Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
I used to take all sorts of "just-in-case" bits but over time have cut down to just wire, zip ties, fuses, couple nuts/bolts, tape, and hex-key for the non-std crashbar bolts - all in small Jetstar toiletries bag, tucked behind std tool kit under the seat, next to puncture repair kit/plugs.
I don't take sunblock or lip-balm but do pack a minimal first aid kit, inc tweezers (used recently for a tick). I've carried 1/2 roll loo paper for years and never used it. Diarrhea tabs? Just goes to show there's no "proper" list for everyone. We add and subtract to suit our own needs over time.
Couple wkends ago, hadn't been on a gravel for a bit, and really noticed the Strom's heavy arse swinging out on the corners. Quickly got used to it but resolved to lose a few kgs off the back end. I was going to take off the carrier last wkend but then you lose the side handles, and they are handy when you're picking up the bike in a creek (which happened twice on that ride). No creek crossings this wkend, so I'll probably remove it. What's it weigh - 5-6 kgs?
@maccaoz - you've got wet gear that goes under your pants? I know the ones that zip into a jacket, but never seen under pants version.
@douggie - easier to do K1W1's can-can move if you stand on the footpeg before hoiking your right leg through the gap between fuel tank and luggage on the back.
@K1W1 - there are a lot of things that can go wrong in the bush far from credit card land, but I know what you're saying: we don't have to cater/carry for all possible emergencies. Even in bush, you can abandon the bike and walk out if necessary.