Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
8/4/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, since there are a lot of you leaving town this week for Sturgis and other parts on rides, I wanted to get the newsletter out a little early this week to give you some ideas of things to take on your trip. If you missed the newsletter last week about "How to pack for a trip", Click Here to read. This week, I am reprinting an article that I did 3 years ago as a follow up to the packing article which gives you some good suggestions on items to put in your saddle bag or t-bag to take with you. There are a lot of ideas that I have accumulated over the years and also a link to a page of rider ideas that were sent in to me.
 
As I mentioned to you a couple of weeks ago, Mrs. C. and I are 2 of the many that will be venturing out for a long ride this week. I dropped the bike off today to be shipped to Portland, OR where we will fly into on Friday morning to start our 2500 mile ride back zig-zagging our way back to Phoenix over the next 10 days. We have done this type of trip many times to save some travel days and start out in the place we want to be rather than burning 2 or 3 days getting to that place. It is a little more costly, but when it is hard to get away for an extended length of time, it really helps for utilizing the time available to the fullest in the area that you want to be riding. This year we used a company called Forward Air that shipped the bike to Portland for $484. By far the cheapest that I had found by almost $200. The only real issue is that you have to put your bike into an enclosed container that is a little tricky for a bagger.
 
Like we have done in the past, the in-laws are coming down to house sit while we are gone. I have noticed that it has become harder and harder to get them to answer the phone this time of year. I think they know what is coming by now. But they finally did and I have to give them credit and thanks for continuing to agree to do come here this time of year.
 
Thanks to all who have given me ride ideas for Oregon. If you have a town or road we should see, reply with your idea. It looks like we will start out with a little bit of the Columbia River, then down to the Cascade Lakes Byway, West Cascades Byway, McKenzie Byway and a few others including a covered bridge tour and a waterfall tour. Then we will head over to Crater Lake and Klamath Falls before dropping into Northern CA to Weed and Mt. Shasta. At this point we will head West to Eureka and do the "Lost Highway" into the Avenue of the Giants redwoods again, one of our favorite roads. Then back to Redding through the Lassen Volcanic Park to Reno, Virginia City, Tahoe and down to our favorite Sierra Nevada rides Carson Pass and Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway.
 
From there we will make our way back to the Valley the coolest way possible capping what will be around 2500 miles. I will be posting the pictures daily on the Cyclerides.com Facebook at www.facebook.com/cycleridescom . Even if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still view the updates and photos.
 
The past 2 weeks of the newsletter was timely even for me, as I was able to revisit these articles and make sure I had everything that I needed for the trip. So here are some ideas of things to pack on your trip. One new one I have added is to take an extra key fob to your bike. Let your passenger carry it or a buddy. We actually had a key fob die on us and was unable to get Mrs. C's bike started. Fortunately it was in town and we went home to get the other fob.
 
Have Fun and Ride Safe on your upcoming rides,
Barry
 
Reprinted from Cyclerides.com Newsletter 2/14/07
"Things to take on a motorcycle road trip".
 
You need some basic necessities with even a short ride, but when you are thinking about taking a long trip out in the middle of nowhere, you need to think of a lot of different scenarios to both keep you on the road and comfortable. Mrs. C. and I have a few basic creature comforts like an MP3 player, molded stereo earplugs, GPS, spider bungee, phone, basic tool kit, water, extra glasses, etc. But as I looked in my saddlebags, there really wasn't much in there, especially if there were any mechanical problems.
 
So last week I asked you to help me put together a little more comprehensive list of things to add to my list of things to take on a trip. And Wow! Did you ever bring it. There were so many good ideas that if I were to use them all, I would have to pull an Airstream behind the Road Glide just to carry it all. But it was really great to hear all of the innovative and important things to take that I hadn't really thought of. Here are a few that I found particularly interesting that I might add to my list.
 
Leatherman Tool: This was the number one recommended item by far. This is a compact all in one tool that can handle many different chores that you might need on the road. I see they now have a leatherman with vise grips. You can also use a multifunctional knife tool as well.
Baby Wipes: Travel pack size for cleaning hands after applying sunscreen, wiping dirt off of face, or even wiping off your arms and neck to cool down. Good idea.
Fix-a-Flat: Good idea to keep you on the road long enough to get to your next stop. A good compliment to this is a small plug kit in case you ran over a nail.
Slime Tire Inflator: I have one of these in my bag. Comes in a small zippered case. Handy if your tires get low on the road or if you have a flat. Comes with a small tire gauge. Throw in a small plug kit with this and you will be good to go. Can be found at some of the local bike shops including Bikers Bay.
Rain Gear: You usually don't ride in the rain on purpose, but there are always that time that you will be glad you have it. Buy the good stuff, it lasts a long time.
Cargo Net Bungees: (Sometimes called a Spider Bungee)These are the most handy things you can have in your bag. Vs. a regular bungee, this is more of a bungee net. Very handy for when you buy too much stuff on your trip and you need extra space to bring it home. Just use the spider to strap it on to your t-bag, fender or wherever you can find a spot. I have a couple in my bag. Also carry a couple of regular bungees.
Flashlight: This can be very important not only for safety, but for finding things in the bottom of a saddle bag.
Extra Keys for your bike: Now this is a good idea. Hide an extra set of keys somewhere on your bike in case you lose yours. Or even swap extra keys with who you are traveling with. Might come in real handy. Bring an extra key fob if you have one.
Maps with locations of Dealerships: No matter what type of bike you ride. This is a good idea to know where the authorized dealers are in the area that you are riding and what their phone numbers are.
Cell Phone Charger: Everyone has cell phones these days. But they are not going to do you much good if the battery is dead. Keep an extra charger in your bag at all times just in case. Even for short trips you might need it.
Tow Card or Roadside Assistance: In case of a catastrophic breakdown it is nice to have one central phone number to call that can get help to you. It might be with H.O.G., AAA or your own insurance company.
Vise Grips: A lot of people suggested this. In case something breaks, you might be able to hold it together long enough to get to a place to get it fixed.
Water: Especially for the climate around Arizona. I always keep at least 2 bottles of water in my bags. Can be a life saver in the summer.
First Aid Kit: Never know when that bee is going to fly down your jacket.
Sunscreen: No matter when or where you are riding, 30 spf sunscreen is a good idea.
Money: Stash some coins and a $20 bill somewhere on the bike. Never know when that lone vending machine would be needed for air or soda, etc.
 
In addition to those listed above, here are a few of the basic items recommended: jumper cables, bailing wire, duct tape, zipp ties, utility knife, extra sunglasses, sun block, chapstick, tool kit, chewing gum, gloves, spark plugs, cloth and cleaning supplies, earplugs, eye drops, energy food bars, electrical wire and tape, insect repellent, flashlight, oil, extra fuses for your bike, flares, headlight/taillight bulbs, band aids, pen, tire plug kit and tire pressure gauge.
 
And now for my favorite recommendation of all. Given my penchant for running low on gas, I now carry a Turkey Baster in my bag for those times that I need just a little more gas to get me to the gas station. As long as you are riding with someone who is better at gas management than you are, 4 or 5 turkey basters full of gas will get you back on the road. A siphon hose is also a good idea.
 
Here is a funny story that a rider sent to me about what not to use:
As we were traveling south from Flagstaff  to PHX. last summer on my Springer. We pulled over and bought two cheap plastic ponchos cause we saw rain squalls south of us . We put them on and continued. Cruising in light rain about 60 mph my poncho blew up and over my head . For what seemed like forever as I was driving blind. We were lucky we didnít drive off the highway. You get what you pay for.  Cheap ponchos should never be used.
 
There were so many good suggestions for all aspects of riding that I didn't want them to go to waste, so I listed some in a page for you to read for yourself in the riders own words. Some of these are extremely thorough and well thought out. One person even has a checklist. That is way more organized than me. I am usually running around the garage the night before trying to figure out what I am forgetting.
 
Click Here for the full list of the rider suggestions. A good read for ideas of all kinds.
 

 
This Week
 
Clarification:
Chester's Motorcycles on Main Street. This event is not scheduled for this month. It will resume the first Friday in September and will continue for the rest of the year on the first Friday of each month.
 
Next Week
 
August 9th - 15th
70th Anniversary of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. I think everyone is familiar with the Sturgis Rally. If you would like to see what is going on during the event, or even now, check out the Sturgis web cams. There are plenty of choices to choose from on this page. For those of you that are going, ride safe and enjoy.
 
Upcoming Rides
 
October 8-10, 2010
Thunder Mountain Ride. PUT THIS ONE ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW!
There are rides or events that come along every now and then that really get me excited and that includes the upcoming Thunder Mountain Ride Motorcycle Rally in Payson, AZ. Not only is Payson Arizona a beautiful place to have a motorcycle event, it is also the perfect time of year for it. But they are really making it huge by giving away 13 motorcycles to those who attend. Not to mention live music daily including high profile acts like Mogollon and rides through and around the rim.  I will be talking more about this event over the next several weeks. But for now I would like to direct you to the excellent video that they have done for this ride that will definitely get you excited about it. Event is sponsored by Native Air, City of Payson, North Country HealthCare, Outback Steakhouse and Budweiser.
Click Here to View Video and for more information.  Stay tuned for weekly updates for this event.
 
Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2500 FANS!
Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!
 
Commercials are always pushing the envelope to get your attention. This barber shop ad is one of the best attention getting commercials I have ever seen.  Click Here to View.
 
I'm not sure how to comment on this one. Either the guy made a huge mistake, or has some large cajones.  Click Here to View.
 
Video of the Week: Football season is right around the corner. Here is a compilation of reasons why some Women don't like football season. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
 
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
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