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post #1 of 85 Old 08-15-2019, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Long trip advice.

Riding from Wisconsin too NYC

About 14 hours.

I have my gear first aid kit and tire repair kit
Portable jumper
Cold gear

Anything else or any advice.

When you take long trips do you guys stay in a hotel to shower and sleep?
Just wodering how you course country hard butts do it and what gear is good to have with you.

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Riding from Wisconsin too NYC

About 14 hours.

I have my gear first aid kit and tire repair kit
Portable jumper
Cold gear

Anything else or any advice.

When you take long trips do you guys stay in a hotel to shower and sleep?
Just wodering how you course country hard butts do it and what gear is good to have with you.
You've certainly listed the essentials. I'm guessing you'll get a laundry list of additional items from others.

When I take multi-day trips, I always stay in a Hotel to shower and sleep. After 10-12+ hours in the saddle, there is nothing like a hot shower and good bed to refresh and prepare to do it all over again the next day. Enjoy your trip!
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My advice: Don't post any pics of your loaded motorcycle unless you want to be mercilessly criticized - LOL. (Actually the feedback made me an even better packer. I figured out a way to bring the kitchen sink too)


On a trip like you are describing I always bring: a motorcycle cover, rain gear, flashlight, duct tape, utility tool/knife, zip ties, super glue, Rok Straps, and a basic tool kit. These items do not take a lot of space and hopefully are never needed.

This kit also dubs as a spur of the moment Bind Torture Kill Kit too...


@wizard1325 When you leaving? What is your route? Coming through or by Michigan? Lunch would be a possibility if you were...
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As already mentioned, you’ve got the essentials covered. As for the camping vs hotel thing, me and O usually do a mix. When we went to SO-Cal a couple of months back we did hotels, but we’re doing the Grand Canyon and other stuff next month and we’re planning to camp for at least most of that trip just for the heck of it. We use to use a tent meant for backpacking that packed really small until the puppy decided to make it a chew toy, and are currently looking for something similar

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A sopping wet (I find that plain ol' water works really well) microfiber towel in a zip loc bag along with a clean, dry microfiber towel to get the bugs off and dry the face shield, front of bike and windshield at gas stops and end of day. I don't rely on the cleaning stations at the gas stops, many times they're empty or completely filthy and smelly.
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Two credit cards. Seriously, because one will be locked because you are traveling and the purchases will appear fraudulent.

I have layered my gear into every day (which includes things to keep dry and warm, plus tire repair and battery jump, plus first aid), and my "trip kit" which includes tools and water jugs in addition to the aforementioned. I carry very little street clothing unless I am traveling for business. I always keep some things such as wet wipes handy; never wipe your arse with shiny leaves.
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Two credit cards. Seriously, because one will be locked because you are traveling and the purchases will appear fraudulent.

I have layered my gear into every day (which includes things to keep dry and warm, plus tire repair and battery jump, plus first aid), and my "trip kit" which includes tools and water jugs in addition to the aforementioned. I carry very little street clothing unless I am traveling for business. I always keep some things such as wet wipes handy; never wipe your arse with shiny leaves.
Great idea! Honestly never thought about that contingency.
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American Express will text me at the first gas stop to see if it's me than it works everyplace. I'm guessing they follow me. I call my bank about my Visa to tell them I'm traveling and have no problems.
If I was doing your trip I would book a hotel at around the 500 mile from home mark. That way the next day will be easy and you'll get into NY before the main traffic hits.
I always stay at a hotel but I think camping at my age is just stupid. I want a shower a bed and breakfast the next day. I use Booking.co m but any of the travel sites work well. Pay attention to what others say about the hotel your looking at. If they say people who work there are great over and over skip it as they are the ones posting. With most travel apps you can forward the address using the Garmin app to your Nav unit.

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As mentioned 2 credit cards. On my ride to the TTD in May my main Visa card was compromised through one of the gas stations I stopped at. The card company contacted me and when I told them which purchases weren't mine they immediately shut it down. I had to use my second one and the second time I used it at a gas station it threw an error message and it was shut down. My wife was able to contact them and get them to take the error message off and I was good for the next couple weeks. At every gas station carefully look at the card reader, grab it and see if it will pull loose or if it just doesn't look right. Carry enough cash for gas to get you home just in case.

When traveling across more than one state line I will call the customer service number on the back of the card and let them know which states I will be traveling through and my return home date. I also let them know I'm traveling by motorcycle and therefore will be using the card for gas every 4 hours or so.


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I grew out of camping once my back didn't allow me to sleep on things that weren't a bed. This was about the same time I started being able to afford stuff like a nice BMW motorcycle and hotel rooms.
Camping seems like a fun thing to do but if you are riding serious miles and need good sleep for your survival, camping just doesn't cut it.
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