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Old 03-18-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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Maintenance and Safety essentials for multi-day trips?

Sorry if this has been posted already somewhere in the forums (and I just couldn't find it).

I'm new to ADV riding. I have a Vstrom 650 and plan to try some of the ORBDR and WABDR this coming after-the-snow-melts season.

Unless I can find riding buddies, I'll be trying short sections on my own at first (day trips) - I'm lucky to live close enough to a couple of the WABDR sections, and have a trip planned to Bend mid-June and plan to try parts of Section 4 of the ORBDDR (like that since it crosses major highways a few times in the 1st half going West to East). Then building up to multi-day trips on the WABDR, most likely.

I could carry everything on my bike including the kitchen sink, but wonder what are the key essentials for any mechanical issues and safety/first aid issues (no point in the extra weight of stuff that I won't need).

Here are some things that I assume I'll need:
-Moto in good maintenance condition before I go (duh)
-Plenty of food/water in case I get stuck and can't ride out (and hiking boots for a potentially long walk
-tool kit in bike and other tools that would be important (need some input here on other critical tools for the vStrom 650)
-riding gear for all kinds of weather (hot, cold, dry, wet)
-tires in good shape (plan on using Heidenau K60 scouts)
-going to get a SPOT for emergencies - $100 is really cheap for that kind of safety backup plan.
-zumo gps (and map/compass as a backup)
-flat repair stuff (rasp and string tool, strings, slime compressor, bicycle pump as backup....really hope I won't need that)

-some sort of first aid stuff, but really need input on what to get.


So what should I also bring? I'm a firm believer in planning for the unplanned worst case scenario, particularly when on your own.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:02 AM   #2
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Pay for the tracking function on the SPOT....it's well worth it.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:35 PM   #3
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Spot is an overblown nanny device for weak people who know not what....

And I'll stick by that.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:52 PM   #4
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I personally know three inmates who have used SPOT in dire emergencies and it has gotten their ass out of a sling.

And +1 on the tracking feature. Tricewife likes that - it makes her happy to be able to "see" where I am whenever she chooses.

Keeping Tricewife happy keeps me in motos and travel time. Fair deal.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:31 AM   #5
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I personally know three inmates who have used SPOT in dire emergencies and it has gotten their ass out of a sling.

And +1 on the tracking feature. Tricewife likes that - it makes her happy to be able to "see" where I am whenever she chooses.

Keeping Tricewife happy keeps me in motos and travel time. Fair deal.
Ditto!!!

If you're not married then you do not need to worry about anything but your own skin..........which if not worth the small cost of this nanny device then more power to you.....what if.....is all I need to worry about. It's not as if you need to do anything but push a button every time you start your bike to make it work. The come get me feature is priceless....no? But more importantly.....keeping your better half happy while you are off in far off lands is far more impotant IF you want to keep going and leaving her at home.....waiting for that call in the middle of the night.....saying....Mrs. .....we have some bad news.....

But I'm sure you are just being a dick.....and really know the benefit of such a device.....
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:25 PM   #6
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willys' last line wasn't directed at me - glad I got that cleared up
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:59 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=tricepilot;20987135]I personally know three inmates who have used SPOT in dire emergencies and it has gotten their ass out of a sling.

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What did they do to cause dire emergencies?
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No, they didn't put themselves in a crack because they had a SPOT crutch.

But nice try. Thanks for playing!
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:02 PM   #9
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-some sort of first aid stuff, but really need input on what to get.

  • Band-aids (obvious use)
  • Generic Benadryll cream (perfect for a bee collision at 70)
  • Motrin ( helps with aches and bruises)
  • Some form of eye wash (gets shit out of your eyes)
  • Kerlix gauze (covers road rash quite well)
  • 2" medical tape (covers kerlix, stabilizes a joint, can be torn to a smaller size)
  • Sun screen
  • Tweezers
  • Trauma shears (cute all kinds of things)
Mine has some other goodies, but contents is based on the skill of the useras well as conditions.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:20 PM   #10
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-flat repair stuff (rasp and string tool, strings, slime compressor, bicycle pump as backup....really hope I won't need that)
Tip #1: Practice flat repair now. Don't wait to employ your kit when you're on the road for the first time. I've seen this too and it's a circus.

Tip #2: Practice removing your front and rear wheel to be able to remove the tires and remove/replace a tube. By doing this you will discover the mechanics of this process and the tools you will need to do so. I was in Big Bend last weekend and a rider in my group of 3 never did this and thus didn't realize he didn't have the socket to remove his front axle. My socket didn't fit. I got his axle off after I flagged down a passing Far Flung Adventure jeep and used their lug nut wrench.

Tip #2a: If you have a tubeless tire, practice with your string kit on a spare tire. You won't be able to hammer a nail or easily drive a screw into it without drilling a hole (trust me). Commence to using your tire kit on this practice road hazard as if you were by yourself in the boonies. I recommend Safety Seal tire strings (and their road hazard kit). They make both "regular" and "slim" strings. Carry both.

Tip #3: Practice tips 1 and 2 once per year. Tire removal/repair/tube exchange is a perishable skill and should be renewed annually. This also ensures you remind yourself to police your "tire kit" to be sure you have the things you need. There are plenty of YouTube videos on how to be fast and slick on tire removal.

Tip #4: For tubed tires, carry at least one front and one spare tube and use these immediately in the event of a flat. In other words, don't patch the original tube and put it back in. Put the new tube in and patch the one that came out. This patched tube is now your spare. If you've checked your tire carcass carefully to ensure there are no burrs in it, it's highly likely your new tube will be fine until you arrive at your campsite or hotel, that's when you patch the removed punctured tube. The patch will set nicely and you will have a fully functioning spare again. DO NOT SLIME TUBES. Slime tubes might be ok in some situations to seal punctures but if they lose air they will NOT HOLD A PATCH. Once you remove a slimed tube from a wheel it ceases to be a viable spare tube.

Tip #5: Leave your bicycle pump dealio at home. You won't have room for it. Test your slime pump before each trip and leave the rest to fate. Carrying backups for everything in a No0b mistake. It will be a bulky item that you shouldn't have to use - because you checked your Slime pump like a good boy.

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