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While many riders use a tank bag, what they pack in them is not always well thought out. Sun screen, skin
lotions, eye cleaner, eye lubricant, a flash light, a tire gauge, maps and other essentials should all be kept
in a handy location. If these items are not on-hand when you need them, you won't use them. That can
lead to costly mistakes like missing a road because you didn't want to find your map or roasting your face
and then facing painful sun burn for days into a trip (ever try wearing a helmet over a sun-burnt head? - do
it once and you will never forget to pack the sun screen where it is handy).
On the other hand, things like registration and insurance papers should be kept in a secure water tight area
of the motorcycle. Assuming you probably will only need these items while talking to the Law, having
them stowed away gives you time to talk to the officer and convince him you are human and not some
crazed-biker - that could work to your advantage.