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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 2007, 8:16 am Thread Starter
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Cool got a list of "must do and take" for a long ride

hey Guys----now that it is really getting nasty outside I want to start plans for a Colorado trip and I'd like to hear some ideas for all that stuff to take ---maybe a check list to prep from......for instance many of you take a tire plug kit on a road trip??? then you need a air pump and on and on many tools?? I read the BMW Owners News and I think some of those guys prep up for nuclear exposure! I may camp out a few nites but most of my camping will be in the National Motel Park as I enjoy myself and the riding ...I am not an iron butt kinda guy..... JD
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 2007, 9:19 am
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weatherman all in one tool kit, small flashlight, plug & co2 kit, and most importantly my american express card....
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 2007, 9:21 am
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Don't forget to bring some oxygen, and a lot of tourist dollars to help our economy, also you could bring some nice women for us (got that from your profile), umm lets see what else, warm clothes, plus the wind hit 115 mph two nights ago, it's gusting bout 60 mph now, incredibly windy for this time of year, and the temp at 8:20 am Wed is 30F, balmy for us. That's the Colorado mountain report for today at 9097 feet.
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 2007, 3:18 pm
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Stop n Go tire plug kit, and something for air... CO2 or a small electric pump. Tire pressure guage.

First aid kit with minimum stuff like bandages, tape, Motrin, antiseptic.

Microfiber cloth (or whatever you use to clean your windshield) and small container of Plexus.

Handy wipes, toilet paper.

Cellphone or satphone (must have).

I've always carried a bunch of tools with me, but I'm beginning to rethink that. Frankly, I doubt my ability to get my bike going anyway if I have a mechanical breakdown. From now on, I think the tools which come with the bike are all I'm going to carry, except for a Leatherman tool.

I took a solo trip to Denver last September and got caught in a snow storm east of Vail. I don't want to do that again. Also, watch for dead deer in the day and live deer at night!
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I took a solo trip to Denver last September and got caught in a snow storm east of Vail. I don't want to do that again.

Hmmm, east of Vail, let's see, next town east of Vail would be.....Frisco! Was that you last winter on that BMW with the big icicle hanging off your mustache? I didn't make the 2006 Anonymous book, but I will be in the 2007 if anyone has any problems up in the 'greater Vail area'. Not much traffic up here, a great place to ride. Cheers.
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I don't do mustaches, but there were definitely icicles. I went through Vail eastbound on I-70 and there were a few snow flurries, which was OK with me. Leaving Vail, the road starts going up quickly, and before I knew it, I was in heavy snow. Cars in front of me were swerving all over the road because they either couldn't see or they were jockeying for position, and it scared the crap out of me. There's no place to stop up there, either. I went over the summit and down the other side, and left the snow behind me pretty quickly. There was a crust of ice completely covering my front end. I stopped in some little resort town with an antique railroad to get a cuppa, and when I came back outside, it was sleeting! Fortunately, I was dressed for it and I wasn't cold or wet. Just terrified.
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 2007, 5:27 pm
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idaho springs

Antique railroad was Idaho Springs, it runs from there to Georgetown. That's on the Denver side of the Eisenhower Tunnel/Loveland Pass about 20 miles from me. I ride on a bit of snow at the beginning of winter, it's disconcerting and dicey, but it happens from time to time, amazing how well the bike does, I think the older heavier bikes like mine are as good as it gets in terms of that. Plus my helmet fogs up, I found some gnarly tires yesterday, wonder if these might work on snow:
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2007, 9:30 am
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Okay, hold your hat... after 20+years of riding I have compiled an extensive list of items. I go through this checklist before every trip. Some items are "bring" others are "do before leaving". I don't bring it all but by using the list I don't forget anything. I have this list in a little database program in my Palm Treo and as I check off the items they move from "Need" to "Have".
Checkout this link and then my list below...

.Check Tire pressure
Autocoms, Kenwood radios & cables
Bathroom bag (is it packed)
Battery chargers & NiMh batts (for camera)
bike cover
boot sock liners
bug rag
bungee cargo net
bungee cords
Camera manual
can / bottle opener
Cargo pants
cash ($25-$30/day/person)
Cellular phone
cellular phone charger
Charge up MP3 player, Cell ph's
Coffee - beans in vacuum seal
Coffee bean grinder
Coffee cups
Coffee filters
Cool collars
Cool Vests
credit cards
dental floss
disk locks & cables
Double Lock House Windows
drivers license
ear plugs
electrical tape
Exercise clothes
Exten cord or 3-way wall adapt's
eye drops
fanny pack
Feed / water cats
first-aid kit
flares, cyalume stix
flashlight - in tankbag
Flashlight - Surefire
Flip flops (waterproof & leather)
fuel bottle (backpacking type, 2-quart filled with extra gasoline)
fuses (extra)
gaffers tape (flatten the spool)
Games (small backgammon/cribbage board...)
garbage bags
gloves (cold weather)
gloves (hot weather)
gloves liners
glue (gorilla snot, silicon, etc.)
glue (super)
granola bars
Guns. extra ammo. Carry permit. Holster and belt. Magazines
Helmet bags
helmet face shield/visors (clear & Fog proof)
ice chest, collapsible
ignition key (extra)
insect repellent
insurance cards (medical)
insurance papers & info
jacket (wind breaker)
jacket liner, Gerbings
Jukeboxes (MP3 player)
lamp, headlight (spare No. H7)
lamp, instrument panel (spare No. ______)
lamp, taillight (spare No. ______)
lamp, turn signals (spare No. ______)
laundry soap
Lawn chairs (thermarests & chair frames)
layers of clothing
membership cards (AAA, BMW...)
neck warmer/long scarf
Old cell phone|for 911 where GSM might not work
paper towels
Plexus - large can if room
pliers (needle nose)
pliers (standard)
poncho liner & stuffsack
Powerade mix
radar detector
rain gear
rain totes
riding gear
screwdrivers (assorted)
security cable lock
security cable lock keys (extra)
security cables
sewing kit
shirts (long-sleeve, turtle-neck T-shirts)
sidestand footplate
socket set
socks - riding
socks (cotton)
space blanket
Spine protector
stove fuel
stuffsacks (weather-proof)
sun screen
Sunscreen - put it on!
sweat shirt
swimming suit
Swiss Army Knife
Take out garbage
tank bag
Throttle rocker
tire pressure gauge
toilet paper in sealed plastic bag
Tool kit
travellers checks
Treat the Hot Tub
underwear - riding
underwear (insulated, long johns)
vehicle registration
Vice Grips
warm clothes for evenings/nights
water bottle
weather radio
Wine, whiskey...
wrenches (crescent)
wrenches (metric allen)
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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2007, 2:29 pm
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Now that is an extensive list.
I must add a water marker and paper to put my daily directions on and places to stop for that day. At the end of the day I wipe it off and plan the next days route and to see .
I don't use GPS , this allows me to write it large enough to see it easily.
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2007, 5:43 pm
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Do you have Throttlemeisters? If you have to pound the pavement for awhile, it's a lifesaver!

The List-

I would add a Balaclava (the stretchy hood that keeps your neck & head warm)

+1 on the Gerbings. I have the long sleeve jacket liner & gloves, along with the optional rheostat. Toasty!!!

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