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Post  Ironman on Mon 01 Feb 2016, 6:51 pm

g'day all. I'm planning a ride to the blue mountains bathurst lithgow sydney this year. my question is what do you take?
I mean everything, how many changes of clothes etc?
riding two up duration approx 10 days.
im hoping to have a pair of panniers to add to my existing top box and tank bag.

thanks people.

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Post  Chook on Mon 01 Feb 2016, 7:00 pm

@Ironman wrote:g'day all. I'm planning a ride to the blue mountains bathurst lithgow sydney this year. my question is what do you take?
I mean everything, how many changes of clothes etc?
riding two up duration approx 10 days.
im hoping to have a pair of panniers to add to my existing top box and tank bag.

thanks people.
when I did my last two big 2 up trips with my daughter we packed for 4 days, each days fresh change was put in a large quick grip bag with all the air squeezed out, after a long days ride, shower, change then wear them again the next day while you're riding

Laundromat every 4 day
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Re: going touring, what to take with you?

Post  Ironman on Mon 01 Feb 2016, 7:05 pm

what about regards to tools, puncture kit, first aid, gizmos etc?

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Post  madmax on Mon 01 Feb 2016, 7:30 pm

@Ironman wrote:what about regards to tools, puncture kit, first aid, gizmos etc?

I carry the standard Suzuki tool kit, a puncture repair kit a small compressor and a small can of chain lube. Anything else I will use my Total care.

I'm not turning my bike into a mobile workshop

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Post  Chook on Mon 01 Feb 2016, 7:42 pm

@Ironman wrote:what about regards to tools, puncture kit, first aid, gizmos etc?
Standard tool kit

Everything in bold goes in a small sealed plastic container
a good set of allen keys
6" shifter
cable ties
duct tape
small can of RP7

Chain lube
Can of Mr Sheen (still the best thing to clean a visor with)
I had been carrying a can of tyre repair goo, I've just replaced that with a tyre repair kit
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Post  Ironman on Mon 01 Feb 2016, 7:47 pm

nice. thanks guys. ive been searching looking for videos of rides in that region. I recently drove the putty road from singleton into sydney in the rain and fading light. I reckon that woukd be a good ride.

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Post  Chook on Mon 01 Feb 2016, 7:51 pm

@Ironman wrote:nice. thanks guys. ive been searching looking for videos of rides in that region. I recently drove the putty road from singleton into sydney in the rain and fading light. I reckon that woukd be a good ride.
Search for Bylong Valley Way, my daughter and I did it in March 2012 on our way home to Adelaide via Bathurst, best days ride I can remember, it has a bit of everything
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Post  madmax on Mon 01 Feb 2016, 7:54 pm

@Chook wrote:
@Ironman wrote:nice. thanks guys. ive been searching looking for videos of rides in that region. I recently drove the putty road from singleton into sydney in the rain and fading light. I reckon that woukd be a good ride.
Search for Bylong Valley Way, my daughter and I did it in March 2012 on our way home to Adelaide via Bathurst, best days ride I can remember, it has a bit of everything

+1 for the Bylong Valley

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Post  gus on Mon 01 Feb 2016, 7:57 pm

MY list reads

2 t-shirts
jeans
light thurmo top
2 jocks
one pair shorts
2 pair socks
Suzuki tool kit with chain lube .
PLus what your wearing when you walk out the door .
That 3\4 fills a ventura bag ,top that up with camera ,sunnies and small stuff . Not heavy tools .'


That's it for 4 weeks . I have been known to buy a $2 jumper from an op shop in TAS.
If Camping and cooking its that stuff too .
DONT OVERLOAD ,IT WILL SPOIL THE TRIP,  its a bike not a station wagon .
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Post  barry_mcki on Mon 01 Feb 2016, 8:22 pm

I always thought cable ties and duct tape would hold anything together that broke/fell off long enough for me to get to a decent workshop/spare parts store. But someone recently mentioned what if it's something that get hot, i.e. exhaust or radiator, so now added to the toolkit is a couple meters of thin gauge wire, added bonus is that it takes up virtually no space.

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Re: going touring, what to take with you?

Post  jstava on Tue 02 Feb 2016, 5:16 pm

My touring luggage is a Ventura pack and Givi panniers. I sometimes carry a canvas "roll bag" on the seat behind me.  

I like to carry a small vice grips pliers. A compressor (tried and tested - previously used and known to be reliable) in preference to cylinders to re-inflate tyres - if cylinders - carry 6 - that's only one spare - it can take 5 to inflate a rear.  Make sure you know how to use these things.  I like the idea of a small bicycle pump as a bottom line but it would be TEDIOUS inflating a motorcycle tyre with one of these, if you had to.  Try it and see.  I like carry it where I can get to it without unpacking anything else. The pocket on the Ventura pack works.  

One can economise with clothing, but I like two pairs of long pants; one pair is heavy, wool lined - good for cold, wet conditions, a couple of t-shirts, one flanno (hoodies take up too much space) Most of your clothing in terms of bulk can be worn.  A "Bogan shower" (antiperspirant/deodorant) is an essential. A pair of cheap runners is a good idea - Dunlop volleys or similar - some people just take thongs or sandals so they can get out of  their boots when stopped.  Seasonal choice.  One pair of unlined summer gloves spare.  No gloves will keep your hands dry indefinitely if it simply teems while you are covering big distances over a long time.  I find it best to just wear the summer gloves and let the heated grips keep my hands warm at least. I will get wet through if the weather is bad enough.  Weather can be bad (cold and wet) any time of year.   

Depends on the season, really.  (shorts, hat etc spare sox (only woollen) & jocks according to how long you want to wear the same ones) Small towel My clothing goes high - in the ventura pack as it is light.  Heavier things in the panniers.  3 garbage bags if a sustained rain is anticipated (liner for the pack, insurance for the sleeping bag) a drizabone and felt hat is great for when you stop for a weekend and it stays wet all weekend where you are living out of doors the whole time.   I will wear merino thermals if it is cold and/or wet.  Some people swear by silk - it is more comfy, just as warm. Either are warm when wet. 

Why wool? It doesn't stink if you get wet and/or you wear it way too long.    

I used to carry globes, but you can generally get these things at any good servo.  A few Zip lock plastic bags in a medium size are good if you need to keep a few things dry when it just howls down rain.  

I also bush walk and bicycle tour, so things like first aid kit and personal items are pruned to a very small size with a surprising range of capability.  I take the same kit when on the motorbike. 

Most of the bulk is wet weather gear, sleeping gear, cooking gear.  If I wasn't camping, it would all fit in the Ventura bag or easily on two panniers.  I like the Ventura bag only half full for purchases and often carry a string bag, or canvas roll bag,and a couple of good occy straps for what I might get that just won't fit.  sometimes I fill it, other times, it just gets carried empty - it's nice to have the reserve capacity or as a place to keep the rain gear handy, outside the main packs where the weather looks a bit threatening.   

I take NO chain maintenance stuff - I use a Pro-oiler and it's good for thousands of km without topping up or adjusting the chain.  That really makes a big difference when the distances are big.  

I'm definitely not minimalist.  Don't often stay indoors.

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Post  mtbeerwah on Tue 02 Feb 2016, 6:03 pm



I can`t help but take the kitchen sink.
This is what I took, return trip from Gladstone to Phillip Is, 4yrs this year. And this was one up, not 2, so I`m no help.

I had all the major heavy stuff(tools) in the tank bag, than second heavy on the pillion seat, and all the light stuff on the rear rack. It kept the bike well balanced.
Really...I got no advise, except to say, I was happy taking the kitchen sink.

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Kit list I used for around Oz Trip

Post  Trucktoe on Sat 06 Feb 2016, 10:53 pm

Hi
Below is the kit list I used for the trip around Australia and 7 weeks on the road which might give you some ideas. I was camping a lot so some of this stuff might be superfluous for what you need and I had to pack for a variety of summer and winter conditions as we were in the far north in summer like heat and across the bottom in the cold and wet.

I did the Bylong Way recently and it is a terrific ride and stopping at the Bylong General Store for a pie and coffee is a good break. Rylestone and Kandos are other towns on the way as well where you could stop or stay. The area up there has some nice rides and depending on the route you are taking there is also Denman, Wollombi and a more.

Thongs
Torch
Shoes
Shorts x 2
Shirt x 1
T-Shirts x 6
Jeans x 1
Socks x 4
Underpants x 7
Beanie
Thermals
Swimmers/Boardies x 1
Hat
Sunscreen
Mozzie Repelant
Jumper/Long sleeve sweatshirts
Wetpack
Towel (micro fibre)
Hydration Pack
Sleeping Bag
Tent and tent pegs
Gloves
Inner Gloves
Balaclava
Thermos
Tool Kit (standard Suzuki, mini socket set)
Puncture Kit (and mini pump)
Spare Levers
Sleeping Mat
Sleeping Bag Liner
Extension Lead and powerboard
First Aid Kit
Duct Tape
Cable Ties
Spare Batteries ((AA and AAA)
Chargers
    2 Way
    Headset
    Sena Comms
    GPS
    Micro USB
Wet Weather Gear (pants, jacket, overboots)
Side Stand Pad
Syphon

Good riding.

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Post  madmax on Sun 07 Feb 2016, 9:01 am

@Trucktoe wrote:Hi
Below is the kit list I used for the trip around Australia and 7 weeks on the road which might give you some ideas. I was camping a lot so some of this stuff might be superfluous for what you need and I had to pack for a variety of summer and winter conditions as we were in the far north in summer like heat and across the bottom in the cold and wet.

I did the Bylong Way recently and it is a terrific ride and stopping at the Bylong General Store for a pie and coffee is a good break. Rylestone and Kandos are other towns on the way as well where you could stop or stay. The area up there has some nice rides and depending on the route you are taking there is also Denman, Wollombi and a more.

Thongs
Torch
Shoes
Shorts x 2
Shirt x 1
T-Shirts x 6
Jeans x 1
Socks x 4
Underpants x 7
Beanie
Thermals
Swimmers/Boardies x 1
Hat
Sunscreen
Mozzie Repelant
Jumper/Long sleeve sweatshirts
Wetpack
Towel (micro fibre)
Hydration Pack
Sleeping Bag
Tent and tent pegs
Gloves
Inner Gloves
Balaclava
Thermos
Tool Kit (standard Suzuki, mini socket set)
Puncture Kit (and mini pump)
Spare Levers
Sleeping Mat
Sleeping Bag Liner
Extension Lead and powerboard
First Aid Kit
Duct Tape
Cable Ties
Spare Batteries ((AA and AAA)
Chargers
    2 Way
    Headset
    Sena Comms
    GPS
    Micro USB
Wet Weather Gear (pants, jacket, overboots)
Side Stand Pad
Syphon

Good riding.

Craig

that's an impressive list Smile

And yes the Bylong is one of my favourites as well........There was some brief talk about having a meet at Mudgee one year, maybe even next year. I'm sure we'll start talking about that after PI

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that's an impressive list........!!!

Post  Trucktoe on Mon 08 Feb 2016, 12:27 pm

Hi Madmax: When you say an impressive list do I hear you really saying 'Blimey that's a lot of crap to carry'!!!! Shocked Rolling Eyes Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Packing was a bit of a nightmare with so much stuff to carry.

A trip to Mudgee wine country would be great and I look forward to hearing more about it in the future.

regards

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Post  madmax on Mon 08 Feb 2016, 12:49 pm

@Trucktoe wrote:Hi Madmax: When you say an impressive list do I hear you really saying 'Blimey that's a lot of crap to carry'!!!! Shocked Rolling Eyes Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Packing was a bit of a nightmare with so much stuff to carry.

A trip to Mudgee wine country would be great and I look forward to hearing more about it in the future.

regards

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Impressive that not only did you manage to fit it all on your bike but that you thought of everything as well

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Post  madmax on Mon 08 Feb 2016, 12:51 pm

Mudgee was just one place mentioned, nothing definate yet.

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Re: going touring, what to take with you?

Post  Ulsterkiwi on Thu 11 Feb 2016, 10:47 am

most of my trips have been 3-5 days, nothing longer (yet)

For the bike I have

Suzuki toolkit
Leatherman
Cable ties
PVC tape
Indicator bulb
Headlight bulb
Puncture repair kit
Compressor

For me

Its NZ, I ALWAYS have wet weather gear even at this time of year.
Damp cloth in a ziplock and microfibre to clean my visor
One fresh T for each day
Fresh undies for each day
Spare socks
Shorts
Light fleece
Jandals
Hat
Sunnies
Camera
Wallet and phone (best repair kit available)
Video camera and mounts
Chargers
Quick dry towel
Washbag
Sleeping bag (depending on where we are staying)

Like others say, when you finish riding, clean up and change into fresh T and undies, they are your riding clothes the next day. Pizza and beer are always nicer after a shower.
I like a tank bag for the stuff you want to get at easily when you stop, camera, wallet etc.

Wife has her own bike now, she is working towards overnight trips, that is going to be interesting!

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