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Old 23rd November 2018, 12:48 PM
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Howye lads, trying to do up a list of essentials for a long distance journey Im gonna take in June. What are the essential "must bring" touring items ? I know most of the obvious ones but I would be interested to see if anyone has some good hacks or ideas, cheers
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Old 23rd November 2018, 01:00 PM
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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.
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Old 23rd November 2018, 01:08 PM
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Old 23rd November 2018, 01:22 PM
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Id add cable ties, duct tape and wd40 to that list. Second pair of gloves is also a must (if your main pair get soaked). This might sound like a strange one but sheets of newspaper come in really handy for absorbing moisture from boots and gloves.
Came in really handy on a trip to Kerry a few weeks back (yes it pissed rain).
Airhawk seat cushion is also a must. You can leave it uninflated in a pannier and take it out if you got soreness in the asreular region...
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Old 23rd November 2018, 01:22 PM
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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.
One of those little mini air compressors that runs off your battery, is handy to have. At the least, carry some kind of pump. The puncture repair kit will work a lot better if you can get air into your tyre

Some sort of windup LED light is good too.
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Old 23rd November 2018, 01:32 PM
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Thought there was a good sticky on this but can't find it.
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Old 23rd November 2018, 01:49 PM
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Passport
License
Copy of the log book
Credit card with a decent balance (if possible)
Puncture repair kit (with CO2 canisters)
Really small tool roll with the most common hand tools for your bike
Cable ties
Duct tape
Torch
Disc lock and chain (if you can fit it in)
Spare set of keys
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Old 23rd November 2018, 02:21 PM
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On a more serious note an AA membership and good travel insurance could come in handy, I think I pay 20 a month for AA cover and it covers replacement vehicle and hotels if need be
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Old 23rd November 2018, 02:26 PM
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Condoms
To keep essential documents dry.., right?
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Old 23rd November 2018, 02:42 PM
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Don't forget your pants, you don't want to get on the ferry and realise your not wearing pants
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Old 23rd November 2018, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle
One of those little mini air compressors that runs off your battery, is handy to have. At the least, carry some kind of pump. The puncture repair kit will work a lot better if you can get air into your tyre

Some sort of windup LED light is good too.
The motorbike puncture repair kits cunt with little canisters of gas that will inflate your tyre enough to get you to a filling station. And all phones now have a flash light on them. In my experience the less you carry the better.
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Old 23rd November 2018, 03:26 PM
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In my experience the less you carry the better.

Most of what you bring will never be used.
Nick Sanders rode around the world numerous times with only a credit card.
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Old 23rd November 2018, 03:33 PM
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A wrist rest, best yoke I ever brought, used em for years.

https://m.gearbest.com/other-car-gad...MaAmPjEALw_wcB
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Old 23rd November 2018, 04:18 PM
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A wrist rest, best yoke I ever brought, used em for years.

https://m.gearbest.com/other-car-gad...MaAmPjEALw_wcB
I'll second that even though my reasons for using one are post-injury. Great little bit of kit. Also take a tin of chain spray (if your rothar has a chain) & take plenty disposable gloves. Ever repair a puncture at the roadside & then try to put your paws back into your gloves? Not nice
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Old 23rd November 2018, 05:23 PM
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I'll second that even though my reasons for using one are post-injury. Great little bit of kit. Also take a tin of chain spray (if your rothar has a chain) & take plenty disposable gloves. Ever repair a puncture at the roadside & then try to put your paws back into your gloves? Not nice
Yes but you can piss on em to wash em and wipe em on the grass
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Old 23rd November 2018, 05:24 PM
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Never buy gloves off me .....
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Old 23rd November 2018, 05:25 PM
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Seriously tho, if your bike has wire wheels its no harm to carry a tube. One size will often do two sizes of tyres if they are near enough.
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Cash and cards.
European breakdown telephone number.
A box of matches, just in case you need to burn the bike.
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Old 23rd November 2018, 05:47 PM
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Cash and cards.
European breakdown telephone number.
A box of matches, just in case you need to burn the bike.
Dont forget to take the number plate off first, and dispose of it.
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Originally Posted by green grass
The motorbike puncture repair kits cunt with little canisters of gas that will inflate your tyre enough to get you to a filling station. And all phones now have a flash light on them. In my experience the less you carry the better.
Good point about the flashlight on the smartphone. Unless it's pissing rain and/or your phone battery is flat (or low).

Have you ever used a CO2 canister to fill a tyre? Once it's gone, it's gone... again, it's a good point though, if you're going for a minimalist approach.

That more than half of whatever you take on a trip like this will never be used, is certainly true. Problem is, you don't know what half you won't need!

I once broke down in the middle of France, and I was very happy to have all the tools I brought. (I was also very happy it was during the daytime, it was warm, and it wasn't raining.)

But in today's modern times, you should be able to get by with some emergency phone numbers, your smartphone, and a credit card. It's kinda up to you, how much time and money you want to spend, how much space you've got, etc.
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