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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-08-2016, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of traveling from here (Vegas) to Kansas City in late June solo.
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Thinking of traveling from here (Vegas) to Kansas City in late June solo.
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Carry a Gun!!
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And a credit card.

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Carry a camera and have fun. That and a credit card and you should take the back roads the whole way. You won't be sorry !

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If you don't regularly travel, tell your credit card company you are going. They are on high alert these days and will freeze a card at the most inopportune time.

Leave an itinerary with a loved one, or have someone you can text regularly. I text my wife where I am and direction of travel. If I vanish, she has a starting point.

Take regular breaks and keep up the fluid intake.

Plan gas stops so your not getting 93 octane in the middle of nowhere and risk older contaminated fuel. I will put in 87 if I need fuel , but just enough to get to town where 93 gets used more.

Don't ride at dusk or dawn. Seeing all the roadkill will tell you why.

If you are going to use hotels, don't wait too late. I've run into full hotels because of some event that I never heard of.

Roadside emergency kit.

Know the motorcycle laws for the states you are traveling through.

Have fun.

I have never needed to pull my gun anywhere. Know which states you can't carry in.


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If you don't regularly travel, tell your credit card company you are going. They are on high alert these days and will freeze a card at the most inopportune time.

Leave an itinerary with a loved one, or have someone you can text regularly. I text my wife where I am and direction of travel. If I vanish, she has a starting point.

Take regular breaks and keep up the fluid intake.

Plan gas stops so your not getting 93 octane in the middle of nowhere and risk older contaminated fuel. I will put in 87 if I need fuel , but just enough to get to town where 93 gets used more.

Don't ride at dusk or dawn. Seeing all the roadkill will tell you why.

If you are going to use hotels, don't wait too late. I've run into full hotels because of some event that I never heard of.

Roadside emergency kit.

Know the motorcycle laws for the states you are traveling through.

Have fun.

I have never needed to pull my gun anywhere. Know which states you can't carry in.

Some good advice right here! Especially the gun part. Besides a wreck, ending up in the pokey in bum fu** Anytown, USA because you're carrying an illegal loaded gun that was legal 10 miles ago will ruin your trip quicker than anything!

Barney Fife doesn't give a damn what was legal in TX! Lol!

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all good so far..
And I imagine what and how to pack advice is all over the internet...

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And I imagine what and how to pack advice is all over the internet...
Yes. I create a checklist, and organize my gear in labelled dry bags I get from Walmart. They come in 3 packs of 3 sizes. One for roadside repair, one for rain gear, one for gloves and riding layers, etc. I travel an average of 25,000 miles a year so I like to be organized.

Some guys just travel with the clothes on their back, rain gear for wet and wind, and buy everything on the road. Wash at the hotel, and/or buy what you need at the Walmart.
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I travel solo a lot and I actually prefer it over riding in a group because I can go where I want on my schedule.
I do motels because I am too old to sleep on the ground in a tent.
All good suggestions above but even though I have carried a firearm I don't feel that I have to carry it now.
Just pack the essentials and pack as light as you can, don't forget rain gear and a good full face helmet for those rain events. Carry warm cloths for those times where it is a little cooler than normal.
Carry a tire plug kit and a mini compressor and hope you never use it, I found a real small mini compressor with a plug kit at Walmart and it takes up very little space.
I also have a alarm pager for my bike which I use when I am in a motel it will alert me if anyone is messing with the bike.
A good multi tool, flashlight and tool kit is something I alway have and I also hope that I never need.
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All great advice, middle of June, make sure you have a wetvest with a light jacket to wear over it. Do not wear it by itself, will dry up mighty fast. Get a lot of hydration. In those hot temps I always stopped about every 100 miles, a smoke and water. Always call ahead for a room if possible. Don't be in too much of a hurry. Enjoy it.
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