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Dr. Frazier: Extreme Adventure Rider Secrets Photo Gallery

Looking back on some of his best and worst moments, our two-wheeled globe trekker reveals his adventure recipes for success. Read about his tips in Dr. Frazier: Extreme Adventure Rider Secrets.

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A remote waterfall in Utah was tough to get to, well off a paved road, but ideal for serene camping.
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These ruts would have been nearly impassable if wet or without unloading much of the weight from my motorcycle.
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Weight and clearance were 'Yes' decision factors to attempt this remote four-wheel drive track. I eventually off-loaded and hid three non-essential bags for the night
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Wolfman tank bag was designed specifically for the Kawasaki KLR650 gas tank for a snug fit and carried gloves, maps, eyeglasses and lightweight gear.
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This picture gives a peek inside the tank bag. Only lightweight items were stashed here.
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My main tie-down straps were serious, heavy duty Shockley straps to keep bags from flopping over bumps.
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The luggage spread out on a picnic table looked big but compressed down small.
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Clothes made up the bulk inside these three bags, which were enough for two weeks with some recycling.
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A large waterproof bag carried light camping gear on the far back of the motorcycle.
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Inside the camping gear bag is my small tent, down sleeping bag, deflated air mattress and rain suit.
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My inflatable air mattress fit length-wise in my tent, leaving room on the sides for riding gear and smaller bags.
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Pictured is the sleeping bag with the Aerostich Kanetsu electric jacket liner on top.
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The Kanetsu electric jacket liner folded into its own pocket and served as a pillow.
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A Kawasaki accessory was a small handlebar carrying bag.
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Inside the handlebar bag were multi-purpose tools for quick access and a tire pressure gauge.
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Also in the handlebar bag was a rag which helped keep other items from rattling around.
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A peek inside the left side Happy Trails pannier shows heavy items down low.
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Some of the heavier items were wrapped protectively in the left side pannier and included oil, spray lubricant and a bottle of Russian swill for 'medicinal' purposes.
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I carried a spare clutch cable in the left side pannier.
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In the left pannier was a small Kawasaki Owner Manual in a plastic protective wrapper which reminded me of things I forgot when doing routine maintenance.
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In the left pannier, on the bottom, was my tool kit, with heavy items low to the ground.
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Also in the left pannier were two spare inner-tubes that served as a buffer for other items inside from bouncing around.
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Pictured is a peek inside my loose tool kit.
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A look inside the right aluminum pannier shows more spares and maintenance items.
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Some additional tools were in the right side pannier to balance the weight of the tools in the left side pannier.
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Two plastic bags in the right side pannier carried odds and ends like nuts and bolts, glue, tape, tire repair bits and spare parts like a spark plug.
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Also in the right side pannier was a pair of quick slip-on walking shoes.
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Camp set up with everything stored inside the tent except the large red waterproof bag filled with items not wanted within like well-worn clothes and riding boots.
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Pictured is the payoff for an extreme adventure: pristine solitude as the day came to an end.
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Ready to start on roads to adventure, a fellow rider asks: “What are your secrets to gear for a serious motorcycle adventure rider?”
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GORE-TEX riding jacket allowed for several optional accessories to meet the challenges of both on and off pavement riding.
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GORE-TEX riding pants provided weather protection as well as protective padding for knees.
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High and low calf riding boots provided foot, ankle and lower leg protection.
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For protection from rain, snow and cold weather, compact pull-over lightweight gloves that provided easy on-off options as well as 100% weather protection were these three finger “Spock-like” models.
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For boot protection from severe wet weather my choice was for the easy on-off of textile pull over rain gear with water proof zippers. They folded up small and kept my leather boots dry.
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I used a set of lightweight deerskin leather riding gloves from Lee Parks Design (www.leeparksdesign.com) for warm weather use, with gauntlets to keep the wind, and sometimes bees, from blowing up my sleeves.
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A Kanetsu Airvantage electric jacket liner from Aero Designs had found its way into my travel gear for cold weather riding.
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The Kanetsu Airvantage electric jacket liner folded into its own pocket, taking up less space than a helmet.
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Although bulky, heavy duty leather gloves were a welcome option when the weather turned cold.
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Hot desert riding was part of my adventure that required some optional gear for the high temperatures.
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When riding in the hot, my preference was for the lightweight Bohn Bodyguard Airtex (www.bohnarmor.com) riding shirt from that was well vented with padded elbows, shoulders and a back protector, storing my heavier GORE-TEX jacket in luggage on the back of the motorcycle.
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For head gear I used a Nolan full faced flip-up (modular) helmet, underneath wearing a lightweight baklava accompanied by a scarf to cut the wind to my exposed neck.
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A sheep skin “butt pad” or an inflatable “geezer” pad was chosen, depending on my overall weight and desire for maximum comfort.
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For pain in the lower back and some kidney protection my choice was for a stretchable wide back protector, this one pictured from a local hardware/home improvement store.
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Well prepared for what Mother Nature threw at me up ahead, my confidence was higher for tackling the more serious roads and tracks with my selected riding gear.
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Yes, it could all be worn, as pictured here, and still offered the flexibility of movement and some back-up gear if the weather turned wet or cold or hot.