I did a 27 day trip last June down the west coast from Whistler BC (home to many Aussies during the ski season!!) all the way to the Mexican border and back. During that time I learned what is needed and what is not. I wrote an online article that some of you may find useful. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1908292/camping_by_sport_touring_motorcycle.html?cat=16 My biggest regret was not having a tank bag during that trip. It makes frequently used items available and gives one a soft pad to lay on while droning down the super slab. I now have a nice expandable one that can double as a back pack for day hikes.