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Old 11-28-2005, 05:59 AM   #21
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A couple of things I haven't mentioned. If you're conscious of a sore butt after a short 150 mile jaunt, look into a custom seat. My best is experience has been with Rick Mayer, but yours may vary.

Set up your bike for convenience, find a spot for lipbalm, lotion or sunscreen, snacks etc. and use them and you'll be much happier.

Unlike some other folks I really find a camel back to be a wonderful thing to tour with, especially in hot climates.

Make sure there is a plug kit and either a compressor, pump or CO2 cartridges available for inflation. A metric allen wrench set, a 8, 10, and 12 mm box end wrench, an adjustable wrench, and a couple of screwdrives should take care of most roadside emergencies.
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Old 11-28-2005, 06:06 AM   #22
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Lots of good ideas so far. Shouldn't you be going on a 1600 mile trip?

Don't forget the cell phone and numbers you'll need along the way. If you're booking motels in advance it should be easy. If you're not, get the info you need on the net and print it. This way you can call a variety of places in case you get further or fewer miles on your days journey. Removable saddle bags are great for motel travel. Have fun.
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Old 11-28-2005, 06:46 AM   #23
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Remember:

Saddlebags will never hold everything you want, however they will hold everything you need.
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Old 11-28-2005, 06:48 AM   #24
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Don't forget your arm chaps and that thing that lets you pee down your leg.
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Old 11-28-2005, 06:49 AM   #25
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Hey you gotta have room for the hair dryer, hot rollers, vitamin supplements, going out to dinner clothes, makeup, um....maybe that Accord thing isn't such a bad idea.
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Old 11-28-2005, 07:07 AM   #26
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yOU sAID iT.
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Old 11-28-2005, 07:08 AM   #27
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I just keep your number handy. I figure you'll get me no matter where I break down!
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Old 11-28-2005, 07:09 AM   #28
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Actually it lets you pee down sombody else's leg.
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Old 11-28-2005, 07:37 AM   #29
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Allows you to relax your grip on the throttle, and just rest the palm of your hand on the "paddle" to maintain your speed.
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Old 11-28-2005, 07:39 AM   #30
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I can't believe no one has mentioned cigars. You have to have a handful of some decent cigars or why even bother with the trip. I'm serious.
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