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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 03-12-2014, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to be taking my first road trip on my bike soon and I was wondering what must haves you guys take with you. Specifically things for the bike. Tools, cables, etc...

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Tire air pressure gauge that I always use.
Tire repair kit (plug)
metric tools (sockets and wrenches) of most used sizes
pliers
couple screwdrivers (phillips and flat)
crescent wrench (make sure it's a metric one )
nylon zip ties
bungee cords
metric ball-end allen key set
first aid kit

3 days clothes change (count includes what I'm wearing)

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I'm a maintenance freak & usually spend quite a bit of time going over the bike before shoving off-haven't had any show stoppers other than flat tires and that only stopped me for 10-15 minutes before I was rolling again. I went 20+ years with no flats and then had two last touring season and after the second one I added a Slime compressor into the kit-cans of Fix-a-Flat and CO2 cylinders will only get so much air in a tire-it's nice to have just in case.
I have spare fuses duct taped to the inside of covers, a couple of cable stops that I've drilled out and beveled the hole for easing a frayed cable into if needed. A small 1st aid kit with an eye cup & eye wash.
A good multi-tool (mine's a SOG) & a roll of electrical tape has helped me & a lot of folks on the side of the road get goin' again.
I used to carry a whole mechanics bag with little jumper cables I made, 4-5 feet of clear plastic tubing for siphoning gas, tire irons & patch kit, spare bulbs, master links & chain tool, spare spark plugs, a lighter with solder wrapped around it for fixing wires-and that was for just around town! Those were different bikes and the with the Vics you don't need much.

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This is not a must have...but it is a MUST on a road trip (if you do long trips)...

Don't drink COKES on the road. Drink electrolyte replacement drinks. It makes a HUGE difference and on extreme days...can save your life.

I found out the hard way to save my diet cokes for when I ain't riding.

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phone charger spare key

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All the above plus a small can of cable lube or equivalent for not just cables but shift linkage especially if you have the WD bushings in there. A good small led light. Small can of Plexus windshield cleaner. A cigar cutter and lighter.

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Small can of Plexus windshield cleaner.
Save your money ... get Lemon Pledge

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A cigar cutter and lighter.
... and cigars !!

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A paper map of the area you are traveling in.
Water - at least 2 quarts
Don't put all your money and credit cards in one place
Stash an extra bike key somewhere
Make sure you tell someone your plans
A back-up plan for the "what if"
A 15 ft piece a strong cord (tow rope or just to secure something)
Don't use bungees to secure the external load on the bike
A pair or 2 of thin rubber gloves (in case of major rain you can put them inside your riding gloves)
A document with all credit card telephone numbers and account number (in case they are stolen, lost or put on hold)
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Carry phone and wallet in jacket pockets, as far from each other as possible. Cell phone can kill magnetic strips on credit cards. Don't place hotel key card near your either. That way, you'll have them with you when you leave the bike. Plus you won't have your wallet in your back pocket which is bad for the pelvis.
Lemon Pledge has wax in it and is for furniture, Plexus has plastic polish in it and is for windshields and it works great. Repels water too. Sorry SilvrT.
Dynaplug tire repair kit does the job without much loss of air.
Some kind of folder or wallet for receipts.
Rain gear. Mine's made in Russia by a fellow named Rudolph. Rudolph the Red knows rain gear. Sorry.

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Eye drops and Chapstick. If you carry a smartphone, get an app with radar to keep a close check on the weather.

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