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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-03-2004, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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A little trip.

Hi all, I am just searching for a little advice here. I am planning on riding from Northern Colorado to San Francisco early this summer. I have never taken a serious trip on my bike and was looking for a few tips on how to make it as fun as possible. Any ideas would help a lot, thanks.

p.s. Any preferences on luggage out there, tank bag or saddle bags?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-08-2004, 04:58 PM
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I will bite. I have had a tank bag for 20 years, love it. I would advise a magnetic unit . I do have some saddlebags coming though since the rides are going further and I do ride with my wife on back.
You really need to build up to a big ride by taking longer and longer rides to get used to the distance and to work out any issues concerning comfort etc... Stay away from the big trucks!!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-12-2004, 01:53 PM
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I've taken dozens of road trips, some as long as 6,000 miles. Most are just 2-3 days now. But there are some things I always bring....

24 liter tank bag(Tour Master)
saddle bags(Eclipse)
air matress
sleeping bag
cell phone
rain gear
clean rags and bottle of water(to clean your faceshield)
telescoping fishing rod
walkman radio/tape player
tire repair kit
throttle lock(oh yea)
oil change and fresh tires(depends on how far you plan on going)
2-3 days of clothes(I usually hit a hotel every 3-4 days to take showers and do laundry)

The advice to take some shorter trips to determine what you need and
don't need is spot on.

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Other than the obvious, I would highly recommend cruise control of some kind or a throttle rocker. I went from Detroit to New York City and back with neither. My arm was sore for two weeks after I got back.

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