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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-03-2016, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for a 1,200 mile trip?

I'm planning to take a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana this next weekend. I'll be departing from Seattle, and breaking the trip into a few days. Maybe leaving Seattle Friday, arriving in Montana Saturday morning, leaving Montana Sunday morning and Arriving back in Seattle Sunday night or Monday morning. I could make the trip longer, as well.

Any suggestions on roads I should take, or equipment I should bring would be great!

The bike has 10,400 miles on it. I got new tires less than 1,000 miles ago. I will be adjusting the chain and lubing it before I go, and bringing a small can of Chain Wax with me. I ordered a TomTom GPS unit for the bike, since phones don't always have service and mine isn't waterproof.

I have the Triumph tank bag, but since I can't fit all my gear in it I'll be packing everything into my hiking backpack and wearing that. I plan on camping along the way, so I'm bringing a sleeping bag and a tarp for ground cover/shelter. I don't use tents.

Can you guys think of any things I might need? Or have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
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Portable tire patch kit with pump if you can fit it. Slime makes a small one

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Bring warm layers, as mountain weather can be very unpredictable. Regarding your phone, you don't need service to use the GPS. I was in Costa Rica last winter, and my phone along with the open street navigator app got us un-lost a number of times after the GPS unit we had ran out of map.
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Portable tire patch kit with pump if you can fit it. Slime makes a small one
I'll check that out!

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Bring warm layers, as mountain weather can be very unpredictable. Regarding your phone, you don't need service to use the GPS. I was in Costa Rica last winter, and my phone along with the open street navigator app got us un-lost a number of times after the GPS unit we had ran out of map.
I know that it's possible to download the map onto my phone in advance, but my experience with getting a GPS signal on a phone with no service has been sketchy at best. I'm glad it worked for you, but I would rather depend on a stand-alone GPS system that I'm used to (I have used the TomTom in car for years). Plus the TomTom is waterproof, and I can operate it with gloves on.

As for the warm layers, definitely! I'm taking my jacket that is waterproof and has a removable insulated liner. I will also have a light sweater that can fit underneath. My legs will be kept warm by the bike (I'm sure you all know what I mean!)

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This thread from a few weeks ago had a good list of things...

https://www.triumphrat.net/street-tri...ssentials.html
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This thread from a few weeks ago had a good list of things...

https://www.triumphrat.net/street-tri...ssentials.html
Thanks! Looking at that other thread actually persuaded me to buy a dry bag (the DrySpec D38) insted of using my hiking backpack. I think it'll be more comfortable and then I can also strap my tripod on top.

I actually already have a cigarette lighter wired into the bike already, so I can charge my Sena and my phone off that. That was something I hadn't mentioned before. That thread had a lot of good info in it. Don't know how I missed it!
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check out kreiga back packs great products, check your tyre pressures regularly and pump them up abit more than usual if doing a lot of highways
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Thanks! Looking at that other thread actually persuaded me to buy a dry bag (the DrySpec D38) insted of using my hiking backpack.
Have you had a chance to try out that dry bag? That company makes quite a few bags and they all look like they strap together quite well. I was wondering how easily they attached to the bike. I've heard mixed reviews on how well Kriega's bags strap to Street Triples and they are quite expensive. These bags seem like a good alternative, but haven't heard of anyone using them on a Street Triple.
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Have you had a chance to try out that dry bag? That company makes quite a few bags and they all look like they strap together quite well. I was wondering how easily they attached to the bike. I've heard mixed reviews on how well Kriega's bags strap to Street Triples and they are quite expensive. These bags seem like a good alternative, but haven't heard of anyone using them on a Street Triple.
It ties down pretty well, but honestly I think the biggest problem is that the Street Triple just isn't made for luggage. It's not really the fault of most bag makers. The only thing we can tie down to is the passenger pegs. The back half of the bag doesn't actually 'tie' onto anything, it just runs a strap under the tail and back up to the bag. It holds it down, but doesn't keep it from moving from side to side. I'll take a video soon and have it up to show people. For now, here's this video!

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Okay here's how everything is mounted:

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