Why don't you strap the tent to the seat?
No need to put weight up high when you have alternative.
Also put the heaviest stuff in the bottom of the side cases and the light stuff like sleeping bag, clothes etc. in the top box.
Don't worry about the weight. You won't know it's there.
May think about that as clothe's/sleeping bag/self inflating air mattres is in the panniers and in top box is a bottle of apple cider, bottle of water, some tinned food, plate cup etc. May take the cider and tins out as i can still fit them in the panniers, i do like to have a bit of room in top box to put gear if it warms up but highly unlikely. My rain suit is in top box to but it is handy there.
Ivan i put the tent on the rack on the top box so as the lid would still open right up but may try it where you suggested as would be better lower down.
Woke up to a frosty morning in Wanaka, we decided to not leave until 10am check out time to give the frost time to go off but we still rode a lot slower than usual as some of the roads on the way home did not get much sun and there is always danger of black ice.
Stopped at top of lindis pass to warm up, it looked funny as it was so cold coming up the pass that we shared some heat from my mates Z750 hotgrips to warm our hands up, the frost was still to the edge of the road in a lot places at midday.
Omarama for lunch
my mate Jason not having a good run as his rear tyre wearing badly ( dunlop sportsmax)and his boot also not good.
Good chance I am going to Koh Samui in Thailand this July, with some 30 other bikers.
Would of loved to ride into Thailand with you, maybe next year. Leslie maybe next year you come for a winter hoilday and go on brass monkey and camp out in a tent, somtimes they have snow there and the water freezes over the small lake so you can do ice curling. Bring warm gear as its a bit colder than Penang.
Good job kiwi,Makin some awesome memories and friends!..This is the V life!.....
It was a great trip, A few of those roads we road on are now closed due to a weather bomb going over the country dropping a lot of snow, all the low hills around where i live are now covered in snow. It would of been a nightmare to ride now.