going on a trip of a lifetime on a motorcycle

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by phantomadvr, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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  2. AwDang

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    At a minimum a heated liner or jacket, skip the vest. Having heat on your arms is worth the bump in cost. Look at the Warm and Safe line.
    I plan for 3-4days camping then a hotel night so I can do laundry. So, 3-5 days of clothes, don’t skimp on socks.
    My food packing is just oatmeal and coffee for camp breakfast. Then other meals on the road.
    I use my phone for everything, music, nav, text, photo, no other electronics needed.
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  3. Jamie Z

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    Honestly, I wouldn't worry about heated gear. Bring your phone. Use Google Maps when necessary.

    There is some good advice in this thread in my opinion, but I think overall, I'd recommend keeping it simple.

    You'll have a comfortable, reliable bike. Make sure your gear is comfortable and safe. Throw some things in a duffel bag, strap it to the back of your bike, and head out. You'll figure out on the road what works and what doesn't. If you need something on the road, there are stores all over. If you figure out that you've brought too much, you can toss it, donate it, or ship it back.

    I have a feeling that after your two weeks are over, you'll be planning your next trip with a better idea of what you like.

    In my view, the best plan for someone new to motorcycle travel is no plan at all (or not much of a plan). Pack up your bike and twist the throttle. Things will work out. They always do.

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  4. ZoomerP

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    Where are you going?

    What's the weather forecast?

    Will you carry separate rain gear, or does your main riding jacket & pants already fill that role?

    Will you be camping or arrange lodging?

    Will you be preparing food, or eating out?

    Will you be doing anything other than riding, such as hiking or otherwise walking much away from the bike where non-riding footwear would be more comfortable?

    Will your phone meet your navigation, photographic, and communication needs?

    Once you figure out all of that, you'll be able to judge how much cargo capacity you need, and can focus on luggage.
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  5. phantomadvr

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    just wanted to give another update, bike is comfy and ready to go IMO.

    I was wat work yesterday started having pains in lower back shooting to bladder area..walked over to ER i worked close by.


    They did blood work / urine / and a CT scan:

    Everything minus my pancreas enzymes were elevated to 200, top end is 70
    I have a kidney stone in right kidney not obstructing
    CT scan looked on.

    Going to see my Dr Monday
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  6. ZoomerP

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    I think your body did you favor getting that out of the way now. Not great for your plans, but you may still be able to put something together once you're fit enough.
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  7. phantomadvr

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    re drew labs this morning about an hour ago getting pancreatic enzymes rechecked.
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  8. fastring

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    How about a picture of your new bike? That is always a good omen for good things to come! Sounds like a good bike for a stateside road trip! Rooting for you, your body and things to align up so that you can do this ride and not delay it!
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  9. phantomadvr

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    2013 HD FLHTK 110th anniversary

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  10. phantomadvr

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    another update:

    pancreas enzymes are still elevated dr didn't say much should go down on there own. no further testing eat low fat / no fried foods
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  11. PineyMountainRacing

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    Pancreatitis is usually alcohol, diabetes or a gallstone. Rare cases can be caused by scorpion stings :lol3 Pancreas enzymes can be elevated from other causes besides pancreatitis. Did they think the back pain going to your bladder was a kidney stone that passed or the pancreas? If you passed a kidney stone there would typically have been blood in the urine (looking under the microscope).
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  12. phantomadvr

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    CT scan is negative minus couple small stones.
    all other blood work is normal minus pancreas enzymes, not throwing up, no diahrea etc. Urine is all normal. I dont drink
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    Sounds like you need a big dose of mototherapy! Doctor should prescribe 10 days riding, lots of water and a break from electronics! Nice looking bike!
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  14. phantomadvr

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    attached a list of my packing gear that came in yesterday!

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    OK, then you can scratch the south out of the tour! :D

    Personally I don't like electric gear, although I do have heated grips on all my bikes, without those it can get nippy without some source of heat.

    I'm from the Midwest, and there's no way I would choose that route for this trip! If you haven't taken the coastal highway in California, it is really nice if the whole area isn't burnt by now.

    Otherwise heading east sounds good, although I'm not sure I would head all the way to Maine. Ozarks, Tennessee, North Carolina should have some great riding, hopefully weather should cooperate.

    A word of warning: if you end up in New York, none of the state parks (ie, most of the good campgrounds) allow "walk in" (ie, no reservation) campers, so you'll have to plan ahead a bit.
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  16. phantomadvr

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  17. ZoomerP

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    Looks like fun. Tent or motels?
    I hope your new bike is set up for your heated gear.
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  18. phantomadvr

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    ordered a milwaukee battery powered jacket. didn't wanna screw with plugging it in on a long long trip
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  19. phantomadvr

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    Trying to now decide b/n GPS or GoPro camera to film it
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  20. ZoomerP

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    Sounds like motels, then. I don't have one of those jackets, but I've heard they work well.

    With a mount or tank bag, you could use you phone for a GPS and for some video.
    With the money saved, an InReach mini tucked in your jacket would be a good idea for a long solo trip.
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