More and more riders are gearing up for their fall road trips. We get asked all the time for advice on what to bring, what to leave at home, how to pack a bike, and even where to go. So Indinapolis Southside Harley-Davidson offers some trusty tips on how to make your trip one worth remembering.
What should I pack?
It seems like such a simple question, but it’s one without a specific answer. There really is no “right” way to pack for a motorcycle trip (though there are plenty of wrongs). It is more a matter of personal preference. Just like some campers choose a backpack while others prefer an RV, we see riders strap a duffel bag between their handlebars, pull trailers behind their Harleys, and everything in between.
Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson does have a few gear suggestions to consider:
- Lightweight synthetic clothing
- Cold weather attire
- Rain gear
- Tire pressure gauge
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Sunglasses & sunscreen
- Maps or GPS
- Cell phone (don’t forget the ISSHD mobile app!)
- Phone charger
- Books & journal
- Laptop or tablet computer (if it fits)
- Drivers license
- Extra cash & credit cards
It likely goes without saying, but bring with you all the appropriate riding gear you need (helmet, leathers, gloves, boots, etc.), even if you don’t plan on wearing everything all the time. Remember that laws vary widely, so plan ahead before traveling over state lines.
How can I carry more on my bike?
Most motorcycle riders plan for what they’ll bring on a road trip, but many often forget about what they’ll pick up along the way. Thankfully, Harley-Davidson has several storage solutions.
The Harley-Davidson Premium Luggage Collection includes a wide range of storage products to satisfy all of your road-tripping needs. Bring your bike out to Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson for a customized fitting by our parts & accessories pros. From saddlebags and travel bags, to luggage racks and anything in between, our team can create all the storage space you need, no matter how far you go or how long you’re gone.
Where should I go?
Located right here in Indianapolis, Southside Harley is the perfect starting point for any motorcycle trip. If you call central Indiana home, you know how easy it is to get to just about any place in the state in only a few hours. Want to go further? Visit our showroom and talk to a member of our team about great destinations all year long.
Another great source of wisdom and friendly advice can be found within our local H.O.G. Chapter - Indianapolis Southside Chapter of H.O.G. Harley Owners Group. riders are a tightknit bunch and many are happy to share personal experiences to help you plan your ride. Visit our chapter website for membership info.
Fall is a favorite season for motorcycle road trips. Before you go, swing by Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson for the official H-D parts, gear, and service to keep you focused on the road ahead, not what you left behind. Have fun out there.
Don’t want to forget anything? Print this helpful pack checklist courtesy Harley-Davidson and Indianapolis Southside H-D to make sure all your essentials go with you when it’s time to hit the road.