In­de­spens­able road-trip items

Motorcyclist - - Shift - —Chris Jon­num

As you Pre­pare for Sturgis (or any road trip, for that mat­ter), be sure to pack your pan­niers with the fol­low­ing:

1) No mat­ter how pow­er­ful your head­lights, they aren’t much help for in­spect­ing tires or peer­ing into fuel tanks, just two in­stances when Sure­fire’s 600-lu­men LED De­fender Ul­tra flash­light ($250 ) can prove il­lu­mi­nat­ing.

2) Flat when empty, ex­panded when full, Hy­dra­pak’s Stash 750 ($18 ) flex­i­ble bot­tle max­i­mizes pack space and is much lighter than a hard bot­tle.

3) Carved from a ti­ta­nium bil­let, Bench­made’s an­odized, sin­gle-piece 781 An­them knife ($500 ) has a 3.5-inch blade, weighs just 3.7 ounces, and is more lust-wor­thy than some bikes.

4) Sad­dle­back’s full-grain leather Mole­sk­ine jour­nal cover ($49 to $69), which has a strong pigskin lin­ing, is stitched with marine-grade thread (as used on sails), and be­comes more beau­ti­ful with age, will have you doc­u­ment­ing your next road trip in style.

5) With Weego’s Jump Starter 22 ($99), dead bat­ter­ies—on phones, lap­tops, bikes, or even au­to­mo­biles—are just mi­nor in­con­ve­niences with this power pack.

6) Tools don’t help when you can’t find them, but that’s an un­likely sce­nario when they’re stashed snugly in the slots of Red Clouds Col­lec­tive’s hand­crafted, waxed-can­vas Land­seer tool roll ($89), which closes se­curely with leather straps and solid brass buck­les.

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