I have a Sissy Bar and luggage rack with a roll bag. I have a standard tent ( I have to repair the poles on it ) and a sleeping bag. I have a clothes roll.
Still, there are a few items that I feel that I really need before I make the almost 6,000 mile loop.
The first thing I need is a good seat. I am looking at getting the Comfort Max Gel Jumbo Seat Pad. $114.95, sheep skin cover. The AMA rider testing seemed to like it well enough. I won’t be doing any ‘high spirited riding.’
The second thing I need is some Highway Pegs – without Highway Bars. For this, I am looking at Comfort Ride Zone’s peg support. $74.99. I’ll need to find some male mount pegs to go with them, but that should not be too hard.
The third thing I need is a way to charge my cell phone while on the go. It could be a solar charger or a battery-connected usb charger for the motorcycle. If I get a Tank Bag, then there is a charger for use with a tank bag or saddle bag.
The last thing that I really, really need is a good rain suit. I think I want the blue Rev’It Pacific H20 Rainsuit. $119.99 Maybe the Frogg Toggs? I just want to stay dry. Another possibility is to spray my existing rain suit – which leaks like crazy – with the tent-waterproofing stuff. Maybe some tape along the seams to help repel water.
In addition to the things that I really must have for the trip, there are some things that I really want to have!
I kind of want to have a different sleeping arrangement. Sleeping on the ground, even with a sleeping bag, can be rough. What I would like, is an Explorer Deluxe from Hennessy Hammock.
One of the things that I want to get out of this trip is the memories. I already have a nice DSLR camera and a couple lenses. What would be great would be to have video! The Drift HD would be a great camera to capture the ride with.
Saddlebags ( check out vikingbags.com ) would be very useful on such a long trip. A sleeping pad for the tent would make it a lot more comfortable, if I don’t get a Hammock to sleep in. A Rider backrest might be nice to have on a long trip.