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So I'm goin on a multi day, multi family trip tomorrow. The destination is 5,200 feet (Hume lake if you know the Sequoia National Forest) and I was wondering if anyone has taken a bike on a trip like this.

I'll have some room in the other vehicles going for anything I might need to take.

Is there anything special I should take? What (bike related) would you take?

One thing I'm sure I DON'T need is smarmy comments. That means you jb. :p
 

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I moto-camped for a month last year. I'm not sure how much riding or how long your trip will be, but remember to bring the basic maintenance items like chain lube/wax and the usual travel kit (tire puncture kit etc).

I always bring a cover and make sure to tie it down tightly at night. Racoons and other critters love to **** with **** while you sleep and tree sap is terrible to get off.

Give your spare key to someone in one of the cars.

Since you'll have 'support vehicles' ;) you shouldn't have to think about it too much. Just enjoy the trip :)
 

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Yep, did so last year on our trip to Detroit Lake.

Just toss everything in the car, just make your trip light. If you are in a spot where you are near great roads, but no gas I would bring a container of gas in a car for your bike. also just carry basic tools as well to fix anything that might happen. Also pack some warm clothing.

Have fun. I will be doing the same again next month :D
 

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How many days/miles in total? If it's just a weekend trip and you're only going to put a few hundred miles on the bike I probably wouldn't worry about bringing anything extra, maybe a plug kit and small air pump (a real one, not the CO2 jobs). Since you have cars going you don't have to carry anything on the bike.

You mention the altitude, but you have a bike with FI so outside of the bike feeling a little anemic you don't have to adjust anything.
 

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Spare clutch cable.
 

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Good ideas. Especially warm clothes lol... that's precisely the kind of thing I'd forget since it'll be over 100f when I get ON the bike, forgetting all about how it might be when I get OFF the bike. I literally got snowed in one time for a whole week right where I'm going.

As for details, they are a bit sketchy. It'll be at least 2 nights, possibly up to 4. I'll be the only person with a bike so that may be my means of escape should the crowd get to be a bit much. ;)

My experience riding in the mountains is extremely limited. I've only done a few miles on one occasion, and I'm really excited. I know (on a logical, book smart level) all about riding in these conditions. Things like decreasing radii, off-camber road levels, water runoff, cattle grates, proper sightlines and late apex concepts all make sense to me. Having a really good chance to experience all of these things for myself will be great.

I REALLY hope I don't need to worry about deer or Bigfoot for that matter. I don't have a cover (great idea btw!) so I'll bring a tarp and my disk lock.

I'll try to post a list of the crap I'm bringing if I can.
 

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I took a 10 hr ride from Indy up to michigan's upper peninsula a few days ago. It was 100 when I left Indy. I walked out with leathers on but decided to go with textiles due to the heat. Half way through Michigan the temperature dropped (I kid you not) over 40 degrees. I brought the liners so it wasn't terrible but the leathers would have been nicer once it got cold.

Plan for rain. Pack some frogg toggs or something. Light rain is no big deal but riding through a constant downpour isn't any fun.

Secure your load. Make sure everything is stowed securely. You don't want to pull over in the middle of a downpour to get your frog toggs only to find that you lost them somewhere.

That reminds me. If anyone sees a set of frogg toggs on 465 or 69 north of Indy, I sure could use them before I head back :p

Bring some chain lube, basic tools, and earplugs.
 

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Nice. :)

Today's my wife's birthday and she said she wants to go camping again. I'll be taking the bike, and the same roads. Now (knowing what I know) I really, really wish I had a GoPro.

Oh well. This time I'll take more pics!
 

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Be sure to have all the requisite repair bits for common cage repairs too.
A 12V compressor is nice, but I prefer my high pressure road bicycle pump and string plugs.
K.I.S.S. Make sure the jack is in the trunk and that it works.
Bring a socket set and wrenches. Lots of extra potable water.
A blue tarp or two and blankets. Even if you never use them.
 

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Thanks guys. I believe all of that is in order. ;)

Oh, just changed the oil and cleaned the chain too.
 
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