What To Pack

Below are three lists, which you can use as a tool to help you organize the packing of your bike. Each list has columns that are labeled; LEFT (for the left saddlebag), RIGHT (for the right saddlebag), TOP (for the tank, back seat, trunk or luggage rack), and OTHER (for pockets and other hiding places). If you are pulling a trailer or running a hack (sidecar), you might want to make another column to help keep track of the items stored in those places as well. We also left a little room at the bottom of each list for you to add a few other items, if you need to.

So, here's a little something you can do that might help. While you're packing for that trip you've been wanting to take for so long, be sure to place an X in the appropriate box as the items are being stored. That way, after a great day out on the road, you'll know that everything has been accounted for, and you'll also know right where to find it.

For your convenience, you can print up all of the packing lists by just clicking on the link at the bottom of each list. It's our hope that you might find these lists helpful.


Tips For The Trip

  1. Use the packing list below as a guide as where to place items in the various storage areas. Also, include your jacket as a storage area.

  2. Depending on the bike, you'll need saddlebags, a tail or "T" pack, possibly a tank bag, and several bungee cords. (Not sure there is such a thing as, too many bungees.)

  3. Clothes should be tightly rolled up to consume the smallest space.

  4. For good balance, you might want to weigh the packed saddlebags on a scale. That way you can evenly distribute the load on the left and right sides of the bike.

  5. Don't put too much weight on the back of the bike. See your owner's manual for load limits.

  6. After all necessities are loaded, place your rain gear somewhere on the top of everything, secured by separate bungee cords. You don't want to have to unpack a bunch of stuff when it starts to rain or snow.

  7. Double-check your list to ensure that everything is on-board.

  8. Place the packing list in your jacket or other readily available spot.

  9. Use removable bag inserts in your saddlebags to more easily remove the contents from your bike to the motel room or campsite.

  10. Always place items you don't want to get wet in plastic zip-type bags.

  11. Try to keep items you need on the road in a place where they can be easily accessed.

  12. If you can find them, get plastic coated maps and a compass for the journey, and keep them readily available.

Please note:

You might want to pencil in how many of each item you have. The count will obviously change depending on the length of the trip. The thing is, you don't want to discover that you ran out of something you need, in the middle of "No-Where".


MOTORCYCLE PACKING LIST
- REGULAR STUFF -

  Rider Passenger
Where Stored On The Motorcycle
Items Left Right Top Other Left Right Top Other
Balaclava                
Bungee Nets/Cords                
Camera/Film/Camcorder                
Cell Phone/Charger                
Cleaner For Bike                
Cover                
Duct Tape                
Ear Plugs                
Face Shield (spare)                
Fanny Pack                
First Aid Kit                
Flashlight/Batteries                
Flat Kit                
Gloves (heavy)                
Gloves (light)                
Handy-Wipes                
Helmet Screws (extra)                
Laundry Bag                
Leather Wind Triangle                
Lip Balm                
Lock For Helmet                
Maps                
Money                
Notebooks                
Packing List                
Plastic Bags                
Rags                
Rain Suit/Boots/Gloves                
Recorder & Tapes                
Reflective Vest                
Side Stand Plate                
Suntan Lotion                
Swiss Army Knife                
Tail Pack (T-bag)                
Tire Gauge                
Tools                
Towels For Bike                
Vacation Guides                
Water Bottle                
Weather Radio                
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
Courtesy: motorcycles.about.com
www.MicaPeak.com/info/mclist.html
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MOTORCYCLE PACKING LIST
- CLOTHES -

  Rider Passenger
Where Stored On The Motorcycle
Items Left Right Top Other Left Right Top Other
Bandana                
Denim Jacket                
Handkerchiefs                
Hat                
Jeans                
Shirts (short-sleeve)                
Shirts (long-sleeve)                
Shorts                
Sneakers                
Socks (regular)                
Socks (riding)                
Swim Shorts/Suit                
T-Shirts (riding)                
Thermal Underwear                
Turtleneck                
Umbrella                
Underwear (briefs)                
Underwear (T-shirts)                
                 
                 
                 
                 
Courtesy: motorcycles.about.com
www.MicaPeak.com/info/mclist.html
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MOTORCYCLE PACKING LIST
- TOILETRIES -

  Rider Passenger
Where Stored On The Motorcycle
Items Left Right Top Other Left Right Top Other
After-Shave                
Aspirin/Ibuprofen                
Band-Aids                
Clippers                
Comb                
Cosmetics                
Cotton Balls                
Deodorant                
Ear Medication                
Eye Drops                
Eyeglass Cleaner                
Face Creams                
Hairbrush                
Hair Dryer                
Insect Bite Lotion                
Mineral Lotion                
Mouth Wash                
Nail Clipper/File                
Neosporin                
Nose Medications                
Pre-Shave                
Scissors                
Shampoo                
Shaver                
Soaps                
Toothbrush                
Toothpaste                
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
Courtesy: motorcycles.about.com
www.MicaPeak.com/info/mclist.html
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