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post #1 of 31 Old 06-26-2007, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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I'm planning a solo ride from Vancouver to Calgary and back this summer. It's the first time I will have gone solo. I'm wondering what to bring for emergencies. I have the little tool kit supplied by Suzuki along with a tire repair kit, inflator and duct tape and my cell phone. Is there anything else that I should include?

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Recently, I've started doing the same thing - making a list of things to take and have on a long, remote trip.

I recommend you replace all the tools in the suzuki stock toolkit with quality tools. That way, should you have to use them, you won't hurt yourself.

I recommend carrying the following at a minimum:

Tire patch kit
Battery-powered compressor
Value stem replacements
J.B. Weld
Flashlight
Rain Gear
Zip ties
Paperclips
tire irons
Chain lube
Grunge brush
WD-40
1-2 Rags

That's about all I carry. Yeah, its quite a bit of stuff, but you will thank yourself later if something happens.

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Hey all:

I'm planning a solo ride from Vancouver to Calgary and back this summer. It's the first time I will have gone solo. I'm wondering what to bring for emergencies. I have the little tool kit supplied by Suzuki along with a tire repair kit, inflator and duct tape and my cell phone. Is there anything else that I should include?

Thanks
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A bit of wire can prove useful, spare fuses, and a small bit of duct tape. Love that Highway22X through Longview and the Crowsnest. @ Creston take the lake route to Balfour then Kaso, Nakusp, Kelowna, Merrit, Liloett, Whistler for the most scenic motorcycle type roads. My 2 cents. Cheers
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Put many km's on my Wee on solo trips. All you need is your camera.

I do carry a tire repair kit.

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+1 for the zip ties!!!! They came in handy for me the last trip!

But paperclips and tire irons??? What for, pray tell???

I cary a roll of 12 ga wire and electrician's tape for electrical repair, but paper clips???

And especially tire irons - with the Strom's tubless tires, if you break the bead you are hooped. No portable compressor will have the volume to seal a broken bead... Or did I miss something????

+1 on the Duct tape - don't leave home without it!

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Recently, I've started doing the same thing - making a list of things to take and have on a long, remote trip.

[snip for brevity]

Zip ties

Paperclips
tire irons

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post #7 of 31 Old 06-27-2007, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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Adding to the tool kit

Tige - Thanks for the info. I have yet to replace a tire and have never thought about valve stems. Although I have attended DSBC's Tire Changing Social, I'm praying that I never have to do this on the side of the road and I won't be carrying a spare tire. With this in mind, what would the tire irons be used for? I'll add JB Weld and Zip Ties. I already carry chain lube no matter where I go. Thanks again for the tips.

JStrom - Oh I did forget to mention that the old credit card will be carried in my hip pocket!! Don't leave home without it!!

BC-Bruce - I will learn from your recent trip to add zip ties to my kit. What size did you ultimately use?

okanagan - Thanks for the advise. I think I will also add a bit of wire and fuses.

I'm not going anywhere really remote but there will be some distances between towns so hopefully the cell phone will work if I have a problem. Must also remember to take water just in case I'm stuck on the side of the road somewhere.

Thanks all for the info. It is greatly appreciated.

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Another quick question - Should I make reservations at motels or just wing it. One one hand I'd like to play it by ear and stop when the mood strikes me. On the other hand, I don't want to have to continue riding because "there was no room at the inn". I'm going in July. What are your experiences?

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I don't like making reservations because I never know how far I want to ride in a day until I experience the day. In all my travels, I only had to ride to another town once. The extra miles that day from La Crosse WI to Rochester MN are are very fond memory. It was dark, cold and exhilarating. It's usually only larger cities or college towns that fill up because of conventions, football games and the like.

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Must also remember to take water just in case I'm stuck on the side of the road somewhere.
My I strongly suggest that for any rides over 30-50 km that you should pack water anyhow? That's vital in the kind of heat you'll find in the interior. Hell, you should think about a hydrapak. Last time I went up to Duncan in 30+ temps, I drained 2L in about an hour.

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