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Hello everybody,

I'm planning a very long trip on my '03 Z1000 and i've been doing a lot of research for it before i embark on such a journey.

I'm posting this just so that i can gather some advice and info that could potentially help me along the way and prepare me a little better for it.

I've taken this bike on several 6-8 hour long rides on the weekends and i've felt very comfortable during the ride and afterwards. No soreness, back pain, etc., so i'm confident that this should not be an issue.

The total ride will be approximately 4,400 miles long and will span over 19 days total, with an extra 5 days in my agenda to account for unexpected setbacks or to try to catch up in case i fall behind. I only have a couple of long rides of about 350 miles in a day, but the rest vary anywhere between 150 and 250 miles per day. Also keep in mind that there are several places where i will be stopping and spending a day or two without having to ride the bike.

According to most articles i've read all over the internet, this seems very feasible.

Here are some of the most important things i will be considering:

1. Lodging

I will not be camping anywhere, but rather staying in hotels and/or motels along the way.

2. Gear

Aside from all the basic gear i will be packing, i've chosen to take a rain suit with me, even though i will choose not to ride in the rain unless it is absolutely necessary.

3. Anti-Theft device and bike cover.

I already have a tracking device on the bike, but i've read that a motorcycle cover will further deter any potential thieves.

4. Motorcycle maintenance.

I plan on performing a full maintenance check on the bike a few weeks before heading out, including new rubber, oil, etc.

5. Map.

I plan on bringing a reliable map with me in the event that my smart phone does not work.

6. Tool Kit.

I will be bringing a very well put together but small tool kit to try to get myself out of a jam when disaster strikes.

7. Roadside assistance.

I plan on signing up for roadside assistance.

8. First aid kit.

I plan on bringing a basic first aid kit.

9. Dog tags.

I will be riding solo, so i've read that getting some dog tags made with some information about myself and an emergency contact is a good idea.

10. Spare key.

I've read several articles about bringing a spare key, so i will plan on doing so.

11. Hydration system.

I will be riding in the summer, and will be going through Arizona and Nevada at some point for a day or two in the schedule, therefore i plan on wearing a hydration system during those times.

I plan on packing very little. I've been told a backpack would make my life miserable, therefore i will be packing only a small tail bag that i will be strapping to the top of the passenger seat and that's it. An extra pair of jeans, some underwear, the small tool kit, basic toiletries, few layers of clothing, etc. Basically if i can get it elsewhere or at any of my stops, and it's not an emergency item/tool, then i'm not carrying it with me. I'm fine with doing laundry every few days or so.

These are basically some of the most critical things i've learned from reading what has felt like an infinity of articles about people who have done long trips on two wheels.

If you guys feel like i've missed something that i should be taking into consideration, then please by all means go ahead and post it for me to see on here and i would greatly appreciate it!

Cheers!

-j
 

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I don't think I can offer any more tips but if you get into a bind in the southwest especially Arizona, you can count on this cat for help. I'm located close to i10 and i40 if you on interstate. Enjoy your trip sounds like you got a great plan.
 

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Consider some soft saddlebags. It's really nice to have the extra room. To bring more than one shirt/pants. I accidentally brought like three pairs of shorts for the 3,000 mile Michigan trip last year, and still had a bit of extra room. Stay away from the Nelson-Rigg brand, as their rain covers shredded at about 70 mph.
 

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I just skimmed over your list so forgive me if this has already been mentioned, but there was another member who went on a a long road trip and said how important it is to have an extra container of gas. He had what looked to be a liter bottle (made for fuel) bolted to the bike.
 

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A draw string backpack is nice to have. You can roll it up and stuff it under the seat, so you never know you have it, but in a pinch you can buy disposable things you only carry with you for a short period. Say for example, a couple cold sandwiches in the backpack would be nice at a scenic stop, then roll it up and stuff beneath the seat again. I actually always have one under my seat :)
 

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Roadside assistance = Tire repair kit? I got the one with a compressor from Stop & Go. Ended up using it on our 1,400 mi 3 day'r last August. Priceless.

Cortech makes a nice 24 liter tail bag for just under 100 bucks that will hold quite a bit.

BTW: -->Nice steed! Have fun!
 

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A draw string backpack is nice to have. You can roll it up and stuff it under the seat, so you never know you have it, but in a pinch you can buy disposable things you only carry with you for a short period. Say for example, a couple cold sandwiches in the backpack would be nice at a scenic stop, then roll it up and stuff beneath the seat again. I actually always have one under my seat :)
I carry one in my tank bag, and I love having it. They're great for getting groceries on the way home from work too.
 

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I carry an air pump, tire repair kit, and homemade jumper cables in my tail for just in case. I think the drawstring bag idea is really good. The weather seems to be the main thing you wanna focus on I would think.


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Those new lithium jump packs fit in a bag have 400 crank amp and can start up to 4 cars on one charge. It's as light as a smart phone (big one) and out put is USB with short jump leads with USB end but you can charge/run devices for a long time in a pinch. Battery Tender has one and is around 70 bux.
 

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You guys, thank you so much for all of the feedback!

I'm glad i posted this thread! It's time to revise my list and planning so that i'm much better prepared than i was before!

Again thanks a lot!

-j
 

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I saved these pics for my own travel plans and thought they might be useful to you. I can't remember who originally posted these or I'd give credit to them.

 
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