Hello, good morning everyone! Today we will share how we managed to pack these stuff and fixed them onto our motorcycle. They all came along with us to Vietnam and Laos. This took us quite a lot of time. After numerous times of trying and adjustments, now we have come up with the best way for you. To arrange all your bags, it isn’t easy at all. Like how we did on the first time, we had no idea and concepts of how to manage the weight So what had happened was, the tail of motorcycle became too heavy. It made it difficult for Shawn to steer. That’s the time we mentioned before, we had to adjust it for 2-3 hours. It had delayed our journey tremendously. Not to mention that was our first long journey, which made us extra nervous. We even had to considered to give up the trip. Let’s say you are on your trip, and you had already detached your bags, you can just fix it like this. However, if you hadn’t tied up beforehand, it could fall anytime during your trip, like what happened to us once. You could scare people easily, and you will also have to pay extra attention to the safe distance on both sides. This is Shawn’s side as the rider, and you have to do on the other side. This is why we always carry this belt on the road trips. Look, the rack falls so easily. You can’t do anything without a rope to fix this. This is where we will locate the luggage in a bit. Another thing to share with you, How we categorize our personal belongings. These two we carry with us, on the daily runs, also the capacity are less, 30 L. This is a luggage, capacity of 40 L. We keep important things like computers and cameras inside. This will go on the top of the rack here. Yap. Hypothetically, if the bike falls, like what happened in Laos, it’s unlikely to be squashed. This is vital. We suggest you to put smaller bags here, then tighten it with a net. Keep the items here you need to take out from time to time. For example, important items like driver’s license. You may run into a policeman, they would request you to show it. It would be a hassle to open all the bags to reach it. That will drive you crazy. Therefore, I keep my driver’s license and power banks here, and some batteries. Since they are too big to put in pockets. Let us demonstrate now. Let’s go! How to avoid from getting your stuff wet on rainy days and how to arrange weights in practical ways. Let’s welcome Zoe, the queen of packing to demonstrate. OK, let’s start with a very important thing. Could you see that I got a blue bag here, and another black one here. The color makes a huge difference. Because we never noticed before, and then a terrible thing happened, one of our blue bag got totally burnt on the back side. So it tells you how hot can the exhaust pipe be. When you see the side of exhaust pipe, be careful of the ropes hanging around it. You have all the ropes, loose bags, or loose fabrics. There was another time, a loose part was near this area, it got totally destroyed, melted. You don’t want that to happen. This experience has made us to be serious about packing properly. I also feel lucky, it didn’t burn my backpack. Otherwise my precious bags… They aren’t cheap… This is the bottom of the bag. This is how it looks when you are carrying it. The bottom should be heavier, the top should be lighter. So I would tighten and have it covered, then the bottom side points to the front. Why is that? The reason is that, if it points to the front, the center of the weight will not fall on the back. Since it’s a heavy bag, with all of our valuable items, If you make all the weight fall behind, your bike will easily fall on one side. Then these webs come very handy. Watch out how you fix the webs, it’s got hooks that might get loose any second, fell, or loosen. Then let’s take a look over here, see those nails? sort of like thumbtacks. They are very ideal, you can easily hook stuff down like this. It will make your bags fixed a lot safer. Then between the luggages, you got these gaps. We would insert water bottles, since these bags are without and electronic devices. So it would be fine even they get wet. Also we have covered the bags with 3 layers of waterproof bags. So it has its basic waterproof functionality. Since it’s so vital to keep yourself waterproof on rainy day, especially with all the electronic devices we carry all the time, things like cameras, computers, charging cables, etc… and lighting equipments. If given with another chance, I would choose to bring more waterproof bags like this, wrap up a few layers, that will do just fine. If this still isn’t enough for you, then cover with a large garbage bag. wrap on the inside of your bag. The benefit of locating your water bottles here, is that you can take them easily, and put them back. It’s better than keeping inside the bags. Therefore, with all the careful assumptions, you still need to experience these personally, in order to know the tips. You’ve got many hooks here, you can hook them onto any racks. Cross them front and back, vice versa. It’s another useful tip. Doesn’t it look like it actually take some time to do it properly? What to pay attention when reversing your motorbike and avoid falling your motorbike? How to protect your bags? Now we are getting serious with this bag of all important stuff. We would face the laptops up. Why is that, Shawn? Because I don’t like the idea of having all the weights on top of it. It could be too heavy. Shawn is afraid of the weight might crash the monitor. Well, I crashed the monitor of my laptop once. Then pay attention to the zippers. I would face them to the back, because when you are riding in the rains, the water comes from the front, rain drop could easily leak through the zippers. We wouldn’t want that. This is just a random bag we bought, you could use any bags, you could also get a rain cover to protect your bags. That would also be easier. We also protect with a blue rain cover on the inside. Then when you arrange the weight, did you see how I place the bag here? Horizontal, it could also fall like this, but even if it did, it won’t crash direct to this bag, the two bags on the bottom would take the hit first. So we normally put clothes or soft objects in these bags. Then be careful when placing, don’t put it all the way back. Why is that? You see? It only has the iron rack supporting it, which is totally fine, but we had tried on mountain roads or bumpy roads your motorbike would move up and down to create huge vibration. It would bother you a lot. So we suggest you place it here. Here would be just fine, even on bumpy roads. We have measured our space here, it’s within comfortable space. Additionally, Squat down when moving your bags. Don’t bend your waist. Yah, Shawn is extra strict with this. Don’t risk to hurt your waist. He always told me Squat down, use the strength of your thighs See, these hooks aren’ t tight enough. It slipped it off quickly when I just touched it for a moment. It is really scary. One more thing to notice, Take your motorbike lock off first before you do all the arranging. Otherwise you will get everything stuck. It could make it difficult to release the luggage, or give you hard time to get anything you want. Must do & have reminder See, it’s doing that again, it just bounced off again. See what I was saying earlier? I feel this hook is getting broken soon. You see, many of them do the same, so they can only help, but not fix entirely. Let’s start! Let us show you the ultimate way to tighten them without worrying at all. Let’s make sure to hook on both sides. Up and down of the iron racks. There are hooks around the racks. for you to fix the ropes. Look around, you can find them around these racks. Sometimes they are further. You gotta find the most of them. On the top, I will also place another bag, to store miscellaneous items, things like slippers, snacks we need to get at anytime, dried food, and down coats for the day. Like today, we might need the down coats. Why? Because we are going on the slopes to reach Dalat. It’s a place at an altitude of 1400-1600. It will get colder. That’s why we need to store the down coats near us. You wouldn’t want to spend hours, to reach it. It happened to us once in north Vietnam, we got so cold all the sudden on the way to the mountain, we were going through fogs. Sapa it was. with rain showers. And this time we are going higher than Sapa. Yap, higher this time. Noon time it was! Can you imagine we are standing here now, with our sweat, we are hiding in the shades. Totally Then it will be freezing cold in no time. I don’t know, but we will see. To way to fix this rope, It depends on how long the rope is . This one I got is pretty lengthy, it can fix three bags at once. If you have shorter ones, just tie them separately. Tie to the other side, like this. Then you press down. What a long rope, we got two of them. We realized this is super long, this elastic rope probably is 2-3 meters long. Alrighty. It’s done. Be cautious, you might crash on the roads! See we got the water bottles on the sides, it’s handy for the hot weather. Another thing to be cautious, remember this also happened to us, a horrible experience. As you can see, we placed the large size bottles here. We tried placing smaller bottles before, they went through the holes, and it kept on rolling to the road side. Luckily there was no body around. But it scared the hell out of us, because we were afraid it could roll into the tires. So I want to remind you all, the vibration could make holes in between bags, your things could fall into the gaps. These are our bread, let’s fix them on the top. We normally don’t carry this much, but when we do long journeys, we would prepare extra. To avoid the long waits between each village stops on mountain or sea side. I recommend you to also keep this tiny extension lock on the sides. You can easily extend the wires when we stop for meals or whenever we need to adjust things. It is very convenient when we move things around, like when you are detaching your helmet. When we make a short stop, then lock our helmets on, the owner of the shop would come out, and they sometimes checked our wires, then noticed it’s made of steel. He would go “wao” “How smart you are!” Another important gear is the rain coat. We keep them at a place near us. There were times we forgot to take out from the bags, it became a hassle to get when it suddenly rained. Watch it if your bag isn’t waterproof, you could use some plastic bags to wrap around. Luckily you got this small one. Finished! How long did we take? This isn’t normally how we do it, normally it took us about half to an hour. That’s right. Don’t underestimate the daily routines, I gave it a thought, without the motorbike taking us around, it would make transporting impossible. That’s why we pressure our blue bike. Look how many things we carry with us, they necessary items keep adding up. Actually I’m being spontaneous, the idea is just to fix somewhere, keep it from moving too much. But it still rattles all the time, making all the noises, makes us nervous when riding on the bike. Ha~so you gotta fix it under the bags. Let’s go! What are the other useful props? Check these three mobile phones. Are these redundant ones? Ah~ When you navigate, searching for direction on city roads, we try to use this kind. Especially in south Vietnam, places like Ho Chi Minh City, gotta be careful. If I’m in Ho Chi Minh City, I wouldn’t place it here. I wouldn’t want to fall when people try to rob me. Also during the long run under the sun, the nonstop navigating will cause the battery life reduced. So we suggest you to use the spare phone. In our previous videos, you could see our protection gears are mostly in silver color. They glow in the night, which made quite a scene. Then we tried to make it more low profile. We started covering up with some fabrics. Yap, we even went to the fabric market, how fuuny. It took us about 6-7 hours to sew. Both of us sewing. How crazy. We were doing it past midnight, until 2 AM. 4 pieces for each of us, total we got 8 parts to sew up. And the leather was so hard to make it even more harder to sew. However, they protected us from hurting during the motorbike trip in Laos. Without those protection, it’s just your skin against the rocks. We strongly recommend, to do like what we do, you must get a fully covered helmet. It gets really sandy, it would hit your face so painfully. And about cam recorder, it depends on your need. If I have to think of two things I can improve, there are two things I couldn’t make changes due to some factors. Yap One is the capacity of cc. This one is 110 cc. It can be tough sometime, like when we are climbing up slopes. We could only do 10-20 /km. Yap Then it would slow us down a bit. Next is the luggage, you see now we only got three of them, but we had 4 originally. Yap It was almost too hard to carry 4 luggages. Too hard for the motorbike. Try to reduce the number of your luggages. However, 3 is our limit, can’t go less than that. Lastly is the season. We recommend you all to avoid the raining season. We came in April, their raining season starts in May. May until September. So I think the better time is the dry season. After you load the luggage, it get so much heavier. Whenever Shawn wanted to start the bike, I had to give it a push. Hey-hey. 1 2 3 Like this, then I can hop on. I’m getting on, let’s see how Zoe get on. Can you see that, it actually is quite hard. Shawn has to move a bit, for me to sit down. then she has to move back a little. It looks a bit funny, but it doesn’t feel as hard as it seems. It’s quite comfortable to be honest. She’s got a back support. Yap, I got a back support. Sounds like I’m the lucky one! So let’s go! GO GO! Bye guys! GO GO! Don’t forget to check anythings left behind. We do the checking at every stop. We are very careful about it, so it can get tiring. Let’s go! The things we shared today, are they surprising to you? And we did! at every trip we did in Laos, before heading on the roads, they were the mandatory routines for us. A lot of people asked, aren’t you tired from all these? Why don’t you just drive the car? Well, during in this journey, there were too many beautiful scenes and experiences. If we hadn’t done it with the motorcycle, all this has made us realized the choice of taking the motorbike, was rightful. Have we ever had doubts? It’s probably the tourist Visa which only last three months. Ta-da~ Bring along the snacks for the road. I’m not doing my number 2! My butt is suffering from sitting in same pose for too long. I forgot to mention, if there’s anything we regret from not bringing along. and also the cushion. We ran into one travler, he seems to be from Norway? yap. Yap, he upgraded his cushion, he spent for about a few hundreds of dong, in exchange of a comfy cushion. We asked him how come you are so professional! There was this road in Sapa Hanoi, they call it the most beautiful high way in Vietnam. But we heard the road condition isn’t good. Then the guy from Norway told us many people died there. We asked him how he feels about the condition there. He said it was easy for him. Then we asked him what’s his occupation. Then we asked him, He said he is an off-road biker. Then we went, oh…… Ha. So we can’t take advise from him, he then started laughing, and said “yay” Right. We welcome for all suggestion, feel free to share, and write comments below. Thank you for watching, don’t forget to put a like! We will continue to share more, including the experience riding in Vietname, and the tips of the trips. What are the most recommended routes? They are truly amazing! Bye Bye! He likes it so much! Check how cute these are! Jump off! Oops, I’m so nervous! What? This one? Go!