Motorcycle Riding Tips: What To Pack On A Cross Country Tour

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Motorcycle Riding Tips: What To Pack On A Cross Country Tour

One of the most exciting part of motorcycling is going on a cross-country tour, whether it be a weekend jaunt or a full-blown month long cruising hiatus.

There are lots of choices of which types of luggage to take with you on your bike such as saddlebags, tail bags, tank bags, fanny packs or even a glorified coat hanger we now call a sissy bar bag. Just make sure every space count when you start stuffing items on your saddle bag. Choose tools like the army knife which performs various chores, resealable plastic bags which you can store dirty clothes or use to dispose of any trash. Another example is a bandanna, which you can use as neck protection, bandage or face shield cleaner.

Another motorcycle riding tip is to remember that the motorcycle's handling and braking will change once you get all your stuff on board, not to mention you will be bringing along a passenger and her stuff as well. That will add more weight. Make sure the air pressure in your tires is the correct one. Always bring along a tire gauge. The suspension settings are stiffen to accommodate the extra load.

Before heading out on the road, practice in a vacant lot to get a feel of any noticeable difference in the handling of the motorcycle like losing a measure of your maximum acceleration and increasing your braking distance.

Buy quality bungee cords and bungee nets which you can tie and loop around your luggage. Strap it on your bike for security of not losing your bags along the way. Even if your motorcycle or saddlebags have fasteners and bag guards you need added security of keeping your luggage from sliding down into the rear wheel by strapping your entire luggage than it seems to require.

One of the most important thing you can't leave home without is your cellphone. Encode your in case of emergency (ICE) numbers and phone number of a bunch of people that are ready to help or rescue you if something goes awry with your touring trek. Of course, you don't want to be caught in the middle of nowhere with a dead cellphone. So make sure to bring a spare battery,charger and a mechanism wherein you can charge your cellphone from the bike.

Just one of the few motorcycle riding tips is to always place the heaviest stuff on the bottom of your saddlebag closest to the center of the bike as possible. Line your luggage with trash bags in case it rains. Bring synthetic type of clothes, Cotton is a big no no. Cotton absorbs sweat and dries slowly.

For camping equipment, a small two-men tent works just fine and self-inflatable mattress that blow itself up. In the morning you just open the valve, roll it up and you are good to go. Limit to one pot and eating utensils.

Bring along food, unless you have ridden the road before you can never be too sure when the next meal is coming up.

The trick here is to keep your load manageable. Pack for all imaginable kinds of conditions you are likely to encounter but keep the load as sparse as possible. I suggest you use a three bag system of various sizes. Bag one-for the rider's needs, Bag two- for motorcycle tools and Bag-three for clothes.

If you buy quality products you are done shopping for years. If you have problems arising during your odyssey, it's comforting to know that the solution is probably in the bag.

Bag One- Rider's Needs:

neoprene face mask

extra pair of gloves

rain suit

sunglasses or goggles


little bars of soap

small bottles of shampoo

razor/shaving creme

toilet paper


sunscreen/lip balm

spare face shields-clear and tinted


first aid kit

local/state maps


cellphone/charger.spare battery


weather-band radio

notebook and pen


hand cleaner wipes

wallet/money/credit cards

camera/battery/lots of memory cards

bottles of H2o



Bag Two- Motorcycle Tools:

crescent, Allen, torx wrenches


tie repair kits with inflator

pocket knife

led flashlight with clip for hands free illumination

jumper cable

duct tape nuts, bolts, screws

electrical wire

small container of oil

spare fuses, spark plugs

instrument bulb,taillight,headlight and turn-signal bulbs

motorcycle locks

bungee cords and net

spare AA battery


tire gauge

solution to clean face shields

tool roll or pouch for loose tools

Bag -Three Clothes:

Group smaller items into a small roll and put it into a mesh bag. Vertically, store separate bags so they are accessible. This includes your underwear. Plan wash stops.

Hope you get some ideas on what to pack if you are going cruising on your motorcycle, right here in the motorcycle riding tips category at Harley Davidson Accessories Guide.

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