Doris Wiedemann


My "Lady Sunshine" is a BMW F 800 GS


This BMW equipment I found quite improtrant on my F800GS (

- lower seat
- heated grips
- center stand

Most appreciated goodies from Touratech ( were:

- a Xenon-light
- LED-turnlights
- hinged mirrows
- protector for the break fluid container
- hinged break lever and gear lever
- crash bars and various protectors all around the bike
- a higher windshield with extension
- handlebar cuffs (never go without them in the cold!)
- tank panniers which protected my knees from the wind

Great support in ice and snow also gave me:

- an infinitely adjustable rear shock from Hyperpro Suspension ( which enabled me to lower the motorcycle up to 11 centimeters - I gratefully used six of them.
- shorter front fork springs from Hyperpro Suspension ( with spacers to lower the F 800 GS also at the front.
- studes in two different sizes from Bestgrip (
- a Metzeler ( Karoo tire on the back
- a Pirelli ( MT21F Dual Sport tire at the front
(in the Lower 48s I traveld on Metzeler Tourance tires)
- to change the tire pressure: and a Cyclepump (

The motorcycle was equipped for the cold with:

- special arctic oil from Putoline ( in the engine and the front fork
- BMW radiater liquid from BMW Southsound ( in Seattle
- an Odyssey-Batterie from EBT ( as addition to the motorcycle's battery
- the Intelli Charger von M+S ( which can charge all kinds of batteries including the BMW battery with the F 800 GS CAN-Bus
- an Osco ( Chain Oiler, which only oils, when I want it

My personal protection agains the cold:

- thermal underwear from Held ( - good value for price and easy to care. But in the real cold I felt good having the merino wool from Ortovox (
- heated clothes from Klan ( gloves, socks, pants and jacket
- Streetguard motorcycle suite and winter gloves from BMW (
- Windstopper jacket and pants from Carinthia (
- Held rain gear (
- Sorel boots (
- heated soles from Therm-ic (
- Arai helmet ( with pinlock and heated visor
- a snorkel which Helge Pedersen ( made me in Seattle

For camping and as a emergency bivouac we had:

- the Staika tent from Hilleberg (
- self inflating mattress Tough-Skin from Therm-A-Rest (
- the 3-IN-ONE-SYSTEM from Carinthia ( a thin synthetic sleeping bag in the warm South, a nice and warm down sleeping bag for the cold night and both in each other in the real cold

Photo, filming and communication:

- Canon EOS 400 D with three lenses
- Canon HF100 camcorder
- POV helmet camera (
- Jobo Geotagger von Geotate (
- Holux Geotagger
- Archivierungssoftware CDFinder (
- a MacBook
- a Sony Vaio
- to be able to talk while riding and filming we had the communications system Scala Rider 0.2 MultiSet from Cardo (

The motorcycle transport:

- was organized by MOL-Logistics (
- the wood crate for the USA was made by Meilink Boxmeer (


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