Melbourne to Mungo on two DR650's

I love motorcycle touring, over the years I’ve loaded up my trusty road bearing steeds and followed the twisties and backcountry roads to many a small country town where at the local watering hole if you buy a beer and stay for a meal they’ll let you camp for free.
But Australia is a big country and unfortunately, you can only go so far on the tar.

As the years went by I slowly started to explore the road less travelled and took my ZX9R to places it just wasn’t quite built for. Until finally on my last camping trip over Christmas, I blew my fork seals while venturing off-road.

Sadly, It was time to assign my jack-of-all-trades ZX9R to commuting duties and track days and look for something a bit more off-road orientated.
After a bit of research, I bit the bullet and got myself a brand new bush pig, the fabled DR650. I fitted it with knobbies, a 30L safari tank and started planning my first proper off-road trip.
Melbourne to Mungo and back.

Day 1. Melbourne to Balranald It was 7am …

Third Gear Throw Over Luggage System

I bought this budget luggage system from Third Gear to try out as I can't afford the Giant Loop one I want just yet.
After reading some reviews I figured I'd pay the $74 and see how it goes.
As I couldn't find any photos or vids of people using it for camping I thought I'd share my set up and show you what I managed to stuff in it.

Here's what I've tried to fit in it:
1. Gas Canister
2. Cookset with stove, lighter and spork
3. SOL Escape Bivvy
4. 6-11c Sleeping Bag
5. Helinox Chair
6. Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated sleeping mat
7. DD Hammock/Tarp
8. Mountain Design Pillow
9. Tent Pole
10. Vango Blade 2p Tent
11. Tent pegs and hammer

Plus, missing from the photo is a headlamp, phone charger, GoPro, Water purifier, spare tyre tubes and a few other odds n ends.
As you can see the only thing I couldn't get in was my tent and tent pole, so they will probably go on the back of the bike or in a backpack.

All that's left to do now is take it camping and see if it falls apart or not.


  1. I can see a lot of benefit rolling up from the bikepacking movement, with more soft luggage being accepted.


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