Safety Tip: Motorcycle Essential Items

Essential items to bring on motorcycle trip

Some common-sense preparation goes a long way toward keeping you on the road, and there are some essential items to consider bringing when going on a motorcycle road trip.

I had a member approach me at a meeting and asked what items I generally travel with on my motorcycle. I figured I would share this as a safety tip, so here are my best suggestions:

  • Microstart or another brand lithium jumpstart battery.
  • Good motorcycle tool kit. I own a Cruz Tools Kit for American bikes. It comes in a nylon pouch.
  • Electrical Tape/Duct Tape
  • Zip ties of various sizes. It’s amazing what you can use them for.
  • Spare bottles of water/beef jerky/powdered Pedialyte
  • Rain Suit
  • Spare sunglasses/clear glasses for night riding.
  • Tire gauge
  • Cell phone charging cord for lighter or 12volt outlet (If you have one on your bike)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • First Aid kit (One that includes antiseptic/painkiller for bee stings)
  • CAT Tourniquet
  • Sunblock/chapstick/eye drops
  • Microfiber towels
  • Bottle of bug remover (Purple Slice) This is generally when I’m on long distance multi-day trips.
  • LED flashlight (Preferably one that has a magnet on it) or better yet an LED headlamp you wear.
  • Bungee cords.
  • A cigarette lighter
  • Bike cover
  • Tire plug kit.

Keep in mind this is a basic list – use your best judgment when determining what you may need for your motorcycle ride. Obviously this list may change based on how far you are riding. I always carry a leather motorcycle riding jacket, chaps and winter riding gloves no matter where I go during summer months just in case weather conditions change suddenly.

Until next month, Ride Safe!