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post #1 of 20 Old Mar 26th, 2008, 10:07 am Thread Starter
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What do you bring on long trips

My question is this. I am headed to STC in April from CT. The trip down I will be riding with a couple of guys. However, the return trip I will be riding alone. I am wondering what i should bring with me.

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Flashlight with extra batteries.
Cell phone
GPS
Glow sticks
Bungie cords
Leathermen tool
tire gage.
IPOD
Sleeping bag
tent
Credit Cards
some cash
rain gear
second set of gloves


What other itmes should I consider taking with me. This is going to be my first solo long trip. I have gone away for weekends before but i hvae yet to leave the comfort of New England.

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post #2 of 20 Old Mar 26th, 2008, 10:27 am
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Re: What do you bring on long trips

Don't forget the Duct Tape and the Ty-wraps (spelling?)
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Re: What do you bring on long trips

I like to bring along a small tire pump just in case. I use a hand pump to keep the geer to a minimum as it is only for emergencies. Others use a small pump that plugs into the electrical recepticle.
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Duct Tape?
Hand pump?!

You boys still living in the 80s, or what?

Duct tape is for DUCTS. Gaffers tape is the modern replacement. Works great, and doesn't leave the gluey goo all over everything.

Hand pumps are for basketballs. A built-in compressor is the only way to fly. But if you haven't installed one yet, at least carry along a small 12V compressor. About $10 anywhere on the net, or at your local dollar store.

Tie-wraps and a couple small radiator clamps are really good items. Don't forget spare fuses. I also carry elctrical tape ... a small assortment of wire ... and God knows what else.

As for tools ... DON'T take anything that you wouldn't use in your own garage. Nothing worse than having to do a roadside repair using a crappy tool that just breaks on ya.

Best of all, make sure your cell phone's charged, and you got an empty credit card on ya.

With each long ride that I take, I'm carrying less and less "stuff". As long as you can remove some Tupperware, and/or remove both wheels you should be just fine. See ya at the IronHorse!
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Re: What do you bring on long trips

An extra pair of drawers so you can rotate them. Wear one while the other one gets dry cleaned frying from the luggage rack.

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Re: What do you bring on long trips

Glock 23 in case cash or credit cards don't work.

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Re: What do you bring on long trips

things I would add:

- basic first air kit (bandages, ace wrap, triple antibiotic)
- benzocaine or lidocaine spray (good for burns and light road rash)
- OTC drugs (pain relievers, Imodium, Pepto)
- spare key
- quart of motor oil (and then you need a funnel )
- map (in case GPS goes belly-up)
- windshield cleaner and microfiber cloth

A good rule is not to take anything you've never used before and no experience with.

Good thing you have lots of luggage space.

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Digital camera.

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Bungee - Be careful

Don't use them any more since I saw the picture of one that let go and got some gear lodged under the rear wheel. Solid straps are much better and safer. I do carry some rope/cord for emergency use, but not in general. The solid straps have some elastic and solid loops on the end. Work great.

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Re: What do you bring on long trips

Hey Jim,
I'll let you borrow my Harley so you don't have to worry about breaking down if you want.

Sunscreen
Baby powder or corn starch (Gold Bond's is OK too for some folks)
GOOD underwear - I like Under Armor myself
Inflatable pillow if you're camping
VICE GRIPS (2 pair)
Tire Plug kit
Spare batteries for the key FOB
Phone number for towing
Small towel to dry the seat each AM
Couple good sized garbage bags

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EZ pass for all those NY NJ PA VA tolls, MOA owners book, volt/ohm meter, extra drinking water, power bars, over view map of NE and SE states, soft tie straps (just in case), beads for seat to keep cool or change seat config for long ride. One dollar bills for tolls if not using ez-pass. Barnett

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Re: What do you bring on long trips

Maybe add a dealer list.

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Jim,
Unless you are going to be using the tent and sleeping bag at Ironhorse, I would leave those at home. Where we are going and coming back too there are plenty of motels. Besides my normal riding gear and clothes I will need,
I carry a small 12v compressor
plug & go kit
flashlight
ez pass
a few tools to do minor things, tie wraps, electrical tape
a camelback
anonymous book
chapstick
credit card
cell phone
a change of underwear & socks
Ibuprofen
gold bond powder

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I bring the 27 so I have room for extra mags.

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Don't use them any more since I saw the picture of one that let go and got some gear lodged under the rear wheel. Solid straps are much better and safer. I do carry some rope/cord for emergency use, but not in general. The solid straps have some elastic and solid loops on the end. Work great.
I have some of those that were given to me by a friend. I keep one set attached to the frame under the pax seat and leave it clupped over the top. I keep a second one in a side bag to use as an extension of needed. Works great!

ROK-STRAPS is the brand I have and heartilu recommend.

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you had to Assssk...

Some of the above plus...

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On my Mexico trips I take:

Hammer - to pound out wheel dents cause by potholes that appear from nowhere. Sure beats the rocks and wrenches we used in the past.

Siphon hose and 1 gallon of nonflammable gasoline for those stretches of 100 mile road sections where gasoline is not to be found. Mostly for the small gas tank guys that do not stop at every gas station and don't know where the next gas station is.
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Re: What do you bring on long trips

So for the rider seat discomfort use "monkey but powder"?

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So for the rider seat discomfort use "monkey but powder"?
If you use it once, you will never be without it again. Just give a little "sprinkle" in the front and back before you take off and after if you got a little "heat" going on, put a little bit in your hands and rub it on the back cheeks.

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An extra pair of drawers so you can rotate them. Wear one while the other one gets dry cleaned frying from the luggage rack.
You can get 4 days out of one pair, wear back to front, inside out, etc, easy. Still need two pairs, but washing is only done every 4 day. T-shirts are only real good for 2 days if t have printing on them, but will last longer if required. Unfortunatly riding pants and jacket are not reversable, unless you have a very long dick and can reach round the back and undo your flies and reach in and grab "Mr Johnson" when you need a pee.

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