It is impossible to travel long distances on a motorbike without making some modifications to the motorbike. These are necessary for safety as well as comfort & improved storage capacity.
Fit a luggage rack behind the saddle, above the taillight. Make definite it is strong to support camping gear. Some racks have provision for panniers which attach to either side of the motorbike. Panniers can hold heavy lots. They are ideal for storing clothing & food as they are water resistant - some are fully water-tight. When fitting panniers you may require to reposition the turning indicator lights. Make definite the fitting kit contains the correct brackets for this motorbike manipulation.
A motorbike accessory advisable for comfort on long journeys would include a saddle-cover, sheepskin or plastic.
A tank bag attached to the top of the fuel tank is handy for personal items which require to be taken with you when the bicycle is left unattended. The bag clips to a fame which fits over the tank. Some tank bags have a clear section at the top to put maps under for simple reference.
A fairing reduces buffeting. In hot weather only a top fairing is necessary. In chilled weather a fairing which also covers the legs is desirable. A bicycle without a fairing ought to be limited to short or slow-speed journeys.
Additional lights are needed for night riding. They must not be so powerful that they jeopardise the motorcycle's electrical method.
Touring handlebars permit the rider to sit in a more upright, comfortable position. They are recommended for long journeys.
Check the tightness of all accessory clamps & bolts every few days.
Fuel & Oil
Calculate the distance your motorbike will travel on a full tank of fuel. Plan your journey so there is a reserve of 50 km between refills. It is dangerous to carryover giant quantities of spare fuel on a motorbike. In the event you must carryover fuel, use a specially designed container.
If your motorbike will be due for an oil alter in the work of the journey, check beforehand that it is possible for you to to buy the oil along the way. Do not carryover any over 1 litre of oil for topping-up. Lack of oil could cause the bike's engine to "seize". This can lock the rear wheel, causing the driver to lose control. If this happens squeeze the clutch lever immediately.
If necessary, carryover 100 ml of brake liquid in a tightly sealed container. Wrap the container in plastic & duct tape as it is highly corrosive if spilt.
A plastic bottle of non-aerosol chain oil is useful for various lubrication jobs.
Ian Molloy is the owner of Crikey Adventure Tours.