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Old 03-30-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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Question Trip prep. What do I need for a GS?

This summer I am planning a trip to Yellowstone on my F800. Starting from middle America heading north to South Dakota then across to Wyoming down through Colorado and back. Most of the trip will be on the interstate eating miles while several days are planned for the dirt. I've added a few farkles, windscreen, luggage, bash plate, and crash bars.

Sifting thought numerous posts, some 2 years dated, I am trying to figure out if there are any "must do" addons or recommendations along with parts / tools I should carry. I have the tools and know-how to fix a tire and a few minor repairs. Some stated carrying an extra antenna ring, chain bits, beer fridge, etc. A few previous suggestions have had supposed factory fixes since posting.

I'd like to keep things minimal. What would you carry or change for a long mixed interstate / dirt trip on an F800 GS?
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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I'd like to keep things minimal. What would you carry or change for a long mixed interstate / dirt trip on an F800 GS?
A credit card and a cell phone.

Seriously. It sounds like you've already taken care of the basics, and it's not like you're riding across Inner Mongolia. Relax, and have a great time!
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:28 PM   #3
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I take it this is a solo ride.

Know how to use a tire repair kit. Compressor for airing back up after you air down for dirt (you don't say how much).

Note: there are no BMW dealers in Wyoming. Be sure you have full coverage towing insurance of some kind (not that AAA "first 12 miles are free, you pay after that" stuff).

You'll be fine on interstates, but I'd suggest a SPOT for dirt roads since most are remote.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:28 PM   #4
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Ditto.

Although I am a much happier traveler with my XPC Racing seat.

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Old 03-30-2011, 09:34 PM   #5
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Throttle lock type cruise or wrist saver for munching the Interstate miles.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:25 PM   #6
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Just be sure that your tool kit has about everything covered for fasteners on the bike plus cover fasteners that hold on your farkles cuz usually they are more standard than what BMW uses.

Can't carry it all and don't need to just take it all in and lotsa pics!
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:27 PM   #7
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:33 PM   #8
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Or your side stand.

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Old 03-31-2011, 03:06 AM   #9
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Serious to consider:

- foldable brake shifter
- foldable gear shifter
- decent skidplate
- tiewraps
- ducktape
- torx bits etc
- some tools
- decent pliers
- multitool (Leatherman is nice)
- ...

Now the nice stuff :-)

- Excel wheels
- Knobbies (Pirelli MT21 :-) )
- Less weight exhaust
- ...

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Old 03-31-2011, 09:22 AM   #10
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Throttle lock type cruise or wrist saver for munching the Interstate miles.
Wish I had one of these for my last trip, will be getting something before the next one.

I also 2nd the KISS principle
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:08 AM   #11
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:39 AM   #12
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Compressor for airing back up after you air down for dirt (you don't say how much).
The plan (thus far) is to spend a day or two in the Badlands playing in the dirt, then once in Wyoming hit the dirt roads and trails that follow the middle to southern half of the state and lead up to Yellowstone. I have found numerous trails south of Yellowstone on a map, however I am not sure what they look like in person. Anyone know? I'll do the tourist thing around the park for a day but plan on camping well away from it.
This is my first long trip on a bike. Just curious as to what people have found that works, or wish they had brought with them or left behind. If this were a backpacking trip I could cram 10 days worth in a sub 20lbs pack. I only need a needle and thread and maybe duct tape to fix a backpack. A bike is a different animal.
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A Cramp buster, and Airhawk pad really helps with comfort.
I will look in to those. Thanks.
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One forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition;.
and you're from cali?
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One forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days’ concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings.
Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff!

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