Packing Up for a Long Motorcycle Trip

A few weeks before I’m set to depart for a long trip on my motorcycle I get excited. Sometimes, I reach the point where I don’t think of something else. However, that does not mean that I need to have to spend time preparing for it. I typically put this off until the very last minute. I’ve discovered in the past that this is why my luggage never matches what I’ll really require for the trip. This is evident when the last time I was at Sturgis with only an unworn sweatshirt and a leather vest walking around in 45-55 degrees temperatures. Motorstof  Dump move.
To prevent this from happening, I’ve put an outline of things I’ll should bring on every journey and the best place to put it on the motorcycle. To aid me in creating the list, I’ve categorize everything to make it more well-organized. The categories I prefer to use are:

  • Things to do to keep the Motorcycle Rolling
  • Things to ensure that the Motorcycle is Safe
  • Things that keep the rider on track
  • Clothing and gear that protects you (Riding Gear)
  • Hygiene
  • Camping Equipment
  • Miscellaneous Stuff

Things to do to keep the Motorcycle Rolling

No matter how skilled you are at mechanical work regardless of your mechanical skills, when you travel for long periods of time, you’ll have to repair the problem to your motorbike. It’s the way of life for motorcycles. At a minimum, I carry a the CO2 cartridge and tire patch for those roadside tire issues and hope that I’m not too far travel to the next shop. When the repair shop is quite a distance away, you’ll need tools that will let you remove the tire and then hitch to ride. As I drive the Harley Davidson (not balanced and not mounted with rubber) I always have an entire assortment of tools, Torx as well as Allen wrenches. Along with it is bottles of LocTite to tighten those parts that believe it’s more beneficial to crash in the middle on the roadway. Additionally, I have a tiny multi-tool, which includes a tiny LED flashlight, as it is my experience that I break down in the dark. In my tool bag, it is possible to (important phrase in that) always find additional fuse, an extra sparkplug and additional light bulbs. The two most essential items, zip ties and electrical tape. With these, you are able to fix almost everything that could prevent you from hitting the road. I’ve noticed that for the majority of types of motorcycles, you can purchase pre-packed tool bags that come with an excellent set of tools for you to use. Sometimes the quality of tools might be questionable, but all they’re supposed to be doing is riding around in your saddlebags. They’ll be able to do the job in a pinch.

Things to do to keep on the Motorcycle Secure

If you plan your travels as I do (NOT) you might not find yourself staying in the most trustworthy establishments. It’s always wise to secure your bike and have a method of locking the wheels. In the end, you’ll prevent the sloppy thieves of motorcycles from stealing your bike. I always have two keys to each lock I carry whenever I travel. There are the keys that I carry in my pockets or clipped on my belt. Then there are the other ones I keep in my bag for the time I lose my other keys. In terms of disc lock, I would highly suggest these. They’re small, sturdy and offer a decent deterrent. They do not solve the problem when somebody comes in with a lift, and then removes your bike. To prevent this, you must carry a strong cord or chain lock to secure the bike onto a sturdy framework. Personally, I don’t like them due to the size and the weight they add to saddlebags, however I’m insured to repair the bike if it is stolen.

Tips to help keep your rider moving

The care and attention of the rider is equally or even more essential to keep the bike running. When we’re out in the wind, there are a myriad of factors that can affect our ability be safe and comfortable. Certain of these have been discussed in my previous posts. The first and most important thing is to ensure that we’re protected from sun. Being sunburned on your hands, arms and face could completely ruin your time on the bike. I always carry a sunscreen stick that is rated SPF30 and is water-proof and dry immediately. I apply it on every skin I’ve exposed to sunlight. Additionally, I always have an lip balm. Lips that have chapped lips can be a very uncomfortable issue when driving.

Sunburn and chapped lips could be spotted without even realizing it. Other items I carry include a first aid kit with bandsages, pain relief and antiseptic lotions. Road accidents can cause injuries that get infected easily because of the road grime that we’re constantly struck by.

The most significant piece in my kit is my phone. I always have it in my pocket and make sure that it’s always on. There is no item that is more essential than a cellphone in the event of an emergencies. I typically carry a charger to use at night, and also a car charger 12v. It’s a good thing I have a lighter on my bike which allows me to charge my phone while on the bike. So I don’t need to worry about becoming trapped with a dead cell phone.

As I’m discussing phones, make sure that you have an I.C.E. number encoded in your address book when you call. I.C.E. number is the very first item emergency personnel look at In Case of Emergency. The presence of the number(s) on your phone could greatly improve your chance of receiving the adequate medical attention. The two most important considerations when choosing the numbers to be considered are:

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