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as i get closer to my retirement, my wife and i want to start touring and making as many rallies as we can. i have an 03 lt and pull a trailer. i am already set up with camping supplies and such, however, this is my question.
what items would you NOT consider leaving home without. especially for the bike itself.
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post #2 of 20 Old Dec 18th, 2007, 1:34 pm
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Check this thread: http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2440
There may be others also. IIRC this has been discussed and there are some very good responses to find (search) and consider.
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.what items would you NOT consider leaving home without.
My first thought was..... MY wife as much as she loves to travel on the LT I probably wouldn't have a home to come back to if I left her behind.

But that wasn't really your question was it?
Having a trailer affords all kinds of luxuries, I can carry more tools and some spares like bulbs and innertubes, cable locks, ziplocks etc.

I like camping my wife doesn't, so we motel it.
Our own pillows is just one of the items in our trailer, not just because we are spoiled (well maybe a little) but mostly for health reasons, in a motel they will change the pillow case but you're sleeping on the same pillow that somebody else drooled on all night before.

And regardless of what you might pay for the room it's the minimum wage maids who clean it.

That's the same reason we bring our own coffee pot (don't know what's been or might be in the one in the room) and some Starbucks (because I'm an addict) and a gallon of water if we're close to our southern border. You might think I'm paranoid, but I prefer to think of it as experienced.

The most import things are the riding gear, being able to have a cold and warm weather jacket and pants makes a long ride much more comfortable, an extra pair of shoes and shorts for hiking and sightseeing are nice also.


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Thanks Hans, we do bring our pillows as well. vacumed packed and stored away. i was hoping you could give me a little insight on bike articles that you were glad you had while touring. i will certianly bring spare fuses and such.
also, i am sorry you did not meet any courteous folks while riding through La.
i am sure there are plenty of these type of folks to go around anywhere we travel. it is just to bad you encountered all of ours in one trip.

thanks, and you and your misses be safe.
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i am sorry you did not meet any courteous folks while riding through La.

it is just to bad you encountered all of ours in one trip.
Ohoh, my "words" come back to haunt me!
There's good days and "not so good" days of riding I think that might have been a Friday afternoon which seems to make the working class more aggressive.

We've got a system which we've worked out over the years and miles,
My bike has an air compressor and tire tools on board plus my regular hand tools
in a system I copied from dick (see pictures)

Most of the space in our trailer is taken up by three rectangular "sport" bags,
his, hers and riding gear.
jackets, pants, heated gear, neck scarves, gloves etc goes into the riding gear bag.

She can bring anything she can put into her bag (saves a lot of conflict)
I take 3 pair jeans + what I'm wearing, a total of 8 shirts, a couple of T shirts and a longsleeved one for layering, a clean shirt and socks everyday, I wear my pants twice so we do laundry once a week.

I have two large nylon bags that dirty clothes go into (white&dark)
one goes back into his the other her bag.

We each have a toiletry bag for soap, shampoo etc.
It usually takes around three trips each from the trailer to the motel room and we are packed/unpacked

The bikes saddlebags are almost empty, rain gear in one side a poncho liner (blanket) in the other.

On top of the bags in the trailer we keep a plastic "tub" that holds food, snacks, for me granola bars and beef jerky, for her cookies.
We both got real tired of eating in restaurants all the time, that and $20 three times a day adds up.

Now we go for bagels, ham and cheese sandwiches and fried chicken (her favorite)
and one "good" restaurant meal per day.
Having a picnic in some scenic spot is much more satisfying and memorable than some greasy spoon.
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all very good info.
i especially like the way the tools are set up. very practical.

we will be reading and preparing ourselves in the near future.
we have three out of state trips linned up for this spring, and summer.

learn as we go, but use experience from good people like yourself and on this forum will hopefully fix problems before they arise.

thanks for your help.
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DON'T FORGET TP YOU NEVER NO WHEN YOU MIGHT HAVE TO GO LOL
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DON'T FORGET TP YOU NEVER NO WHEN YOU MIGHT HAVE TO GO LOL
we're listening Slim, you don't have to SHOUT!

That's a real good tip if you want to get to the "bottom" of things,
personally I carry a container of baby wipes (wet ones) my "delicate" posterior prefers them to the industrial strength TP you'll find in most public facilities.

Although I do remember an "emergency" where I had to "sacrifice" my map,
but that's probably more information than you wanted.

Reading back to the original questions, I should mention that my GPS and Valentine Radar detector are worth their weight in valuable commodities.


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Hey Jonathan -

A couple things you might want to consider -- I carry a pretty thick tarp on one side, space blanket material on the other that can be used for a variety of purposes, but mostly I carry it for that unexpected time when I might get caught out on the plains somewhere in a hail or heavy rain storm. It folds up flat and small and will protect the ole noggin if you can't find an overpass or culvert. They are available at most sporting goods stores. I also carry some of those small packets you get at rib restaurants that you can clean your hands with in case you have to do some wrenching on the roadside. They also have larger cans of them at auto parts stores and paint stores. They work to get most of the grime off the hands before you put those gloves back on again. Thanks to my friend John, I now carry spare parts for my shift lever system so I don't have to limp into town in 2nd gear. I carry a complete "Emergency Contact" list in my oddiments box along with my registration and insurance info so emergency services personnel can get ahold of those you want to know about an accident or other emergency.

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Very helpful suggestions here about what to take. I try to remember to write down what I wish I had done differently after each trip, expanding my "list" each time.

Also, Eagle Creek makes some very helpful packing cubes that help to keep things organized. I purchased some from Sports Chalet.

http://www.eaglecreek.com/accessories/packing_cubes/
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Can't believe no one has mentioned a small roll of the universal repair medium, DUCT Tape. Or better yet, GAFFERS Tape (it doesn't leave that nasty adhesive residue when removed).
Another small item I always carry is a small roll of silicon tape. It's anywhere from $4 to $7 for a small roll but it's amazing stuff. It can be used to repair damaged insulation on wiring, and because of it's high strength and temp capabilities it is said that it can be used to make temporary repairs to radiator hoses and even brake lines. I haven't had a need to try those last two but it is amazing stuff and I never leave home without it.
Oh yea, don't forget an assortment of ZIP Ties. They work in all sort of situations.

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I print out a list of recommendations from www.roadfood.com for my itinerary.

While the food is almost always extremely high in fat and calories (hey, its a vacation - right? ) the quality is sublime, the eateries tend to be very clean and the prices reasonable. On the plus side the chow is almost always lower in sodium since they tend to use a lot more fresh ingredients that have more flavor to start with.

I've also found that Mom and Pops will usually accomodate an "off menu" healthy diet request simply by asking, and you meet a lot of fun locals to boot.


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as i get closer to my retirement, my wife and i want to start touring and making as many rallies as we can. i have an 03 lt and pull a trailer. i am already set up with camping supplies and such, however, this is my question.
what items would you NOT consider leaving home without. especially for the bike itself.
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I had a good friend that had an inventory on his computer of special items to bring depending on where he planned on travelling. In his case, he travelled in unusual places allot and used different motorcycles that required different items.... I have found that the check list is much more reliable than my memory. Les
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wow! ask and you shall recieve.
great advice from everyone.
i really hope to meet some of you good people at a rally down the line.

silverbuffalo: that was to much info!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ha

thanks. deltarider; Baton Rouge, La.

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Can't believe no one has mentioned a small roll of the universal repair medium, DUCT Tape. Or better yet, GAFFERS Tape (it doesn't leave that nasty adhesive residue when removed)....
To think for all these years I put up with duct tape! You DA MAN, Lynn! I never even considered finding another type of tape w/o the nasty sticky. I love this site!

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Vaccum Packaging Machine

I pack clothes using a food vacuum machine. It really saves space if you don't mind the wrinkles (socks, underwear and the tee shirts I wear under my suit really doesn't matter if they are wrinkled). At first I just used it at home but then realized that once on the road you still have to deal with the space taken up with dirty clothes - so now on really long rides I just take it with me as it does not take up that much space and I usually stay in hotels so power is not a question. Hope that helps.

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Wink Essential travel items

Go to this site and look under "checklists" you will find everything you need.

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Go to this site and look under "checklists" you will find everything you need.

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That's a great 150 item checklist. all the way to the dental floss, bra's and "safe sex items".

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