Yeah, this thread is probably my fault for posting a picture over in another thread w.r.t. the fuel cell I'm building.
I am setting my '07 GT for this year's IBR. I know, right now, of one other '07 GT that will be in the rally. They are riding it two-up and having a custom mold made for a 10+ gallon main tank. That one should be very interesting to see.
In terms of modifications for this sort of ride, your essentials list should be the following:
- Comfortable seat and ergonomics
- Wind protection for long term comfort and weather
- Electric gear
- Hydration system
- A reliable method to collect and securely store receipts and photos.
In the "nice to have" list are all the things that most people think are essential. They are not. That list includes:
- Increased fuel capacity
- Communications gear (CB/phone)
- Driving lights
That being said, nearly every IBR competitor is likely to have all the above to some degree or another. I am no exception.
My list of additions for my GT are the following:
- Philips HID driving lights mounted up off the mirrors.
- Garmin GPSmap 376C with XM radio & weather, mounted up where I can see it without taking my eyes off the road. This require fabricating a custom dash shelf.
- Valentine V1, to be mounted under the top lid of the Storm case on the aux tank. Remote display on the dash shelf. I've programmed the laser detection on my V1 to be disabled anyway.
- Baehr Ultima XL intercom system to combine V1, phone, CB, and XM radio (GPS)
- Auxiliary fuel cell to push my total capacity up to 10.6-10.8 gallons.
- Hydration tank integrated with fuel cell - approx 1.75 gallons of drinking water.
- Rick Mayer saddle
- Cee Baileys (+5 tall, +3 wide) clear windscreen on order
I will be reusing the Wolfman Explorer tank bag from my GS. The GT tank is steep enough at the back that this bag fits very well.
I was able to reuse other items from the '00 R1150GS I retired from rally service and sold last fall. Some things, like the dash shelf and fuel tank I've had to create from scratch.
Here's a picture of the dash shelf before I cleaned it up and powder coated it flat black.
When adding these items to a motorcycle, think clean and sanitary. Put a lot of thought into how you are going to route your wiring and plumbing. Use solid connection systems. Make sure that nothing will interfere with anything else. Make it rugged enough to survive the ride up to the Patriarch Tree in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. What you don't want to do is have to tear apart your fairing at 2am on Day 9 because that super-zoot HID lowbeam you installed had a wire break between the ballast and the ignitor. Expect it will be raining when it fails. It will be raining hard.