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|Preparing For A Trip
On Your Motorcycle
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packing their motorcycles and hitting the highways this
year on much anticipated road trips. For some it may be
a yearly trek to the big motorcycle rally, some a vacation
on the beach, others a tour of our beautiful national landmarks. Regardless of your destination,
being prepared will make the journey an event you will remember for a lifetime.
riders every year. There are two essential items that will make the trip much more bearable for those
500+ mile days. A sheepskin for your motorcycle seat and a motorcycle windshield. The sheep skin
will help prolong the time before the butt burn begins to set in and the windshield will help eliminate
fatigue your body gets from the wind. The pressure you endure to your chest, face, and arms from
hours of 75+ m.p.h. wind, assuming it is a calm day, takes a toll on you that you might not realize if you
have never used a motorcycle windshield . Everyone at camp will appreciate a more rested rider at
the end of the day. Dennis Kirk carries a full line of windshields for all motorcycles.
rack, saddle bags, or sissy bar easily. A self inflating mat has proven to provide a comfortable nights
sleep for most riders, but let’s face it, after a day of highway travel from dawn to dusk you can almost
sleep like a baby on gravel. Two of these mats pack up easily if you are traveling with a passenger.
t-bags work as well, but provide fewer functions as a stable item to attach other items to. You may
need to pack your tent and mats on top of your saddle bags so it is best to pack items that you do
not need frequent access to in these. You can also strap your tent and mats to the back side of your
t-bag if they are hard sided.
probably going to have a bungee cord or two involved in the packing, these work great between two
trees or tents as a clothes line.
adding to your bike. Don’t be tempted to buy the family size Suave shampoo because it is less or the
same price as the small empty bottle you went to buy in the first place. It takes up space and adds
weight. Same goes with the toothpaste! A small waterproof bag, preferably with a shower hook, is
useful for shower supplies. You will be able to bring everything into the shower stall with you and
hang it from the shower head.
tight and small and provide warmth. You also have your sheep skin you can utilize for sleeping and
we have all used our leathers a time or two for blankets.
Keep this in mind when packing your clothes. You may be purchasing a day or two of attire and will
not need to pack it prior to the road trip.
already equipped. You should be familiar with tools you may need for your bike in case of emergency
repairs. If you don’t know, you should get educated, check your manual for your motorcycle for many
useful tips prior to heading off. We will try to get an article posted on this topic before riding season
hits high gear. If you do find yourself along the side of the road, tie a bandanna around your mirror,
this will tell passing riders you need help. If you see a bike on the side of the road, stop to see if you
extended down pour. Leather gets very heavy when wet and does not always dry out overnight. If you
plan to purchase rain gear, be sure it is made for motorcyclists, otherwise you end up with shreds of
plastic flapping in the wind. One important feature to look for in rain gear is visibility. Riding on the
interstate in pouring rain is stressful in itself, but when you disappear from view in the tire spray of a
semi it is dangerous as well. Try to pick something with high visible color or at minimum, with
law when traveling through other states. Check our map for the helmet laws in the U.S. Be sure you
have your helmet packed.
are endless when you are camping and traveling on a motorcycle.
(you only have two-think about it!). Check all fasteners for tightness, check/change all fluids, check
cables - 4 days into a road trip is not a good time to discover you should have replaced your throttle
cable. Have a map or GPS unit on board, try to plan overnight stops ahead of time so you don’t get
caught on the road with extreme fatigue. Winging it is adventurous, but riding with extreme fatigue is
dangerous. Be sure you get sufficient rest, hydration, and food in between long legs of travel.
enjoy the ride!
Tie a bandanna to the mirror
on the left side of
This will signal passing motor-
cyclists that you are in
need of assistance.
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