Raise your hand if you've been on a motorbike tour, and you've been caught short because you're missing one necessary item. Granted, motorbike holidays are more about the adventure than the creature comforts, but even Bear Grylls remembers to pack his spork.
So, if you're touring, going for a weekend camping trip, or stopping overnight on a long journey, here’s a handy list of extra things to pack. After all, you can't just go and buy any bike and expect that to be enough! For a list of basic items to keep in your panniers, go to our previous article. And of course, if you’ll be staying in a hotel, hostel, or biker's retreat, don’t bother with the cooking equipment and food.
If by some miracle you still have room, use it to store a bedroll. This thin, rolled-up sheet of foam will be a barrier between the hard ground and your back. Even a Honda Goldwing backrest won't save you after a night on twigs and pebbles.
Some bikes are better than others for frequent long journeys. If your looking to sell your old one for cash towards a more suitable model, have a browse of the rest of our site and find out if we really do buy any bike!
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