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And a bright good afternoon from the Heartland. Just in from a nice ride - don't think it's 20 degrees F here yet, though might be by now.

Today bought a Firstgear heated jacket liner w/ temp controller, and BMW balaclava. Enjoyed both.

A few days ago, somebody mentioned having jumper cables on the bike, which I don't, but it sounded like a pretty good idea. I'll get some. Mechanic at the bike shop said if you jump from a car, don't have the car running. Otherwise, too much juice.

Anyhow, when I add the cables, here's what I'll have that lives on the bike at the moment:

jumper cables
BMW balaclava
Firstgear heated jacket liner
a few old washcloths - shield cleaning, etc.
BMW manual
Autocom manual
insurance, registration, BMW roadside assistance card
27 oz. steel water bottle w/cozy - empty in the winter
Assorted bungi cords
clear shield for Shoei Multitech - usually have dark shield on helmet
allen wrenches, BMW "tool kit"
Adapter from bmw small socket to reg cig lighter size socket
Slime, plugs & plug tool, pump, valve core tool, valve cores
needlenose pliers (for removing whatever punctured the tire, etc.)
Surefire G2, plus two spare lithium batteries
8x28 compact roof prism binocs
underarmor mesh skull caps (for helmet hygiene)
gloves

All that stuff above lives in the right side case - left side case typically empty, topcase is pretty much empty, in and out of it all the time carrying miscellaneous stuff that doesn't live on the bike, storing helmet when I leave the bike somewhere for a while, and so on.

What do you guys and gals carry?
 

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Hello Trojan--and greetings from the great south west to you! Today I also returned from a nice little ride, and doggone it, the temperature never got above 56 degrees. Imagine that! I actually have a First Gear heated liner as well--Santa brought it for me; I used it once on a ride up to Utah--works pretty good.

Heres what I carry:
On my dash board shelf: controller for the jacket liner, a Zumo 550, Escort Solo radar detector, and a Radar--Screamer the Escort beeps--very well. A high-low-mute toggle for the screamer.

Saddle bags: Rain suit, hydration vest (almost mandatory for the desert and it works), winter gloves, Stop and Go tire repair kit, goggles --yes goggles, several bungee cords of various length, baseball cap (anti helmet head), heated jacket liner, small digital volt ohm meter, about 24 inches of # 18 wire, small inclusive (I hope) tool kit.

"Glove box": Extra sunglasses, accugage tire pressure gage, reg, insurance, and owners manual, S&W Chiefs Special. Nikon P7000 camera.
On my person: Cell phone, wallet, cash and credit cards with emergency contact numbers clearly in view, HK P2000 SK with full magazine (authorized) never did like a Glock, reading glasses.

Helmet: Scala Rider system.
 

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In the glove box I carry insurance, manual and registration. In the right bag I carry my rain gear (marine grade like on deadliest catch). In the left bag I carry a helmet for pillion, in the trunk, empty unless I stop, and then it's my helmet and gloves. I have a bunch of stuff in the garage I normally take on a trip, like extra tools, tire repair and compressor, wiring, VOM, and assorted stuff. My cell phone stays in my pocket. It's a Casio Boulder. I need to get a balaclava for sure... A new jacket would be nice too, as my leather one doesn't fit anymore. Went from a 64 Tall to 56 Tall. Lost 90 lbs... Thing is, the only jackets that come in that size seem to be the standard bike leather jacket. Most of the tall sizes in textile stuff is made for skinny rails.
 

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I feel guilty...........NOT
Rode today and complained it was cold when we went up a 2500 ft. hill to the 5000ft elevation. It was only 50 degrees.
Went back down to 2500 ft. and 60 degrees.
My wife had the seat heat on all the way.
It'll really be nice in a few weeks.
Guess that's what AZ does for you.
Looking forward to 100 degrees.
 

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Me too, Vulcan---give me that 100 degrees any day!
 

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Rain Jacket
Rain Pants
NEMO Over boots
Gloves

Cover
Clear Shield

Air compressor
Tire Plug Kit

Sun glasses
 

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Interesting thread. Got me to thinking.

My list is the inventory for a trip, not a local ride. Listed in the order I think of it...

Tire plugger,
Air Pump,
spare quart of oil,
small windshield spray bottle with microfiber cloth,
registration and insurance papers,
a few handy tools added to the factory joke kit,
small plastic tube for carrying dead flashlight batteries,
small container of 25 cent pieces. (cell phone service may or may not be present)
good knife,
comfort kit- eye drops, handy naps, aspirin, band-aids, travel Kleenex, plastic gloves (if you have to be a first responder- you will be glad you have gloves)
water bottle,
Leatherman tool
GPS
Phone
Spot Messenger
instruction card on how to change channels on GMRS radio,
Microfiber/Silk Balaklava
Glove liners
Pants and jacket liners- for cold or rain.
Utah road map

Then if it a real trip... the clothes and bathroom kit.
 

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Every day stuff I haul:

In my glove box: Registration, owner's manual, BMWOA Anonymous; all in a zip lock bag. When traveling, spare ignition key taped to bottom

In tank bag: Garage opener; metro KC map; multi-tool; pen; pocket size note pad; eye drops; sun screen; glasses, phone, extra pair sunglasses; BMW balaclava; power outlet converter; RAM camera mount; tire pressure gauge; cell phone charger

In side luggage: extra pair of gloves (lighter/heavier depending on weather); shop rags; street shoes; light jacket
 

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Lawrence, I was wondering if taping that extra key to your bottom has ever poked a hole in your seat? Just kidding. Happy riding.

:)
 

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Trojan said:
Mechanic at the bike shop said if you jump from a car, don't have the car running. Otherwise, too much juice.
Find another mechanic, that one doesn't know what he's talking about.

You get the same voltage from a car alternator as from your BMW alternator.

It doesn't matter how many amps it's putting out, so long as it is ENOUGH amps. Your motor will only take as much as it can use.

His advice makes as much sense as saying never to dip your cup in a 5-gallon jug because there is too much water.
 

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BTW, the only stuff that is always on the motor is a Gerber tool, a folding set of metric hex wrenches, tire pressure gauge, pocket pack of Kleenex, small flashlight, registration and insurance cards, an itty-bitty tube of GoJo and two hand towels (that I can throw away if necessary).

When I travel, I add a pint of motor oil to the list, then carry whatever I think I will need on that particular trip.
 

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Interesting. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that uses the right side pannier this way. I keep an air pump, plug kit, first aid kit (actually a small trauma kit), 2 bottles of water, SOLAS bar, space blanket, latex gloves, batteries for the G2 (the G2 resides in my jacket pocket), 2 light sticks, lighter and I'm sure there's one or two other things in there. The Gerber tool is in the glovebox on the bike.

I don't keep gloves or rain gear since my gear is already Goretex and I leave the house with the correct handwear. I commute 37 miles each way and I do it almost every day. The kit is to make sure I'm ready for the unpredictable.
 
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