Gear And Equipment For Motorcycle Touring

Riding your bike around town is one thing…spending hours on end on the motorcycle and traveling hundreds of miles is a whole different endeavor.

Below are recommendations for gear and equipment that can help make your trip safer and more enjoyable!

For added comfort for those long rides, you can replace your standard seat with a motorcycle seat that’s specifically designed for touring (e.g. a seat that’s wider and has better ergonomic design). You can also add an air cushion, gel cushion, foam cushion, sheepskin cover, or beaded cover to your seat.

Depending on the length of your motorcycle tour, you might need to add saddlebags/panniers, tank bags, a tail bag or top box, and/or roll bags for all of your stuff. Make sure that everything’s secure and waterproof.

Touring Helmet
For touring, you’ll want a motorcycle helmet that has a full-face design and adequate ventilation. An integrated communication system and a removal, washable liner are bonuses! A snug adjustable fit on your helmet can help minimize noise and wind turbulence. And if you really want to go all out, you can spring for a smart helmet that has a built-in heads-up display, rearview camera, GPS navigation, and voice-controlled interface.

Emergency Motorcycle Kit
Prepare for breakdowns or emergencies by packing or purchasing an emergency motorcycle kit that contains: basic tools, a puncture repair kit and small air compressor or pump, spare fuses, and bulbs.

Communication System
A good motorcycle communication system can enable you to easily communicate with your passenger and other riders in your group. Many communication systems include: Bluetooth connectivity, noise-cancelling technology, GPS integration, and music streaming capabilities.

Hydration System
A hydration system (such as a Camelback) can help quench your thirst throughout the day, and some motorcycle hydration packs even have built-in back protectors.

GoPro Camera
With a GoPro camera (attached to your helmet, chest, or bike), you can capture and memorialize your ride.

GPS Navigation System
A rugged, weather-resistant GPS is a must-have on a motorcycle tour. Look for some or all of these features in a GPS system: large easy-to-read screen, long battery life, turn by turn directions, real-time traffic updates, pre-loaded maps, and the ability to plan routes that prioritize scenic or twisty roads..

Carry a portable charger for your devices and a power bank to keep them charged.

Motorcycle Cover
A durable, waterproof motorcycle cover can protect your bike from weather, dust, and debris.

Security Lock
A disc lock and/or a security chain can help deter theft, or at least slow down the thieves.

Alarm System
If you want to increase security, invest in an alarm system. Today’s motorcycle alarm systems can do far more than just make loud noises. Features include: remote start and stop of the engine, proximity sensors, motion sensors, integrated GPS tracking of the bike’s location, notifications, and more.

Spare Key Or Fob
Carry a spare key or fob that you can use if your other one gets lost, broken or stolen.

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