Trip Planning

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Motorcycle Trip Preparation

You’ve packed all of your gear and fueled up the bike … but you may not be fully ready to hit the road!
Take a look at the lists below to see if you missed anything.

  1. Leave a copy of your itinerary with a family member or friend.
  2. Bring a spare key – secure it to the bike or store in a safe and accessible location.
  3. Stash some cash – you never know when the need will arise.
  4. Bring (and use) eye drops on long rides.
  5. Bring a portable weather radio.
  6. Attach a map case to your gas tank – they work well.
  7. Put your stuff in plastic bags to seal out rain/ water.
  8. Bring a cell phone and know where you are at all times in case you need to call for help.
  9. Pack a small bottle of window cleaning fluid and rags.
  10. Add electric tape, zip ties, multi-tool, rubber bands, and flash light to your tool kit.
  11. Add a saw to your tool kit. Break a hacksaw blade in half, wrap some electric tape around the broken ends (for safety and to use as a handle) and add this to your tool pouch too.
  12. Bring a spare headlight bulb and fuses.
  13. Make sure you bring personal essentials; sun block , lip balm, first aid kit, basic medicine: antacid, aspirin, antihistamines, diarrhea tabs, etc.
  14. Bring a puncture repair kit and air pump.
  15. Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit. This is among the most forgotten items on my list!
  16. Bring a camera – you’ll be glad you did.
  17. Bring a good pair of binoculars – they’ll help you enjoy the sites that much more.
  18. Pack several energy/ granola bars– Avoid chocolate coated, and others that will melt readily in the heat.
  19. Empty your wallet! Only take what you need; drivers license, insurance card, etc. That way you won’t have to replace everything should your wallet get lost.
  20. Don’t pack everything! Space is always an issue and for items that you will only use when you arrive at your destination it may be easier to just “buy it when you there”.


  1. Cover your bike overnight while on the road – it discourages thieves.
  2. If you buy something on the road – ship it back to yourself instead of tying it to the bike.
  3. Plan to end the day on the “far side” of cities to avoid early morning traffic the next day.
  4. Buy the best riding gear you can afford – it will make riding not only safer but more enjoyable.
  5. Drink plenty of fluids – you dehydrate faster than you think!
  6. Adjust your schedule to allow for plenty of breaks.
  7. Ask for a better rate when you call the hotel – sometimes all you need to do is ask!
  8. Eat just before or just after normal meal hours. This will help avoid the crowds and get you back out on the road faster and avoid delays.
  9. Update your contact list.
  10. If you can work it into the trip, it’s best to avoid traveling east/ west right at sunrise/ sunset.
  11. In a pinch, newspapers can be used as extra layers to keep you warm.
  12. Check your bike before every ride.