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  • Inspect your motorcycle.
    • Make sure both tires are properly inflated.
    • If suspect a tire will not last long enough for a ride, have it replaced.
    • Check if your cables (clutch and brakes) and controls intact and working.
    • Make sure your headlights (high & low beam), turn signals, and brake lights work.
    • Check everything from engine oil and coolant to brake fluid.
    • Ensure that the frame, suspension, chain, and fasteners are all secure and intact.
    • Make sure the center stand and/or side stand isn’t cracked or bent, and that springs properly hold the assembly away from the pavement when stowed.
    • Check if shocks and fork springs and fork seals are in good condition.
  • Motorcycle Equipment to Take
    • BMW Tool kit and BMW or VDO tire gauge: use it every day.
    • Extra wrenches and pliers (optional).
    • Duct tape & electric tape (partial rolls take less space).
    • Wire, hose clamps, fuses, silicone seal, misc nuts & bolts.
    • Bulb kit (BMW) or spare front, taillight & turn signal bulb.
    • Spare spark plugs (also points and condenser for pre-’81 twins).
    • Spare fuel filter (for K models only).
    • Spare float bowl gaskets or carb rebuild kit (for twins only).
    • Spare clutch cable (optional-inspect or change before leaving).
    • Shop rag and handiwipes.
    • Cargo straps & bungee cables.
    • BMW tire repair kit.
  • Clothes and Soft Goods to Take
    • Cash and credit card, auto club card if you have one.
    • Current dealer list, insurance and registration cards, driver’s license.
    • First Aid kit.
    • Several sets of earplugs for less fatigue.
    • Sunglasses, extra visor, visor cleaner and rag.
    • Sunscreen (For nose and arms, especially), aspirin, vitamins, bug repellent antihistamines it you suffer from allergies.
    • Swimsuit.
    • Towel (the"packable" travel towels take a lot less space), washcloth.
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries, toilet paper, soap & shampoo.
    • Shoes & extra socks.
    • Underwear, T-shirts (not too many–you can wash them).
    • Sweatshirt, heavy wool shirt or sweater for warmth (or electric vest).
    • Polartec or similar fabric vest, jacket, pants (excellent under a riding suit).
    • Silk or polyester balaclava.
    • Rain suit (not necessary if you have Gore?Tex suit).
    • Rain mitts and rain boots/boot covers.
    • Various gloves appropriate for the ranges of weather expected.
    • Extra stuff sacks for organizing your gear.
    • Light reading book, guidebooks.
    • Maps and information about points of interest along your route.
  • Camping Gear
    • Tent – as small and light as possible.
    • Tarp or ground cloth option.
    • Sleeping pad.
    • Inflatable pillow (optional but nice).
    • Sleeping bag.
    • Water bottle.
    • Small flashlight and extra batteries.
    • Extra candles and matches or lighter.

Motorcycle Trip Checklist
  Fae Graham

on January 1, 2012

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