Best tip I heard lately

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by TUCKERS, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    When you get on your bike after a stop, as you ride away STOP AND look back at the place you parked. You may see your glove/wallet/glasses on the ground! I put my balaclava on and tried to ride away without my helmet!
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  2. JustinOther

    JustinOther KLR MUTANT

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    Good one.

    Sounds like common sense...but we all know how common that particular sense really is.
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  3. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    I always do this.

    John
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  4. txtinman

    txtinman n00b Adventurer

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    I left my backpack in the parking lot at work one night. Had to ride 23 miles back to get it. Now I always look around the bike before I get on.
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  5. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    Saw a guy drive off with his open briefcase on the roof - papers everywhere. I guess he may have noticed when the case itself fell off?
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  6. Kempy

    Kempy Been here awhile

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    Circling your stop or campsite gives you a better view, never look back ever
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  7. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I always look back, leaving a table at a restaurant, campsite, etc.
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  8. Beachernaut

    Beachernaut Adventurer

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    Granted, sometimes I don't, but I usually do a walk around my bike checking stuff before I go after a stop. Not just for stuff that may fall off, but also a quick look at the bike can catch a low tire or other issue.
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  9. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Take half of the clothes and twice the money!
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  10. Bugzy

    Bugzy 2014 VStrom DL1000a

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    My tip is to have a routine for all your important stuff such as

    - When you get off the bike, hang the key from the holder on the front of your suit (I have aerostich) so you always know where it is.
    - Wallet always in same pocket, and always check to ensure it is there before you start rolling.
    - Always put your cards in the same place, make it a habit and if you ever forget you will have strong spidey sense and hopefully figure it out.
    - Glasses always go in same pocket.
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  11. FangitAshmo

    FangitAshmo Adventurer

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    Was riding in remote northern Western Australia with a camelback on which I had attached the SPOT. Had a rest stop and rode off without the camelback and did not realise until about 40 km's down the road. Once realised quickly turned around cursing myself all the way back to where I had left it. Did not recover it. About a month later I got a phone call from SPOT - a retired couple had picked up the camelback and tracked me via the serial number on the SPOT. They returned the bag with trail mix and everything else intact. Learning - put the cell number on the SPOT and do as you say, always check as you ride away.
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  12. statsman

    statsman Long timer

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    Topped up my oil one morning in South Dakota while touring.
    About 10 miles down the road I noticed my right boot was covered with oil.
    Sure enough, I had forgotten to replace the oil cap.
    Rode back to where I started. There is was sitting on the ground where I had filled the oil.
    A bad day and a good day when I found it.
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  13. theofam

    theofam Been here awhile

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    Check the seat key hole (on a GS or bike so equipped). After a late night in Dawson before riding into Alaska, I lost my key. Searched every pocket and tore apart my packed bags. Not there. Got a key to my room from Reception after checking out 15 minutes earlier. An exhaustive room search resulted in no key. Returned to the bike to pull my secretly stashed key and got the bike warmed up. Started packing and, lo and behold, there was the key - in the seat key hole. Turned out I was going to pop off the seat to reattach the tank bag harness and got sidetracked. Moral of the story? I'm an idiot.
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  14. lookatdirt

    lookatdirt Been here awhile

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    I stash my wallet deep in my luggage and never take it out. Just for emergencies. Instead, I carry an old fashioned money clip in my pocket with cash, Drivers License and one credit/debit card. If I lose it, much less of a big deal than losing my entire wallet. Also, I only have the MC key on my key ring. If I'm on a long trip with a riding buddy, he carries an extra key to my bike and I carry an extra key to his.
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  15. Jontaff

    Jontaff Been here awhile

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    On long solo trips I carry my emergency contact numbers, including my family overseas, email addresses,blood type,previous medical problems, such as punctured lungs etc,on a small plastic card in my left jacket pocket.

    Should I be involved in an accident I hope the emergency response team will find my information.
    I also include my GEOS emergency information, which is tied to my SPOT device.
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  16. BirddogVet

    BirddogVet Anticipating... on the road again.

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    don't need a container for my ear plugs. Invariably I find them in or around the bike.
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  17. Gham

    Gham Long timer

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    I sat my glasses on the seat,put on my helmet then sat on my glasses.This isn't really a tip other than don't do it.
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  18. jathkajoe

    jathkajoe Been here awhile

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    Don't ride through irrigation sprinklers that are watering the road. Most irrigation water isn't very clean, sometimes contains added chemicals, you might smell a bit after your cooling road shower.

    JathkJoe
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  19. JerryMac

    JerryMac Been here awhile

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    In the U.S. pack what you will want to get into along the road on the right side of the bike so you aren't standing with your butt in traffic. Put ICE (in case of emergency) in front of your wifes name (or significant other) in your cell phone directory. Btw medical personnel will not give you blood without determining your blood type themselves. Even on a trail check behind you before passing someone. Don't go down something you can't come back up.
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  20. N22WLZ

    N22WLZ Been here awhile

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    Stash a spare key and cash in separate places somewhere on bike
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