ten essentials to pack for a motorcycle trip

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

  1. EddyQ

    EddyQ Dreamer . . .

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    TP is a good idea.
    But, moms/dads all know that once you use a baby wipe, you never carry TP again. :thumb
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  2. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    I've compiled what I saw so far, feel free to make additions.

    • well maintained bike
    • be prepared for conditions you will encounter
    • flexible schedule
    • be able to fix your bike
    • standard tool kit and other essential tools specific to your bike
    • tire repair kit (patches, pump, etc)
    • extra bulbs, spark plugs
    • utility knife
    • flashlight
    • first aid kit
    • cell phone, satellite phone, spot, etc
    • paper and pen
    • dictionary for other language(s)
    • battery charger
    • power inverter
    • slingshot
    • sandals
    • toilet paper, baby wipes
    • $1 bills, extra cash, credit card
    • water purification tablets or filtration system
    • quick weld putty (JB weld)
    • space blanket
    • water
    • tape (duct, electrical, silicon)
    • stainless steel wire
    • extra clutch cable
    • extra clutch and brake levers
    • extra shifter and rear brake levers
    • earplugs
    • hacksaw blade
    • vise grips
    • extra fuel line/hose
    • cotter pins
    • fuses
    • extra chain link
    • zip ties
    • spare glasses or contacts (if you wear them) and/or a copy of your prescription
    • hat
    • reading material (possibly kindle or other e-reder)
    • service manual for your bike (paper or digital)
    • weapon or self defense tool
    • multi-tool (leatherman, gerber, etc)
    • pocket knives
    • fast dry underwear and socks
    • sunglasses
    • false bank statements (both rich/poor for when kidnapped)
    • fishing line
    • chapstick
    • permanent marker
    • maps
    • lighter or other fire starter
    • warm coat for cold
    • extra fuel
    • bear spray or pepper spray
    • athelete's foot cream or antifungal cream
    • cargo net(s)
    • perscription medication
    • plastic grocery bags (for wet feet or whatever else you can think of)
    • boot drying device (www.dryguy.net)
    • riding gear
    • jumper cables
    • spare key hidden on bike
    • basic camping gear
    • good luggage waterproof
    • computer or access to computer
    • cables and chargers for electronic devices (phone, camera, laptop, etc)
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  3. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    and every grocery store's produce department has lightweight plastic bags for when your ziplocks fail, you really don't want to coat your hands with grease, what i need is an ice pack, hey this waterproof pocket isn't...etc. stuff some in your white bags.

    good stuff so far, thx ya'll
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  4. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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  5. willys

    willys Long timer

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    Take whatever it takes to keep you alive until help comes or you can ride or walk to help. And, whatever it takes to keep your bike in rideable shape to get you to that help. Everything else is fluff.....lol

    Add or change anything above to this list that takes your fancy.......seriously!:deal
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  6. Tengai In Toronto

    Tengai In Toronto Been here awhile

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    Ditch the guns.

    I've gotten into "trouble" in some far away places (Arrested/questioned as an international spy in Zambia).

    I talked my way out of it. If I had a gun on me? I'd probably still be in Zambian prison, instead of eating a whole brick of cheese while watching Maury in my parents' basement. From my (limited) experience, foreigners with guns don't bode well with anyone, anywhere.

    We ended up befriending the prison guards, and they ended up wanting to show us around town! And now I have a picture of my friends and I posing IN ZAMBIAN PRISON with a bunch of smiling guards with machine guns.

    You can make the world as friendly or scary as you want. Guns are a surefire way to raise the stakes. What's better: being seen as a target, or a threat by the locals? . Me and my cheese/daytime TV addiction would rather leave the instant death machines out of the equation.
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  7. Tengai In Toronto

    Tengai In Toronto Been here awhile

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    By the way i'm not a spy....
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  8. Nadgett

    Nadgett Been here awhile

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    I find that difficult to believe, Mr. Smart.
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  9. BMW Kurt

    BMW Kurt Bluesman

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    Just sayin'.
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  10. Tengai In Toronto

    Tengai In Toronto Been here awhile

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    Yeah.....not sure what you have planned but i think those are supposed to be in some kind of package. Also, contrary to popular belief, they are NOT reusable.
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  11. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Been here awhile

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    there ARE NOT?! :huh Oh crap!

    Another essential SOS tracker
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  12. Dillard

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    Guns are a bad idea. If anyone here has used a gun in Africa, South America, etc., I'd like to hear that story.

    Also, the L-shaped Army flashlight is junk. Get a $20 petzl headlamp, the three AAA batteries will last forever.
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  13. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    +1 for vise grips.
    Once you're on the road, it's too late to gripe about a fastener that the kid at the dealer rounded off or buggered up so that a wrench won't fit, or barely will. I prefer the needle nose model so I can destroy small and large fasteners.:evil
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  14. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    I keep a needle nose vice grip in my tool kit after learning one could be used to temp fix a busted clutch cable. Got me 50 miles back to the house where I had my spare !!
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  15. perkgana

    perkgana az-peru

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    You may want to add this to the list:

    -Cigarettes even if you don't smoke. Offer one and make a friend. Having the lighter could be very helpful too.
    -Scan ALL your documents and email them to yourself.
    -A couple of International licenses. If you meet annoying police that want to take your license away let them take that one and keep going.

    And I would suggest NO guns if you are not traveling in your own country.
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  16. Oldebonz

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    Make sure you can remove axle nuts,pinch bolts,any nuts,bolts screws you MIGHT need to remove with the tools you are carrying.Many are very tight,loctighted, corroded,etc.Often the tool kit tools and cheap wrenches you are carrying are not capable of removing the offending fastener or they don't have enough leverage.Pre-remove at home with good tools and reassemble with the tools you are carrying on the trip.Try to get a sense of proper torque using a torque wrench and then "feeling" the equivalent torque with your carry wrenches and screw drivers.:1drink
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  17. Kevan Garrett

    Kevan Garrett Been here awhile

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    That's exactly what a spy would say. Shoot him!

    :evil

    Love to hear more about your African adventures.

    Kevan

    (On my only trip out of the country to Mexico I took way more shit than I needed, but definitely no guns. The Federale's down there aren't crazy about gringo's with guns)
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  18. havoc1

    havoc1 Been here awhile

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    200 miles home on a Sunday, in the middle of nowhere.

    I second the recommendation for electrical tape, duct tape, and vice grips.

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  19. Hombrealagua

    Hombrealagua n00b

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    Zip-ties.. keep a bunch of zip ties handy, they'll get you out of trouble so much... mostly for temporary fixes, but you will be happy you brought them.
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  20. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

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    I never leave the house without earplugs, those cheap foamy ones. I stash them in all my bags and pockets in all of my clothes. If your in a safe location with no worries I squeeze them in then put on my eyes shades and grab that well deserved slumber. I dont use them in shitty areas, I like to hear everything going on outside. You need at least one good nights sleep every 3-5 days while on the road, so sometimes you need to splurge on decent accomodations so you can stay sharp and not be totally exhausted. A decent sleeping pill also will help get you into that deep sleep mode if you are in a safe but noisy area.

    :huhEarplugs, eyeshades, and sleeping pills do not take up hardly any room any bag what so ever.

    When I leave the country into a remote area a heavy pain killer (over the counter or prescription) can ease immediate pain and suffering so it might also be easier to bring your own than try to scramble in pain to find something to ease the pain where you do not speak the language with a 100% confidence.
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