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The Great Brexit Road Trip 2019

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Thought I'd consult the fountain of knowledge that is this forum.  

In May of this year me (a Brit expat) and 4 Swedish mates will be doing a 2 week tour from Northern Sweden to the UK, taking in SE England, the North and Scotland, with a possible quick hop over to the Isle of Man during TT practice week.

The broad strokes are to tank it down to Holland in 3 days and take a ferry over to Harwich.  Return journey 2 weeks later will be via Newcastle and a ferry back to Holland, before the long slog back up to Northern Sweden.

I have a 2015 Tracer with the original semi-hard panniers that were/are available in Europe and am thinking of adding a Kappa rack and top box (probably K48N).  Also thinking about a small tank bag.  We are planning to not book accommodation and just play it by ear, but I will also likely take a tent, sleeping bag etc.

My question to the esteemed panel is what would you consider essential to pack on a tour of this nature.  I know there are many experienced tourers among our membership and I would be grateful for a few insights.  As with all these sorts of things I'm a big believer in less is more....

CS

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6 hours ago, captainscarlet said:

I'm a big believer in less as more....

CS

That right there puts you ahead of the game. 

When traveling.

I have a  Givi XStream 20L Tail Bag that is permanently attached to a Yamaha luggage rack. A  Cortech Super 2.0 12L Tank Bag.

The Yamaha hard side cases and a  Enduristan Tornado 32L dry bag

The dry bag holds my everyday street clothes and toiletries and goes into wherever I'm staying overnight. The tank bag will have stuff I may want without getting off the bike. Advil, neck gaiter, different gloves, phone, battery pack for charging my phone, any secondary maps I might need for the day.

Tail bag will have Visor cleaner and small microfiber towel, a half roll of toilet paper, (don't laugh, it's been handier than you would think) helmet lock and cable, multi-tool, fuses, spare ear buds and usually a extra top layer. (ultralight fleece or long sleeve dry-fit t-shirt. weather dependent)    

The side cases have simple chain maintenance items. Lube, cleaner, a 27mm socket and a telescoping breaker bar and 12mm open end. (the breaker bar and 12mm have never been used on the road) A fairly thick locking Kryptonite cable, (used once or twice) a road atlas (for a larger and more convenient view of the possible routes) and maps that I won't need today but will later in the trip, a tire plug kit (never used) and a small compressor (also never used) a NOKO 1,000 amp jump starter ( it will fit under the seat if you have trimmed the plastic) with motorcycle sized battery clamps, (they don't fit under the seat) a Nelson-Rigg 1/2 motorcycle cover.  Any other space in the side cases will be filled with "spare" clothes in a stuff sack (only used once) or "incidentals" as happened on a trip, my late stepfather's ashes to be spread on a mountain near where we spread my mother's ashes 20 years before.

Only  the dry bag and tank bag come off every night. The side cases stay on and the tail bag stay on. The tail bag has a locking zipper and I put the rain cover over it. Nothing has ever happen to them. YMMV

 

 

 

 

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I would say the following bike supplies are necessary:

Puncture repair kit, First aid kit, pliers,  zip ties, duct tape, allen keys & spanners, torch, if you own 1 a portable battery pack to jump start the bike, 1 chain lube, and a good lock to lock the bike up. 

I wouldn't worry about breakdowns. You will always be close to civilisation and since you are not alone should you encounter any issues you will always have the option of leaving a broken down bike and collecting it (or required supplies) the next day.

As for clothes, you need to have waterproofs (which are also great windbreakers), and something thermal for extra heat if you feel cold. Also, make sure you have a change of clothes in case they get wet.

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39 minutes ago, fddriver2 said:

  Cortech Super 2.0 12L Tank Bag.

The Yamaha hard side cases and a  Enduristan Tornado 32L dry bag

The dry bag holds my everyday street clothes and toiletries and goes into wherever I'm staying overnight. The tank bag will have stuff I may want without getting off the bike. Advil, neck gaiter, different gloves, phone, battery pack for charging my phone, any secondary maps I might need for the day.

Tail bag will have Visor cleaner and small microfiber towel, a half roll of toilet paper, (don't laugh, it's been handier than you would think) helmet lock and cable, multi-tool, fuses, spare ear buds and usually a extra top layer. (ultralight fleece or long sleeve dry-fit t-shirt. weather dependent)    

The side cases have simple chain maintenance items. Lube, cleaner, a 27mm socket and a telescoping breaker bar and 12mm open end. (the breaker bar and 12mm have never been used on the road) A fairly thick locking Kryptonite cable, (used once or twice) a road atlas (for a larger and more convenient view of the possible routes) and maps that I won't need today but will later in the trip, a tire plug kit (never used) and a small compressor (also never used) a NOKO 1,000 amp jump starter ( it will fit under the seat if you have trimmed the plastic) with motorcycle sized battery clamps, (they don't fit under the seat) a Nelson-Rigg 1/2 motorcycle cover.  Any other space in the side cases will be filled with "spare" clothes in a stuff sack (only used once) or "incidentals" as happened on a trip, my late stepfather's ashes to be spread on a mountain near where we spread my mother's ashes 20 years before.

Thanks Fd, however do you think you could edit your post as most of the text is white and almost impossible to read.

CS

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16 minutes ago, bugie said:

I wouldn't worry about breakdowns. You will always be close to civilisation and since you are not alone should you encounter any issues you will always have the option of leaving a broken down bike and collecting it (or required supplies) the next day.

Civilisation you say.  Remember we are travelling two months after the UK has dumped itself out of the EU and into total chaos.  I'm picturing a Mad Max style environment myself....😜

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Pack less clothing than you think you'll need. I change drawers every day, but t-shirts,socks, and shorts every other. I find that those items develop a manly musk after a couple of days that keeps the local wildlife at bay. Especially when I'm camping on the side of the road.

 Also remember survival tip #13, nobody messes with the naked guy so it's good to not have much clothing on when you're off the bike. The less you're wearing the quicker you can come out of it. 

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Here's my golden rule.   Lay out on your bed everything you think you'll need.   Remove half - pack the rest.

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2 hours ago, captainscarlet said:

Thanks Fd, however do you think you could edit your post as most of the text is white and almost impossible to read.

CS

What color is your background? Shows up perfectly on the dark background.😳

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4 hours ago, captainscarlet said:

 As with all these sorts of things I'm a big believer in less as more....

"Less as more" is the reason that I don't bring chain tools. I adjust the chain before leaving home and it doesn't need adjusting again for thousands of miles. Bring chain lube. I carry a small air compressor and a tire plug kit and I have used the air compressor. I chose to air up while on the road and wait until I was home to plug a slow leak.

I like to pack a sleeping bag and pillow in a dry bag and strap it on the passenger seat. That gives me a back rest that can be useful when spending all day on the bike even if I don't intend to camp. Then I strap a tent and camping chair to the top of the dry bag.

In the top case I'll pack extra gloves and an insulated water backpack. It keeps a 2 liter bladder of water cold for hours. I also store my helmet in the top case.

In the side bags I'll pack a change of clothes, shoes, rain gear, and a small bag that contains all my toiletries (tooth brush, razor, soap). The clothes should include a few layers so that you can be ready for hot or cold temperatures. The rain gear can be thin layers that you put on over your riding jacket and pants. My soft side bags have external pockets that I use for things that others place in a tank bag: maps, phone charger, sunglasses, tour guide books.

I like to use a GPS for daily navigation, but paper maps can't be beat for planning.

Lastly, a few locks are useful for attaching your riding gear to the bike when you get off to take a walk. A short cable lock works for the helmet and a long cable lock works for the jacket and pants. You could put them in the top box if they all fit.

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