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Hey up,

This might have been asked before, but I couldn't find it anywhere.

So, what are people's touring essentials? What one/few things would you not leave for a trip without (aside from the obvious piss taking bits like 'motorbike' haha).

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V5/MOT/Insurance Docs (originals)
ADAC membership
Dry bags to go in panniers

In addition to all the obvious crap:
Tea bags and stove
Flip flops, board shorts, sunnies & hat
Puncture kit
Alpkit tarp
 

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Testicles spectacles wallet and watch (and phone/charger/earpiece/paperwork/tools/puncture stuff/clothes/lock/army goretex waterproofs)
 

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Spare bike key, small amount of washing powder in your wash bag to save brining to many Tshirts etc, cargo net, wet wipes, sudocream for your ass and lip cream blitz etc, head torch, all starting to sound a bit seedy now.
 

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All useful stuff so far...cheers.

Specifics-wise then, what sort of tools do people take, what sort of security for the bike, what's the best way to carry everything for rider and pillion camping (I've got touratech panniers, but where do people put the tent/stove etc?)
 

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On my last trip I didn't take my top box just panniers and tank bag, reason being had my tent and chair across the bike tied down with (Thule) quick release straps passed thru the topbox mounting plate with my sleeping bag on top in a dry bag just incase then put a bungy net of the top with my D-lock attached to the netting on the underside. As for the stove depends on how big it is? I used the type you screw down to the gas can (would fit in the palm of your hand) and just put the 2 gas bottles in the pannier (not exhaust side).
As for tools just what's on the bike as I have breakdown cover, cos sod's law what you don't take you will need.

If you are riding two up I would really look at what you are taking as you want it to be enjoyable and not to feel like you are driving a bus!!
 

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On the security front I take 2 good disk locks, a 16mm Oxford and an alarmed Covix alarmed one so I can lock both wheels. Both light and small therefore easy to pack. Neither can be bolt cropped. An angle grinder will cut through any lock but it’s noisy and takes a bit of time. I also use an Abus top of the range armoured cable lock (can’t remember the model number) to lock a couple of bikes together preventing the bike being picked up. Again it’s not angle grinder resistant but tests have shown it’s bloody hard to crop with bolt cutters. This doesn’t weigh too much and coils up so is easy to carry.

Not cheap at a total cost of about £250 for all 3 locks but gives me some piece of mind as I’m currently on a month long ride round the Balkans and Albania seemed well dodgy.
 

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Take the KTM tool kit - it has 99% of what you need.
I've got an abus granite extreme disc lock, that I only use in crap areas - I left it on once after a night at the Stuttgart beer festival. €280 + fitting later I was back on the road (the awesome KTM dealer in Stuttgart even went as far as taking a disc off a showroom bike to help!). Never again!

The panniers carry clothes and the stove, the roll bag my tent (Terra Nova Ultra Quasar), thermarest and sleeping bag. I double bag the sleeping bag.

Not toured with the 1290 as yet. Suspect I'll still need to dry bag the tent as its quite long. Land vehicle Motorcycle Vehicle Motorcycling Mountain range
 

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Over the first few years I built a list, in the last few years I have been reducing the list as I find stuff I have not needed for a decade or more is probably not essential.

What is "Essential" one person might not be to another, a lot of what I take I would consider Obvious rather than essential - but perhaps that means essential?

OK, Money, Passport, Clothes (minimum you can get away with)

* Documents
* Route Plans (Always use Nav, but print copies of route to refer to / if it all goes wrong)
* Spare Keys (Swap a set with Mrs & Vice Versa)
* Travel Wash (so I can carry less clothes)
* Thin base Layer (wash every night, dries fast - means I need to carry less clothes)
* Sun Cream (Having burned the back of my neck several times in the past)
* Emergency numbers / Insurance Numbers etc
* Minimal Tools (but some cable ties and a small roll of gaffa tape for emergencies)
* Puncture Repair Kit
* Mains adaptor
* Small Med Kit (Pain Killers / Plasters really)
* V2 Sponge & Microfibre Cloth (Clean Visor)
* Hi Viz
* Enough cash for a small speeding fine ;-) - Might save a load of time being escorted to a cash point miles off your route, also handy if you go somewhere and their card reader is screwed.
 
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