IMHO...I wouldn't buy a bug hat....buy a bug jacket!!!! and wear it under your motorcycle jacket and if they get really bad, under your helmet! I don't go anywhere without it. As for tires, if you have them and can carry them, I would. Like I said, it took 3 shops to find the same size as our KLRs took and it was twice the cost in Whitehorse. If you can preorder a set and have them there and are willing to spend the difference, then do that instead of carrying them. To each their own. But I wouldn't go expecting to find a tire to fit your bike at any larger town or city....the guy in front of you may have just purchased their last one, then what? I just bought my canes that I will cut up and use to extend my rar rack instead of cutting up a good set of crutches. They cost me in total $15 for two....well worth it! Now just to fit them to the sides of my rear rack.......then it's time to see how they will help carry the rearward edge of the 2 tires I will carry up there. But that won't take place for a while, I have other bikes to work on first.