Trip prep. What do I need for a GS?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Oddward, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. Oddward

    Oddward Been here awhile

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    This summer I am planning a trip to Yellowstone on my F800. Starting from middle America heading north to South Dakota then across to Wyoming down through Colorado and back. Most of the trip will be on the interstate eating miles while several days are planned for the dirt. I've added a few farkles, windscreen, luggage, bash plate, and crash bars.

    Sifting thought numerous posts, some 2 years dated, I am trying to figure out if there are any "must do" addons or recommendations along with parts / tools I should carry. I have the tools and know-how to fix a tire and a few minor repairs. Some stated carrying an extra antenna ring, chain bits, beer fridge, etc. A few previous suggestions have had supposed factory fixes since posting.

    I'd like to keep things minimal. What would you carry or change for a long mixed interstate / dirt trip on an F800 GS?
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  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    A credit card and a cell phone.

    Seriously. It sounds like you've already taken care of the basics, and it's not like you're riding across Inner Mongolia. Relax, and have a great time! :ricky
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  3. Trumper

    Trumper Eclectic Dilettante

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    I take it this is a solo ride.

    Know how to use a tire repair kit. Compressor for airing back up after you air down for dirt (you don't say how much).

    Note: there are no BMW dealers in Wyoming. Be sure you have full coverage towing insurance of some kind (not that AAA "first 12 miles are free, you pay after that" stuff).

    You'll be fine on interstates, but I'd suggest a SPOT for dirt roads since most are remote.
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  4. 3Rrr

    3Rrr Read Ride Reflect recycle

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    Ditto.

    Although I am a much happier traveler with my XPC Racing seat.

    Kyle
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  5. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    Throttle lock type cruise or wrist saver for munching the Interstate miles.
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  6. shortbritches

    shortbritches Been here awhile

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    Just be sure that your tool kit has about everything covered for fasteners on the bike plus cover fasteners that hold on your farkles cuz usually they are more standard than what BMW uses.

    Can't carry it all and don't need to just take it all in and lotsa pics!:bmwrider
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  7. kkug

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  8. Maddaddy

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    Or your side stand.

    and K.I.S.S.
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  9. QMan

    QMan prof. dirt mover

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    Serious to consider:

    - foldable brake shifter
    - foldable gear shifter
    - decent skidplate
    - tiewraps
    - ducktape
    - torx bits etc
    - some tools
    - decent pliers
    - multitool (Leatherman is nice)
    - ...

    Now the nice stuff :-)

    - Excel wheels
    - Knobbies (Pirelli MT21 :-) )
    - Less weight exhaust
    - ...

    :p
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  10. bodhizafa

    bodhizafa How hard can it be?

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    Wish I had one of these for my last trip, will be getting something before the next one.

    I also 2nd the KISS principle :D
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  11. NewSuz

    NewSuz Old coot on scoot

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  12. Oddward

    Oddward Been here awhile

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    The plan (thus far) is to spend a day or two in the Badlands playing in the dirt, then once in Wyoming hit the dirt roads and trails that follow the middle to southern half of the state and lead up to Yellowstone. I have found numerous trails south of Yellowstone on a map, however I am not sure what they look like in person. Anyone know? I'll do the tourist thing around the park for a day but plan on camping well away from it.
    This is my first long trip on a bike. Just curious as to what people have found that works, or wish they had brought with them or left behind. If this were a backpacking trip I could cram 10 days worth in a sub 20lbs pack. I only need a needle and thread and maybe duct tape to fix a backpack. A bike is a different animal.
    I will look in to those. Thanks.
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  13. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    and you're from cali? :huh
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  14. Ducksbane

    Ducksbane Quaaack!!!

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    Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff!

    :lol3
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  15. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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  16. BMW_BIKER_KEITH

    BMW_BIKER_KEITH Been here awhile

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    Was in Yellowstone for 2 weeks last year (car). And some of that time was down in tetons... DONT miss the tetons!

    Some other take aongs:

    - Good GPS
    - Best rain gear and waterproof boots you can find
    - Roll of quarters & laundry detergent if you wanna do laundry in the park
    - instant coffee (all the coffee, and food, in Yellowstone sux except for the lodge in Roosevelt.
    - Fly rod (if you are like me, it goes along for the ride)

    Try to ride the Chief Joseph highway from the N.E. passage.

    Man... I'd love to go with ya on this epic ride...! But thats bit much for me on two wheels, especially camping. Prefer a bed and shower every nite!

    Be sure to post lotsa pics!
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  17. Oddward

    Oddward Been here awhile

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    I would be happy to ride with anyone part or all of the trip. Leaving here August 20th. If you wish to meet in Yellowstone for a day, or anywhere along the rout i'm sure we can meet up.
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  18. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Yellowstone is my absolute favorite national park, great camping areas. I haven't been there by bike (only car :cry) but I want to go back!
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  19. Oddward

    Oddward Been here awhile

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    A follow up question not unrelated, What tires to go with? I'd love anything with knobs but with so much interstate they would likely be bald half way through the trip.
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  20. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    If you're going to be solo, get your rear wheel sealed by Woody's so it's tubeless and you can just plug the tire if you get a flat. If you're running a K60 which is, imho, the best tire for what you're talking about doing, breaking the bead on the rear tire is a bitch and a half. Maybe two bitches . . . :dunno


    My bike, an uphill trail and a hot day are why kkug recommends a bead breaker. I was really glad he had his with him that day. :D (Since every thread needs a picture...)

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    That's kkug using his bead breaker on my wheel when we couldn't break the bead any other way.
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