Thursday, August 6, 2009

Traveling on a Motorcycle

You know you have limited storage space, and you will find that packing for a motorcycle trip takes a little more thought than packing for a trip in the car. There is hope, the key is to pack as compact and lightweight as possible. Here are a few tips to help you plan for your next motorcycle road trip.

Planning for room
Room is at a premium, if you plan to pick up a few souvenirs along the way, make sure you reserve enough extra storage room them.

Pack clothing in layers. The warmer it gets, the more layers you can shed, and if the weather turns colder, you can always put more layers on. An easy way to pack clothing would be to use zipper-type bags. Place the article of clothing inside, squish the air out and seal. Instant space saver.

Rain gear and a safety and repair kit
Essential pieces of equipment, so make sure they are on the top of your list. Not having them would really put a damper on your trip.

Travelling using saddlebags
If you plan on travelling with saddlebags, keep in mind balance. Pack heavier items in the bottom for a stable base, and place the lighter items on top.

Luggage Racks and tank bags
If you don't have saddlebags, but use a luggage rack and tank bags, make sure the bags or packs on the rack and tank are secured. They can be secured using bungee cords, bungee nets, or magnets, in the case of tank bags.

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