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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2014, 05:17:03 am »


...Get the book.......Flat Roads & Twisties....by Ben Fourie......sorted.. ;)
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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2014, 08:37:49 am »
Start with nothing and learn by experience.
If i had to explain you would not understand anyway......
 

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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #22 on: September 30, 2014, 08:42:11 am »
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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2014, 08:44:52 am »
Start with nothing and learn by experience.

The best way to find out what works for you  :thumleft:

Start with short rides, develop your own kit list as you go along.
 

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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2014, 10:16:41 am »
Bike, time and money.  99% of the must have are never used.  Tire repair kit is the only thing I always have and have never used - touch wood.
If you want to haul ass, you gotta mix gas.
 

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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2014, 10:18:55 am »
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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2014, 10:56:31 am »
If you want to haul ass, you gotta mix gas.
 

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Re: Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2014, 11:02:59 am »
Niice! Dankie julle legends.

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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2014, 11:03:28 am »
True to form the only time I've ever gone for a ride without all the tools to repair a puncture was the only time I've ever got one.
 

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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #29 on: October 01, 2014, 01:57:03 pm »
Just before you hit the road stop for a couble of boxes of Blackstone Cherry cigars and a bottle or 2 Johhny Walker  ;D :thumleft:
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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #30 on: October 01, 2014, 03:44:47 pm »
As above. Don't forget water and sun hat! I take a GPS on most rides...I've been lost before, with my e-trex and 62s lying at home...not fun, especially when its getting late in the PM! After that I vowed to always take one with, even if I don't use it
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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #31 on: October 03, 2014, 01:38:09 pm »
It's better to do a few trips with a few buddies and learn in a group and then go solo.
A satellite phone is always a good accessory.
 
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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2014, 08:21:36 pm »
It's better to do a few trips with a few buddies and learn in a group and then go solo.
A satellite phone is always a good accessory.
 
+1 !.... especially if you're going into poor reception areas. Also let someone know of your intended route and aproximate ETA., if going solo.
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Re: Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #33 on: October 14, 2014, 09:07:51 pm »
Thanks guys. These are great tips.

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Re: Need to haves before doing a ride
« Reply #34 on: October 15, 2014, 09:38:25 am »
Everyone is different so everyone may not need the same stuff. What works for me may not work for you or someone else.

Ok having said that, there are now still many variable's that one may need considering.  For me the first thing you need is the correct state of mind, you must KNOW that you can.  Preparation is also very important, and by this I do not mean send bike in for a service and check before you leave (this is also a good idea, if you do not maintain your bike yourself). By riding you learn more about your bike every km, because every ride is different. Know your bike, learn the weakness and learn how to solve them (either permanently by "modifying" or how to "fix" it on the road.

Once you are confidant in this you shall have a fair idea of what you need for the bike, oh and I never travel without my full puncture repair kit (this includes 2 spare tubes).

As far as clothing, food, and camping equipment goes again we all differ, I always bring a small gas stove, my espresso pot, coffee, a pot (varkpan) some emergency food in the form of pasta and sauce,  my braai grid and a tin or 2 of fish or whatever and some dry biscuits.   

Now if I were to be riding for days in isolation, ( I find this difficult as with my bike needs fuel) I would pack different. 

Then I also prefer to shower (or at least wash) every night and sleep well, so I do pack a tent, sleeping bag, mattress, pillow, and 3 changes of clothes. Some are very happy to go without these.


Ok in a nutshell you need to find out what works for you.
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