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Great article which covers one of the basic principles of motorcycle touring very well. Pack light, pack right, balance your load and leave maybes behind.
Thanks for sharing.

Major Tom
Baton Rouge, LA
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Kip, great article, however one of the most critical points seems to have been left out—tire air pressure is critical. We find approximately 70% of riders are running underinflated, overloaded or a combination of both. A single tire that is underinflated by as little as 4 PSI can loose up to 80 pounds of load carrying capacity.

Today's tires are highly engineered product and very complex. By running a tire overloaded and or under inflated can cause an accident.

Phil Waters
Jefferson, GA
Monday, July 31, 2017
I tend to roll my small tent, sleeping bag, and mat together with the outer layer being a tarp. I then use Andy Strapz to pull it all together. This package rides behind me on the passenger seat. I use saddlebags and generally take only a minimum of clothing and personal care products. With a hiking gas stove/pot kit weighting in at .5 pounds. I'm all set for camping and travelling. Here's a picture of my current ride and tent setup on my last solo trip away (186 mile round trip).


Lisa Anderson
Upper Burnie, Australia
Monday, July 24, 2017
I learned to be careful how one ties down her load. I was having trouble finding a good place to attach my tie downs and inadvertently compressed the rear shocks when I attached by bags. The bike developed a wobble at high speed that resolved when I changed the location of the straps. A huge DUH moment, I know but maybe I can help prevent another from making the same error.

Danielle
Capitola, CA
Saturday, June 27, 2015
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