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New Helmets – an (pre-)in-depth review ;)

After 6 years of constant usage of our Schuberth C3´s (Kerstin had the Lady’s version) it was time for something new. And we thought to give Touratech a call to see if they like to support us, as they helped us during our journey and beyond this it was an easy conclusion for us. And guess what they said that we can test two of their brand new Aventuro Mod helmets. It was a big surprise for us because actually we are not on a round the world trip at the moment and the plan to continue the journey, we started 4 years ago, is still growing (but for sure is that the next big leg on our trip will be the PanAM). Ok in 30 days we go off for our 2nd Balkan Adventure… but that’s a different story which will come soon…

 

We did more than 100.000km on three continents with the C3´s and did the one or the other drop with them. It was clear that we have to have flip-up helmets again. When you are travelling on a bike the first thing to establish contact is your face, in my VP45-Tankbag there is always the camera in easy reach and with that flip up functionality you do not have to take off the helmet to make a picture. There we are, already at the first big advantage; when the Aventuro Mod was created one idea was exactly to merge this in the design, so the field of view of the helmet was designed a bit wider when you flip it up so it does not interfere with the camera.

We always think about safety and comfort at all your safety gear, and because we have been satisfied with our old Schuberth’s for some years we believed in staying with them. So we looked at their range of helmets and found that something, somewhere was missing to fit our needs 100%. And then suddenly we saw the Aventuro Mod, made by Schuberth in cooperation with Touratech. The improvements they made sounded fantastic, the first big point we saw was that the air flow was increased dramatically and that was one downside of our long-standing C3´s, sometimes in Asia or Australia we thought that our brain is well cooked. Even everything else which was outlined in the description of the helmet sounded absolutely great, it looked like somebody have actually asked us how to build the perfect fitting helmet for us.

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The designers thought this entirely through to make it fit for various settings. Within 10 seconds you can completely remove the Shield (which turned out to be very useful if you have to go for some km´s on the highway), the same goes for the visor, you can take it off and mount off-road goggles if you like. Of course the integrated sun visor, which we already knew from the C3, was built in once again. Another great feature is the build in filter for the front ventilation which protects you from dust and insects. The inner lining is out of COOLMAX® and is completely removable and washable which is very useful especially if you are riding for days and days in a dusty and/or smoggy environment.

Kerstin Sascha

Sometimes we wear our Helmets for about 10 hours a day so we have looked for something which is not only safe but it has to be comfortable as well. And what should we say, we didn´t had the chance to try them before our first (little) trip and just got the sizes we had before with our C3´s, and lucky us, a perfect fit. Of course the old ones have been, after 6 years and more than 100.000km´s, a bit out of shape. Therefore the new Aventuro Mod´s felt a bit tight at first, but after some hours they adapted to our heads. When you look at the details of all the innovations there are a lot of thing you do not realize, such as that the shield flips up together with the chin protector and comes automatically down again to the present position is something you do not realize at first but makes life uncomplicated cause you do not have to take care at all and just can flip it up when ever you like.

If you want all and every of the technical details, you can find it here.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you

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And a BIG THANKS to everybody we met on our journey so far!!!

35°C, blue sky, sheep, kangaroos, the ocean and a little Christmas tree on the table ;-)

Looking back to an amazing year we are enjoying our farm life for the time being. We experienced so much, we have seen so many places, countries, cultures, and we met incredible lovely people all over – we really appreciate this break here to recap and going back in our memories…

Even though we are already travelling much slower than the most other bike travelers sometimes we wish we would have stayed longer in certain locations or we would have spent more time with the people we met. We did not experience anything really bad on our whole journey so far – touch wood!!! The opposite: We received so much help from so many people all over which gave us strength and hope – even in tough situations. Indeed we do not regret any second!

What is really amazing too is that we spend nearly 24 hours a day together the last 14 month and we are still happy together!!! Of course there were as well moments where we would like to slaughter each other… but these were only moments ;-) Truly we even feel strange when we are separated for more than an hour meanwhile. “True love!” ;-)

As well it is nice to realize how little you actually need… Still we are on the road with our first equipment more or less. OK some items are nearly falling apart meanwhile but most of it we could repair. And here we have the advantage to get proper tools to do so. A sewing machine provided by Gil gave Kerstin the chance to patch almost everything. All kind of tools are available here for us so we could manage to do some maintenance at our motorcycle as well. Sascha did well! He changed the steering bearing by himself. The biggest challenge here was probably that we run out of power caused by a thunder storm after everything was taken apart. Parts were spread around in the middle of the shed in-between all the olive barrels. And Sascha needed to grind before we could continue… In the end we could use Eric’s generator which just produced enough power to run the grinder. But now it was dark already and we had to put the bike together with head torches as the only of source of light. Happy we finished in the middle of the night; we left the shed just to see the power came back some time ago ;-) Also Sascha took the chance to give him a welding lesson. And after some practice he welded our panniers holder! This rack has been welded about 18 times. In Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia (a BIG thank you to Sunny Cycle in KL once again!!!) and finally in Down Under. I hope this was the last time now!

Kerstin became a Christmas Elf helping to prepare hampers full of olive products and Sascha had time to maintenance the bike. If the weather is right we go fishing and spend the night at the beach, we do some sightseeing in the nearer surrounding or just meeting up with friends for some beers.

What is coming next? No detailed plan yet. We will probably leave our “farm life” behind beginning of next year and as we are really keen to see Tasmania – we will head direction south. It is just 4500-5000 km from here to catch the ferry… Around the corner ;-) Anyhow you will read from us soon.

WE WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. As well we want to take the opportunity to THANK everybody we met and we hope to see you all again – when and wherever!