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Road Trip Essentials

Posted on 20 Jul 2012 in Cruiser-Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson | 2 comments

With Sturgis right around the corner we thought you might be able to use some tips on items every rider should have along with them when taking a long trip on their bike.

Tool Kit – You never know what can happen along the way. Having at least a basic tool kit could save you some big headaches from simple problems. If you don’t have a tool kit, at least carry a tire repair kit with you.

Cell Phone and Charger – We never condone using your phone while you ride or drive but it sure can come in handy in emergency situations.

Maps/GPS – You never know when you could take a wrong turn and get lost. Keeping a map or GPS handy will relieve some of the stress. Sometimes the goal is to get lost and wind up somewhere you’ve never been, if that’s the case these will prove useful for eventually finding your way home.

Seat Cushion It’s not a necessity, but your butt will probably thank you after spending hundreds of miles in the saddle.

Riding Gear – Stay safe and comfortable while riding by wearing the proper gear. (Check out our recommendations on what to wear while riding here.) You probably already planned on wearing your leathers but did you think about bringing rain gear? If it rains at some point along the trip you will be glad you didn’t forget it.

Emergency kit – Pack things you will need in case you break down or get in an accident. Some potential items include: first aid supplies, food and water, flashlight, space blanket, sunscreen, and other items you think you might need. Also make sure to have enough money on you to cover any emergency situations that may require unexpected expenses such as repairs.

A few other tips for long road trips:

Check the weather before you leave. If your trip is long the weather could change while you’re on the road but at least you will be somewhat prepared.

Don’t overload your bike. Find out how to calculate your load limit here.

Let someone know about your travel plans. It’s always a good idea to have someone know where you are in case of an emergency.

What tips or packing recommendations do you have for long trips?


  1. Arnie Dojan / July 25th, 2012 1:38

    Last summer i rode my Suzuki Katana from Milwaukee, WI, to TN to ride the Dragon, then to San Diego, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, St Paul, MN, then back to Milwaukee. Had to replace a tire in Knoxville, blew my brand new chain in Nebraska. The absolutely MOST critical thing i had on the trip was my Camel-back water backpack. I had a 3 liter version, when i was riding through Death Valley in 100+ degree temps, i’d fill the thing half with ice from the fountain machine, and the rest of the way water. Anytime i ride for more than 30 minutes in 90+ heat i have that thing with me. Important tools i had with were screwdrivers (flat and phillips), two crescent wrenches, vice-grips, a couple open-end wrenches for common nut sizes on the bike, LED flashlight, and a good attitude.

    • Sarah / July 25th, 2012 10:23

      That sounds like it was an amazing trip Arnie! These are great suggestions for riders to bring along; especially the positive attitude, it can make a world of difference. Thanks so much for sharing!


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