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Old 05-18-2011, 02:42 AM   #1
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ten essentials to pack for a motorcycle trip

I am preparing for a trip through Africa. On my blog I have posted 10 essentials to carry along.

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I would appreciate it if you can add to the list.

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Old 05-20-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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Welcome to Advrider. Perhaps post your list here as well?

My ten essentials boil down to three things

1) Ride a well maintained bike
2) Know how to ride the conditions you will encounter, be flexible with your schedule, and be able to fix your bike when necessary
3) Wear proper riding gear and carry only what you need to be self sufficient/prepared...less really is more when it comes to motorcycle travel (took me a while to figure that out!).

Happy trails!
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by dukedinner View Post
2) Know how to ride the conditions you will encounter, be flexible with your schedule, and be able to fix your bike when necessary
Not to be all anal retentive, but isn't that really three items rolled into one making your total number of items... 5?
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:02 AM   #4
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Eh. My list would be as follows.

1. Standard toolkit and whatever else you need.
2. Tire repair kit. Inclusive of patches, tool, pump.
3. Expendables. Spark plugs and light bulbs for me.
4. Utility knife. Knife and saws will be very useful.
5. Pocket flashlight. The L shaped variety that the army uses. Spare batteries for this fellow as well. It has colored filters, which can be useful when you are trying to get attention.
6. Basic medical supplies. Antiseptic cream, bandages, water tablets, plenty of your own medication if you have a prescription.
7. Communications device. A satellite phone if you are rich, a cheap cellphone with the locally available prepaid cards if not. I prefer the latter, you have a nice collection of international cards when you get back home. Turning on your providers' roaming option is expensive.
8. Writing material. For writing your memoirs.
9. An english to whatever language translation dictionary. A good one can also serve as a weapon.
10. A battery charging system. Ciggy lighter socket and a good usb adapter, hooked up to a battery charger. Dont count on having running electricity. You can even use it to charge your phone, with the proper wires. Dont lose the batteries! Dont even lend them to anyone!

Well i think that should cover the basics.
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:16 AM   #5
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My favorite is the slingshot. I forgot the sandals when I wet on my dirt bike trip, I can promise those will never be forgotten again.
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:19 AM   #6
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I'll add:
  • TP, because I don't like to go third-world style.
  • Stack of $1 USD, because it's the perfect universal social lubricant and can help get the little things or a bit of extra help anywhere.
  • Water purification tablets, because otherwise you might need lots of the first item.
  • Quick weld putty, I don't leave home without it.
  • Space blanket, because it sucks to be broken down and cold.
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:29 AM   #7
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+1 on these:

1. TP-Nature makes the rules we just try and be comfortable
2. Cash, cash and more cash. $500 minimum.
3. Credit Card, when cash won't do.
4. One Liter of Water
5. JB Weld and the putty=life saver, bike saver or trip saver
6. Space Blanket=Ground cloth, rain tarp, warmness, bike cover, tent
7. tape (Duct, electrical, silicon)
8. Medical Gear
9. Cell phone with charger
10. Stainless steel wire, strong, light, fixes a lot of stuff

Leave the slingshot at home.
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:43 AM   #8
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Don't forget the toilet paper guys.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:44 PM   #9
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"Athletes foot" cream. It can be hard to keep boots / socks dry so you are sure to get a dose of this (also useful for your butt crack..)
Eh. Ask for topical antifungal cream.
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:36 PM   #10
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big zip ties ,an extra cargo net and and prescription medication you might need on the trip .I guess a little tie wire and 100mph duct tape wouldnt hurt either
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:03 PM   #11
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TP is a good idea.
But, moms/dads all know that once you use a baby wipe, you never carry TP again.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:51 PM   #12
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I've compiled what I saw so far, feel free to make additions.
  • well maintained bike
  • be prepared for conditions you will encounter
  • flexible schedule
  • be able to fix your bike
  • standard tool kit and other essential tools specific to your bike
  • tire repair kit (patches, pump, etc)
  • extra bulbs, spark plugs
  • utility knife
  • flashlight
  • first aid kit
  • cell phone, satellite phone, spot, etc
  • paper and pen
  • dictionary for other language(s)
  • battery charger
  • power inverter
  • slingshot
  • sandals
  • toilet paper, baby wipes
  • $1 bills, extra cash, credit card
  • water purification tablets or filtration system
  • quick weld putty (JB weld)
  • space blanket
  • water
  • tape (duct, electrical, silicon)
  • stainless steel wire
  • extra clutch cable
  • extra clutch and brake levers
  • extra shifter and rear brake levers
  • earplugs
  • hacksaw blade
  • vise grips
  • extra fuel line/hose
  • cotter pins
  • fuses
  • extra chain link
  • zip ties
  • spare glasses or contacts (if you wear them) and/or a copy of your prescription
  • hat
  • reading material (possibly kindle or other e-reder)
  • service manual for your bike (paper or digital)
  • weapon or self defense tool
  • multi-tool (leatherman, gerber, etc)
  • pocket knives
  • fast dry underwear and socks
  • sunglasses
  • false bank statements (both rich/poor for when kidnapped)
  • fishing line
  • chapstick
  • permanent marker
  • maps
  • lighter or other fire starter
  • warm coat for cold
  • extra fuel
  • bear spray or pepper spray
  • athelete's foot cream or antifungal cream
  • cargo net(s)
  • perscription medication
  • plastic grocery bags (for wet feet or whatever else you can think of)
  • boot drying device (
  • riding gear
  • jumper cables
  • spare key hidden on bike
  • basic camping gear
  • good luggage waterproof
  • computer or access to computer
  • cables and chargers for electronic devices (phone, camera, laptop, etc)
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:12 AM   #13
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and every grocery store's produce department has lightweight plastic bags for when your ziplocks fail, you really don't want to coat your hands with grease, what i need is an ice pack, hey this waterproof pocket isn't...etc. stuff some in your white bags.

good stuff so far, thx ya'll
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:55 PM   #14
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:41 AM   #15
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Take whatever it takes to keep you alive until help comes or you can ride or walk to help. And, whatever it takes to keep your bike in rideable shape to get you to that help. Everything else is

Add or change anything above to this list that takes your fancy.......seriously!
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