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What do you carry on the bike?

2004-08-10 , ,

I subscribe to several motorcycle related email lists and periodically the topic of what to
carry on a ride comes up. Aside from the pocket knife, cellphone and pager that I
always carry. I probably bring more than most people because a) I ride an old machine and b) I split it between tankbag and toolkit.


  • EZ-Pass
  • coins, a few dollars worth.
  • extra ear plugs
  • SPF-30 sunblock
  • road maps, usually two or more states
  • bundle of small zip ties
  • bundle of large zip ties
  • CO2 inflater
  • extra CO2 cartridge
  • flashlight, plastic using AA batteries
  • (2) AA batteries
  • butane lighter
  • bungee cords
  • electronic tire gauge
  • adjustable wrench
  • ibuprofen or tylenol
  • non-drowsy decongestant
  • eye drops
  • reflective vest
  • spare headlamp bulb
  • alcohol handwipes
  • mylar “space blanket”
  • (2) chemical heat packs
  • clean rags


  • replacement fuses
  • headlamp bulb
  • auxiliary bulb
  • spark plug spare
  • home-made continuity tester using an extra auxiliary bulb and alligator clips
  • vise grips
  • pliers
  • large adjustable wrench
  • set of metric combination wrenches
  • assortment of metric and SAE combination wrenches
  • multi-tip screwdriver
  • black electrical tape, 1 roll
  • duct tape, half roll
  • three feet of clear plastic siphon tubing (“Jersey Credit Card”)
  • chain lube
  • WD-40
  • Honda spray cleaner
  • quart of 10w30 oil
  • canteen of water
  • three dollars in quarters in a film cannister
  • rags
  • dobie bag (scrubbing sponge)
  • bungee net
  • bungee cords

I have to get or replace a few things: tire repair kit, safety or sun glasses, a spare clear visor for helmet, some go-joe hand cleaner packets, bandaids, a sparkplug socket, a ratchet.


Comments [1]

2004-08-17 12:13 , Ross

JB Weld! I must remember to carry that.

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