Overlanding has many faces. Typically, the image comes to mind of a well set-up rig like a 70 Series Toyota Land Cruiser, a Unimog, or a luxury-built Sprinter van. Certainly, however, there is also room for motorcycles in the community of overlanders.
2021 HONDA AFRICA TWIN
ADVENTURE SPORTS ES DCT
Today’s adventure motorcyclists are spoiled for choice. Not only are there countless brands offering smart, lightweight, and durable adventure moto accessories, making adventure moto travel safer, easier, and more fun, the bikes themselves are more advanced and capable than ever before.
But knowing where to start, which pieces of kit to choose, and which brands to trust isn’t easy in such a wide and varying market. Keen to get more adventure motorcyclists outfitted, inspired, and out on their own overland journeys, Overland Expo is building its own Ultimate Overland Motorcycle in 2021.
THE BUILD STORY
We revealed our take on the Ultimate Overland Motorcycle — i.e. ultimate adventure moto — at Overland
The 2021 Ultimate Overland Vehicle and Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Demonstrate What’s Possible, Inspire Overlanders to Get Out on Their Own Adventures
Overland Expo, the world’s premier event series for do-it-yourself adventure travel enthusiasts, announced its first-ever ‘Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build’ based on the 2021 Honda Africa Twin. Partnering with Honda Powersports, Overland Expo and its staff of seasoned and passionate overlanders will outfit the Africa Twin, transforming the already-capable adventure motorcycle into the Ultimate Overland Motorcycle.
OUTFITTING THE AFRICA TWIN
Read about the gear we’ve chosen for the Ultimate Overland Motorcycle build.
To protect the Africa Twin from rocks and impact, we’re adding the Ultimate Protection Combo MAX from Outback Motortek. This kit includes crash bars, engine guards, and a skid plate to keep Ultimate Overland Motorcycle in one piece when the going gets rough.
The Ultimate Overland Motorcycle will be outfitted with hard panniers and top case from Jesse Luggage. The Jesse system is incredibly durable, to keep our gear well protected. Plus, we’ll be using their lid racks, bags, and lid packers to maximize pannier storage and keep things organized.
We’re outfitting the Ultimate Overland Motorcycle with a complete lighting kit from DENALI Electronics. The DENALI kit includes forward facing auxiliary lights with front and rear turn signals, plus rear running/brake lights, to see and be seen on every adventure.
To plot our adventures and stay in touch while out in the field, the Ultimate Overland Motorcycle will be fitted with navigation and communication systems from Garmin. The zūmo XT will be mounted to the bike and we’ll keep the inReach Mini on us wherever we’re riding.
The details make all the difference and the Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build wouldn’t be complete without a few key adventure accessories.
We’re beginning to look for partners for our 2022 Ultimate Overland Build! Want to get involved? Let us know!
Africa Twin Photography by John Allen
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