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post #1 of 7 Old 06-25-2018, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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The excitement is building...

Well, just got the bike all cleaned up, she's got new oil and shoes... so after 2 more days of work, and a training day on Weds, I will be off thursday for 6 days of motorcycle adventures in central and eastern Oregon. Thursday heading to the Crooked River for the first night, Fri-Sun will be spent at the OR-BMW clubs Chief Joseph Adventure rally, and Sunday afternoon through Tuesday... Who knows.... THis is my first reall extended trip (more than 3 days) and long bike camping trip... Any tips???
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-25-2018, 05:33 AM
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Once you've got all your gear together, sort it in two random piles and leave one pile at home.

Everybody always brings too much stuff on these types of trips, especially the first few times. This both literally and figuratively weighs you down. Start with the bare necessities (tent, mattress, sleeping bag, change of underwear, toiletries, riding gear, cellphone/charger and credit card) and for anything else ask yourself whether it's really necessary or just convenience/luxury. Most of the convenience/luxury stuff can be left at home without any impact on the enjoyment of the trip - or can even increase the enjoyment of the trip if left at home.
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Pack all as early as you can on the bike and take a ride to see what may bother you. Ideally you may want to take a weekend test ride but that may not be possible. Ride more than just around the block.

You have a tire plugging kit? Know how to use it. If you have a compressor, make sure the pigtail has at least a 15A fuse or else you may not be able to fully inflate the tire. Most charging pigtails have only a 5A fuse. (.... How do I know??)

Also make an itemized list of what you think you really need and tick of all the items to make sure you are not missing any essentials.

One general travel tip is to take half the luggage and twice the money. Good rule. You can buy most stuff en route if you are missing some non essential stuff.
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Take pictures and make notes of the highlights at the end of each day or at lunch breaks. This advice is self serving, as I enjoy reading ride reports. Sounds like you'll have plenty of time for enjoying the sights with six days and limited mileage goals.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-25-2018, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Yep. Packing should be good, as I hike and backpack a lot, so I know about minimalist-ing

Will try and take lots of pics.... and do a good write up.
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02 GSX-R1000 - Blue and white
94 RF900R - Black - SOLD to get....
14 DL1000 - Cool tan color!!! WOOT
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I highly recommend a Garmin Inreach or similar device. You may already have one but if not take a look. When camping you will most likely not have cell service and the Inreach allows you to communicate to family and friends. With the Garmin itís especially easy through the connected smartphone app. Of course, if shit happens you will have the SOS button to call for help. I always carry a battery charger (or 2) to power up the phone and other electronics when camping.


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post #7 of 7 Old 07-03-2018, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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OK, I made it back, and the trip was EPIC.... SO much fun.... I will be doing a write up with pics and posting it this week.
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99 TL1000R - Blue and White
02 GSX-R1000 - Blue and white
94 RF900R - Black - SOLD to get....
14 DL1000 - Cool tan color!!! WOOT
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