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How to strategically overload a 150cc delivery bike

Posted by on February 10, 2012

As far as we’ve been going there has been two things that’s stayed pretty universal.

Firstly it is the reaction to our plan. The answer to the simple question, ‘where are you going to?’, is always met with the same reaction, disbelief.

Then follows the question … “really, on this?!?”

And the answers are always the same, “yes, to Cairo, on this!”

So we decided to show you just exactly what “this” looks like, and how we have achieved it:

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1. Get a bored engineer who likes to invent things and devise plans.

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2. Side panniers first. These are fastened with a combination of Velcro and straps. One contains our spares and the other medical and first aid as well as cooking equipment like our paraffin stove and pot.

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3. The biggest bag ever… almost. This contains our clothes, mosquito net, two self-inflatable mattresses and a lot of other crap.

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It is assembled by strapping it on with a series of ropes and cables. It also functions as a back seat.

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4. Tent. This is placed at the front, fastened with elastic straps.

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5. Bits and pieces. The cooler bag, sleeping bag and any other loose items we might have, and can’t find another spot for, are fastend to the side pannier.

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And the rest (like or running shoes) on the backpack:

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6. Reflective banner. Mostly for safety but also for advertising this has a third function; keeping the dust out of our backpack.

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7. The important stuff. We keep this close, where we can watch it. Strapped on and then clasped for extra security.

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8. And then our water bottles

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We weigh in at 280kg, me and Guillaume included …and we have regular visitors who can’t wait to have their turn on the bike:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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