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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-13-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Advice for first solo road trip

I'm going on my first long solo road trip. Columbus, OH to Cooperstown NY to see Barry Larkin inducted into the HOF, then a quick 200 mile day trip to visit my favorite beer's brewery, Magic Hat, in Vermont. About 1500 mile round trip. Leaving July 17 back on the 25th or 26th. What would you recommend I pack? I'm packing my clothes, rain gear, bike cover, camping gear. As well as small set of tools just in case. I'm thinking of leaving the battery tender at home since I just replaced the battery a couple months ago. I know I need to get some sort of fix a flat. I've heard stories of shifter linkages and kick stands breaking and quick fixes for that but I'm not sure what I would do if that happened.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-13-2012, 10:34 PM
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Definitely leave the battery tender. As for the shift linkage, if you haven't replaced the factory version with one with Heim joints, do it before you leave - and lube that. I found a small collection of zip ties to be the handiest articles in my bags. You'll find a pretty good list of suggested things to pack in the Iron Butt forum, tip number 28.

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One thing thats never mentioned is an extra battery for your keyfob if you have security. It'll work fine right up till the time it doesn't, then your bike won't start....usually happens in some picturesque little burg called Bumf*ck

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+1 on the zip ties. I also carry a roll of duct tape.

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Bungee cords, tow straps, and a quart of your favorite oil. Gremlin bells on the bike and a St. Christophers medal are always helpful also for us superstition kind.

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Credit card, cell phone. Those two items will fix 95% of your problems. If your bike is a '12 take it into the dealer and tell them your volt meter is acting wonky, get that new regulator before your's dies.

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Write your name, blood group,medical records(symtoms or disease,Drug&food allergies,any medication you taking), your doctor phone number , home phone number.
write all of this and keep it in your wallet.(just in case of accident and you pass out)

And for your cell phone,speed dial 1 is for emergency call.

enjoy your trip and post some pictures.

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Here's an equipment list.

You have to become your own expert at packing what is "right" for you. Develop your expertise by making a very complete list of everything you take with you. When you get home cross off the list everything (except emergency items your hope to never use) you didn't use or need.

The single governing principal to packing is, "Less is More." The more you take, the heavier the bike becomes. The stuff you pack becomes a sail. The higher you make the sail, the more wind it catches. The extra weight and sail-effect impact the handling and safety.

I always advise "wear one, wash one." You need only 2 sets of clothes for rinding 3 days or 29 days. If your itinerary takes you to a dress-up event, then take wrinkle-free slacks and a shirt. You might need some light-weight dress shoes.

Camping gear needs to be compact and light. All the stuff needs to be made for back-packing. Save weight by not packing any cooking equipment. The most efficient protocol is to eat dinner before setting up camp and stop for breakfast after packing up. However, it can be more relaxing to go to dinner after settng up camp. The downside is you may be riding in the dark in unfamiliar territory on the way back. Watch for deer to and from the restaurant. (On one trip I saw dozens of deer grazing in a field on the way to the restaurant. I asked my waitress for something quick to prepare and fast service so I could get back to the campsite before dark. That was not a relaxing dinner. Last year I watched 2 deer almost jump out in front of me at about 10 pm. I was going slower than the speed limit and watching carefully. I was lucky.)

Whatever list you make, put these things at the top:
Cell phone
Roadside assistance

Finally, if your SO is going along and she likes to shop, this must be her mantra: "Do you ship?" The most successful couples put things for the bike in the tour pack and each use one saddlebag for personal items.

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Thanks for the words and the links. A lot of good information. Guess I'm going to look into road side services.
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