Packing list and lessons learnt.
23.08.2009 22 °C
Well what did I learn on my first Motorcycle trip, what did I take, what did I forget?
I have to admit if you do some research on the net you will cover most things with regards to packing etc. The guys on the Fazer forum were helpful and below is my actual packing list.
Passport, V5, MOT cert, Insurance, E111, AA card, Ferry Tickets, Important numbers (in case your phone dies or is lost)
Bottle of water, Tissues x 2 packets, Baby Wipes, Ibuprofen / Paracetamol, First Aid kit, Pen Knife, Map, Ear plugs, MP3 player, Disc Lock, Carrier bags, Spare bulbs, Notebook and pen, Camera and charger, Phone and charger, Sat Nav, Bungies, Tape, Waterproofs, Spare Key fob battery, Visor cleaner, Sml Torch, Cable ties.
Tail Pack (or panniers if you prefer)
Toothbrush / Toothpaste, Razor, Shower Gel, Deodorant, Flannel
Tea bags, 1 x t-shirts per day, 1 x sweat shirt or small coat, 1 x pair of jeans, 1 x undies per day, 1 x pairs of socks per day, 1 x sml towel, 1 x pair of shoes, 1 x Toilet roll
With regards to the trip the route was fine especially the return from Killarney along the coast road. What we should have done is had an extra day or two and made a base camp at Killarney and explored the area without luggage on the bikes etc. As opposed to continuously travelling everyday.
We were very lucky with the weather and only had one morning of damp drizzle, so I still need to test myself on that regard.
Would I do it again, damn yes. If you enjoy riding your bike you will love a road trip. I fancy going across the channel next either France, but more likely Spain / Portugal.
The Fazer coped well with the trip but was a little light for the motorway return leg from Fishguard to Newbury, a larger cc'd bike would have coped better, revving lesss and if fully faired give you better wind protection, but otherwise the Fazer was great.
So that's it. I have some video to edit which I will post up as soon as I have put it together, then plan the next trip.
Thanks for reading.