When packing for a motorcycle trip, only take what you need
How and what you pack for a motorcycle trip depends on several variables:
- When and where you are going
- How long you are going to be on the road
- What space or luggage you have available
Riding a touing bike, I have the benefit of hard saddle bags and a touring trunk with a top rack, however you may not
have all that built-in storage capacity. But fear not, depending on what you ride, it is still possible with readily available
bags and a little creativity to carry everything you need.
The list below was assembled for a three week trip traveling from the Boston, MA area to Prescott, AZ, up into Yellowstone,
then Sturgis and back to New England. So we could be traveling through a wide variety of terrains and weather conditions.
For this tour we are not going to be camping so a sleeping bag and tent are of course missing from the list.
The Victory Vision has 29 gallons of built-in storage capacity. Some have complained about the size of the
saddle bags, but I have been able to carry enough clothing and equipment for a four day two-up trip--and brought
back some additional purchases (made by the wife) using just the stock saddlebags and top-case.
On longer, single rider trips I have packed for as many as ten days. Typically I always overpack, so this time,
eventhough my buddies and I am going on a longer trip, I am limiting myself to 7 days worth of clothing.
At two points during the ride we will spend two nights in the same location, during which we will wash our clothing
and restock if necessary.
For this longer trip I am carrying my computer and camera equipment, so I am going to add one additional bag that will
set on the passenger seat, providing some additional low-back support as well as additional storage capacity.
- Tire gauge
- Rear shock pump
- Metric Allen wrench set
- Needle nose pliers
- Screw drivers (Phillips and flat)
- Tubeless tire repair kit
- CO2 cartridges and inflator (or electric pump)
- First-aid kit
- Tek Towel (packable highly absorb ant towel)
- Rain-ex (not picutred)
- Powerlet to standard car adapter
- Car phone charger
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Wearable head-lamp
All of this goes in the right saddlebag--with room to spare.
It is important to put your tools and first aid kit on the right side of
your bike (or at least in a centrally mounted bag). The reason for this is that if you have to pull of the road
for an emergency or breakdown you will not be standing next to on-comming traffic as you try to access your tools.
- Cup holder (not pictured)
- Water Bottle (not pictured)
- Cell phone
- Maps and GPS
- Books to read
- Laptop computer (if it will fit)
- Rain gear
- Bike cover (not pictured)
- Riding boots
- Over pants or chaps (not picture)
- Riding gloves
- Water-proof gloves
- Sun glasses or riding goggles
- Ear plugs
- Electric saver with extra batteries
- Antibacterial wipes
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Skin lotion
- Cotton swabs
- Comb or hairbrush
- Petroleum jelly (don't ask...)
Most of the items form Accessories, Protection and Toiletries go into the left saddlebag. The electronic items, such as
my computer, cell phone and cameras will go in the top case. I always plan on taking lots of pictures so I want to have
easy access to my cameras. I will also be carrying a tripod that will go in the top case.
- 2 pair of Diamond Gussett Kevlar jeans
- 1 pair of regular jeans
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 pair swim trunks
- 5 pullover or T-shirts
- 2 Long sleeve pullover T-shirts
- 7 pair underwear (not pictured)
- 7 pair of socks
- 1 fleece pullover
- Baseball hat
- Pull-over cap
- Extra pair of shoes
- Insurance information
- Warranty information
- Tire warranty information
- Emergency contact information
- Medical information (medications, allergies, conditions)
- Dealer list for states travelled
- Map book or maps or areas travelled