So, you’ve decided to embrace the open road, and bought yourself a touring motorcycle. You’ve taken time off work and are about to head off on an adventure…But there are a few things you have to be sure to pack. Whether you’re riding a Harley Davidson or a Dirt Bike Tours Chiang Mai with plenty of packing space or are restricted to a few small boxes on your sport tourer, there are a few items you have to make room for to ensure some small misadventure doesn’t turn your motorcycle tour into a bad memory.
- Emergency equipment. One of the most likely little disasters to befall you would be to get a puncture. Make sure you have a repair kit with you (many motorcycles come standard with them). I usually carry some spare CO2 canisters as well. Small foot pumps are also available for tire inflation. If your motorcycle does not come with tubeless tires, you’ll have a lot more trouble fixing a flat; some washing-up liquid helps to get the tire back on the rim. As standard, I also carry the tools that came with the bike, as well as some extra screwdrivers, cable ties, duct tape and spare light bulbs. Be sure to check for specialized tools you may need on the bike. Many small first-aid kits are also available, to handle a wide variety of injuries.
- Make sure some things you need regularly are close at hand, right on top in the top-box, for instance. During a long stretch of motorcycling, you’ll get hungry and thirsty, and you don’t always want to stop for a meal, especially if you have to reach a destination before nightfall. Some water and Snickers bars always come in handy. If you’re carrying it, your raingear should also be right on top. A handy trick is to also carry a Coke can that you’ve stomped flat – if you have to put the motorcycle on its side stand in a muddy patch, it’ll stop the bike from sinking in.
These are just a few of the things you’ll need on a trip, but they’re some of the most essential. In the next part of this article, we’ll explore some more of the things you might need when motorcycle touring. It’s also a good idea to get a book from someone who has seen and done it all – there are several excellent ones available online.