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.
I have never needed to pull my gun anywhere. Know which states you can't carry in.
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.all good so far..
And I imagine what and how to pack advice is all over the internet...
If you look at my latest trip report, you see that I put a waterproof bag on the passenger seat. It contains my clothes and maybe a pillow. Serves as a full backrest and opens up trunk space for riding layers when riding in changing climates.Wow...great stuff. Keep it coming.
What about extra "luggage"?