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New Video Posted: How to Pack for Your Motorcycle Trip - Part 2

Posted by Eric Lange on March 10, 2011
Eric Lange
Since riding his KTM 950 Adventure down to South America in 2008 and launching RIDE Adventures in 2010, Eric now resides in Oregon for most of each year. Riding is still a regular part of his work though, in that guiding tours is a passion he'll always have, and researching new routes and regions allows RIDE Adventures to continue growing and providing reliable travel services to adventure minded riders and travelers from around the world.


Part 2 of the “How to Pack for Your Motorcycle Trip” video series is now up on YouTube, covering the first basics of what you’ll want to actually put into your luggage bag and sidecases.

If you’re short on time and just want to see the summary of this video, skip to 4:08 in the video:

  • Bring 2 bags for your trip: The 1st bag should be waterproof (like Ortlieb’s Rack Pack) and used for your daily clothing changes.  The 2nd bag is just for transporting your riding gear in the event you need to fly or not travel by riding the motorcycle
  • When you’re not using the 2nd bag, it should be lining the bottom of the waterproof bag to act as protection.  Even from inside, this will extend the life of the waterproof bag
  • Individual mini-sacks (like Outdoor Research’s Lightweight Stuff Sack) are a good way to separate your categories of clothing (socks, shirts, underwear, etc.)
  • For camping, REI’s Pillow Stuff Sack is a great way to save space acting as a pillow and clothing storage bag
  • In your sidecases, never put items like food or clothing in the same sidecase as any oils or fuels.  The food, clothing, and any textile storage bags you have for these are guaranteed to take on the taste of the fuel permanently
  • *KTM 950/990 Adventure riders can store things like spare tire tubes and other things behind the front fairings to conserve space in the sidecases

The final parts of this video series will get a bit more in-depth about the some specific tools and different items you’ll probably find quite useful on motorcycle trips.  As well, some recommendations on the type of clothing and a few items that might be considered “multi-purpose” will be mentioned in effort to help you avoid over-packing whether you’ll be riding your own bike, or a rental motorbike somewhere out there in the world!

See Part 1 of the "How to Pack for Your Motorcycle Trip" here

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