Packing Tips & Guide

When I was the editor, I would post a brown looking page with this same text as below and it was hard to read because of the background image. I felt it had such good info in it that it was worth the struggle to read it. This month I printed it and copied the text below. Let’s get out there and hit the roads for the summer months.

Sometimes it is more about what you leave behind that what you take.

First things first: There are no rules, only guidelines. There is no ‘right’ way to do thing, only personal preferences. And experience is the best teacher. But with a little practice and the proper attitude, packing can be n exciting time of anticipation rather than a tedious chore.

Many people feel that packing a motorcycle is more about what you leave behind that what you take. One technique is to put everything that you would like to bring into a big pile on the floor. Remove the least essential items first. Eliminate items one by one until the pile becomes manageable – and packable. (And don’t forget to check your owner’s manual for the cargo weight limitations of your bike.)

~Lightweight synthetic clothing, such as T-shirts and underwear that can be washed in a hotel sink and dried overnight. (Cotton fabrics take too long to dry in this manner)
~Zip lock bags of various sizes can be extremely useful for organizing items in saddle-bags and duffle bags. They can make it easier and retrieve particular items without unpacking your entire motorcycle. Used the one gallon size to pack one day’s worth of clothes such as t-shirts and undergarments. This makes it easier to unpack just what you need.
~Don’t fold your clothes, roll them. They take up less space that way.
~Pack items that have more than one use. A multi-tool is handier than just a pocket knife.
~When traveling with other riders, compare packing lists and eliminating duplicate items.
~When traveling [two-up] with a spouse or a significant other, ask yourself questions such as: Can we share a tube of toothpaste? or Can I get by using her shampoo for this trip?
~On long trips, consider packing your rattiest underwear, or other clothing items and just throwing them out when your done with it.
~Check the cargo weight limits, as well as the bags and racks and adjust the tire pressure and suspension accordingly.
~Few things are as easy to pack as money & credit cards. If you’re struggling with whether to bring a particular item, consider buying it on the road if you need it.
~If you watch the ounces, the pounds will take care of themselves. Lighter is better.
~When loading the bike, keep as much weight as possible to the bikes center of gravity. ~That means low and toward the tank and distributed evenly from side to side.
~A day or two before you leave, do a dry run. Pack the bike and go for a short ride, then adjust the load as needed.
~If your camping, set up your tent once or twice before you leave. Practice setting it up in the dark too.
~ With your bike fully loaded for your trip, check your headlamp to make sure it’s properly aimed.
~Pack your cold weather and rain gear no matter what time of year it is.
~Plastic bags make great boot liners if you forgot your gaiters. If you forgot your rain gloves, rubber dishwashing gloves make great substitutes.
~A small towel can be wrapped around your neck during a rainstorm to keep water from running down your back and it makes a great shop towel.

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