What to take on a Motorcycle Trip?

 
 
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Over the past few years, we’ve been fine-tuning what’s been going into our bags - keeping track of what we've needed and what we could've done without. Over time, this list has become the starting point for many of our trips. As such, we thought it might be of use to others and so wanted to share it. We’re not saying this is gospel, in fact, we’d like to hope that by putting this out, those of you who have learnt any tricks will get in touch so that this kit list can continue to improve.



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If you have anything you’d like to add or think could be changed, please get in touch.

 
 
 
 

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The Motorcycle Expedition Kit List

 
 
 

Riding Gear

  1. Helmet

  2. Armoured, Waterproof Jacket

  3. Armoured Trousers

  4. Lightweight Armoured Top

  5. Windproof Sub-Layer

  6. Boots

  7. Gloves x2 (so you have a dry pair to hand)

  8. Earplugs (+ spares)

  9. Neck Baffle

  10. Waterproof Trousers

  11. Sunglasses

General Clothing

  1. Jeans

  2. Overshirt

  3. Warm Jumper

  4. T-Shirts

  5. Shorts

  6. Thermals

  7. Woollen Hat

  8. Lightweight Footwear

  9. Swim Shorts

  10. Underwear

  11. Socks

 
 
 

Tool Roll

  1. Breakdown Cover

  2. Spanners

  3. Screwdrivers

  4. Allen Keys

  5. Long Nose Pliers

  6. Mole Grips

  7. Cable Ties

  8. Chain Oil

  9. Engine Oil

  10. Small Can of WD40 (or other water repellant)

  11. Tyre Levers

  12. Spare Inner Tubes + Repair Kit or Tubeless Repair Kit

  13. Spoke Key

  14. Quicksteel (for cracked sump)

  15. Clutch + Break Leavers (in case you drop the bike)

  16. Spare Clutch + Throttle Cables

  17. Cable Repair Kit

  18. Lenth of Hose (for syphoning fuel)

  19. Superglue (for fuel leaks)

  20. Electrical Tape

  21. Spare Bulbs

  22. 2ft of Electrical Wire

  23. Spare Fuses

  24. Electrical Connectors

Kitchen

  1. Camp Stove

  2. Fuel

  3. Lighter / Fire Steel

  4. Pans

  5. Plates

  6. Mugs

  7. Cutlery

  8. Sharp Knife

  9. Water Bottle

  10. Chopping Board

  11. Peeler

  12. Can Opener

  13. Bottle Opener

  14. Small Sieve (to filter coffee)

  15. Oil

  16. Salt

  17. Pepper

  18. Dried Herbs

  19. Washing-up Liquid

  20. Scrubber

  21. Tea Towels

 
 
 

WASHBAG

  1. Shampoo

  2. Pine Tar Soap (helps relieve insect bites)

  3. Toothbrush + Paste

  4. Deodorant

  5. Mosquito Spray

  6. Suncream

  7. Pain Killers

  8. Pain Relief Gel (for aching neck / back)

  9. Basic FirstAid Kit

  10. Nail Scissors

  11. Travel Wash

  12. Needle + Thread

CAMP

  1. Tent

  2. Pillow

  3. Sleeping Bag

  4. Roll Mat

  5. Camp Chair

  6. Bush Knife

  7. Paracord

  8. Compass

  9. Luggage Straps

  10. Microfibre Towel

  11. Bike Lock

  12. Hip Flask for Whiskey

 
 
 

DOCUMENTS

  1. Passport

  2. Maps

  3. Map Case (+ net to strap to tank)

  4. Cash

  5. Driving Licence

  6. E111 Card

  7. Spare Bank Card (stored separately from wallet)

  8. Travel Insurance Detail

  9. Visas (if needed)

ELECTRICS

  1. Phone + Charger

  2. Camera + Charger

  3. Spare Camera Battery

  4. Spare Memory Cards

  5. Headphones

  6. 12v USB Power Adaptor

  7. Headtorch

  8. Electric Lantern

  9. Spare Batteries

 
 
 

 
 
 

This kit list is a starting point – you will need to measure your plans against what you pack. If you don’t think you'll camp, you won’t need a tent. Consider how long you’ll be away, the distances you’ll cover, how remote you will be and the climates you'll encounter.

The tools we’ve listed will get you out of most situations but, only if you know how to use them. Before setting off, it’s worth understanding the sorts of terrain you’ll pass through and how they will affect your bike. An evening or two spent mastering the basics at home will pay dividends by the roadside.

For those less mechanically minded - don't let a lack of knowledge stop you carrying a tool roll. If you break down and don’t know how to fix a problem, someone you meet might. Having the right spanner to hand will make this a lot easier. Nearly everyone who’s been on a motorcycle trip has a story of how someone helped them out of a tricky spot. Were all in it together and that’s the way it should be.

 

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