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Old 03-03-2011, 05:41 AM
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Supplies for all day trail riding?

This is my first go at the off road side of life. I've been on paved roads with 2 wheels for years and know how to prepare for a road trip, but not a clue with the pavement disappears! Living in MI and having a cabin in Lake County around 100's of miles of trails, I've got a few vacation days planned. So what is on everybody's list for items that are an absolute must? What is your clothing choice to make it fun and comfortable regardless of what you may or may not get into?
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:54 AM
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I wish I had that scenery to explore. My kit includes a 12 pack of choice beer and a buddy with a tow rope! lol. My only real concern would be a flat which I am addressing now. Other than that we really don't get too far from home/camp.
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:16 AM
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I have and have used the small Slime air compressor and the plug kit for fixing a flat. Miniture jumper cables could be handy. Some carry an extra spark plug. Some basic tools. Snack and beverages, tow rope and or winch. Cheap $1 poncho. Toilet paper might be nice. Depending on how far you go, some extra fuel. Bug spray in the summer. Work gloves. Small first aid kit.
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:21 AM
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Absolute must:
Tire repair kit - about $40
Tow rope
Lug wrench
Water/drinks/snacks (water can come in VERY handy cleaning out a caked up radiator). Go for a squirt 'sports' bottle as its easier to direct flow and clean the fins.
Cell phone for emergency calls

I always dress in layers, at least three over the late winter/early spring months. Its easier to shed a light jacket and stow it in the cargo box than to underdress and have your body freezing. When the wind hits you at speed (40+mph) it cuts right through you, so always have extra gear along. Since I had been on a sport quad until this year, it was always a challenge fitting all that stuff with no racks. This year is a lot different as I have PLENTY of space to store stuff.
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:35 AM
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I'm glad to see someone mentioning two of the most important!! First Aid and Hocky Tickets!!! (Toilet paper) lol

Those new CO2 tire fillers and some plugs. Basic tools, spark plugs, oil filter, nuts and bolts. I also carry a vulcanizing patch kit and tire spoons. Waterless hand cleaner, bug repelant, snake kit and rags.

For cloths a pocket poncho, extra socks and a sweat shirt.

Water and trail mix for food.

Along with tools I carry a good sized (6") fixed blade knife in a case, in one of the boxes. Duct tape, small spool of wire, zip ties are also essentials.

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Old 03-03-2011, 07:44 AM
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Some states/locales have requirements for off-road travel. For example, in Idaho a shovel and bucket (or helmet that can be used as a bucket) are required. (Maybe an axe too. I'm not sure, I just live there.) - MarkC
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:47 AM
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I have the basic tools, 12v compressor, an assortment of nuts and bolts, spare fuses, spark plug, electrical wire, heat shrink, tire plugs, booster cables, bungee cords, folding camp shovel, 12" bow saw, 1st Aid Kit (complete with NATO issue field dressing), electrical tape, lock wire, flashlight, and a one gallon gerry can of gas.

With respect to the gas, I have seldom needed the gas personally, but I have helped out some friends who ride 7 & 800s a couple of times.

A fellow I met on the trail once, had a clever use for his gerry can . . . it was full of mixed caesars. No kidding. His wife was with him along with a couple on another machine. They were enjoying a nice lunch on the trail with caesars.

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Ok I give what are caesars?
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Ok I give what are caesars?
+1 Lol. Salad dressing was the first thing to come to mind for me.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:39 PM
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You haven't given us much information like your age, age & condition of your quad, rack capacity of your quad, riding alone or not, your mechanical ability, etc. Since you ride road bikes, you already know how to dress to keep warm, just add the mud and dust factors into that for off road. If you are riding with other quads (always a good idea), you can keep the emergency equipment simple. A tow rope, cell phone, tire plug kit with some way to inflate, toilet paper, gps with extra batteries, perhaps extra gas, first aid kit, food & water. If you are alone, then more repair and emergency equipment would be wise as noted above. It could be a long walk out with so many miles of trails. Getting lost and running out of gas is definately something you want to avoid. Otherwise, have a great time!
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