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    Packing Bike for Touring

    Hi all,

    I'd love to hear how you pack your bikes for touring. Do you use dry bags, panniers and top bag only, how do you pack your tent, poles etc., what style and brand of bags are good if you do use an extra one, how do you tie things down, tips on packing clothing etc. etc.

    Maybe there will be a discussion on this at the rally but I need to get there first.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Read through the Touring Tips section. Touring Tips
    Lots of good info there. Also, pack a trach bag or two along with a few zip loc bags. They come in handy!

    We pack mostly in our saddle bags. I have a tail bag that I'll take along on an extended trip and pack rain gear there.. We reserve the trunk for electronics, my purse, and anything we need easy access to.

    As this is our first year camping, we made a trial run a few weekends ago just for an over night. We packed the tent, sleeping bags, and kermit chairs strapped to the back seat. For our extended trip, we will pack the same way with Ortlieb dry bags. Your local EMS or REI store will have suitable dry bags and also ROK straps. We prefer them over regular bungies.

    Hope this helps.

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    +1 on the ROC straps! Also plan...plan..plan. Layout all the stuff you think you will need in the floor. Then go through and get rid of all you don't really need. Once you sake it all down to what needs to be packed, make a plan as to where you will pack it. This goes in this bag...that goes in here, etc. It is really a hassle to try and find something you know you packed but can't remember WHERE you packed it!

    Last, make sure it is all strapped on tight and right. Meaning make sure all your lights are unobstructed and you and your passenger if you have one are comfortable once seated on the bike.

    Make no mistake, packing for tent camping two up is a challenge but that is part of the fun. It is a process of finding out what works for you and your bike. Be safe, have and have fun with it!
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    To carry what Vance said just a bit further, set up camp in your back yard, with everything you think you'll need, clothes included. Then the next day break camp, pack the bike, and go for a ride for a few hours, returning home to a new camp. Check to see how your packing job withstood the trip. Correct as necessary.
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    A tent tip:)

    Stuff it, don't roll it up all tidy. Stuffing the tent is so much easier. Poles first in the bag, fly second and the main body of the tent last. It comes out as you need it to go up. I carry my pegs in another bag. Buy a "light" hammer/hatchet kind of driving tool for the pegs. I bought stainless steel tent pegs and they are the toughest and drive into the hardest ground without bending. These pegs hard to find, but the rally usually has a vendor with/selling them. Expensive, yes, but no more pegs needed in this lifetime. You'll buy dozens of the wimpier pegs, as you camp through the years. They are mostly junk. "Seal Line" dry bags are one of the best, Ortlieb is another through Aerostitch Rider Wearhouse, Diluth,MN.. These make a great tailpack/rearseat bag. I still use bungies, but opinions vary all over the planet on how to tie down your load on a bike. BMW Dealers usually sell the tie down straps the new BMWs come in the crate from factory secured with. They are industrial tough straps and work really well, IF you can find a BMW Dealer that will give or sell them to you. Cheap usually. I've been using mine for years and they don't wear out...Happy Trails, "Polarbear"Randy

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    Great tips everyone! Thanks so much. I intend to check out the bags at aerostich, stuff the tent and have fun doing it. We are really looking forward to the trip to the Redmond rally and from there going south to Brookings, OR then north to Menlo, WA for the WA state rally. I can hardly contain myself!
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    At 68 years of age I find that the only way for me to be comfortable on a long trip is to pull a trailer. I road out to Shady Cove, OR after this years rally to buy a Bushtec trailer listed in the Fleamarket ads. This trailer allows me to carry what I want and will let me remove the top bag from my CLC. Tools, tape, etc go in the right bag and rain gear in the left bag. By moving tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, clothing, jet boil, air pump, and other items to the trailer weight is removed from the bike and it just feels and handles better. Since I ride solo a backrest for the front seat will be purchased for longer trips. The ability to lock your trailer and leave it at a campsite along with your tent and other gear allows you to enjoy riding the backroads, visit local historic sites, and in general enjoy the local scenery. I am planning on upgrading my suspension with Ohlins and now can get the spring / shock combination that best matches my bike sans trailer and the weight I used to carry that was higher than the center of gravity and affected handling. Ride Safe

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    I found that we did OK packing but I STILL took way too much in most departments. Planning on packing even less next time and see where that gets me. (: We did use the laundry mats a few times along the road and that helps some.

    A couple of friends tow trailers and love them. They go on LONG distant trips and wouldn't go without one now.

    Can you still get Ohlins shocks for a CLC??
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    They had Ohlins shocks at the 2009 Rally in TN that would fit the CLC. There was a Vender at the 2010 Winter Rally Camp Blanding, FL that sold after market rebuildable shocks that would fit just about any bike including CLC's. As I remember his price was maybe $200 less than I was quoted for the Ohlins.
    Ride Safe

    PS: I will get his name and address if he returns to the Winter Rally this coming January and post it.

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    Rpbump ~
    Would love to have that info.
    Thanks!
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    Kelly - Check out Hyperpros from Klaus at EPM Performance Imports. www.epmperf.com His add is on page 25 of the November ON.

    I ordered mine at the TN Rally, and have enjoyed them for over a year.
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