ten essentials to pack for a motorcycle trip

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by charlw, May 18, 2011.

  1. Dan Diego

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    Hold it, this was for an Africa MC ride, not taking down bin laden with a follow-up celebration with Seal Team 6 in Singapore!
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  2. Renegade_Azzy

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    There are some of us that a pistol goes on witht eh pants... its just natural, you know ;)

    Apparently, some of us put on nylons first. Whatever floats your boat I guess.
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  3. tbirdsp

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    Seriously? You guys have never seen "Doctor Strangelove"? :rolleyes

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  4. Shiveley

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    Maps, maps, and maps, because I'm always getting lost.
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  5. Truckin_Thumper

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    anyone mention Hookers and Blow yet? :ear
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  6. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    #1 - Rechargeable flashlight, and a charger that works off your bike/solar
    #2 - Knife
    #3 - Gun
    #4 - money
    #5 - Steel Water bottles + water tablets / filter
    #6 - Flint / lighters
    #7 - warm coat for cold nights
    #8 - toolkit
    #9 - spare gas
    #10 - tevas / sandals
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  7. Merlin III

    Merlin III Mean SOB

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    It all depends where you are traveling. I would never travel where I thought there was a likelihood that I was going to get stoned by the locals. I can't imagine getting into a situation where I am going to go "toe to toe" with the locals using a sling shot. Your best defense is your bike-to get you the hell out of there.

    The gun carrying suggested by others is a joke I hope? All that will do is land you in jail in just about every foreign country there is as well as here in most of the States. The only defensive weapon I carry is bear spray and the authorities will even consider that a weapon if you are not in bear country camping.

    The number one thing to have is a means to get money when you need it for beer, women, bribes, and other emergencies. :D These trips are suppose to be enjoyable adventures, right? I don't want to be constantly asking myself the rhetorical question, "Am I having fun yet?"

    Sorry for the hijack.
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  8. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    not a joke.. I carry almost every time I ride. you obviously don't get out of suburbia much :lol3 and no you won't end up in jail for carrying a gun if you go through the stupid hoops of most states.. Land of the free? anyone? this isn't britain. Africa varies, but I would figure out a way to sneak one.
    out here you want to have a fleeting chance against the armed, drunk, strung out methheads in the woods. bear spray is good too.

    I thought the slingshot was a joke :rofl
    the monkeys and baboons are just going to be pissed off by a stupid slingshot. they outnumber you by like 100-1 usually. and they throw poop.
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  9. rufusswan

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    A childs slingshot is a joke. A "pro" slingshot and a bag of marbles is one hell of an accurate and deadly weapon. :deal
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  10. young1

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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..)
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  11. spaiduhz

    spaiduhz Been here awhile

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    Eh. Ask for topical antifungal cream.
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  12. high dangler

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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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  13. EvanADV

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    Trick I learned after getting completely soaked one day with no time to let my boots dry - plastic grocery bags.

    It sucks putting your foot into a wet boot for hours on end, and REALLY messes up your feet. Instead, change your socks, put your foot into the grocery bag, then into the wet boot. Your boots may still be wet, but your feet and socks stay dry.

    If you're travelling in the lower 48, near civilization, money can buy you almost anything you need. A walmart is never very far away where most people travel (this does NOT apply if you're headed out to the boonies). I carried too much stuff with me on my 10,000 mile jaunt in 2010. In the future i'll save the money I would've spent on the non-essentials, had less to pack/unload/repack at every stop, and likely had more leftover at the end of the trip. YMMV.
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  14. TwoShots

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    Awesome common sense idea.
    Stashing away a couple small white bags is less space than a pack of smokes!

    Thanks.
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  15. Jeff B

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    If you have access to 110v these are handy and pack small. Changing crumpled newspaper is better than nothing, but your boots will still be wet in the AM. My Warm N Safe heated socks also help. The plastic bag idea has to be the best minimalist solution so far though.


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  16. HaChayalBoded

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    Tools, medical emergency supplies and your bike are great, but if you don't know which end of a wrench to use or don't know what have the pills in your med kit are for they are useless.

    Bike - Take an advanced course if you have never done it, just cause you've been riding for 20 years doesn't mean you can ride.

    Tools - Take a basic course if you're never done more than an oil change on your bike, you'll feel more confident when you're off the map

    Medicine - Take an accident scene management class, they teach you good stuff like CPR and how to handle a downed rider.

    Top ten for me

    1. Riding gear, what you're wearing plus extra gloves for different occasions.
    2. Tool kit, full, this includes a tire patch kit and 12v pump and the ability to use them all. Add your manual to this. Make sure a small set of jumper cables is also included.
    3. Spare key, hidden on the bike. This goes for your luggage as well. If you can wire create an easy "hot wire" setup that once connected hot wires your bike, do not use a switch, someone will find it, switch it, and either steal your bike or leave it switched on which will kill your battery
    4. more money than you think you need
    5. less clothes than you think you need
    6. Camping gear "basics", leave the fluff at home (chair, pillow, e.t.c.) unless you're over 40 or have a bad back you don't need it.
    7. Good luggage, waterproof, strapped down well. No garbage bags and bungee cords.
    8. Online access can be great, whether a laptop, netbook or having people to stay by once in a while with a computer. Whether you want to just send a shout to your loved ones, double check the procedure for adjusting your valves or checking your route for road closures of contruction.
    9. Electronics and their associated cables. Phone, camera, e.t.c.
    10. A couple of comfort items are nice to have, they are different for everyone and may go against rule #6. This can be anything from your favorite pillow or blanky to that July 1974 issue of playboy you stole from your brother when you turned 11. I like my Alaska leather sheepskin, unless it rained it can make a good pillow too.
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  17. TwoShots

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    Amen. Go CAROL!
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  18. HaChayalBoded

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    :rofl I actually just kinda picked a month and year out of my ass. But I like it!
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  19. shu

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    :nod Excellent list.

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  20. triplenickel

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    It's called poor-tex. ;)
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