Packing? Yea, tools better be on that list. You can spend weeks planning and making detailed lists of your camping gear items, medical supplies, hygiene products, clothing, and even food, but none of those will get you back in the seat after a flat or mechanical fail 20 miles short of Nowhere.
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Motorcycle Packing Tips
Here are a few of Gordon’s Tips for Motorcycle Packing that we hope will save you time and make your travel stops and starts each day less stressful and much easier. These are lessons that I learned the hard way.
Left Side Bag
Pack your heavy and “Emergency” items in the left side bag. Plan and pack the left side with the idea that you’ll leave it on the bike during the entire trip and that you’ll only go inside in the event something goes wrong. The left side bag should be your Reserved and least-used items like tools, compressor, tube or tire repair, and spare parts. The bike’s side stand is on the left and this weight helps prevent blow-overs or bumps.
Right Side Bag
Pack your “nightly” items that you’ll use most at the end of the day in the right side bag. You can remove this bag and take it to the shower room, tent, or hotel when it’s time to wash-up, cook, shower, or to change clothes and the day’s ride is over. Think of the right side as your “carry-on bag” that you will access daily, but only at the end of the day. This strategy also helps that side stand stay planted to the left during the night once you’ve removed the right side bag or it’s contents..
Passenger Seat or Rear Rack
Pack the items that you’re going to need “first” when it’s time to set-up Camp. Visualize camp set-up in your mind and pack the topside gear in reverse order. I prefer Dry Bags, but a well-protected dufflebag can be more economical and as effective (just be sure that sleeping bag is kept DRY). Here is a sequenced list of how I pack my seat/rear gear arranged so that the first thing I need is at the top!
- Camp Stove and Fuel (bottom)
- Food Items
- Sleeping Bag
- Mattress Pad (air or Thermarest)
- Tent Poles
- Ground Cloth
- Rain Gear (top)
Don’t torture yourself with getting wet, cold, and not being able to get your rain gear on quickly – keep it in an easily identified bag that you can spot and access quickly.
Following these steps will keep the items you’re not ready for on the bike and give you a place for them once you do.
Anything and Everything that you will need to access while sitting on the bike. Add a 12 volt charging system if needed, make this your “go to” bag every time you need a drink, cell phone, camera, map, chewing gum, snack, ear plugs, iPod – whatever you think or can imagine using between the time you get on the bike in the morning and getting off the bike in the evening.
****One last suggestion is to compartmentalize the “Item Groups” within your bags. You can use 1 Gallon Zip Locs or other bag types to organize the food items, under garments, hygiene products, socks, etc.
The Sprocket Socket Axle Wrench (video)
Published on Sep 21, 2015
Sprocket Socket Axle Wrench
One Sprocket Socket Axle Wrench fits thouands of motorcycles. This 7 piece motorcycle axle wrench includes a 9″ double-ended handle and 6 sockets made of super-strong T-6 tempered aluminum. Included socket sizes are 32mm, 27mm, 24mm, 22mm, 19mm, and 17mm.
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