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Old 07-17-2013, 07:32 PM   #76
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It depends on your own taste but any how the essentials are :

Little petrol tank
Watch
Polarized sun glasses
Shorts and a T shirt along with a Jacket
Umbrella
Sandwiches
I pod
I pad with web connection availability
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:06 PM   #77
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I recently added these small flares to my long-ride toolkit as well. Purchased at Wal-Mart in the hunting/camping section. Burns 2000F for 5 minutes and could be used for signal, fire or as weapon to fend off animals. I also carry Counter Assault spray when in bear country.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/S-R-Fire-S...-Pack/20434384
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:37 PM   #78
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I'm curious if anyone who goes way out there brings something to deal with water in carb or bad gas issues. On a recent trip, I accidentally let my tank run dry on reserve, filled from a jerry can, and it wouldn't start. I had spark, fuel down the plug hole would ignite, but I was getting no gas through the carb.

I ended up getting towed to a mechanic in a town of 300, and he figured I sucked up some water into the carb. He ended up getting it going after a good 10 minutes of cranking while on a charger, and a spray of ether into the air filter.

So are there any long haul riders who bring gas antifreeze and ether with them??

Maybe it would have saved me $140, maybe I would have blown up my bike!
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:30 PM   #79
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I'm curious if anyone who goes way out there brings something to deal with water in carb or bad gas issues.
Yes I always take something.

It's either the hex wrench for the carb bowl drain or the screwdriver for the carb bowl drain. Different bikes different drains. Last time I needed to empty a carb bowl was mid-June. I have tools to take the bowls off entirely too.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:08 AM   #80
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Yep, did that to no avail. I guess the water was in the jets.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:57 PM   #81
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I use a methyl hydrate burning pop can stove,so I always have at least 2 or 3 Mickey bottles in the saddlebags. Methyl works well for drying out wet gas, and is sold as fuel line de icer. A cup full will cure it, dumped in the tank.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:18 PM   #82
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Bicycle tire pump

Lighter and faster than those 12v pumps. Mine is medium sized with a pressure gauge and small base stand, so you work it from above. Front tire DR650 goes from 25 - 35 psi in about a minute, back tire in about 3 min. Good exercise. From 0 psi might be tiring, but haven't had to do that yet.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:38 PM   #83
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I'm curious if anyone who goes way out there brings something to deal with water in carb or bad gas issues. On a recent trip, I accidentally let my tank run dry on reserve, filled from a jerry can, and it wouldn't start. I had spark, fuel down the plug hole would ignite, but I was getting no gas through the carb.

I ended up getting towed to a mechanic in a town of 300, and he figured I sucked up some water into the carb. He ended up getting it going after a good 10 minutes of cranking while on a charger, and a spray of ether into the air filter.

So are there any long haul riders who bring gas antifreeze and ether with them??

Maybe it would have saved me $140, maybe I would have blown up my bike!
I never buy ether anymore. I have used WD-40 as a starting fluid for a long time. Works like a charm on the my old tractors.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:35 AM   #84
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Half as much stuff and twice as much money usually works.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:54 PM   #85
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Surprised this isn't the first item.

7" Or 10" apple or android can give you

Phone via Skype and WiFi. Cellular more of a problem but doable.
GPS maps
Mp3 player via Bluetooth or plug in. (Just got MP3 amplifier for android, can blast
Your ears off if you forget to put ear plugs in)
Movies and TV shows.
Books and your bike manual.
Daily newspapers from home if you want
Picture gallery of what you miss from home
Google for problem solving (again related to WiFi or cellular)
Camera
Alarm clock
Currency calculator
....list could keep going.

Note... I just brought android for the volume amplifier app. Should have got the
7" I went in for at 200 but got sucked in by the nexus 10". Barely fits in tank bag.not the smartest decision
Got all that on my phone! Not as big for movies and stuff but still works great.
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:53 AM   #86
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1. Jack Daniels
2. Ear Plugs
3. Condoms
4. Candy bars
5. Nylon Stockings
6. Cheap jewlery
7. Dogtags
8. Do rag and fake tatoos
9. A frilly frock for the sheep
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:03 AM   #87
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Good ideas but I haven't seen the Leatherman Crunch mentioned. It's a multi tool with locking pliers like a vice grip.

https://www.leatherman.com/crunch/1.html

You kill 2 or more birds with that one stone.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:02 PM   #88
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I love making these lists, so I'll play. These items are for a longer trip in less populated areas of America. If space is at a premium, maybe some of this gets left behind. May not be ideal for travel abroad, but I don't have experience in that.

1: Ratcheting snap-on stubby screwdriver kit (This is a kickass bargain if you've destroyed a few crapsman drivers. Comes with various sizes of slotted/phillips/torx tips)
2: Full Size Vise-grips
3: Curved & Straight Pick
4: A few box end wrenches, sizes depend, I carry 8,10,12,13,14,15,17
5: Tire plug kit (I run tubeless)
6: Foil Backed tape (sticky as hell and more durable than duck tape)

Items 1 through 6 fit in a small tool roll and stay in the saddlebag/pannier. Items 7-10 may vary, but generally:

7: Bic Lighter
8: 375ml Bourbon
9: Two contractor grade trash bags, good for everything
10: Bert's Bees Lip Balm. Nothing pisses on a parade like cracked bleeding lips.
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:36 AM   #89
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Lots of good ideas here!
I always like to keep some a shop towel or two and few pairs of latex gloves in the tool kit as well. They don't take up much space, They silence loose bits, and helps to keep you clean when things get greasy or dirty.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:17 PM   #90
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8: 375ml Bourbon
Good call, personally I always like to bring a motorcyle on my bourbon trips.

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