Gear and Supplies
Let’s break down my gear. Here is the bike fully loaded. Click on a photo to open in a new window.
Accessories from left to right:
1) Tank Bag by Bags Connection
2) Camelback Water Pack
(wraps around the tank bag so I can drink while I ride)
3) Sea to Summit Waterproof Bag
4) Camouflage Tarp
(with contents folded within)
5) Tent Back
(clips to Speedpack)
6) Speedpack by Bags Connection
7) Airhawk Inflatable Seat
The tank bag has an easy to read, clear map pocket. The uppermost pocket is where I keep my Canon S95 so I have quick and easy access to it.
The read pouch contains some earphones
Anti itch medication (damn mosquitos)
Air pressure gauge
Pens and a highlighter
DEET bug spray
Extra zipper pulls
Canon 60D in a soft case and accessories
Bag of earplugs
Playing cards (got em free in Reno)
Extra belt 1″
Brunton rechargeable battery
Two extension cords
Contents of the Sea to Summit bag:
iGo (AA charger)
Battery charger (S95)
Battery charger (60D)
Plug for laptop
FM transmitter (for ipod)
Transfer wire for cameras
Camelback Hydration Waist Pack
The Camelback can be seen in the photo with the tank bag. It holds 1.5 liters of water. In the extra pocket I keep my house keys, some AAA batteries and loose change.
Airhawk Inflatable Seat Cushion
It makes all the difference for the long ride.
Speedpack by Bags Connection
Attached to the bag you see a couple extra bungees, some of those giant paper clips which I use for hanging stuff or as a clamp and some loose feathers I found on the way.
Right Side Compartment
2 cans of soup
1 can of tuna
1 bag of almonds
1 of 2 Kitchen Sink bowls
Can of bug spray
Can of chain lube spray
1 waterproof see thru camera bag
1 small umbrella
A blue Sea to Summit bag that contains:
A small lantern
Swiss Army Knife
Go Pro Camera
Left Side Compartment
Biodegradable camp soap
2 of 2 Kitchen Sinks
A toothbrush for oiling chain
Battle of water from Triumph
Peanut butter and jelly packets
At any given time I would stuff either pocket with food or drink.
5 that turned into 4 pair of socks
5 pair of underwear
2 pair of pants
2 short sleeve shirts
2 long sleeve shirts
A Pashima blanket
1 Camp towel
I large see to Summit Bag (in case)
2 Platypus water containers (a one liter and a four liter)
Pair of running shoes
Toiletries bag (contents are to each his own)
2 Road Atlases (small one for tearing out and placing on the tank bag)
Hammock with straps
1 Cocoon sleeping bag
1 Cocoon pillow
1 sleeping bag
A water resistant bag containing the following:
Collapsable plate, saucer and cup.
My old Boy Scout fork, knife and spoon set
1 pot and saucer
1 scrubby sponge to clean with
Eureka Backcountry tent
REI sleeping pad
Big Boy Saw
2 plastic table cloths
(in a separate waterproof bag is a tripod)
Sea to Summit Waterproof Bag
I fleece jacket
1 fleece pants
I rain pants
1 rain jacket
Rubber kitchen gloves
Waterproof gloves with liners (Once your hands are damp, forget about it!)
Folded into the camouflage tarp
1 small foldable cooler
1 plastic table cloth
Rain cover for tank bag
Towel and swim trunks when damp
Basically, with motorcycle gear, you get what you pay for. If you want something tough that is going to last, chances are it’s going to cost you.
I couldn’t find any reviews for the bag (now there is one). I bought it on faith and it was the right decision. You can read my review on the link above. I also got the attaching tent bag. I have taken this bag for 3 cross county trips and a number of week long trips so far. It’s a good tough bag. It is just starting to show some wear. I dropped it fully loaded and busted a seam on the lower bags. Other than that and some faded color the bag stands strong.
Twisted Throttle doesn’t have a retail store, but they are very friendly and easy to correspond with. They will allow visits to their warehouse in Peacedale, RI, by appointment. The website has a very convenient navigational tool. You can search their inventory by creating a menu specifically focused to your bike. Excellent!
I also got my stemnut clock from them.
The gloves I wear are the Held Steve Gloves. Very comfortable. Tough. I am now on my second pair.
Good rain gear is essential. I finally got a pair of good waterproof gloves. I have tried many things in the past with little success, (rubber gloves, those two finger mitts, SealSkins). The TEKNIC Thunder Waterproof Gloves held up well on my last cross country trip. They are a bit warm in hot weather and will make your hand sweat, but they will keep your hands dry. I have worn them in cool weather too and they keep my hands comfortable.
The boots I have been using for my last two cross country trips are the Tour Master Solution Waterproof Road Boots. They have held up well and still keep my feet dry. The soles are starting to wear out in the heel but they have traveled about 25,00 miles with a lot of walking around as well.
The Airhawk Seat Cushion
While visiting Devil’s Tower in 2008 I spoke to a guy on a BMW in the parking lot. He had just been to the BMW rally in Gillette and he bought an Airhawk cushion. He was singing it’s praises. So I got one for my journey in 2009. It’s pricey but man it does make a difference on those long days. I use it as a camping pillow as well. I don’t know if you can find bargains, but HERE is where I got mine.
Bobster Wrap Around Goggles
Click Here to see them @ Motorcycle Supertsore
I find most goggle pinch me and hurt after a long day of riding. These are the most comfortable goggles around my nose I have worn. I can wear them all day! I rip through goggles and these have been pretty tough. They are lightweight, so careful leaving them lying in the wind because they blow away and scratch easily, but with care they will last. I picked up a couple extra pair with mirrored lenses at Sturgis this summer.
2012 I have a new tent. I am now using the eureka backcountry 2 and I am very pleased. I like that it sets up quickly and can be free standing. It also is roomier inside yet packs up smaller than the Flashlight 2.
The tent I used held up and traveled well. I slept through some all night rains in the Washington forests. Stayed dry. I also was using the footprint, sold separately. There is not a lot of space to maneuver inside, but there is plenty of room for sleeping and sitting up. And room for extra gear.
Primus Gravity MF (Multi Fuel) Camp Stove
This stove comes with attachments to burn nearly any type of fuel. I don’t even carry the attachments just a couple small fuel containers. I use it more for getting a quick fire going than anything else. It’s simple and tough.
Silky BIGBOY Saw
A valuable camping tool has been the Bigboy saw. It easily packs in my tent bag. This saw cuts through wood with ease. I have shared it with people at campsites who are struggling with hatchets. They are always thankful.
The Kitchen Sink
The Kitchen Sink is a great piece of equipment. I carry two 10 liter buckets with me. For primitive camping it’s a must. Makes it easy to visit a stream and get some water for washing or putting out a fire.
Platypus Water Tank
To carry extra drinking water I bring a 4 liter Platypus Water Tank. These are real durable and collapse to a small rolled up spool.
iGo® powerXtender™ Battery Operated Charger
This is a handy tool for charging a phone or ipod with two AA batteries. You can get the iGo at Radio Shack. They have adapter tips for a variety of devices.
From older posts in GEAR:
Well first there is the bike.
The bike until just before Memorial Day 2009 was a 2007 Triumph Bonneville. I rode her for almost 18,000 miles. Then I came home that Friday afternoon and saw an empty parking spot where my bike had been. It was stolen. The guy who stole it had just gotten out of prison the day before. He stole my Bonnie, rode to Jersey, wrecked it, and was arrested in his hospital bed.
When I ordered the bike, the dealer added a tachometer, gators, a saddlebag frame and bags. I never used the bags, but the frame was great for attaching bungees. Then I added a stem clock, longer seat bolts, a locking gas cap, and the fly screen
Since then I have been riding a 2009 Triumph Bonnevile T100.
I don’t remember what site I got my tank bag from. But it is a Nelson-Rigg Expandable Tank Bag. It comes with a rain cover that goes on fast. The rain cover served as a nice pouch for putting things in around the campsite as well. The foam bottom tore a bit, but this bag worked well. Here it is on 2 sites I found. (1, 2). I switched to a different bag. The Nelson Rigg was a little too big for a tank bag. The Bags-Connection “Sport” Tank Bag still opens up for lots of space, but it hugs the tanks much better. I use the strap version although they make a magnetic version.