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    Family will be traveling by motorcycle next july thru UT , WY , SD approx. 1100 miles . What are the must haves on a trip and be limited to the amount of things we can carry by bike ?? I hope this post belongs here
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    Debit card, BMW Anonymous book, Holiday Inn Express' 800 number on speed dial.....
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    Seriously, that sounds like a fantastic trip. Hope you are hitting all the great stuff on the way, Black Hills, Rushmore, Badlands, Sturgis, Devil's Tower, Yellowstone, Moab, Zion, Bryce, etc......


    I know a lot of people that camp when travelling on a bike but it's not for me. I would much rather check in to a hotel at the end of a long hot day and enjoy the AC and a nice meal vs setting up camp, showering (maybe) outside, cooking your own meals, not being able to sleep due to heat/noise/bugs etc.... And then having to pack everything up the next morning before you get on your way, oy vey!

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    I only used one card for gas and carried travelers checks sleeping bag and 2 cans fix-a-flat and five pounds of beef jerky. My longest trip 1575mi.
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    On both of my bikes I have basic tools and a flat repair kit with 12v pump.

    I also carry Progressive Roadside Assistance for anything beyond simple repairs. Only had to use it once, the Road King split a belt in Youngstown, OH a few years back. Fortunately it happened while pulling out of the hotel in the morning and the H-D dealership was about 1/2 mile away....

    Me and a buddy of mine do a 5-6 day trip at least once a year. We have been as far south as Georgia, did a lap around Lake Michigan one year and have been as far north as Montreal. We average between 2,000 and 2,500 miles per trip and love every one of them....
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    Be aware of when you are entering one of the Indian Reservations or Casinos. Most of them don't allow guns even if you are covered for concealed carry in that state. Tribal law trumps state laws.
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    GPS, standard map (when GPS batteries go out), cellphone, tire repair kit, multiple bottles of water per person, basic first aid kit, and a quality handgun and extra mag or two. Oh and tell someone not on the ride your tentative itinerary, then check with them on a regular basis. After that, relax and enjoy the ride in a beautiful part of the country!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    Be aware of when you are entering one of the Indian Reservations or Casinos. Most of them don't allow guns even if you are covered for concealed carry in that state. Tribal law trumps state laws.

    Good advice.

    They have "casinos" everywhere in that part of the world.

    First time we were in South Dakota we saw our first billboard advertising a casino at the next exit. We needed gas anyway and decided to check it out. Turned out to be four slot machines in the corner of a gas station.....
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    This is the list I've always used for Interstate Rides. You can check what you want & print it out.

    Forgetting something something simple like eye drops can ruin your trip, or a light in case your bike konks on a dark curve in the mountains, etc.

    There is a list for 'Credit-Card-Camping' or Tent camping. I am 21k miles short of the Half-Million mark on bikes, prob won't make goal due to wrecked spine.

    Here is Link: http://micapeak.com/checklists/mclist.html
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    Good advice so far. Basic tool kit, water maps/gps couple road side snacks/power bars, etc. I would add good wet weather gear and you may need a reserve gas can. Depends on your bike's range but there are some places out in the bad lands where gas stations are far between.

    On a recent ride from Ohio to Phoenix I limped into a couple stations on 2 cylinders and and a tail wind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoveman View Post


    I know a lot of people that camp when travelling on a bike but it's not for me. I would much rather check in to a hotel at the end of a long hot day and enjoy the AC and a nice meal vs setting up camp, showering (maybe) outside, cooking your own meals, not being able to sleep due to heat/noise/bugs etc.... And then having to pack everything up the next morning before you get on your way, oy vey!
    I hear ya, in 2011 my wife, daughter and i took a 2 week trip to the east coast and up to Ottawa, Ont. I carried tent, two sleeping bags, two roll up pads ( too old to b sleeping on ground) and my touring bag, wife had her touring bag, and her " bathroom" bag, ( gym bag with hair dryer, straightening iron, and who knows what else), 17 year old daughter riding honda cbr 600rr had saddlebags with all her clothes and sleeping bag.

    Think we stayed in more hotels than we used camping gear, lots of days we rode till it got dark and was much easier to crash at a hotel, spent a week at her cousins in Ottawa and enjoyed the sites, buy the time we got home put 5500 miles on. Can't believe daughter made it, I couldn't ride that thing for 45 minutes.

    When we are travelling long days or doing an iron butt ride, we use camelbaks, not the big ones, smaller ones think they r maybe a liter or so, but filled with ice and something to drink, keeps your back cool and you hydrated, works for us. I also carry a tire plugger and CO2 type inflater kit just incase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patri0t View Post
    This is the list I've always used for Interstate Rides. You can check what you want & print it out.

    Forgetting something something simple like eye drops can ruin your trip, or a light in case your bike konks on a dark curve in the mountains, etc.

    There is a list for 'Credit-Card-Camping' or Tent camping. I am 21k miles short of the Half-Million mark on bikes, prob won't make goal due to wrecked spine.

    Here is Link: Motorcycle Trip Checklist
    Sorry, forgot to post the link!
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    The longest I've been on the road on the bike is 14 days. I take basic tools, plus any tool I'll need if I have to pull the front or rear wheel, tire repair kit (string type), 12v mini compressor, zip ties, electrical tape, fuses, etc. It sounds like a lot but takes little space and packs into a bag that's roughly 10"x4"x2". Know your bike and what you're likely to need. I fit all my personal stuff, clothes, toiletries, etc into one saddlebag. I wear a jacket and pants that cover me for any riding conditions I'll run into, so I usually only have to make room for a couple extra pairs of gloves (no rain or cold weather gear to pack). Then just use common sense for other things like cash, cc's, cell phone, GPS and/or maps, snacks, water, firearm, etc. So far this has served me well for countless miles.

    For the reasons Stoveman listed, I do my camping at Holiday Inn's and the like. It's more relaxing for me, requires a lot less gear to go on the bike and at the end of a long day on the road it takes less time and energy to be able to kick back and relax.
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    Y'all forgot the most important thing - you need a bike!

    Second most important thing - Handgun(s) with spare mags, bore snake, Rem Oil and extra ammo for plinking if you have the chance, and 10/22 Take Down.

    Rain gear, candle lantern, water bottles, leatherman, knife.

    CCW permits for reciprocity. If you don't have one, start now to get by July!

    Tow rope? Cell phone, Auto Club.

    And have fun!
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    I do an annual bike trip that ranges between 1500 and 3000 miles. We like to stay at hotels as well. The two hardest lessons i learned were that a tire repair kit is essential, and a good aftermarket seat is needed on many bikes (ex. my Yamaha FZ6].

    Take pictures and make sure you dont force yourself to cover too many miles in one day. Leave your plans as flexible as possible.

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