The difference between a great motorcycle tour and a bad motorcycle tour can depend on what you pack. Whether you are riding 100 miles or 1,000 miles a day the smallest problem can hold you up. We’ve put together a list of 5 essential products that will help get you back on the move if the worst happens, keep you comfortable and protect you from the changing environment.
We’ve all been there. Stuck at the side of the road with a flat tyre, miles from anywhere or anyone that can help. Tyre inflation foam is great quick fix that can help you get to the nearest garage or tyre fitter. Tyre inflation foam such as Tyreweld puncture repair is a compact solution in a can that can be stored under your motorbike seat or in a pannier, Tyreweld inflates your tyre and then seals the puncture so that you can ride to safety. You won’t need tools or the knowledge of motorcycle wheel removal, simply follow the instructions on the can and you’re good to go.
UNDERSEAT TOOL KIT
It’s a great idea to have a basic set of tools with you in case your motorcycle breaks down or you simply need to adjust your chain. Make sure the tool kit contains the types of wrenches and sockets that are compatible with your motorcycle. The Oxford underseat tool kit is a great option, it contains wire cutters, long nosed pliers, Allen Key set 2-6mm, 2 x electrical screwdrivers, extension bar, screwdriver bit set, socket set 5-11mm and even has a bit of room left for you to add any other tools you need.
MOTORCYCLE JUMPSTART/BATTERY PACK
What would you do if your motorbike just won’t start or your stuck in the middle of nowhere with no phone battery? A portable jump start means no matter where you are you can get back on the road. The Ballistic Performance Backpack Portable Jump Start is a quick and easy life saver. It has a powerful 400 cranking amperage for starting anything up to a two litre engine and once it has had a full three hour charge, it will only lose 10 percent of the charge every year. You can use the little blue LEDs next to the power button to see the level of charge it has left in it, which is handy because it isn’t just a one off use little gadget, you’ll be using it all the time as it comes with the ability and cables to charge earlier iPhones, new iPhones and micro USB socketed devices from a vehicle’s cigarette lighter and even has three different torch modes so that you can see where you’re plugging in and connecting to. Good news if you’re touring Europe as it comes with the two pin European plug to charge it with, although you will need to purchase a separate UK adapter to charge it in the UK.
Something that every motorcyclist with limited pannier space is tempted to leave behind. The Lifeventure range of towels are ideal for travelling, and pack down small meaning you don’t have to compromise on space now. These towels are also super soft and absorb 9 x their own weight in water! They also dry 8 x faster than a standard beach towel and are coated with an anti-bacterial formula that is designed to last the lifetime of the towel.
Keep away the mosquitoes, midges, horseflies, sand-flies, gnats, fleas, ticks and other biting insects with insect repellent. Expedition 100 contains a dual-action formula which combines natural pyrethroids with DEET to provide the maximum level of protection against biting insects in all environments. Each application lasts over ten hours, although you can re-apply in hot or humid climates if you need to.