must have's before hitting the trails?
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    Member bwiygul's Avatar
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    So since i'm relatively new to the TW can i get people's "top 5's must have's." i'm talking specifically for the bike...i have an 87 so besides a can of fix-a-flat and a spare plug, gas and a bottle of water and a quart of oil, are there any specific parts that may/tend to go bad on the tw's? thanks everybody.

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    Senior Member peruano's Avatar
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    A good dose of preventative maintenance before you leave will be more valuable than anything you carry.

    I'd change the plug at home and not carry one at least for the first 15000 miles. I'd also avoid fix a flat - that crap rusts rims (when they are steel) and messes them up for the future. If you want something for flats use Slime (temporarily to get you home then buy a new tube) or (whatsitcalled) Rollon? a special MC flat preventer that you insert in the tube before the flat happens. Forget the quart of oil unless you are burning it like crazy. Maybe a jigger full would be nice for a month long trip. I'd take the bike tool kit, maybe an extra crescent wrench, and enough navigation equipment to let you walk out or enough water and snack to await help. Somethings you just can't plan for - so lean back and enjoy the bike without bogging it down with stuff that you will never use on the trail. JMHO. Tom
    Tom - TW200 2002, Kawasaki VN 500 2006

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    Senior Member rm_hm's Avatar
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    Near Narrows Bridges, WA State
    I've got the following stuffed into two tool tubes.

    Two spark plugs

    Mini CO2 Inflator with 5 co2 carts

    Tire tube patch kit (Wish i had room for just a spare tube)

    Two small metal tire irons

    Leatherman multi tool

    Neon green survey tape (for marking my way in on new logging roads )

    Stock tool kit with some extras

    Hunk of fuel line

    Mini bag of quick clot (first aid)

    Fire starter

    1/4 roll of toilet paper

    Partial roll of electrical tape

    Oil filter cover (in case I wreck my oil cooler somehow)

    Chain master link

    Options I've added to bike

    Hand guards

    Skid Plate

    Rear cyclerack (Holds my trail riding six gallon milk crate)

    Front Cycle Rack (Makes a fine spot to tie a rope to if you need to be pulled or towed)

    Yamaha handlebar pads mounted to lower fwd sides of back cyclerack (to help save my leg if I lay it over)

    Kolpin 1.5g fuel pack

    Options I sometimes pack if when I ride into way out into the wilderness...

    Small Stihl Saw

    Bottled Water

    Energy Bars


    Folding Shovel

    Protective Gear (I mix and match to wherever I'm headed)

    Jacket & pants with light to medium armor

    Shin Guards

    Roost guard with spine protector

    Heavy Boots

    Kidney belt

    Odd's and ends that sometimes come along.

    Ruger P95 9mm +P+ (3 15 round magazines)

    Ruger Single Six 22 Mag (30 rounds)

    Bear Spray

    1 Million Volt Stun Baton

    Spot GPS Messenger

    Garmin GPS With Autorouting and Enhanced West Coast Topo Maps

    I've shared some fuel a few times to different folk who I found stranded miles from a main road who were pushing their bikes out.

    I tend to do more stupid things if my truck is within 5 miles or I'm in a group

    TheMule that was a member on the old TW site had the following repair gear packed for his long outings (He went from Utah to Alaska)

    Extra Master Links (3)

    Tire Tubes (1 Front and 1 Rear)

    Tube patch kit

    Foot Pump

    Cruz Tools Kit w/tire tools (DMX2)

    Extra Fuel Filters (2)

    Extra Headlight Bulbs (2)

    Chain Tool (Motion Pro)

    Extra Oil Filters (3)

    Extra Fuses (3)

    Extra Spark Plugs (2)

    Tie Wire

    Electrical Tape

    Duct Tape

    JB Weld


    Spare nuts and bolts

    Large Adjustable Wrench for Rear Wheel

    2 part epoxy

    Hose clamps (4 large)

    Zip Ties

    TW200 Bike Crutch (ala mrgizmow)

    Mr. Gizmow's Gear


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    Senior Member TK200's Avatar
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    Fuel, old gas varnishes the carb and can lead to all sorts of headaches.

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    Senior Member peruano's Avatar
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    There you have the entire spectrum of wisdom possible on the internet. One guy says forget extra plugs and the other says carry two. One says carry a pint of oil and the other says put fresh gas and go. In other words do your reading, do your own pondering and do your own thing. We all have distinct risk level and riding styles. Whats trail for me, may be a walk in the park for you. And what I ride might scare the pee out of someone who doesn't like rocks, arroyos, dust bowls, or rattlesnakes. There an old axiom that you can't predict what is going to go wrong, but you can plan how you will be flexible enough to deal with just about anything that does - it might mean waiting for help or riding without a clutch lever, but either one will work.

    Do some more reading and decide what it is you need. I guarantee you will adjust that list as you ride more. Tom
    Tom - TW200 2002, Kawasaki VN 500 2006

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    Protective clothing, good gloves and moto boots.

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