Monday, June 04, 2012

Touring Tip: Packing Your Bike Properly for Touring

Written By: RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel















 















Before going on tour, make sure your motorcycle is loaded in a safe and secure manner. Here are our top 10 “Dos” and “Don’ts” for motorcycle packing:

Do: Pack heavier items low and as close as practical to the bike’s center of gravity.        
Don’t:
Pack a lot of weight high and behind the rear axle.

Do:
Load saddlebags and soft luggage with equal weight on each side.
Don’t: Load more weight on one side of the bike than the other. 

Do: Secure everything tightly to prevent them from becoming entangled in the chain or wheels. 
Don’t:
Have any loose items flopping around in the breeze.

Do: Pack only what you definitely will need. A lighter and less bulky load is far better!
Don’t:
Pack everything you might need on the trip.

Do: Place lighter items in a tankbag and/or in a topcase.
Don’t: Place loads on your front fender or forks, which adversely affects handling.

Do: Use nylon tie-down straps that can be locked in place and won’t stretch.
Don’t: Use bungee cords to secure exposed items.

Do: Weigh items, including the riders, riding gear and luggage to make sure that Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) isn’t exceeded.
Don’t: Exceed the GVWR found in the owner’s manual.

Do: Pack smaller items that require quick access (e.g., credit cards, drivers license, maps, etc) in easy to reach locations, like a tankbag.
Don’t: Store things you might need during the day at the bottom of saddlebags
.

Do: Pack well ahead of your departure date, and do a test ride to make sure that all items are secured and the bike handles properly.
Don’t: Leave on your trip immediately after the bike is loaded.


Do: Check you load at every stop to make sure all items are still secured.
Don’t: Pack it and forget it.

Time invested in organizing your gear and packing your motorcycle properly will pay big dividends once you’re out on the road.

2 comments:

Rachel Matteson said...

Thanks for the tips. These things will come in handy in providing comfort for the biker. It should be carefully considered to prevent risks of bike accidents.
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Rachel Matteson said...

Great post. I really find it to be so useful. Riding with those packs can be so difficult because of the added weight. It is important to have knowledge on how to handle these things to prevent accidents.
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