Minimal packing lists and gear suggestions for motorcycle touring – day, multi-day, multi-week, camping, Europe, Thailand…



Packing too much when traveling is bad, it can limit your options for what you are able to do on a trip because of limited luggage space on a bike.  I’ve compiled some packing lists below for the light traveler.
Also check out my blog post on how to ship your motorcycle overseas.  If you’re interested in such a thing.
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How to tighten an old MOEN kitchen sink faucet, where the base flange is loose and wiggles around

  loose MOEN kitchen faucet This isn’t necessarily a very difficult problem to fix, but I thought it was a bit confusing with these old MOEN kitchen faucets.  This particular faucet is about 22 years old.  It has a U-shaped black plastic thing underneath, which at first I thought was missing some screws and thought the missing screws were the reason the thing was loose.  However, that is not the problem at all. Continue reading “How to tighten an old MOEN kitchen sink faucet, where the base flange is loose and wiggles around”

How to make your own open dry clutch cover for your Ducati, and tank protector

Ducati dry open clutch cover
In 2008 I wanted to personalize my Ducati’s dry clutch cover. After looking in the stores I was really disappointed with how expensive the off-the-shelf open clutch covers were, they go for over $200 typically. So I thought to myself, why not just buy a damaged or scratched up clutch cover off of eBay for $30 or less, and with my tools at home build my own?? Continue reading “How to make your own open dry clutch cover for your Ducati, and tank protector”

How to build a pots and pans rack cheaply that spans between two kitchen cabinets, and allows pans to be sideways…

  This isn’t really that difficult of a problem but I thought it was pretty slick and easy so I’m posting this up.  My requirement was that the pots and pans rod must be up and out of sight as shown in the images above, and that the S-hooks must be twisted 90 degrees so that the pans face sideways, and therefore save space. Continue reading “How to build a pots and pans rack cheaply that spans between two kitchen cabinets, and allows pans to be sideways…”

Step by step, how to import a motorcycle from the USA into Canada

I’m tailoring these instructions for people importing motorcycles, but the same steps will almost all apply to importing any other vehicle so if you’re importing a car feel free to read on.  The potential for saving money is good, particularly when the Canadian dollar is strong.  As an Alberta resident, I have imported a new 2007 Ducati 1098 in 2007 from Oregon into Alberta via an Alberta border crossing, and imported a used 2008 Honda CBR1000RR in spring of 2011 from Washington into Alberta through a BC border crossing.  I touch on some of the implications of being a resident of different provinces – you may be charged US sales tax if you are a BC resident for example (unless you buy from a sales-tax free state), or if your province has HST or PST you will have to pay those when crossing which is higher than just GST if you are an Alberta resident.  On each occasion $3000 was saved after all was said and done.  For a little effort and about 2 days of traveling and having a bit of an adventure, I think it is worth it.  Even if I wasn’t buying a motorcycle, the trip itself would have been worth it. I love road trips!  You can either fly down to the USA to get the bike and ride it back using temp registration that the dealership can help you obtain, or you can drive down there in a truck or with a trailer to bring the bike back.  Personally I attached a trailer hitch to my Acura Integra (~$200), and borrowed a very light weight motorcycle trailer from a friend.  Read on for all the steps required to import. Continue reading “Step by step, how to import a motorcycle from the USA into Canada”

In WordPress, can’t drag and drop menu items to reorder them? Here’s a solution.

In WordPress if you ever find that when you are trying to change the order of the items in your WordPress menus, try installing and activating the plugin called “Use Google Libraries”.  Most likely there is a Javascript problem with the standard java libraries, and using the Google Libraries will likely fix this incompatability.  It works for me. Leave a comment and let me know if this works for you!

Changing the default Voice Talk app on Samsung Galaxy SII to one that is truly handsfree with Bluetooth headsets for free

Many people with the Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II have become very dissapointed with the built-in “Voice Talk” app that comes standard with these phones, this blog entry gives steps required to replace this app with something that works correctly with Bluetooth headsets.  The replacement app I suggest is only a voice dialing app, but the same procedure below can be used to replace with any app that you choose. Continue reading “Changing the default Voice Talk app on Samsung Galaxy SII to one that is truly handsfree with Bluetooth headsets for free”