PACKING FOR A LONG MOTORCYCLE TRIP

FINDING EXCELLENT INFORMATION ONLINE

It’s never too early to begin to plan the packing.

Understanding HOW I am going to pack for the trip will help me understand what I should take on the trip.

Since the purpose is to make photographs I know for sure I will be taking a camera or two.

At this point it will be:

Camera bodies: Nikon Df for digital and Nikon F3 for film.
Lenses for both bodies: 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm (possibly a 180mm if I have room)

iPhone 6+S for video.

GoPro for helmet/bike cam.

I will be looking for a small and very light tripod for those situations with less than optimum light.

Camping supplies and gear are next on my acquisition list, and I am planning a few short roadtrips to try my hand at sleeping on the ground in a bag. That will also let me become familiar with the gear. I don’t want to get to a location and not be able to pitch a tent… argh.

Here are a couple of YouTube videos I found on packing for a long trip. (I am always amazed at some of the small bikes folks use for these trips.)

I think a lot of this will make more sense to me when I decide on what bike to buy for this trip.

inreachexplorer_m01I have been thinking that possibly it would make sense to not buy a new bike, but get one a few years old. I would hate to take a brand new bike up there and come back with it sort of beat up. Still thinking on that dilemma.

This would be a handy tool to have out there on the road as well. It looks like it may take the place of a Satphone. I will have to have something to stay in contact, and the more different things one device does the fewer devices I have to bring.
(inReach Explorer)

More coming on the planning stages.

Anything to share? Use the comments. Thanks.

Great information from my friend Greg Pastuzyn (photographer) who has been riding most of his life.

My suggestions:
1. Keep the heavier stuff low if you can. Helps with the center of gravity.
2. Bring the tools you think you can use for repairs you think you can do.
3. Flat tires: Small compressor and plugs for cast wheels. Spoked wheels use tubes, can bring a patch kit, but will need the tools to remove the front and rear tire from the bike, as well as the tire spoons to get the tire off the rim.
4. Rain gear will also keep you warm.
5. High tech clothing
6. Might consider gore-tex garments over leather, lighter, water proof and more temperature controlling (heat and cooling) (lookup aerostitch)
7. Rain gear goes in the right saddlebag or tour pak. Someplace you can access from the right side of the bike. In other words you don’t want to be sticking out in traffic, in the rain, under a bridge, digging for your rain gear.
8. When cold, newspaper can be a great insulator under your jacket.
9. microfiber clothing (underarmor, etc. ) work great to keep you warm and cool. And also can be washed in a motel sink and air dry overnight. Less clothes to carry.
10. Water and energy bars, nuts, trail mix, etc. go a long way to keeping up your energy while on the road.
11. Water proof boots are a good consideration. You’d be surprised how long boots stay wet in 70% humidity and how uncomfortable they are.
12. A large pair of rubber gloves (the commercial ones from Home Depot) can fit over thin leather gloves to keep your hands dry in the rain. Nothing worse than wet cold gloves and hands in the rain.
13. Layering. There are thin silk gloves that can fit under regular motorcycle gloves. Thermal underwear. Thin silk socks, etc.
14. When camping an army poncho can serve dual purpose. Keep you dry while in camp, cover your gear while riding and also cover the bike. The one I had was rubberized rip stop nylon. Lasted a long time.
The same practices for hiking and many other out door activities apply to motorcycling.
You need to prepare yourself for the weather. When you are physically prepared ( proper gear) and mentally prepared (not afraid of weather) then your ride will be easier, more stress free and more enjoyable no matter what the conditions.