things I learned from my first week-long motorcycle tour…

(a) everything takes longer with four people
(b) make sure people are paying attention when you propose meetup-points
(c) I need a more comfy seat for the bike
(d) don’t eat the fish taco’s at “El Fenix” unless you already have food poisoning (two of our group got sick, I didn’t because I was still recovering from food poisoning)


4th of Juplaya packing list…

I’m thinking of heading off to the playa on the bike for the weekend with a couple other ranger friends…

I just ordered a butt pad for the seat, throttle locks, and a new rack for a top-case, all things I could have used for the Mexico trip… but they won’t be here in time for this next trip. 800 miles on the bike for a couple of days in the dust… why am I even considering this?

proposed packing list:

  • water, 2gal/day (Jezz & Jess bringing up)
  • dehydrated food in a bag / MREs
  • energy bars
  • trail mix
  • tent + footprint
  • sleeping bag
  • tiny sleeping bag pad
  • 1 pair army pants
  • 2-3 t-shirts
  • 3-4 shorts
  • 4-6 pair socks
  • dust mask
  • goggles
  • hat
  • sarong
  • sweatshirt
  • sandles
  • riding pants (no liners)
  • riding jacket (no liners)
  • sunglasses
  • phone
  • ipod + headphones, book?
  • toiletries bag & drugs
  • solar charger
  • headlamp
  • suntan lotion
  • chapstick
  • flat fixer
  • tool kit
  • camelback? (ugh)
  • garbage bag
  • ziplock bags
  • camping silverware & plate
  • naglene bottle or other mug for drinks
  • first aid kit (tiny)
  • small baby wipes
  • hand/foot lotion
  • vinegar

Nice to have if taking something bigger than bike…

  • rebar tent stakes, and hammer, and puller
  • camp chair
  • coffee
  • booze & lots of beer
  • camp stove & mess kit
  • ice chest & ice
  • duct tape
  • solar shower
  • more shade
  • gps
  • ham & frs radios

Entry update post-trip:

Next time, do not bring:

  • solio –it sucks, get a better solar charger, maybe one that does AA batteries?
  • ham radio
  • so much food — only ate one to two meals/day
  • fewer shorts and socks
  • vinegar — foot lotion works fine

Next time, bring:

  • figure out a clean way to store/hold bag liners et al if the back of a car isn’t available
  • don’t go motorcycle camping on the playa, just use a damn 4×4 next time
  • more booze, more beer
  • guns
  • shade structure for tent
  • camp chair
  • snow-peak micro camp stove
  • army style tent stakes (optional)
  • corkscrew?

motorcycle trip packing list (1 day up to orr springs)

Phoenix, Yv, Anton and I are heading out this weekend. This is my first ever motorcycle tour and it’s a shake-out for a week long in Baja this summer. I’m fighting with the urge to not over-pack (this list is already waaaaay too long).

Leaving San Francisco, up highway 1, stopping in Jenner for lunch, probably Mendocino for dinner, then onto Orr springs. Pick up breakfast supplies in Mendocino, leave Orr around one or two, quick zip home to SF.

Afterparty on Sunday at Jade Bar (the Liquid Munch).

  • two bottles of wine for sat night
  • corkscrew
  • two motorcycle tool kits
  • flat fixer
  • convertible first-gear jacket & pants (hot on 101, cold on 1)
  • t-shirt
  • socks
  • underwear
  • towel (always know where your towel is)
  • earplugs
  • ipod + sound isolating headphones
  • sunblock
  • toiletries
  • non-melty snack bars
  • hydration backpack? eh… maybe just a bottle in tankbag
  • AAA map
  • book
  • sunglasses
  • fastrack
  • small camera

Splurged and bought a tank bag, also have a big roll, so I have way more luggage than I need. Will probably leave roll at home, and just take tank bag and panniers.