It will be a few months before my next (9 day) motorcycle trip, but that’s not stopping me from getting prepaired! After all, part of the enjoyment (at least for me) is the preparation, planning, figuring out the route I want to take, etc…
I’ve decided NOT to put a hitch on my new Tri-Glide and pull the Bushtec cargo trailer like I did with the Ultra Classic. After talking to the person at my local Harley-Davidson dealer that deals with warranty issues, I’ve decided to wait on installing a hitch. He told me when a Harley-Davidson comes in for service and they notice a hitch has been installed, they have the ability to tag the motorcycles VIN number in Harley-Davidsons computer system effectively voiding the warranty. This “tag” would be in the H-D system for all dealers to see. If if you’ve purchased an extended warranty, it will be voided as well. For those who’ve purchased the extended warranty, you know it wasn’t cheap. He said some dealers may do it, and others may not. I got the impression this dealership would do it if it was noticed. He wouldn’t say one way or another. I don’t want to risk looking my warranty right now, so I’ll just keep the trailer in storage for now.
Anyway, I said all that to say I need to reduce the amount of things I’ll take on my next trip and reduce the size of some of the items I want to take.
I’ve made a few purchases in the last few weeks for my next motorcycle trip. I think I purchased most of these items at REI. They have a good selection of quality items and an excellent return policy if you’re not satisfied. I’m not affiliated with REI, I just like the store. Some items are a little expensive, but if your a member you get a 10% rebate each year which helps.
A Kelty Trailogic 2 Person, 3 Season Tent. This tent complete with the poles weighs 4 lbs 13 oz and packs down to 14″ x 11″ x 3″ in the included bag.
Marmot Maverics 40F/4C sleeping bag that weighs 2 lbs 3 oz. It opens up to 6 ft in length and packs down in the included bag to about the size of a 1 litter soda bottle.
Big Agnes Insulated Air Core (sleeping pad). In the bag it measures 8″ x 4 1/2″ and folds open to 20″ x 72″ x 2.5″. Weight is 1 lb 10 oz.
Cocoon UltraLight Air-Core Hood/Camp Pillow with premium synthetic fill. Ultra small, 4″ x 2 1/2″ in the included bag and weighs 3.5 oz.
REI Flexlite Chair. Size folded up in the bag is 14″ x 3″ and weighs 1 lb 11 oz.
SeaToSummit Drylite MicroTowel. Size folded in the bag is 5″ x 5″ and opens to 36″ x 19″. Weight is 4 oz.
An of course a motorcycle trip wouldn’t be complete without taking along a few snacks! Some Electrolyte drink tabs to put in my water bottle to stay hydrated, and various snack bars, etc… for my trips. These all have expiration dates good for several months and will be good for my next trip. I’m not sure if they’ll all make it that long, I may need to sample a few of them!
My old tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bad, pillow and chair are still perfectely fine, the new ones are just smaller in size and easier to carry on the motorcycle since I won’t be pulling the trailer.