I was searching and didn't really find a good thread on this that wasn't jumbled up with odd replies here and there.
I think it would be good (and since I'm going to bug Adam for a Ride Report forum) to do a checklist.
I'm sure Bill will have some good advice, but I'll start with mine and edit in info into this post. This will cater to 3-7 day trips (1500-5000km) so there's no need for tire/oil changes.
-Full face helmet with some sort of anti-fog device (shield liner or spray)
-I wear BMW all around boots which are waterproof and comfortable to walk around in.
-When we ride I wear my leather jacket with Bohn body armour and a separate Joe Rocket back protector. This is so I can take out my armor when we're at the destination and have a comfortable jacket to wear. I'd recommend rain gear that wraps up in a small package that you can throw over your jacket if you're wearing leather.
-BMW city pants offer great style and armor for protection and are comfortable to walk around in.
-For hand protection this year I'm probably going to pick us some BMW race gloves
-Electric vests are recommended by some riders, I wear a blackjack vest but a local long distance rider Bill has recommended this one from Widder
-Padded bicycle shorts from MEC (these saved my ass!)
-I currently have no luggage and everything is carried on mine and Savannah's backs. This is mist likely the cause of our pain on long journeys so until I buy a BMW GS we're on the search for some Monster friendly saddle bags. (EDIT: Ventura racks provided us a luggage option for the monster. Now that I'm on the Multistrada luggage isn't an issue)
-I do carry a camelbak which I can use while riding underneath my helmet, this is what we use to carry important documents as it's between us on my back and won't fly away. (EDIT: I now put important documents in the tank bag as there's less chance of them flying away)
Why you should get Luggage
Misc Luggage 2
(Depending on the type of accommodations you'll be having, this section will vary.)
-BCAA card (heath insurance as well)
-Emergency contact numbers on your person
-$200 Cash and extra credit card (call your credit card to let them know about your trip or you could be stranded in an unfamiliar area)
-Extra pair of dry gloves (for longer rides, if chance of rain)
-tyre pressure guage
-personal hygiene items (hotels don't have very good conditioner for you long haired hippies/girls )
-small water bottle and rag in an easy access pocket(tank bag) to clean visor while on the roll
-food (snack items)
-notepad & pen
-skin cream/sun blocker/chapstick
-toilet paper/package of kleenex
-extra ear plugs
-Tireplugging kit and a good pump
-First aid Kit
-spare bolts and nuts
-bit of safetywire
-Owners Manual (Copied to a CD)
-Throttle Rocker (See thread) to save your masturbating hand.
-Leaving itinerary with Family/Friends to check up on you
Other helpful Links:
Special thanks to:
-Greenboy (IF he finds some communication product! lol)
-Mr. Sushi Ya Ha
Please add your own thoughts and I'll put them into the original thread over the next few days.