What to Take on a Motorcycle Trip

Everyone has a opinion about what gear you should carry on a motorcycle. We think we have figured out what to take on a motorcycle trip, but that’s just our opinion. The only way you find out what you need is the time proven, “Trial and Error.”

We are blessed to both be minimalists, going light and minimal on everything is the only thing that works on a motorcycle. Planning and packing…. then finding out not all the, “plans” fit in the pack is common. A trial run is a really good idea. That means making your list and trying to pack it all, long before that morning you plan to leave…seriously.

We chose a Kuryakan “Ultra Tour” bag mainly because it’s advertised capacity was the largest we could find.

On top of that bag we attach another Kuryakan bag the, “Daily Tour.” We pack the same stuff into the same place on every trip, once you have your plan dialed in, you don’t want to mess with it. Our list has not changed in the past 40,000 miles. Don’t forget to check out specific tools & cleaners to keep on hand.

2021 Packing Update

Now we have a new bike and a trunk. Completely spoiled. Still carry a large top bag with rain gear.

Motorcycle photo and video

Always on the Bike

  • Gauge & Patch Kit
  • Cycle Pump
  • Jump Start Unit
  • Siphon Hose
  • Plexiglass Cleaner
  • Micro Fiber Towels
  • 1st Aid Kit
  • Cable Lock (Gear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Safety Glasses
  • Spare FOB
  • Fuses & Zip Ties
  • Leatherman & Cruz tool
  • Flashlight/Head
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Duct & Elec. Tape
  • Regist./Insurance
  • Matches & Lighter
  • Coffee Cup
  • Kickstand Puck
  • Rucksack
  • Lip Balm
  • National Park Pass
  • AAA Card


  • Underwear
  • Pair of Shorts
  • Swim Suit
  • Tee Shirts
  • Sandals/Walking Shoes
  • Pair of light pants
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Poly Thermals
  • Heated Gear
  • Cooling Vests
  • Rain Gear

Important Stuff

  • Contact Lens
  • Camera & GoPro
  • Batteries – Camera & GoPro
  • SD & Micro Cards
  • Full Sized Tripod
  • Kindles
  • USB Hub & Cables
  • Laptop
  • Binoculars
  • Kleenex
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor
  • Toothbrushes
  • Nail File
  • Starbucks Instant
  • Wash & Shampoo
  • Cork Screw
  • Extra Batteries
  • Water & Snacks
  • Paper Maps
  • Sunscreen

“You said you were minimalists…
how are you ever going to get all the stuff onto your motorcycle?”

Here’s what we don’t carry: Blue jeans or sweatshirts. I know what you’re saying, “No one goes on a motorcycle trip without jeans and a sweatshirt!” One pair of jeans and a heavy sweatshirt take up as much space as all of my clothes for a two week trip.

Think thin and light. Clothes will make or break your packing story. Take a look at travel underwear and socks, they can be washed in the bathtub and dry by morning. Light pants with zip off legs double as shorts. Motels have irons and blow-dryers……you’re gonna have helmet hair anyway….. relax and enjoy the ride.