Motorcycle Trip Necessities What to Pack Rain or Shine
Get Out & Ride!
Get out and enjoy a ride this summer no matter what the weather forecast predicts. When you pack right, you do not have to worry about the forecast since you will be prepared rain or shine. It is possible to get out on the road and enjoy that long vacation road trip even if the forecast says there's a chance of showers. It's all about the gear you pack and what you wear. With the weather being so unpredictable it is important to be prepared. Load up your saddlebag with items that will have you ready for the elements with these helpful tips.
Nobody likes getting wet. Getting caught in a storm while riding will make you uncomfortable, not to mention it is dangerous. Having the right gear can keep you safe and dry. Good motorcycle gear is worth every penny. Make sure you only buy waterproof clothing with breathable linings. Always test your gear on a rainy day at home before facing a storm on the road.
Here is a list of must haves for keeping dry.
1. Motorcycle Riding Suit
You can buy full length riding suits at most sporting stores. These are great to have on hand incase the weather gets bad and you need to cover yourself from head to foot.
2. Waterproof Footwear
Wet socks and shoes are the worst feeling. On a warm summer day wearing rubber or insulated boots can get hot and sweaty rather quickly. One of the best riding footwear is NEOS Overshoes. NEOS are light, compact and WATERPROOF, perfect for motorcycle trips. These waterproof overshoes are easy to slide over any footwear and they can stay in your saddlebags all of the time.
Accessories & Documents
Jeans & Shorts
Toothbrush & Paste
Allen Wrench Set & Pliers
T-shirts & Long Sleeve Shirts
Deodarant & Lotion
Tire Repair Kit
Underwear & Socks
Flashlight / Head Lamp
Extra Pair of Shoes
Soap, Shampoo & Conditioner
Insurance & Warranty Info
Knife & Screw Drivers
Comb or Brush
Emergency Contact Info & First Aid Kit
Rear Shock Pump
Cotton Swabs, Vaseline & First Aid Kit
Tek Towel, Rain-ex & Wind-ex
Portable Weather Radio
How Long Does It Take You to Plan/Pack for Your Trips
Other Items to Pack
1. Luggage Racks
A back-pack will not cut it for long-distance rides. Install racks or some other way to attach luggage to your motorcycle. You should also pack some extra bungee cords to secure your luggage and bags.
2. Hydration System
This is not a necessity, but it might be helpful so you can drink while you ride. This is especially good if you are in arid weather.
3. Sunglasses, Ear Plugs & Gloves
These are all accessories that are small and you will not want to go without. Sunglasses for the obvious reason of being able to see and to protect your eyes. Some helmets have sun shield built right in. Earplugs are great to help reduce wind noise. Gloves will protect your hands for wind and weather. Make sure they are waterproof.
4. Safety Vest
Having some sort of safety vest or highly visible color or reflector is important for riding after dark or if you need to pull over and work on your bike.
5. Compression Clothing & Neck Tube
Compression clothing such as compression shirt, pants, and tattoo sleeves help fight muscle fatigue by holding your muscles tightly together. They also help keep you feeling cooler. Neck Tubes are great for keeping the sun off your neck, they keep you cool and protect you from wind, dust or rain.
How To Pack for a Motorcycle Trip (Using just one saddlebag!)
Thanks to Dennis Kirk
This helpful video shows you how to pack for a week long motorcycle trip. Thanks to Dennis Kirk they show you what to bring, and how to pack to enjoy the open road.
Don't forget to take your motorcycle in for a checkup before you leave. This is especially important for long road trips. Even if you do regular maintenance on your bike, it is always good to get a second pair of eyes to look over you bike. The last thing you want is to be stranded in the middle of nowhere. Every morning on the road look over your bike carefully. Checking for air pressure, oil level, loose or missing fasteners can save you from big trouble.
Here are some other helpful tips that might come in handy.
- Eat at 'Off Times'. Everyone eats around 8am, noon and 6pm. Avoid these times for quick service.
- If you are riding alone wear a dog-tag with your name and contact info on it.
- Keep track of route numbers, interstate exits, towns, or mileposts incase you need to quickly tell someone where you are.
- Keep a little hidden cash somewhere on the bike or on you incase of emergencies.
- If you are camping and are not familiar with your camping gear, set up your tent a few times before you leave. You can even practice setting it up in the dark.
- Check the cargo weight limit of your bike and adjust the tire pressure and suspension if needed.
Here are some helpful packing tips:
- Don't fold your clothes – roll them. They take up less space that way.
- Keep your luggage in trash compactor bags or zip-lock bags so they do not get wet in your saddlebags.
- Keep items at the top of your saddle bag that you might need to get to quickly.
- Use travel size bottles for your toiletries for space reduction.
- If you are traveling with someone, save on space by sharing items such as tooth paste ext...
- If you need to conserve space get rid of items that you can easily buy on the road such as socks.
- Pack items that have more than one use. A multi-tool such as a Swiss Army Knife is handier than a basic pocket knife.
- Keep as much weight distributed evenly as close to the bike's center of gravity (low and toward the tank)
- Pack the bike and go for a short ride before you leave, then adjust the load as needed.