|When traveling on your
motorcycle you need to be mindful
of the size and weight of your
gear. You have to be able to
safely secure your cargo to your
motorcycle with minimal
I have gathered some gear
recommendations available at
Amazon.com & Mountains Plus
Outdoor Gear that have
proven to travel well. If you
read 'The Road To Sturgis' you
will find these items also provide
adequate comfort and protection.
|Gear You Need For Your Road Trip
When traveling on your motorcycle you need to be mindful of the size
and weight of your gear. You have to be able to safely secure your
cargo to your motorcycle with minimal overhang. I have gathered
some gear recommendations available at Amazon.com that have
proven to travel well. If you read 'The Road To Sturgis' you will find
these items also provide adequate comfort and protection.
Sheepskins are an absolute MUST
have for a long road trip. It provides
added cushion to your seat and
coolness in extreme heat conditions.
Sheepskins come in many forms for
motorcycles. Everyone in our riding
group used the same kind, a standard
genuine sheep skin rug. A benefit to
the rug style skin is the versatility it
offers. It comes in very handy as a
pillow or blanket when you are not
using it on your motorcycle. Our
sheepskin measures 38 x 24; (at the
widest point) and works perfectly for
both rider and passenger seats on
Tom's Harley - Davidson Heritage
Softail Classic. On my sporty I use the
extra to drape on my t-bag for a very
RidersInfo has 100% All Natural
Australian Merino Wool sheepskins
available for purchase! They are
available in long wool, short wool
natural form pelt, and the short wool,
standard motorcycle seat cover with
straps. Go to our sheepskin page for
more detailed information.
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|Shammies & Travel Towels
Available at Amazon.com
|Self Inflating Mats
|Read our "Preparing for a
Road Trip on Your
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For Sturgis for more useful
resources, tips and tricks!
|The anatomy of a packed
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|Leather jackets, chaps, and gloves are always biker essentials. A leather vest is a
must have for event patches, extra pockets, and provides body core protection.
These are all common gear items that most of us know we need. For more
information on essential riding gear please go to our Gear page.
One thing that you may not have thought about for your road trip is a leather
bandana. These are excellent for cold weather riding but also for riding in the rain.
There are times when the rain feels like needles sticking you in the face! Tying a
cloth bandana over your face works until it gets soaked, at which time every breath
you take causes the bandana to suck up into your mouth and nose. Not good! A
leather bandana with a fleece lining works perfect. It repels the rain and the fleece
keeps your face warm and dry. When it isn't raining or bitter cold I put it around
my neck and it helps to keep cooler air from going inside my jacket. I cannot count
how many times I was so grateful that I had mine!
Another must have for your motorcycle trip is a 12 Volt battery charger
power adapter that plugs directly into your existing battery tender connection.
If you do not already have a battery tender pigtail on your bike you will also need to
order the battery tender pigtail, listed just under the charging adapter.
On a previous trip to Sturgis we used the campground electric in the dining area to
charge our phones while eating breakfast. That worked fine with our regular cell
phones, but with todays Smart Phones the batteries go much faster, this is a must
have! I ordered my 12 Volt Power Adapter from Amazon and have the link for the
exact adapter on the left, I received it in 5 business days, the quality is superb!
Worked great while on our 2011 Sturgis Trip.
THIS IS NOT A CHARGER - THIS IS AN OUTLET TO PLUG YOUR CHARGER
INTO! IT IS THE SAME AS A CIGARETTE LIGHTER OR POWER OUTLET IN
YOUR VEHICLE FOR YOUR MOTORCYCLE!!
USB direct chargers are also now available, however, I have never used one of
these and cannot give testimony to their reliability. See link below.
For a printable - complete packing check list go to packing for a motorcycle road
|Go to our TOOLS page for must have recommended
motorcycle tools for your motorcycle road trip!
|12 Volt Motorcycle
Charging Adapter for
Plugs into battery
I own this, VERY nice!
|Battery Tender Pigtail
for 12V Power Adapter
and/or Battery Tenders
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|We use the shammy
(shown above) as our
shower towels, and they
work great. My sister
and her husband use
the ones below, which
they love as well.
|DON'T LOSE YOUR
MOTORCYCLE KEY WHILE
YOU ARE AT THE RALLY!!
CHECK OUT THIS