Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: The wilds of North Idaho
I have a cup holder on my handlebars that holds a 20 ounce water bottle. I carry two one gallon plastic Chevron oil jugs filled with gas, one in each saddlebag, wrapped in a trash bag as there are stretches out west where it might be 180 miles between gas stations. I carry a rain suit. Bring a small can of lemon pledge to wipe your windshield in case it rains.
If you find yourself getting sleepy, stop and sleep for 15 or 20 minutes. I've napped behind gas stations, under park benches, anywhere I can find. I've tried everything else- energy drinks, coffee, soda, etc. But when you get sleepy, your body is telling you it wants sleep, not caffeine. I've actually nodded off before, and it's the scariest thing in the world on a bike. A 15 minute nap can save your life.
I carry a FF helmet for severe wind and rain.
Just as a personal preference, I stay off of freeways and take secondary roads as much as I can, not because I'm afraid of them but because they're just so boring. I've taken routes on the bike I'd never have thought to take in the car.
Get some good sunscreen, SPF 50 or so. I also bought some lighter color long sleeve T shirts to keep the sun off my arms when I ride without a jacket. It's really easy to burn and not notice it on a bike. I also wear a doo rag under my helmet so I can soak it with cold water on hot days and then open the cooling vents on the helmet. It's like having AC for your head.
04 1500 Classic
Sissy bar, luggage rack,
light bar, 2" risers,
Isogrips, Fatbar crashbars,
offset hiway pegs, tank bib,
new brake pedal, throttle lock,
Cobra Lowboy Shotgun pipes,
Baron's Big Air relocated right side,
tombstone tail light,forkbag,
detachable hard leather bags,
alarm, power port, clock,
and a cool cupholder
Last edited by PatC; 08-12-2012 at 10:38 AM.