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Well for me it was the insulation inside the sleeping mat that saved the night. Zero cold from the ground even in freezing temps.
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Lot of the stuff on your list I wouldn't be taking, or it will be shared around the group. Chair isn't something I'll take. Same with the stationary.
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So long as I have enough socks. Rest can be aired out while I ride.
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Trying to think of what I can do to my bike for this ride. Knowing the guys I will be riding with, it'll be harsh.
I'll probably need a bash plate for the frame, the Firebrand one looks like it has good coverage. Have bottomed out the bike before, would be a lot nicer if it was with a plate between it.
New tyres might be needed, something with more tread than my Night Dragons (as it is the new GT rear is getting torn to pieces).
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forget the port and get some mc williams hanwood muscat (((-; and dunny paper! have fun, is your air cleaner easy to knock the dust out of? maybe a spare filter in case you let those dual sporters in front to kick up dust.....

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Current filter is an S&S stealth. Might need to change back to stock for the ride. Pretty sure I have a spare kicking around. Not sure how well the S&S will handle the dirt.
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Non negotiable item is the self inflating insulated sleeping mats, they saved us when the temps dropped down to freezing. The sleeping bags were not warm enough, I still need to obtain a fix for that.
Were the bags able to be zipped together?
While that's suggested light-heartedly in jest, I do applaud all of those embarking on sporty-inspired camping adventures.

Cameron's Corner will be an interesting trip, though pretty damned hot at this end of the year. I'd be thinking about 2 x Moisture wicking long sleeve tshirts and a wind-breaking jacket and a camel back or something similar for keeping up the water consumption perhaps. You probably already have all that stuff sorted. And while it probably goes against the core of saying "I did it on a 48", the larger custom tank would certainly help with an easy way of carrying a few of those extra litres.

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Oh, and maybe consider a UHF and antenna for range on one of the bikes if not sticking to the main routes in and out
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You need to realize that you are not riding an adventure bike so you don't get hurt. You will not be able to go as fast in the dirt as an adventure bike. Okay that was my two sense.

Maybe a K&N washable filter would work better. I believe desert racers use these and you maybe able to clean it on the trail. What I don't know is if the filter cleaner and oil is biodegradable? You could check with K&N, they respond quickly to questions.

Definitely get a bash plate. Plastic or aluminum are your choices and I am not sure which is better. Plastic doesn't bend like aluminum. Google should be able to tell you the pros and cons. In my opinion, the bash plate needs to provide some protection to the side of the engine cases too.

Will you be riding in brush or weeds that can get caught between the brake and shifter levers? If yes then consider a small steel cable between frame and leavers to guide them around the levers.

Make sure your suspension is properly setup as you don't have as much travel.

If it is rocky with many stones a semi knobby would likely be best over a full knob. If it is all sand than a full knob grips best. This is a trade off no matter which tire you choose. The semi knob can still be used well on the road, not so much with a full know. Although you can do so awesome powerslides on pavement with a full knob. Do both front and rear.

Maybe a tube of JB weld would be useful if something breaks?
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Of course, spooning for extra warmth.
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Had my bike over 65mph in the dirt before, probably will on this run as well.

Got my camel back around somewhere, will need to find it. Will also be carrying spare water in a big container. Going to be mid to high 30's, not ideal time for it.

Fuel tank will be interesting, the tank really is what makes the 48 for me and got no plans to change it. Well, maybe a respray at some point.

The S&S uses a K&N element (or very similar), might need to take the recharge kit.

Suspension on my bike isn't to bad. 2" more travel in the front. Got 13" Ikon shock in the back. Similar to what an older Roadster. Might also need to take my parking puck for the softer places.

Got the planning meat up this week, so will get a better idea of what I need to take apart from my old camping kit. Might take my camera as well, but it's an action camera designed for short use.
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