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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-10-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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day trip equiptment

So i made it through my first season on my 86 vn750 learned a lot got comfortable with the bike ( but not too comfortable that i am oblivious) got my emdorsement and put 2000 miles on my ride, the comingnup season me and a friend ormtwo want to take an all day trip, i would like suggestions on what i should carry in my bags to be prepared for anything that may happen along the way, thanks guys
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I traveled hundreds of miles with no other provisions than a cell phone and a credit card. Still do.

Am sure others will chime in with extensive lists of crap to take. But the only things I added to those two items later was the stock tool kit, a "sticky string" tire plug kit, and a rain suit. I'll also add that I still took the tire patch kit even though my tires had Ride On sealant. And I didn't take the rain suit unless I knew rain was expected.

The point here is you either trust your bike or you don't. If you fear it will break down on you on a short trip, I'd question why you have it in the first place....

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^ Tire repair kit, mini air pump, rain gear, how about a map?
so on and so on.....
I have a travel bag with all the basic stuff needed for a day trip in it already packed and in the garage waiting. Also, I keep an index card in the bag with a check list of everything that I should bring...
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I guess a phone and credit card are the most useful, and my iphonenhas gps and maps so no need for maps. I do trust my bike even with its age, its only stranded me 2 times, ended up bein a bad r&r
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Large screwdriver, hammer, duct tape, vise-grips and baling wire.
But thats if you can make your own repairs and have no plastic card.

AND....what the QSRG always has along is a first aid kit.



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I guess there are two main areas to consider here, namely tools/spare parts and riding gear.

Tools are dependent upon your knowledge in how to use them.
One rider suggested doing all your regular servicing with the tools you carry on the bike.
If you make it a rule to do a pre-ride inspection every day by touching every nut, bolt or other fastener, and other parts you are inspecting, you will soon learn to recognize when something is not right.

Might want to install RideOn tire sealant and balancer in your tires as a preventative measure too.
http://lifeisaroad.com/forum/index.p...sg2738#msg2738

The more you know and prepare, the fewer tools you need to carry.
There have been members who ran into mechanical trouble on a ride and used their cell phone to contact this board for help in diagnosing and fixing it.

I always carry the tools that came with the bike, along with several more and some wire, tape etc.

After running out of gas once, and not being able to get the reserve to work, I sometimes carry a 1 gallon jug of gas.

Knifemaker once said something to the effect that the only tools he carries now is his cell phone and an AAA towing card.
EDIT: KM beat me to it while I was typing this missive! lol

Dress in layers so you can add or shed clothing to suit riding conditions.

Some other suggestions:
warmer/cooler gloves
spare riding or prescription glasses or face shield? along with cleaning solution and a microfiber or soft American cotton cloth. (I read that it is softer than other cotton. <shrug>)

first aid kit;-antihistamines, (sun)burn ointment, eye dops, headache pills, etc.
plenty of water
easy to eat snacks like trail mix or granola bars, when you stop for fuel.

Others will offer different suggestions.
After a few day trips you will get to know what you want to carry.

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Just wanted to add something OHC mentioned about knowledge of tools.

On long trips I do carry some tools. Once you are familiar with your bike, you'll know what tools you use for various jobs. There's no sence carrying a 13mm socket if you know your bike doesn't have any 13mm nuts. If you've never needed your 8" extension then there's no reason to pack it.
Hence the suggestion to carry the stock tool kit, as it has the corrisponding tools to the bike.

But, as many owners got the bike without a tool kit, it's not hard to assemble your own. I bought a little black nylon makeup bag at Wal-mart and filled it with the tools I knew would cover most things on the bike.

I'll just say I've never had to use any of my tools on my bike while on a trip. (But did end up pulling them out to work on someone else's bike)

On th Vulcan all I had was the little storage box I built to replace the stock one. I made a small tank bag for it too. But the FJR had the two side cases and the big tail case.....so ability to carry alot of crap was easier

The Bonneville so far has no storage so I'll be going the phone and credit card route for awhile....

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add needle nose vice grips and duct tare in case of throttle cable breakage,as long as it doesn't break down by the carbs

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Ive actually needed to do this, but in case of throttle cable break, since we have 2, you can temporarily swap the return cable onto the throttle....Im still running that way, lol....all it takes is a phillips to open the handgrip housing. And actually, I think its a dual screw head and you can use a flat too. The return is actually slightly longer, so I took up the slack by bending the cable anchor on the carb.



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Yep...I have my phone and about 3-4 various tools. Channel locks, screwdriver (multibit), a puck wrench, and a crappy crescent wrench. A tire patch is always useful but only if you have some way to inflate your tire.
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