A map might be old school, but these waterproof Butler Maps are about perfect for planning a motorcycle tour. I carry maps for Utah and the surrounding states in my saddle bags and have been a great tool for planning a tour.
Sue and I started using these a few years ago and the ability to talk to each other made touring a lot more fun for her. Because we didn't have a CB with an intercom, the Sena headsets worked great to allow us to chat as we went down the road. They are even more valuable to us now.
One of the things I neglected for the first few years of riding was my battery. Granted there's not really much you need to do, but keeping it charged is important—particularly true if you live in a place that gets cold in the winter and you keep your bike in the garage until riding season.
Going from a half helmet to a modular helmet took a little getting used to, but the HJC Rpha Max is a great helmet, it's comfortable, and lightweight. Here's what I think about the helmet after wearing it for the last eight months or so.
Heated gear makes it easy to extend your riding season into late spring and early winter. My heated gear ends up in my saddle bags on any tour that isn't in the middle of the summer. There have been some days when I've started with my heated gear and finished the day in mesh.
I'm a fan. I've got over 96,000 miles on my Road King—in part because she's got Red Line running in the motor, the transmission, and the primary. This stuff is beyond five stars. I'd give her 10. Here's what I think about Red Line Synthetic motor oil.
I don't know how I got along without a lift for so long. Unless you have a trike you probably don't need a lift this big, but this bad boy is flat out awesome. I had a smaller lift, before we got the trike, which I also liked by this lift by Handy is really a well made addition to the garage.
There are a couple of upgrades I've come to feel are an important on a modern touring bike and one of those is a nice set of LED headlights. The price has come down substantially over the years and the added brightness adds additional safety when you're one the road.