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This is a discussion on Tips for touring within the Touring forums, part of the Types of Bikes category; Hello, I am hoping to take a trip to Deal's Gap next spring (09) and this being my first long ...


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Old 05-21-2006   #1
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Hello,
I am hoping to take a trip to Deal's Gap next spring (09) and this being my first long haul I was wanting to get some pointers from some more experienced riders. From where I live the trip is about 1,000 miles one way. I am looking for any advice that I can get, such as conditioning of myself (maybe passanger), things to bring, luggage, travel time, etc. Any advice from experience would be great. Thanks for your help and take care.

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I can help ya, with this bit of advice...buy the right gear and plan to take longer than you would in a car, stop often, take pictures and enjoy the ride...DON"T OVER THINK IT!! let it come and prepare for the worse....
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I made a long trip in '07 (2,600 miles R/T) and would agree with chromekid01 when they said to plan on taking longer and to stop often and just enjoy the ride. I purposely went out of my way to ride through the Sierras and wasn't real concerned about a schedule.
The only thing I did was pack for what I intended to do. I was camping all the way so made sure that I had room for a small (18 pack sized) cooler and some munchies in case I chose to stop some place that wasn't close to an eating establishment. You also want to be sure to pick up maps along the way to see if there are any good side trips to make (a Road Atlas won't have the local detail) while you're passing through an area.
As far as conditioning, I didn't do anything different than usual. I had been riding since March (trip was in August) so the "fourth point of contact" was used to being in the seat.
I usually got 8 hours of travel in a day, but that varied too as I found the trip home went much more quickly (10 to 11 hours per day).

Most important, just enjoy the ride and don't overdo it.
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Learn to live off grocery stores.

They have pretty good food if you are not too picky. Eating at resturants will empty a wallet faster that anything I can think of. You don't have to tip anyone at the grocery stores. Also, I pay with ATM card and can get cash without paying an ATM fee.

I carry nuts and carrots for snacks. You can even mount them in the fairing if you have one. Another good food, if you like this sort of thing, is tuna in a pouch. You can easily stuff these in pockets, nooks or crannies of saddle bags. I had a heart attack in August, so I try to eat more tuna for the omega-3 heart friendly diet.

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i have heard of people prepping for the trip. i met this one couple who did 300 miles a weekend up till their first big tour from Nc to sturgis. does that kind of thing work? or is it a much more individual kind of thing?
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Neither me nor the wife ever really have a problem prepping ourselves for a long trip, that just comes naturally, I think its more comfy than a car personally. Anyway, as stated plan much more time than a car and do stop more often, ALWAYS have a water bottle at your ready and drink plenty (this will also help MAKE you stop more often :D ) . Pack the necessities but pack light, use laundromats so you don't have to pack as much clothes. Grocery stores are great for food, TAKE RAIN GEAR! You'll probably need it. Prep your bike more than anything, tire pressure, oil, maybe take a quart with you if you use something special. HAVE FUN , do not push, that more than anything takes the enjoyment out.
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I really like the tips thanks. Buying food as I go is not something I thought of and will certainly do. As far as rain gear goes what do some of you all use? I have heard that Frogg Toggs are nice since they are breathable but wondered if they balloon up while riding? I also would like to get a tool kit since my bike did not come with the one from the manufacturer, any suggestions?
Thanks again for all of your help.
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I really like the tips thanks. Buying food as I go is not something I thought of and will certainly do. As far as rain gear goes what do some of you all use? I have heard that Frogg Toggs are nice since they are breathable but wondered if they balloon up while riding? I also would like to get a tool kit since my bike did not come with the one from the manufacturer, any suggestions?
Thanks again for all of your help.
rengelke

For rain, I just use my armored jacket and riding pants. They are rain resistant up to a point. I don't mind getting a little wet.

For tool kits, crack open your owners manual and see what tools you need at a minimum. I made my own tool kit based on what's needed to swap out a head light bulb, fixing a tire, adjusting the carbs, tightening a loose mirror, or weeding out a bad electrical connector. Basically, a full socket and wrench set, a multimeter, spare fuses, duct tape, coat hanger wire, screwdrivers, and definitely a "LEATHERMAN".

Don't forget a pump, tire repair kit, head mounted flashlight so you can use both hands in the dark.

I'm sure I'll think of more later...

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I don't feel you need to spend a lot of money on rain gear, I have a pair for me and one for the wife. $30 each off motorcyclesuperstore.com. You don't plan on wearing them all the time do you? Why put tons of money in them. We have had to use ours and they work great, we stay dry and thats what counts.
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Think i should also give a try.
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