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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-14-2013, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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2 Up Touring Tips Please

Going on a 10-12 day motocamping trip up into the Rockies in mid July. It's her first ever tour and my first ever major tour with a passenger.

How the hell am I going to pull this off?

I'm glad I have an Ultra, but still. What goes and what stays?

Any experienced 2 up riders have any tips for this rookie?


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One bag is mine, one bag is yours. Tourpack is in the public domain for jackets and raingear. She will need to be reminded that the tourpack is a 50/50 democracy, not a dictatorship with one person rule. Top bag for overflow.

She gonna hold the tent and sleeping bags? Sounds like a full house.
We can go 5 days out of the bags without doing laundry.

If I had to haul camp gear, I be looking for a trailer hitch. Things get top heavy pretty quick loaded and two up.

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hey andyman,

i have only done one 7 day 2 up myself but a few things i learned:

give the little lady one saddlebag and king tour pak. tell her thats all she can take.

you get one saddlebag which probably will have all rain gear in it.

Pak on top of king. (10 lb. limit but i have put 15 lbs. on top without any problem. make sure u have a rain cover for this bag.

on top of the bag that is on the tour pak get a 18x15 net bungie. works well to store the warm gear when the temp rises. store your warm gear and extra helmet if desired here.

wash clothes on the trip or buy underwear as you need them and toss em after use

pack rain gear, including gators. make em easy to get to.

get u and the little lady a Colorado Cool vest and a couple of arctic ties for the heat

roll clothes or vacuum pak

keep weight as low as possible.

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Safety is first with someone else on the back..I can't emphasize the driving portion more than whether she will have a toothbrush when you get there..so remember.
!. Space Cushion...increase your following distance at all costs, if someone fills the space drop back.
2. Get the BIG Picture...avoid billboards..anything you cannot see over..around...under or thru..such as tractor trailers. "Stay back & see it all"
3. Keep Your Eyes Moving: Front every 2 seconds & never assume you have the right of way at any light that is green. A distracted driver will run a red & you need to anticipate that with more weight on the bike...
4.Leave Yourself an Out...or escape route...always be ready to go somewhere with the bike...& take the path of least resistance...
5. Make sure they see you...communicate in traffic...eye contact, signals...Horn...never assume they see you...because usually we find they don't.
Good luck & God's speed...take your time and you will be fine....there is no award for getting there fast....just get there in one piece...both of you.


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After years of backpacking and wildland fire I can tell ya look up pack packing list on line these guys are putting you on the right track other advice is pack your heavy gear low as possible and balanced this will give you better handling on the bike but I'm bet'n you knew that , REI or bass pro . For the light weight bags an tent I have a backpackers tent that only weighs 3 pounds and my wiggy bags are 5 lbs each and have compression sacks to get the bulk down .... First aid kit and tool bag with $100 cash in it for oh sh!t occasions, and have fun of course!!! .

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Packing tips: put underwear in pants pocket lay tshirt on pants and roll up. I tell my passenger two must. 1 NEVER put your feet down or off the floor boards unless she is getting off. 2 only get off and on when we verbally agree to do so. That way there are no surprises.
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Jimmy is more generous with the amount a space he is giving to his better half than I

Throwing in the camping gear is gonna be a tall order for you to carry riding 2 up for that many days. On our 10 day 2up trip last year Niki and I were able to put everything in the 2 Saddle Bags, Tour Pak and Tour Pak Bag like the one picture.

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Unless you are considering taking a trailer you will need to figure out a way to carry your camping gear utilizing the top of the Saddle Bags and even more stuff on top of the Tour Pak Bag. Check the weather for the areas you plan on staying at that time of year and if the weather is favorable you might want to consider sleeping hammock style versus a tent and sleeping bags to save room.

Along with all the other suggestions I would recommend choosing your gear way ahead of time and practice packing the bike to the fullest you are comfortable riding 2 up and taking a few rides loaded out that way before the trip.

Share whatever items the 2 of you can (toiletries and such) and only taking enough close for 2-3 days max before finding a place to wash clothes will save a lot of space.


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If you are packing with rain gear, warm riding clothes and camping gear gonna be a challenge. Be sure not to overload. I think i read somewhere that max load is 1360. someone please correct me if im wrong on this.

bike is about 850
saddleags 15 lb ea = 30
tour pak 20
tour pak bag 15
subtotal = 915 lb
that leaves about 445 for u and the little lady and camping gear

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I admire you guys who rough it and camp. My idea of camping is trying to find a $49/night hotel.

I'm packing now for an 18/19-day trip. I can't imagine having to find space for camping gear.

Let us know how it works out.


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I don't know about the camping stuff but be careful not to overload the bike it feels like its wagging its tail all over the road if you do and it gets scary.


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