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SWIV, what you should and shouldn't have taken??

OK, did the pre-trip prep thread, now that we're all home and unpacking, what did you drag thousands of miles that you'll leave home next time??
What did you wish you had taken??

Took and shouldn't:

1. Binoculars- Ive taken these on the last several trips and have never used them. Too heavy and take up alot of space.

2. Video camera- I'd love to have video of some of the rides, i don't love screwing around with editing the video, so I don't.

3. Misc little crap- still have too much misc little crap on board. I have a full tool kit, but I also have misc separate tools that I've never used and most are duplicates of my full set. Gotta sort some out.

Should have:

1. Different camera, one that will take pics faster. Wife takes a ton of good pics off the bike, but misses alot of them because the camera takes it's sweet time doing point-n-shoots.

2. Laptop, Ipad etc in order to process pics and such. Phones work OK for communication, but cant download camera pics etc to them, at least not from our current camera.

3. Air compressor- gonna grab one of those tiny compressors for pumping up tires if and when I feel like it, and not have to look for a compressor at a convenience store etc.

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OK, did the pre-trip prep thread, now that we're all home and unpacking, what did you drag thousands of miles that you'll leave home next time??
What did you wish you had taken??


Should have:

1. Different camera, one that will take pics faster. Wife takes a ton of good pics off the bike, but misses alot of them because the camera takes it's sweet time doing point-n-shoots.

2. Laptop, Ipad etc in order to process pics and such. Phones work OK for communication, but cant download camera pics etc to them, at least not from our current camera.

3. Air compressor- gonna grab one of those tiny compressors for pumping up tires if and when I feel like it, and not have to look for a compressor at a convenience store etc.
You can combine #s 1 and 2 by using a smart phone. The features now a days have these things rivaling some movie cameras and let you process all your pics directly to the World Wide Web. Not to mention GPS and of course phone calls. All of this in one pocket size electronic nightmare.

Onto #3. I carry a tiny little compressor from the brand "Slime" I bought from Walmart for about $10. It plugs into the cig lighter. It's a lil loud and slow but who cares it works. It's small enough to fit into our fairing compartments but I keep in the bottom of a saddlebag.

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For me now- Cameras are taken care of by smartphones. Got 2 now. I also have an HP photosmart 742 camera thats the size of a pack of cigs that Sue does a good job with when onboard. I might someday think about a GoPro for video, one mount on the bike, one on my head to switch it around. I struggle with the
charger cords also, seems to be a rats nest of them now.

We took a samsung 7" tablet this time. I want either a 12" tablet or a
Surface / ipad. More functional. I wouldnt take a laptop 2 up, no place to put it except in the tourpack.

I too have a tool bag with extra stuff in it. Never opened it in 50K and 7 yrs.
If I take it off the bike, I'll need it on the next ride, so there it sits. I lugged a compressor around the Gaspe, because stations are a log ways apart up there,esp on the north shore. I have a tire plug kit with a CO2 inflator that I carry all the time, very small to pack, to get out of a mess.

We always take too many clothes, and buy more. Dirty clothes management is tough, esp after a few days. Either gotta wash em or mail em home, and SHE says she aint washing clothes on vacation trips. Might take a tip from some bicyclists I know, they wear their oldest socks,tshirts and underwear, and throw them away every night. Usually a Wallyworld nearby.
Hanent tried it, but I think bluejeans could be washed in a motel tub and hung up in a pinch.

I've discovered we can go 2-3 days out of the bags and razor pack with no issues. I think if we go out a week or more, (SW5!) a trailer will be behind us.
Might buld one this winter. I've seen some interesting things done with Thule skiboxes, and I know where there is a pile of Sportster parts for wheels and suspension.

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Once again, I packed way too many clothes. I purchased a passenger seat Saddleman bag specifically for the SW trip. Filled it up. Could have done without it and used the $200 for raffle tix. I had an HD tourpak luggage case filled up. Didn't need it. Borrowed a tourpak luggage rack bag from forum member "raccoon eyes - formerly hate2shine" didn't need it. Also, should have brought sandals and left the tennis shoes at home, less space and easier to find space for them amongst the items I need to bring.
Lastly, I should have left the bike cleaning supplies at home. That's 2 SWs in a row for cleaning materials halfway across the country and not used.


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You can combine #s 1 and 2 by using a smart phone. The features now a days have these things rivaling some movie cameras and let you process all your pics directly to the World Wide Web. Not to mention GPS and of course phone calls. All of this in one pocket size electronic nightmare.

To a point you can, yes. However,momma's not real comfy taking pics with the $500 phone on the bike, primarily because it has no strap. Can't count the number of times she dropped the camera this trip when I hit a bump just as she was taking a pic. The phone likes to shut off, takes forever to turn back on = missed shot. Editing pics is a pain.
We talked about this, we now have a couple old smart phones, could attach a lanyard to one and use it only for a camera.

I'm old, I change slowly, I'm just not ready for the smartphone to be the do-all. It does some things OK, others not so much.


Clothes- we take 3 changes, plus what we have on when we leave the house. Make sure at least one of your shirt is long sleeved for those in-between days. If there's room we throw in some shorts or sweats. Get over it and do laundry on the road, not hard to find facilities either at a motel or in town, ask at the desk, they can tell you one way or the other. Takes an hour or so and you're good for another 3-4 days. Dirty clothes are put in a garbage bag and packed with the clean ones. All our clothes except our coats fit in the tourpak.

Tools-I've got these pouches from Innovative Storage, fit in the bottom of the saddle bags. I bought just the pouches and some cheapie tools, they hold an amazing amount of stuff and take up virtually no space. I've used tools on other people's bikes more than mine.
http://www.storagepouches.com/#!__pr...stc1=products2

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