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Old 23rd November 2018, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by allsorts&oddjobs
Yes but you can piss on em to wash em and wipe em on the grass
Been there done that
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Old 23rd November 2018, 07:13 PM
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Been said already but I think it's important, I always bring a good amount of cash with me whenever going to a foreign country and keep it separate to your wallet/cards. I keep enough to get me a hotel, taxi, food etc. Just in case cards are stolen, or the card companies have a security breach etc it's nice to know you have a backup.
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Old 23rd November 2018, 07:31 PM
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Loads of oranges (this is a surprisingly good move) Tea bags and Pot noodle, some alan keys (stuff might come loose on the bike) a small socket set, can of chain lube and water and a little gas fire and thermals) and one of everything!!!!!!!
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Old 23rd November 2018, 07:45 PM
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Condoms are a must lads country girls love us bikers
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Old 23rd November 2018, 08:05 PM
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Decent capacity USB charge block to keep your phone and other crap topped up. Hip flask of your favourite booze to warm up on arrival. Small first aid kit (you can keep your condoms in it, plus blister plasters and paracetamol).
+1 on the alan keys. A few choice spanner sizes to deal with minor problems which otherwise might spoil your trip (e.g. mirror stem coming loose).
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Old 23rd November 2018, 08:50 PM
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Dunno why no one mentioned it yet but always give your bike a service and a thorough check over before you go, make sure your tyres have enough tread left to more than cover your intended mileage as well, also if yer yoke uses oil bring a litre for topping up, also a small cable making kit can be handy in case a throttle/clutch cable snaps, might get you to the next town.
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Old 23rd November 2018, 10:25 PM
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Baby Wipes....best thing ever!
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Old 24th November 2018, 09:19 AM
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Have a cage type cigarette charger device velcroed to the fairing of my vfr . I can run a satnav off this and I always carry a small lidl/aldi chinese compressor in the top box.
This device is a godsend and eliminates the faffing about with the air canisters, althought I wouldnt go by the pressure gauge as its way off....
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Old 25th November 2018, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by R.M
Baby Wipes....best thing ever!
Absolute priority no question.
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Old 25th November 2018, 03:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Rockster
Have a cage type cigarette charger device velcroed to the fairing of my vfr . I can run a promiscuous lady off this and I always carry a small lidl/aldi chinese compressor in the top box.
This device is a godsend and eliminates the faffing about with the air canisters, althought I wouldnt go by the pressure gauge as its way off....
Had a marine type 12v socket fitted to my Ninja awhile back, great job for keeping phone charged while on move, or for chancy young wan or anything else that needs power
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Old 25th November 2018, 05:23 AM
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USB Power pack thingy. You may not be able to charge things using 12V etc all the time, and you won't always have access to electrickery, and usually this is the time you need to use phones etc the most. They are no load. Some can be as big as a phone, others are slightly bigger than 2 AA batteries.
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Old 26th November 2018, 10:17 AM
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Recent trip to Europe and these are the bits that came in handy:

USB socket fitted to bike - meant the phone was always charged, dead handy when you want to do some roadside route adjusting or check the weather/traffic/etc.

Surgical gloves - nowt worse than putting oily hands back into your nice gloves after some roadside repairs, these will help prevent that.

USB charging block - I used it to recharge the GoPro whilst we were parked up for lunch.

Plastic bag - makes putting on yer waterproof trousers a doddle if you pop the bag over yer boots first.

Chamois cream - the stuff that cyclists use - especially effective when riding in hot weather.

Optrex eye drops - great to relax the eyes if you've been riding with open visor (due to the heat)and wearing shades.

Petrol station plastic gloves - dead handy to put on under your non waterproof gloves if it buckets down.

Various other bits like basic tool kit already mentioned - handy to have enough bits to remove fairings/seats so you can do minor repair work that doesn't need AA level roadside assist.

Most importantly, bring yer sense of wonder - drink in the views, enjoy the roads, laugh with the locals. And when things don't go quite as planned - they end up being the bits you remember the fondest!
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Old 26th November 2018, 11:47 AM
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Small strip of velcro strap, and wrap it around your brake reservoir. Use it on your front brake lever on the ferry to immobilise the bike ;-)
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Old 26th November 2018, 01:23 PM
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Default Re: Long distance essentials

Originally Posted by green grass
Drivers licence....passport....money.....credit card.
Puncture repair kit...and maybe a little Mickey mouse socket set with a couple of screw driver heads and Allen heads. Anything else you bring is just excess.
What he said + small can of chain lube and tools for adjusting if you have a chain. I always bring a few placcy bags with me as well.
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