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The boy scout in me really enjoyed this part of the trip prep and planning process: Building a tool kit that would get both our bikes through four months on the road in South America.

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In preparing for our trip to Mexico last March, Matt and I tried to set the rear sag on my 2007 BMW F650GS with a light load of luggage. Even with the shock preload turned all the way up, there was still too much sag.

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Replacing the rear shock on your BMW 650GS single is easy enough to do at home, as long as you have the tools, time, and patience.

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While we don't want to have too strict of a schedule and route for this trip, our usual "fast and loose" attitude to travel probably isn't going to cut it on a huge trip with a set amount of time. 

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While trying to find my immunization records, I discovered that I had none. It had been many years since I'd had any, so I had some catching up to do.

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More important than wrenches, spare parts, waterproof bags, or GPS units, COMMUNICATION is going be the most used tool during our trip through South America.

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While we could have created a Kickstarter campaign or put feelers out for sponsorship money, that just didn't feel right to us. This is our dream trip, an extended vacation if you will, so we didn't feel it was right to ask for anyone to pay for it but ourselves.  As for ways to save up enough money for a 4-month trip, here are a few of the things we did:

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The new Continental TKC 70 tire is finally available for pre-order at Touratech-USA! The TKC 70 fills the gap between the Trail Attack and the TKC 80 by giving riders a 60/40 option tire that should last a long time on the pavement without giving up too much traction in the dirt.

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Touratech has expanded on its successful line of Expedition Skid Plates for the BMW F800GS, Adventure, F700GS, and F650GS-Twin, with a new black anodized edition.  

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Stay dry with Touratech’s exclusive breathable seat technology. Your riding gear is designed to allow moisture to escape your body but it can’t do its job in the most important area unless you have a seat that breathes.

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