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#789900 - 07/15/12 09:49 PM Planning for my first UN - What should I not forget?  
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So I'm planning for my first UN. Tentative to leave the Los Angeles area next Saturday and stop in to visit a few friends in the northern part of CO before making my way to Salida on Tuesday. I don't have a route yet firmly established, but I'm going to try to do it avoiding freeway/interstate.

Is there anything that you wouldn't leave home without when heading off on a 2k mile round trip week long ride? I should have some room for some basic tools, but don't want to pack anything unnecessary.

#789902 - 07/15/12 10:15 PM Re: Planning for my first UN - What should I not forget? [Re: PhilipJCaputo]  
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Tire plug kit/device.

Air source, can of fix-a-flat, or air pump.

Somethin to listen to, IPhone, ZUMO/XM, book on tape, whatever.

Carry some extra water in case you have to wait for help.

An extra valve stem.

A couple different pair of gloves in case ya get em wet or blisters start forming. (the other set will change the contact point.)

Cell phone with a number to a board member who will have access to the web while you are traveling. We can't help ya unless we know ya need help.

Try to keep an extra smile in your tank bag cause no matter what there will be a time when ya wish you were in your car with A/C......and you will need to pull that smile out to help ya remember why you brought the bike.


Look forward to seeing ya.

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#789909 - 07/15/12 10:42 PM Re: Planning for my first UN - What should I not forget? [Re: Whip]  
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Tank bag, necessity or nice-to-have?

#789917 - 07/15/12 11:29 PM Re: Planning for my first UN - What should I not forget? [Re: PhilipJCaputo]  
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I would put the tank bag in the "nice to have category." I usually carry water, my wallet, or my camera in the tank bag for easy access. A large tank bag can block airflow if you are short.


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#789928 - 07/16/12 12:05 AM Re: Planning for my first UN - What should I not forget? [Re: PhilipJCaputo]  
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Credit card, cell phone, water, tire patch kit, tire pump, tire pressure gauge, good riding gear.

These aren't necessities, but can make the trip a lot more pleasant:

- Rain gear. You can get by with waterproof liners in your jacket and pants, but for a steady sustained rain, I like dedicated rain gear. And if it gets really cold (which can happen in the Colorado high country!) you can use it as another layer for warmth.

- If you are coming across some really hot terrain, you might consider a cooling vest.

- I usually carry a quart of oil and a funnel. Our RTs tend to use up oil, and I don't have to try to hunt down a place to buy something that is appropriate for a motorcycle.


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#789938 - 07/16/12 01:00 AM Re: Planning for my first UN - What should I not forget? [Re: PhilipJCaputo]  
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Originally Posted By: PhilipJCaputo
Tank bag, necessity or nice-to-have?


When I am on the GS I don't use a tank bag. I use all the pockets in my gear.

I do use one on the KTM because ya don't have to remove it to fill up.


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#789944 - 07/16/12 01:41 AM Re: Planning for my first UN - What should I not forget? [Re: Whip]  
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Yeah, all you 21 century GPS guys don't need a tankbag. For me a tankbag with the map pocket on top is a must have.


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#789959 - 07/16/12 02:59 AM Re: Planning for my first UN - What should I not forget? [Re: Paul Mihalka]  
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Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Yeah, all you 21 century GPS guys don't need a tankbag. For me a tankbag with the map pocket on top is a must have.


Thanks Paul, I agree, it's just difficult to read without readers on...
Everything else others mentioned, esp. a cooling vest. The heat can beat you up. Maybe a Camelback. You might add some power bars, trail mix etc. If you belong to MOA you could carry an anonymous book, that might help. Zip ties, spare bulb(or two), basic tools with a few shorts of wire(just in case the FPC decides to take a break)and of course, some JB Weld! wave



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#789972 - 07/16/12 03:59 AM Re: Planning for my first UN - What should I not forget? [Re: PhilipJCaputo]  
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Some good advice for sure... somethings I had thought about in the past, but wasn't on my list (jb weld, some wire, valve stem?, 2nd pair of gloves). I am a MOA member, and carry the anon book in the glove box. I'm also going to sign up for their discounted road-side service.

I'll make sure my wife can get logged in under my account if any SOS's need to be sent.

thanks!

#790063 - 07/16/12 04:16 PM Re: Planning for my first UN - What should I not forget? [Re: PhilipJCaputo]  
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Credit card,
Cell phone
and a high power hand gun.


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