“Travel light” is the motto of most motorcyclists.
Most motorcycle jackets have a host of inside and outside pockets.
Some adventure motorcycle jackets even have a large pouch in the back which are handy fr carrying a wet liner and/or another pair of gloves.
Without making your jacket or pants too heavy, you can carry several essentials with you.
The most important these days is your phone.
Above all, it is a safety device. Make sure the locations services are switched on and that you have shared your position with your partner if you are riding solo.
Your phone is also now a camera, torch, GPS, a handy guide for your travels and can even store your credit cards so there is no need even to take your wallet.
To make your phone even more accessible, you may want to include a mount on your handlebars such as the Quad Lock. The new version will also keep it charged.
I also carry include a tyre pressure gauge, lip balm, sunscreen, Windex, sunglasses rag, multi-tool, earplugs case, headache tablets and my garage remote.
It sounds like a lot, but you can get small and light versions.
Some may be horrified by the above photo which shows the pen-like tyre pressure gauge.
You probably shouldn’t carry a pen or anything similarly shaped as some claim it can stab you if you have a fall.
I’ve never hard of it actually happening and I find the simple pen-like gauge more reliable than digital tyre pressure gauges.
I carry a gauge because service station gauges are notoriously inaccurate and unreliable.
Find a small spray container and fill it with glasses cleaner or Windex to both clean your glasses and your visor. Also, carry a small sunglasses rag that came in your glasses case.
Over the years, my only regret about riding is that I didn’t wear earplugs until too late.
I now have advanced tinnitus (ringing in the ears) from the 90dB+ wind noise.
So I always wear earplugs and I carry the earplug case they came in so they stay clean when you take them out.
Headache tablets are a must. Riding with a headache is a safety issue as it can lead to fatigue and making the wrong decisions.
If you have a remote control for your garage, remember to keep it in a resealable plastic bag so it doesn’t get wet and fail!
* What do you carry in your pockets? Leave your comments below.