Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Lake Forest, Il, USA
Some long distance touring thoughts
Camping? (If you are... KOA is a pretty good solution w showers and the chance to recharge your stuff)
Communication - definately get a bike to bike comm system. I like the SENA system - also permits listening to your ipods, radio and to make and recieve phone calls.
Clothing - pack light and stop at laundromats every few days.
Hydration - use a Camelback type system to stay hydrated. Ice is free at fast food places - get a large lemonade and top off the camelbacks w ice and lemonade.
Gloves - take several pairs so you'll always have a dry pair.
Wear sythentic base layers, do not wear cotton. Included is the strong suggestion to wear synthetic wicking underwear - Aerostich offers some at a good price. Good wicking socks in your boots will halp a lot.
I like the Bead rider on the Kbike seats for comfort - combined with the Aerostich underwear you can handle long hot days easily.
Take sunscreen - back of your neck and wrists can get badly burned before you know it.
Take a fairly comprehensive repair kit and spare parts inc a fuel filter, plugs, spare clutch cable - I'm sure others will have additional suggestions.
"What follows is based on actual occurrences. Although much has been changed for rhetorical purposes, it must be regarded in its essence as fact. However, it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It's not very factual on motorcycles, either."
Robert Persig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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