what to pack for a cross country motorcycle trip

Traveling by Motorcycle

what to pack for a cross country motorcycle tripYou have decided to mark Cross Country Motorcycle trip off your bucket list. Now that the decision is made you will need to prepare. The obvious will be picking your dates, your destination, and making sure your ride is ready for the road. You will of course need to pack. Packing seems simple enough. You are aware of how much space you have, and you are certain what will fit. So you pack it all up, and then go out to load your bike. Realizing that the Beverly Hill Billy’s truck was loaded lighter you go back to the drawing board.

You will need to be prepared not only for your day to day care such as bathing and brushing your teeth but also for things like Sunburn, Bee Stings and any minor injury you may have along the way. A good checklist is helpful and a great resource can be found at http://www.firstaidanywhere.com/motorcycle-first-aid-kit.html. This site details items that they say can be packed into a bag 7”x5”x3”. I did not see Bee Sting treatment listed here, and from experience I strongly recommend that it be included. If you will be camping at any time on your trip Bug Repellant will also be a very close friend to have along. Another useful item is a small travel pack of baby wipes. You can figure out a number of uses for these.

No one on a Motorcycle really wants to think about a flat tire. However, you must consider the possibility. You could find yourself alone and stuck with no cellular service. Progressive Suspension has a tire kit available that will easily fit in your limited space. It includes CO2 cartridges and could save you from being stuck.

So you have prepared for possible injury, and for a flat tire. What about communication? Most all of us have cellular phones these days. This wonderful technology is battery dependent and not everyone has a 12 volt charger on their bike. There are products available that use solar power to provide a charge for your mobile phone, or digital camera. A simple internet search will bring up several options, and you should be able to find one versatile enough to charge most devices.  Some will even include a flashlight as part of the unit.

While writing this article I spoke with Ray Vega of the Palm Beach Motorcycle Safety Council. I asked him what he would take on a trip. First answer was his wife followed by Rain Gear, First Aid Kit, Tool Kit, Tire Repair Kit, Flashlight, Water and Snacks. We also discussed the usefulness of items such as a Leatherman, and a Swiss Army Knife. These items pack the most bang for your buck, and can be packed in small spaces.

Be aware of the weight rating of your cycle and tires. Overloading the bike will have an effect on not only the tires but also on the handling of your bike. As for the rest of your packing adventure there are many checklists out there detailing hundreds of items you might need to have with you. Some of which will take you right back to the Beverly Hill Billy look. During a 2 and ½ year period I relied solely on my motorcycle for transportation and I traveled a bit during that time. Keeping it as simple as possible was the best and it was a hard learned technique. You can always find a coin laundry for your clothes, and some hotels will have one onsite. Pack light, pack simple, and pack useful.

Be sure to verify your roadside assistance on your motorcycle insurance policy, and that your coverage is up to date. Ride safe, and ride often.

National Parks to Visit

Planning a Road Trip or Vacation to a National Park This Year? Here Are The Top Five!

National Parks to VisitThe United States is known world-wide for having amazing National Parks. There are 59 National Parks scattered throughout our beautiful country, with fourteen being considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS). Whether you are a nature lover or enjoy traveling, here are the top five most visited National Parks around the country.

 1.) Great Smoky Mountains (WHS)

Nearly 10 million people visit a year to camp, picnic, hike or enjoy a tour. This park is known for their ancient mountains, wildflowers and plants as well as their animal life. There are many enjoyable hikes like Rainbow Falls, Charles Bunion, Alum Cave Bluffs or Andrews Bald.

2.) Grand Canyon (WHS)

At a mile deep and 18 miles wide this national park attracts nearly 5.5 million visitors a year. See with your own eyes the colorful landscape of this National Park.

3.) Rocky Mountains in Colorado 

Visit one of their 450 miles of streams or 150 lakes in this popular national park! They are known for Bear Lake and their famous Trail Ridge Road.

4.) Yosemite National Park (WHS)

This park is known for their granite cliffs, waterfalls and forests. Here you are able to see the glacier carved Yosemite Valley, waterfalls like Yosemite Falls and giant sequoias.

5.) Yellowstone (WHS)

It’s officially the first National Park and nearly 4.1 million visitors make a trip here a year. Its great expanse touches three states; Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Not only are they known for their geysers but the lakes and wildlife is equally amazing.

Traveling to one of these great National Parks is one of our nation’s greatest pastimes. Whether you’re pulling a travel trailer, driving an RV or motoring there in your car or motorcycle and staying in one of the park’s lodges, you’re sure to build fond memories for yourself or with your family. Be sure to plan ahead as reservations at these great parks fill up quickly, usually months in advance. Also, be sure to drive slowly through the parks and keep an eye out for wildlife. This will ensure both your and their safety.

Leslie Kay’s Insurance has been providing customers in the 48 contiguous states the best service and coverage for all their insurance needs since 2000. We work hard to find you the right insurance company for your specific needs. Because we are an independent insurance agent we can shop for a great rate on motorcycleautohome or RV through multiple carriers. Checkout our insurance website 24/7 or request a quote and an agent will call you back!

Car Insurance in Boynton Beach, FL

Understanding Auto Insurance Premium Increases

Car Insurance in Boynton Beach, FLMany of you may have noticed that the auto insurance industry seems to be continually increasing premiums. While Leslie Kay’s Insurance represents many of the top insurance companies in the country and we can quote you with several companies, the trend for premiums is up. There are many reasons why this is happening and it is important for you to understand.

  • There are more new cars on the market that are expensive to repair.
  • The technology in vehicles today is much more expensive to replace than it used to be.
  • More people are driving. In 2015, miles driven increased 3.5% which is the most annual increase in 25 years.
  • Drivers are increasingly distracted. One out of four car crashes involve cell phone use.
  • Medical payments are increasing due to the complexity of the health insurance industry.
  • Claims severity (payments) overall is increasing.

Is there anything that you can do to control your costs?

Yes, contact us so we can shop for you!

Unfortunately insurance premiums are pooled. The premiums are calculated off of risks and data from other drivers just like you. Age, gender, zip code, vehicle driven and driving history are just some of the factors that determine your premium. Here are some things you can do to ensure you’re getting the best rates.

  • Review your coverage and determine if it is the correct coverage for your current situation
  • Review discounts you may be eligible for with your current carrier
  • If it isn’t already, consider bundling your insurance coverage (home, auto, specialty insurance)

If you have specific questions about your auto insurance coverage, remember to reach out to our agency. As an independent insurance agent, we can review your coverage and ensure you’re current carrier is still the best carrier for your situation.

Leslie Kay’s Insurance has been providing customers in the 48 contiguous states the best service and coverage for all their insurance needs since 2000. We work hard to find you the right insurance company for your specific needs. Because we are an independent insurance agent we can shop for a great rate on motorcycleautohome or RV through multiple carriers. Checkout our insurance website 24/7 or request a quote and an agent will call you back!