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post #1 of 8 Old 04-28-2008, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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What do I need to pack?

I'm considering doing a saddle sore 1000 to visit my folks in mid-may. The trip will be about 1100 miles down (to qualify for the saddle sore) on Friday, then nothing much on Saturday and 850 miles back on Sunday. Aside from my clothing...roadcrafter, boots, gloves, helmet etc....what do I need to bring for the bike? I figure I'll bring a can of spray lube, some rags and a toolkit. Right now I just have the factory toolkit, but was thinking of putting in some sockets and a crescent wrench. I also have a basic first-aid kit.

Do I need anything else?

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I did a SS1000 a couple af years ago. I would suggest a folder to keep your gas reciepts in. It helps you track your route and also write your mileage on each one. We just checked in with the local police department to have an officer check the odometer and mileage and sign the form and away we went. Maybe call the police at the end of your destination to give them a heads up on what to expect.
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I was going to say "fudge" but that would be improper so I won't. My hepco and becker gobi sidecases arrive any minute now, and I've been asking myself what the hell I'll do with the extra room. My ideas have been along the lines of a can of dupont multi lube dry wax lubricant, rags, beef jerky, multivitamins, lock and chain, reading material, water, binoculars, thermos or two, lucas fuel treatment, oil filter, air compressor and tire kit, more tools than I carry now, my telescopic fishing rod and tackle, clean bandannas, extra visor, sunscreen,.....I wish the ups dude would get here already.

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i am not into marathon riding but i've got lots of friends who are. here are a few points i've heard repeated many times by them over the years:

1) get a custom seat, but make sure you've had it for a year or so before setting out on your ride. make sure your arse is happy with it.
2) don't change a lot of things to your bike as the ride draws near. your equipment should be battletested. sometimes new chains/tires/seats/handlebars will be an unpleasant failure halfway through the ordeal.
3) you don't lose time by riding too slow. you lose time during stops. bring stuff that will help you minimize stops. try to only stop when you need gas ... and take care of snacks/bathroom breaks during gas stops.
4) VISA ... it's everywhere you want to be.
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Get a camebak and stay hydrated. Stay away from energy drinks and coffee. Read all the tips and info on the IBA site.

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we can make things soooo complicated...Basso....

bring what you listed...a bit of water....and your credit card....go light and have fun.....
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-28-2008, 02:33 PM
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If it's a real long ride, maybe something to change the oil would be helpful. What size is the oil drain plug, 14mm maybe? Get a single ratched/wrench just for that.

Then again, I'd change the oil right before, and ignore it, but it couldn't hurt to take it along if you have the space.
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Everyone seems to have the essentials covered. One surprising item that has worked for me if very sour candy. If you feel yourself getting tired pop one of these in and it will perk you up. The idea came from the Iron Butt site.

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