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Old 06-03-2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default Planning for a 1350 mile trip

Hey guys.....

Havent been on here for awhile.

Im planning for a trip, 10 days im thinking. but the initial drive would be about 400 miles on day 1 (LA - Vegas) and Vegas to Utah 2nd day.

Need a little checklist if you guys dont mind on things I should check out on the bike, packing tips etc.

It'll be back pack, tent, camera gear and personal stuff. No side bags etc.

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Old 06-03-2015, 03:31 PM   #2
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If you ever see me planning a trip out of cali......I won't be back....just sayin...
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:41 PM   #3
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Hahaha, Whats up buddy. Yeah I wanna do a photography, hiking/camping trip
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Sound fun. How big is the backpack. I can't imagine how you would strap a large hiking pack to a bike. Plus all the other things.. A sissy bar would make it easier, for sure...
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Its like a 45 liter pretty big back pack. I took it weekly back and forth to Coachella filled with tools while working the festivals out there. I might be a new one though. I want to specifically fit in, Camera, 3 lenses, tripod, then of course clothes, personal gear, tent? etc....

Im going to wear the backpack if that makes a difference in replays.....Riding to a trail head, then hike in with all gear in backpack, leaving nothing by motorcycle.

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Start with bike maintenance.. Oil change, check the brakes, brake fluid, tires, chain clean and lube and adjustment.
Pack a emergency tire patch kit, pressure gauge too. Some basic tools as well
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Personally, I'd investigate ways of getting the pack off your back while riding. That's going to be a lot of weight that will effect your rate of fatigue, handling of the bike and temperature since it will block a lot of cooling airflow through your jacket.
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I appreciate your answers and will certainly do a bike check-up maintenance. As far as packing goes, I thinki I figures that out also.....What do you guys think???

I was working the Coachella festival this year and noticed half of all campers bought their camp gear locally and just flat out discarded it after the festival. Im considering doing that.

Pack camera gear and other trip related stuff in a basic back pack, buy tent for 25 bux at a walmart locally where i stay.

That would be tent times 3 = $75.00 for living plus camp site around 10-15 per night. I can swing that.

My stops will be Zion National Park, Bryce National Park and Grand Canyon..

If I can figure how to safely transport it from Stop 1, obviously I will bring it.....But the initial ride from LA to Vegas I will bring no overnight gear at all, and will do Motel 6 Right of the Strip in Vegas on Night 1.
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why not get saddle bags? weight is lower and adds plenty of storage. be sure tool kit will be able to remove fairings and wheels if needed. AntiMonkey Butt powder will help comfort level. have fun.
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