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Old 11-09-2009, 10:26 PM   #1
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Question Long Trip Planning......

What do you usually take on the bike with you on a long ride?...i.e. Whats in the backpack, trunk, gear etc.
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I'm usually limited to a tank bag and what I can fit on my back. So, the clothes (as normal usually two sets) and toiletries, firearm and mags (ammo), Meds and a small tire repair kit and some basic tools and fuses. They all go in the backpack.

On the bike i've usually got another gun, cell phone, wallet, smokes and MP3 player. I've been known to stap things to my legs and arms too.
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I'm usually limited to a tank bag and what I can fit on my back. So, the clothes (as normal usually two sets) and toiletries, firearm and mags (ammo), Meds and a small tire repair kit and some basic tools and fuses. They all go in the backpack.

On the bike i've usually got another gun, cell phone, wallet, smokes and MP3 player. I've been known to stap things to my legs and arms too.
Hope you got a CHL with that firepower do you take long trip through the hood or somethin lol
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Hope you got a CHL with that firepower do you take long trip through the hood or somethin lol
I have a CHL and make sure I travel thru states that accept TX CHL's.

I don't take long trips thru the hood (at least intentionaly)...But drunk bubba redneck in the middle of hick-town--suck-no-where USA might think it's good sport to mess with non-locals on sport bikes.

People will kill you simply because the thought crosses their minds. I intend to survice that thought any way possible. On the road or in my living room.
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Hope you got a CHL with that firepower do you take long trip through the hood or somethin lol
bish thats his commute pack.
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On my road trip to Austin with my road buddies, I carried 1 day of street clothes, bathroom , wallet, cellphone, and I think sneakers. Sneakers take up a lot of space

Basically as much as I could fit in my tankbag

Long Trip Planning......

Long Trip Planning......

I may go on another road trip this weekend of next week back to Austin for a day or 2
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:12 AM   #9
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i just use a backpack with a change of clothes, sandals & bathroom stuff. if i was going longer than 3 hours i'd pack gps, mini tire emergency kit, maybe some minor tools and such all in a seperate baggie.
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backpacks get alot heavier then tank bags after a few hrs

whats long distance? i rode ~1500 mi in 2 days a few months ago.

gun, advil, a few t-shirts
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:52 AM   #11
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backpacks get alot heavier then tank bags after a few hrs
yeah, if it gets loaded up to the max over like 50~lbs its pretty annoying going over 45 mins. Carried my old xbox and weekend clothes back from montgomery a few weeks ago and that was a pain in the .
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oh yeah, wear bicylcing shorts under your jeans, or on top if you must.

and NO you don't wear underwear w/ them.
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For my long trips I take what we used to call in the Army "BII/PLL", that is Basic Issue Items and a Prescribed Load List. In some of the places I go, the only repair infrastructure available may be what I have in my saddle bags, and often these are in places where I can't really call for help. Generally tools and parts are carried in my saddlebags, clothing and personal items in my roll bag. In my tank bag are usually quick to get to items, etc. I inventory all the items before the ride as part of my pre-ride preparation.

I also carry (1) SPOT which is a personal satellite tracker whereby family can track me on the internet. SPOT also has other services like search & rescue. (2) MedJet assist to get back to the US by air ambulance in the event I need hospitalization and/or body recovery (3) health insurance that specifically covers injuries due to motorcycle accidents. (4) Motorcycle specific First Aid kit as well. I also chose a low-tech bike for these rides as they are easier to repair on the fly, and I believe break down less.

Here is a picture of my CB250 geared up for riding to Mexico. This shot was taken in front of the Camp Wood post office as I rode The Three Sisters before heading on to Mexico. It's about a day's ride to the TEX/MEX border from Houston, and I usually cross at first light the next morning to avoid the bad guys. About an hour's drive south of the border you hit the first army checkpoint and are hence out of bad guy territory by that time.

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For me: ear plugs, water, Advil, rain gear, and some wipes.
For the bike: a tire repair kit with Co2 inflator, chain lube, small tool kit, JB Quik Weld.
Ditto on most of the above. I carry a bag of disposable foam ear plugs. At the end of the day's ride the plugs go in the trash. I don't listen to music when I ride, too much of a distraction. I carry water and/or re-hydration drinks like Zero. Tylenol. One should not be taking aspirin as a pain reliever. If one has an accident, the bleeding is harder to stop if one is on aspirin.

I also carry the CO2, and a foot pump. The CO2 I use for flats. The foot pump is for topping off the tires before the next morning's ride. Chain lube, I use it at the end of the day's ride while the chain is still hot. I carry a quart of oil to top off the engine, checked at the end of each day's ride. Lot's of other stuff like spare bulbs, fuses, valve cores, etc. If I have been riding through rain all day, I will also drain the breather tube and the carb. Sometimes even take the air filter out and let it dry in my motel room (unless I am sleeping on the side of the road, which I avoid).

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oh yeah, wear bicylcing shorts under your jeans, or on top if you must.

and NO you don't wear underwear w/ them.
For summer riding I wear un-padded bicycle shorts under my riding suit and a jock strap under the bike shorts as having my sliding around while on the bike is a huge distraction. For cold weather riding I wear long underwear, top and bottom, under my riding suit, again with a jock strap underneath. I also lube my with petroleum jelly in case I run into some twanging banjo players but mostly because it cuts down on any chafing in that area. I've got a write-up over ADVrider on fighting jock itch and monkey- if anyone is interested. I also ride on an Airhawk cushion now that I have just modified with Velcro so that it doesn't shift around on the saddle.

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Dang, get a goldwing and you can take all kinds of sh%% without a big ole bag being on your tank plus you will have really loud music and the most important thing you will be confortable for MILES and MILES. Secondly, if you are a good rider you can beat over 3/4 of sportbike riders on the twisties unless they have massive track and twisty experience. I can't believe anybody would wnat to ride a dang sportbike long distances. A goldwing has over three times the motor of a 600 sportbike.
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there is a whole section for trip planning on www.advrider.com, just saying
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A goldwing has over three times the motor of a 600 sportbike.
So if your basic 6hundy gives you around 140 miles per hours, the Goldwing can get to 420 mph? Can you also take curves at 100 mph?
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Correct!!!
Too funny!

Okay, sorry for the overload on planning wes_70x, I thought you were making a long distance ride, but a ride to Austin is a good start. You really don't need to take anything much more than some personal items like a toothbrush and a change of clothes. If you wanna be conservative just take the items that Patrick suggested, but on a ride like that I would rely on MoTow or AAA RV Plus if there is a flat or a breakdown.

Have fun on the ride and if you ever get the itch to ride the US cross-country, Mexico, Alaska, etc., just join us over at ADVrider.com in the ride-report and trip-planning sections.

Have a great ride!
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