WHAT TO BRING
Sometimes it’s more about what you leave at home than what you bring on the trip
- Pack items that have more than one use. A multi-tool is handier than a basic pocket knife.
- Pack your cold weather & rain gear no matter what time of year it is.
- Lightweight synthetic clothing – such as T-shirts and underwear – can be washed in a hotel sink and dried overnight (cotton fabrics take too long to dry in this manner).
- Plastic bags make great boot liners if you forgot your gaiters.
- A small towel can be wrapped around your neck during a rainstorm to keep water from running down your back – and doubles as a shop rag.
How to Pack
- Don’t fold your clothes – roll them. They take up less space that way.
- Zipper-lock plastic bags of various sizes can be extremely useful for organizing items in saddlebags and duffle bags. They can make it easier to find and retrieve particular items without unpacking your entire motorcycle. Use the one-gallon size to pack one day’s worth of clothes – jeans, undergarments, and shirt. This makes it easier to unpack just what you need.
- When traveling with other riders, conserve space by comparing packing lists and eliminating duplicate items.
- When traveling (two-up) with a partner, ask yourself questions such as: “Can we share a tube of toothpaste?” or “Can I get by using her shampoo for a week?”
- Few things are as easy to pack as money or credit cards. If you’re struggling with whether or not to bring a particular item, consider simply buying it on the road if you need it.
GETTING YOUR BIKE READY
Completely inspect your motorcycle and give it a thorough tune-up.
- Change the oil and filter
- Check the air and fuel filters
- Check all fluid levels
- Adjust throttle and brake cables
- Adjust and lube the drive chain (if applicable)
- Check tire pressure and tread
- Check all gauges, lights, horn and signals
- Visually inspect the entire bike for any broken or worn parts
- If you watch the ounces, the pounds will take care of themselves. When possible, lighter is better.
- Check the cargo weight limits of your bike – as well as the bags and racks – and adjust tire pressure and suspension accordingly.
- When loading your bike, keep as much weight as possible close to the bike’s center of gravity. That means low and toward the tank, distributed evenly from side to side.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
- Before you begin your trip, make sure to review all local motorcycle laws for the states you’ll be travelling in. LEARN MORE
- A day before you leave, do a dry run. Pack the bike and go for a short ride, then adjust the load as needed.
- If you’re camping, set up your tent once or twice before you leave (and don’t forget to waterproof it). Practice setting it up in the dark.
- With your bike loaded for your road trip, check your headlamp to make sure it’s properly aimed.
This list is not all-inclusive. Remember (Pack some cold-weather gear no matter what time of year it is.)
Maintenance Items Carried by BCMT
We carry the heavy stuff. So if you’re trying to squeeze room for the listed item, don’t BCMT got you covered.