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Touring 411 Stop into this area for all things touring related. Get all the info. you need
on how to prepare for long rides and tours. Whether you're a true iron butt
or a beginner to long rides, this is where you want to be.

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Old 02-16-2010, 07:07 PM   #41
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Excellent read thanks.
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:15 PM   #42
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Excellent read thanks.

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Old 02-16-2010, 07:22 PM   #43
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Saved the link.......and will be referred to often. Thanks Darin and Marc.
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:15 PM   #44
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My two cents:
I hate hand grip vibes big time, so I have get grips + fingerless gel gloves + regular leather ride gloves with gel insert.
Before a long trip, always do a carb synch, always!
Always wear a riding suit. I got a Joe Rocket cordura full suit and even it is hot outside, it is fine. You will sweat, but then you open a zipper and you stay cool, it is fine and beats street clothes (with debridement) if you go down. Plus, it is water proof.
For motels, i usually stay at motel 6 as they are usually the cheapest, you can park your bike in front of your room window and it is to throw out your stuff in one. Also, I feel less guilty about being away from my family (we usually stay in 3star+ hotels on vacation)
Bring a can of red bull or similar. This is to be used for situations like your dead *** tired and the motel is one hour away you don't want to fall asleep on the bike nor nap next to the road!.
Bring a zip lock bag of paper towels/toilet paper. Not on a bike trip, but I was in my car, admiring the beauty of the redwood trees in the middle of nowehere when those bagels I had for breakfast started to ground hog!
Chain lube- my chain stays lubed pretty well , but I travel with Honda chain lube as it works well and the can is very small, nice for travelling.
The other fluid I pack is a quart of Mobil 1 20-50 Vtwin motor oil. It is good, thick oil and I have noticed that my normally oil frugal bike will start using it on long, high speed runs. It is nice to have a bottle of good oil to top it off rather than get some crappy stuff at the local 7/11 because that is all that is near.
Bring a small air gauge, if you go down in altitude a lot, before parking it for the night, add air to the tires then check the next day, bleeding them if necessary for the perfect pressure.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:47 PM   #45
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Anyone know what kind of rack CP had on his bike?
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:28 PM   #46
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Many Thanks.......Well thought out.

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Old 10-07-2010, 04:13 PM   #47
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This really is a great refresher!
I think it should be read every spring
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:58 PM   #48
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Brilliant. The only addition I would suggest would be to load the gear and do a series of day trips before the main event. Get used to the bike being different and also, more importantly, build up your road fitness. We do a lot of 2 up touring on a 750F Kat. The first year we found really hard physically and found we were better having shorter days but more consistent miles the doing big miles day 1 and 2.
If you are doing long trips (3 weeks) plan for some "non-bike" days. We got caught in some really bad weather one trip so holed up in a motel for a day and just sat in the room watching movies. Next day clear weather and we were dry, sorted, and back on the road. Felt a lot better after a full day out of the saddle.
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So sorry to hear of CP's passing. This is an indispensable repository of information and wisdom. Ride hard and carry this friend in your hearts, fellow KR's.
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