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    Dont pack too much, recycle clothes to save space.

    Put your clothes in bags in your luggage, this keep them dry.

    Make up a wash kit with minature is it, thus saving space

    Carry Extra Bungie cords

    Buy some cycling shorts, it will save you arse from the ZX7 seat, just dont tell anyone your wearing them else they will call you a weirdo/perv

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    538 miles up the motorway on a ZX7 is going to be boring and painful as hell, either break the journey so you can take some twisties or use a car and trailer don't forget it WILL also rain at some point.

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    Last 24hr that I know of is Skiach Filling Station at Evanton which is about 20 miles north of Inverness. Saying that there is no need to carry extra as there are enough fuel stops though most are 9 to 5 (or later) and may not be open at all on a Sunday. As for tools you should really only carry whats needed to adjust the chain if everything else is ok before you start and have breakdown cover etc.

    Suspect your route will be up the A9, if so beware of unmarked plod, its like shooting fish in a barrel for them at times As others have said if you are not used to 500+ milers would consider stopping over night some place or be prepared not to do much the following day.

    Out of interest, when is your trip planned for? You really don't want to be trying to head north Friday 11th anywhere near the Forth and Grangemouth bridges, T in the Park

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post

    Out of interest, when is your trip planned for? You really don't want to be trying to head north Friday 11th anywhere near the Forth and Grangemouth bridges, T in the Park
    He leaves in 3 weeks. T in the P is next week. Unfortunately ill be in that traffic Was stuck in it for 8 hours last year

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    Here goes:-
    1. If camping have plenty of midge repellent and try to get a pitch which has been used recently otherwise you'll disturb the swarm for the first time in a while and they'll be extra hungry.
    2. Get a quick assemble tent, keep guy lines taught so tent shell is tight and will keep inner dry if it rains. The rain is meant to go through the outer shell and run down the inside of it so make sure there's a decent gap between the outer and inner linings.
    3. A tomtom or similar will give you locations of petrol stations and fuel up when you can not when you wish you could. Fuel up every 2 hours or so as this will be near reserve level on most bikes for average riding speeds, this will give you a break as well and chance to chat about the moment you had/great bend etc.
    4. Put docs and cash in an old plastic bread bag or other watertight bag. Same with camera/mobile/etc
    5. Buy a stock of cheap t shirts, sox and pants from Matalan or similar and bin after use each day, that way your luggage reduces as the trip goes on. I use a tshirt for 2 days and ditch undies each day.
    6. don't bother with electric toothbrush, use an old fashion manual one, as it might not be able to plug it in to get a charge, likewise with razor.
    7. Put wash kit in small bag all together so easily dug out for late stops when searching through luggage becomes a pain.
    8. Hava a paper map handy and kept dry in case satnav inaccurate or dies on you.
    9. Leave mobile off and save battery for use in emergency in case you can't charge it up.
    10. If riding with others swap mobile numbers. as soon as you split up, pull over turn on phone and wait for leader to call follower as they will continue until they realise you are no longer behind them, saves useless calls to unheard/switched off mobiles.
    11. Agree where you are aiming to get to for luch/evening stop so if the phone call idea above fails you can make your own way there using map mentioned in point 8.
    12. Give bike a good service/check over well in advance to trip allowing you time to fix anything you find.
    13. Take chain lube and use each night when chain hot.
    14. Keep rag to hand when on bike to wipe bugs/rain off as and when. I keep mine wedged behind the screen.
    15. ENJOY and don't panic if you're not covering the miles as planned or you'll not enjoy it.

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