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.