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post #1 of 16 Old 09-03-2009, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Packing VStrom for a 12.5 hour Ride (Each Way)

Doing a little tour of the South, and have everything all mapped out, but wanted suggestions on how to pack.

I've decided to stay in motels rather than camp, as I'll be video logging and need to charge up all my devices and will want a clean shower and so forth.

I already have a good idea of what to bring, but would like to hear your suggestions first, as I never ride further than houston to dallas, austin, or SA for the most part.

Total capacity is 104 liters via Givi E52 top and 2x Pelican 1520s (plus a bitty Manta tankbag):


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Doing a little tour of the South, and have everything all mapped out, but wanted suggestions on how to pack.
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I've decided to stay in motels
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Total capacity is 104 liters via Givi E52 top and 2x Pelican 1520s (plus a bitty Manta tankbag):
Heck, for that trip, all I'd need is my tankbag. It has sunscreen, wipes, OTC drugs (decongestant, painkiller, etc), toiletries, basic first aid, bottle of water or Gatorade (replaced every gas stop), soft cloth and soapy water for cleaning glasses and visor ... that's about all you really need. If it's over 500 miles, add chain lube. Around here, I'd have a heavier pair of gloves for the mountain passes; not really a problem in Texas.

For an overnight, you can even get by with no spare clothes if you wear the right clothes. Choose sportswear, no cotton, synthetics only -- the good stuff can be washed in a sink and will be dry before morning, especially if you hang them near the air conditioner. Since you've got a trunk, an extra change of clothes will save you some trouble. For an overnight, don't forget some footwear, so you don't have to walk around in motorcycle boots!

Travelling light is easy once you get used to it. If I'm not camping, I can literally just gear up, grab the tank bag, and hit the road.

p.s. DO NOT forget to re-sunscreen any exposed skin at every gas stop. A sunglasses-shaped pale spot around the burn on your face is pretty embarrassing. I learned this last year on I-10 in west Texas.

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I already have a good idea of what to bring, but would like to hear your suggestions first..........
Well, since you asked. Park the bike and bring the Vette.
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She does well on the highway, but nahhh. Knowing my luck though, it'll rain the whole way there and back, lol!
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Heck, for that trip, all I'd need is my tankbag. It has sunscreen, wipes, OTC drugs (decongestant, painkiller, etc), toiletries, basic first aid, bottle of water or Gatorade (replaced every gas stop), soft cloth and soapy water for cleaning glasses and visor ... that's about all you really need. If it's over 500 miles, add chain lube. Around here, I'd have a heavier pair of gloves for the mountain passes; not really a problem in Texas.

For an overnight, you can even get by with no spare clothes if you wear the right clothes. Choose sportswear, no cotton, synthetics only -- the good stuff can be washed in a sink and will be dry before morning, especially if you hang them near the air conditioner. Since you've got a trunk, an extra change of clothes will save you some trouble. For an overnight, don't forget some footwear, so you don't have to walk around in motorcycle boots!

Travelling light is easy once you get used to it. If I'm not camping, I can literally just gear up, grab the tank bag, and hit the road.

p.s. DO NOT forget to re-sunscreen any exposed skin at every gas stop. A sunglasses-shaped pale spot around the burn on your face is pretty embarrassing. I learned this last year on I-10 in west Texas.
I'm an idiot, I forgot to mention something of import.... such as the fact I'll be up there for a week before heading back, and taking a scenic route stopping by all the major land marks and attractions. My brain fell asleep.

But that still all applies, except I'll just fill up the side-bags with clothes then, woot!

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You have the advantage of having sidebags which I don't but just pack the normal stuff you'd take for a trip like that....personal bag with your razor, shampoo, toothbrush, device chargers, etc, your clothes that you'll need, my topcase always has a camera, first aid kit, mini-compressor, tire plug kit with at least a dozen plugs and glue, and extra face shield, and an extra helmet in case I need one(drives my baby nuts<LOL>) and a tool kit that I've assembled and refined over the years and my kryptonite lock. no sense in dragging a bunch of crap that won't do you any good on the side of the road. Lastly, pack a soft cooler with a couple bottles of cold water and a soft type ice pack. I'm amazed how thirsty I get when riding on the highways. I pack all my clothes in a duffle style leather suitcase then wrap it in a heavy duty trash bag before I tie it down to the passenger seat and I put my sleeping bag on top of it, wrapped the same way. Just don't forget a rainsuit and pack it at the very top of one of your sidecases or topcase...cause if you need it, you're going to want to get it out quickly!

Sounds like a nice ride.....and don't forget to take some colder weather clothes...it's getting into the 50's here at night so you might want to take (or buy if you don't have some) some thermal pants and shirt. They are very lightweight and the pants fit comfortably over what ever I'm wearing and the shirt fits comfortably under my leather jacket.

I also fabricated a set of highway pegs that have made a world of difference to me on longer rides because they allow me to get my feet in front of my knees....those and my seat modification along with my beads make an all day ride comfortable.

Enjoy your trip...........

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When packing, put the heavier items, like tools, low in the side cases and balance the weight left to right side as much as possible. This will help keep the COG lower and aide in low speed handling of the bike. As mentioned, keep rain gear at the top and easily accessible. I store mine in the right side case so if it starts raining and I have to stop on the sholder of the road, I am not in the lane of traffic. Also, I can see what is coming while getting the gear out.
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You have the advantage of having sidebags which I don't but just pack the normal stuff you'd take for a trip like that....personal bag with your razor, shampoo, toothbrush, device chargers, etc, your clothes that you'll need, my topcase always has a camera, first aid kit, mini-compressor, tire plug kit with at least a dozen plugs and glue, and extra face shield, and an extra helmet in case I need one(drives my baby nuts<LOL>) and a tool kit that I've assembled and refined over the years and my kryptonite lock. no sense in dragging a bunch of crap that won't do you any good on the side of the road. Lastly, pack a soft cooler with a couple bottles of cold water and a soft type ice pack. I'm amazed how thirsty I get when riding on the highways. I pack all my clothes in a duffle style leather suitcase then wrap it in a heavy duty trash bag before I tie it down to the passenger seat and I put my sleeping bag on top of it, wrapped the same way. Just don't forget a rainsuit and pack it at the very top of one of your sidecases or topcase...cause if you need it, you're going to want to get it out quickly!

Sounds like a nice ride.....and don't forget to take some colder weather clothes...it's getting into the 50's here at night so you might want to take (or buy if you don't have some) some thermal pants and shirt. They are very lightweight and the pants fit comfortably over what ever I'm wearing and the shirt fits comfortably under my leather jacket.

I also fabricated a set of highway pegs that have made a world of difference to me on longer rides because they allow me to get my feet in front of my knees....those and my seat modification along with my beads make an all day ride comfortable.

Enjoy your trip...........

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All good stuff, but I would scrap the cooler and water bottles for a camel back in your tank bag. I fill it up half way and freeze it the night before. Before leaving I fill it up the rest of the way. Cold water the whole trip and you can take a sip without even slowing down! I actually like to put some powdered Gatorade in it for the taste and electrolytes.
I also could not do a trip like that without my Ipod in the tank bag as well.
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need to charge up all my devices and will want a clean shower and so forth.
Straying a bit from the question here, but I'll also mention that I rewired my Givi E52 so that I can charge stuff in my trunk, which is awfully handy. If you're ambitious and have basic electronics skills, you might consider that.
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For a one week hotel-camping trip, you really don't have to be too picky on what you bring. You could probably fit everything you need in your top case and still have room to spare (unless you pack like my wife).

Hmmm.. let's see... packing tips....
  • Stuff socks inside your shoes to save space.
  • Roll t-shirts rather than folding them. They will come out less wrinkled.
  • Put shoes inside plastic bags to keep everything else clean.
  • Bring a plastic bag for dirty clothes (like the sweaty shirt you wore while riding all day yesterday).
  • Put toiletries in a zip top bag to catch leaks.
  • Remember that the contents of your side bags will settle while riding. Pack heavier stuff on the bottom.
This is probably obvious, but when freezing your Camelbak, make sure the hose is elevated so you don't freeze it closed. It's kinda hard to suck water through a block of ice.
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You're getting plenty of good advice, but be safe and I have to say the those yellow Stroms really pop and look sweet.
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