I’ve put together a list of gear that you may wish to consider for any motorcycle adventure. I carry all of these items on my Montana and Europe bikes. I hope this list may help you in some small way :)
These X-Grip Claws are indispensable tools for your adventure or street motorcycle. Clamp them onto any available surface and pop in your phone. Super strong and you won’t have to worry about your phone coming out.
Awesome small and packable camp chair that won’t break the budget. Much better than a dirty tree stump at night after a long day on the bike.
Those $600 jackets are really nice, but you can get by for much less and still have a great jacket. I like this one so much, I have 3 of them. They’re waterproof and offer lots of CE protection. Plenty of zippers for ventilation. I toss the liners and wear a REI packable down jacket underneath. An awesome value for $200.
For the price (around $250), these Scorpion modular helmets are very nice. They have a built-in sun visor, too.
Portable Clothes Washer
I travel pretty light on my moto trips. Besides my riding gear, I pack 3 pairs of boxer shorts, 3 pairs of socks and 3 t-shirts. Every 3 days, I break out my Scrubba and wash them for a few minutes, then hang dry them over the bike if I’m camping, or in the hotel room. This thing is really cool… not cheap, but very effective!
These awesome shoes are super lightweight, packable, comfortable and look pretty good. They don’t take up much space, so you can stick them in a bag easily, and they’re good enough for some light walking and even to wear in the water. Bonus: they have a hidden pocket in them to stash your money and credit cards!
Listening to a little music at the end of a long day on the road is a great way to unwind. This little portable Bluetooth speaker sounds pretty good, and is dirt cheap to boot. I have a couple of them and won’t ride without one.
Inexpensive Dry Bag
These are so inexpensive (about $20), that you may want a few. The 30L size is perfect for keeping your 2 man tent, and pillow out of the rain. Available in larger sizes, too, for adding sleeping pads, sleeping bags, etc.
Essential Tie Down Straps
I find these to be completely indispensable. I usually have a backpack or dry sack on the back of my bike, so keeping those things tied down securely is very important. These are the defacto, #1 best tie straps you can buy. They’re stretchy so they can accommodate a wide variety of shapes and sizes to tie down. I always have 2 pairs with me whenever I’m riding.
Waterproof USB Charger
We all have smartphones these days, so naturally we need some way to charge them while riding. I tried one of these on my KLR650 during a ride to Alaska this past summer and was blown away by how nicely it worked, and how cheap it was. I rode for 10 days in the rain and never had any water issues. Installation is super easy, too. It gives you 2 USB ports, and a cigarette lighter port, so you can plug in your air compressor or heated vest.
Every motorcyclist should be prepared for a flat tire, whether on a busy highway or out in the middle of nowhere. If you’re running tubeless tires, make sure you have a plug kit, tire spoons and this compressor. An alternative is to carry a lightweight bicycle pump.
Sure, standard steel tire irons will do the job just fine, but these are lighter and more effective. A little spendy, but they should last a lifetime.
I love these things. I mount them on the back of the bike, on top of a dry sack. They let me clip water bottles to them, stuff my lunch in there (or a wine bottle), even my gloves and sunglasses when I’m fueling.
It can happen: You leave the key on while going in to a restaurant for a bite to eat. Now your battery is dead. Push starting is next to impossible on your own, and even with a couple helpers it can be a real chore. For about $50, you can have this little marvel jump start your bike, and power up your laptop and smartphone. It only loses about 10% charge per year, so you can throw it in your panniers and forget about it until you need it. Pretty cool eh?
Do you have an adventure or dirt moto? Where to put those tools and tire levers? I found this great solution and now have them mounted on my bikes using heavy duty zipties. This thing is quite large, easy to mount just about anywhere, and has a secure, water tight cap. Its great knowing my tools are always easy to get ahold of, without having to remove my luggage and seat.
If you have one of the tool tubes we recommend above, its nice to also have a tool roll to keep your tools organized. Without a tool roll, your sockets and other small tools, fuses, etc. end up at the bottom of the tool tube, which can get a bit problematic.
These little multi-tools are indispensable for motorbike repairs and general utility throughout the day and night.
Quality earplugs are really a must when riding at anything above 40mph. I’ve found these to be very comfortable. Also, great to sleep with so you can sleep right through any large animal attack.
The only spork you’ll ever need! Super lightweight and strong, and cleans up easily.
Super compact & bright. A great addition to your headlamp.
First Aid Kit
Very compact and light. Every bike should have one of these.
When its really, really raining, you need a little something extra. Get this in an oversize, then put it on over your riding jacket, or wear it around the campsite at night. It packs up super small and light.
A comfy camp pillow sure is nice! Don’t be tempted by the blowup PVC pillows. This one is soft flannel and very comfy.
Water Filtering Bottle
I always have one of these clipped to the cargo net on the back of my bike. Its very handy for camping, but also for cities that have questionable drinking water. The filter lasts forever, so it requires no maintenance. It really is a must-have on trips long and short.
I LOVE these gloves. Light enough for summer riding, but offer great knuckle protection. Dry out quickly when wet.