ten essentials to pack for a motorcycle trip

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

  1. mac10

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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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  2. kalahari-k

    kalahari-k Kalahari-K

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    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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  3. oldNbold

    oldNbold Been here awhile

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    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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  4. InsideThePerimeter

    InsideThePerimeter North GA bound

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    Half as much stuff and twice as much money usually works.
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  5. wrenchcrazy

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    Got all that on my phone! Not as big for movies and stuff but still works great.
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  6. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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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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  7. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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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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  8. oughtsix

    oughtsix Been here awhile

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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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  9. M-Cat

    M-Cat 2 wheeled slacker

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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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  10. mechmitch

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    Good call, personally I always like to bring a motorcyle on my bourbon trips.

    :D
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