket. An air compressor is handy as you can deflate your tyres if you need more traction on sand etc. and then easily re-inflate the tyres when the surface improves.


2 x 8” tyre levers – Motion Pro
Compact and lightweight. I only carry 2 levers; I improvise a 3rd lever from another similar shaped tool at hand.

Rema Top Tip
Tube puncture repair kit, includes a few spare valve cores.

Spare Tubes
I carry 2 spare tubes, a front and rear, for emergencies or for replacing a tyre and I don’t have access to the right kit for installing the tubeless tyre. If space/weight is a concern, a single front tube as it will work in both wheels.

Temporary 90’ valve adapter
A handy solution for accessing those hard to reach tyre valve stems. Just screw the adaptor onto the valve stem and any air hose or foot pump will fit easily.