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What`s in your saddle bags

I just put bags on the bike and I am wondering what should be common items carried in them at all times. Have my own ideas but can always use some other good ideas and the people here always seem to have good ones. Thanks
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Sunglasses, various styles of gloves for different temps and conditions, bungee cords, wipes.

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I always carry a can of Plexus cleaner with a microfiber cloth rubber-banded to it, an extra set of gloves, a clean T shirt, and a sweatshirt.

That's it. I only add things when I need to take them.

Many feel that as long as they have the things on, they should fill them up with stuff, like tools, extra cables , raingear, etc.

Problem here is you start collecting junk and when you really need the space for something, you end up trying to move crap around so it will all fit. To avoid this I try to carry as little as possible and only add stuff as needed for ride I have planned.(And remove stuff at home if not needed)

If I wanted to carry a bunch of crap with me every time I leave home, I'd take the car.


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Aside from the tool kit, the primary things I carry on the bike are:

A rope - In case I need to tie anything to the luggage rack.

A dog's choke chain - Despite the relocation brackets, my helmet hooks aren't really in a location compatible with my helmet. The choke chain goes through the D rings, makes the strap effectively longer, and allows the helmet to hang in a location that doesn't tear it up.

A side stand puck - I don't have occasion to need it frequently, but when I do, it's indispensable.
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Extra FUSES and electrical tape are good to have.

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I carry clear lenses (for night) and a spare pair of shades, a couple of bungies and full finger gloves and IF there is a chance i will be out when it gets cold I throw my jacket in one, and when it starts gettin colder out i will throw my face mask and chaps in there. seems like alot when i am typing it but most of it is small, oh and of course as stated above i try to have electrical tape in all my vehicles...damn handy stuff!

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I always carry a can of Plexus cleaner with a microfiber cloth rubber-banded to it, an extra set of gloves, a clean T shirt, and a sweatshirt.

That's it. I only add things when I need to take them.

Many feel that as long as they have the things on, they should fill them up with stuff, like tools, extra cables , raingear, etc.

Problem here is you start collecting junk and when you really need the space for something, you end up trying to move crap around so it will all fit. To avoid this I try to carry as little as possible and only add stuff as needed for ride I have planned.(And remove stuff at home if not needed)

If I wanted to carry a bunch of crap with me every time I leave home, I'd take the car.


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Yes that makes sense but planning would require using a brain cell...and some of us don't want to think that hard

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Yes that makes sense but planning would require using a brain cell...and some of us don't want to think that hard
Yep, thats me, I think I only have one, so I guess I carry way too much for KM's point of view...lol...
I only have to think about what extra stuff I need in the bags if I am goin on a couple to several day trip, everyday stuff is already there...
Which makes me think (can I ??), I need to renew my CO2 Cyls., as they are about 6-7 yr. old and probably not too good...
PS-Since I like ridin the mountain twisties I also carry a pretty good set of maps, and also a roll of strikin pads...
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