Cyril Despres' Dakar check list

Published: 04 March 2009

It's hard to know what to pack when going on a motorcycle adventure, we asked multiple Dakar winner Cyril Despres what he packed for the famous rally.

Cyril won the Dakar rally in 2005 and 2007. He came in second in 09, beaten only by his team mate Marc Coma.

Judging by the list this isn't what he stores in his panniers but it's interesting to see what Cyril considers essential equipment.

Motorcycle gear:
- 9 pairs of TCX socks
- 2 pairs of boots
- 5 pairs of TCX inner boots
- 1 pair of TCX Gore-Tex inner boots
- 2 Leatt braces + 2 Leatt brace covers + repair kit
- 1 Ortema knee brace
- 7 pairs of gloves + 2 pairs of gloves with carbon protection
- 1 RB helmet + 3 interiors
- 2 camel backs
- 2 KTM hip protectors
- 1 bum bag
- 5 Nike / Skins leggings
- 4 Nike pro long sleeved under-shirts + 6 short sleeved undershirts
- 4 Kenny riding shirts
- 4 Kenny trousers
- 4 Kenny jackets
- 2 waterproof tops and bottoms
- 2 sets of body armour
- Scott goggle
- Scott lens

Sportswear:
- 2 x flip flops
- Nike trainers X 2                                      
- T-shirts                                                              
- Shirts
- Sweatshirts
- Fleece                                                       
- Underpants
- Swimming trunk, toilette
- Jacket
- Trousers
- Shorts
- Socks
- Red Bull hats

Miscellaneous:
- 2 tents                                                            
- 2 Ipods                                                           
- sunglasses                                                     
- 2 pillows                                                       
- 2 sleeping bags                                             
- 2 mattresses                                                     
- 1 toilet bag
- Gas cooking kit                                               
- 2 head torches
- 14 sachets of dried food
- 3 Red Bull bottles
- Compex (a device with electrical pads that helps with pain relief)
- Highlighters
- Tape + blank road book paper
- Wooden road book winder
- White sticky paper + safety pins
- baby wipes + rubbish bags
- Spare stickers + sewing kit

 How does this compare to your packing list?

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  • Cyril with his KTM Dakar bike