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Old 14 Nov 2007
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Hiding cash

Sorry if its been asked before, but I'm looking for ideas where to stash cash on my bike, or am I better leaving it in the bank (not with Northern Rock !!) and relying more on credit cards.

Belgium to Jordan .... so not remote.

Bagged and in the airfilter seems an option...

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You might want to steer clear of keeping it in the airbox as it would affect air flow rate, making you run rich.

Depending on your bike there are various options - you can even get fake exhausts that you can keep things in... I always found that the best place for cash is in your front pocket, trousers that have a zipping inner pocket are great for this - passport and cash in there every time!

UK to Jordan you should be able to get away with a bare minimum cash, maybe a few hundred dollars 'emergency' money as every town will have a few banks.

have a good trip!
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Why choose?
Leave some money in the bank and use a creditcard (two different cards is better) AND store some money on your bike AND some on your body. on the road, I always have a small wallet on my body, under my clothes with copies of driverslicense and passport, some emergency money and my second creditcard.
When in more "risky" area's like South Africa, I devide my money over more different places.

In those places I also carry a "dummy" wallet with some money (€ 10), some local money, a few outdated bankcards and some other "dummy" cards like the cards you use for discount at a supermarket. If they want my money, I give them this wallet and hope they are happy with it.
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I prefer to carry little cash around and rather rely on my bank- and credit cards. Same as Jkrit I always carry a "muggers' wallet" easily accessible and the normal wallet hidden.

A good place to hide some emergency cash is behind the knee pads if the pouch opens from the outside. Not so good IMO is to stash it away somewhere in the jacket, because this you usually take off when having a break somewhere. Personally I wouldn't hide any cash on the bike, because sometimes you're bound to park your bike somewhere and go for a walk - sight-seeing etc.

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I've never seen anyone look inside my headlight. It's dry in there and pretty easy to get to.
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hiding cash

When I went to Panama I hid some inside my turn signals. That gave me 4 spots to tightly roll up a bill and wrap it with black electrical tape. This will keep it pretty water proof and hard to find. I also had a removeable seat on the bike and I found that it was pretty easy to tuck some inside the seat between the padding and the shell. I also took and taped a bill inside the shroud around the gas tank. By using the wide clear straping tape I took and wrapped some bills in what looked like a oil change mileage log and then just tapped it but did not leave a opening into it so that you could not pull it out easily. If someone saw it they might mistake it for just maintaince records on the bike and go by it. Real hard core is inside a tire between tube and tire. You can also remove hand grips and tape it to the handle bars and then slid the grip back on. You can also tuck it inside the ends of the handle bars. Tail light is another place that should go unnoticed. I do not like to put to much on the bike as it is more likely that your bike might be stolen completely. Hideing a credit card might be better. That way you can just cancel it if the bike gets stolen. Most hold ups are from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Leave the gold chains at home. Same for rings and anything that looks like it is a years salary in the country you are traveling in. I have traveled lots and never had any problems at all. Use your head that is what God gave it to you for. I try not to spend two nights in the same place. I keep on the move if traveling alone. Stay away from the bars late at nights. Stay sober......... Leave the local attractions alone. (girls) Do not keep your money all in one place or when paying for things make sure you get your money out before hand and then just pay with the amount that is needed so others do not see a big wad of bills. If, and that is a big if, they come for it give it to them. People that are going to rob you are usually desperate. They have drug problems or are facing starvation. They have nothing to loose. You do not want to have long term health complications from a stupid mistake. Remember what you see in the movies is not the real deal. They will usually have a back up hiding to help them if you try something stupid. That person will get you from behind and will mean business. The best defense is to stay out of harms way as much as you can. Do not travel alone any more than you need to. I sure hope I did not scare you with this as travel is fun and safe for the most part. Did not mean to write a book but you put the nickel in me...........
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There is so much good advice that with my meagre motorbike travel experience I don't have much too add.

From my backpacking days, I used to like to keep a couple of hundred dollars under my insoles - If you lose your boots, you are in trouble, so it seems like the best place to keep some emergency cash to me.

Otherwise, all the age old advice about keeping cash in as many places on your body as possible, know where everything is at any given time, dummy wallet, exactly what all the good people have said!

On the bike, I like the back of the headlight idea, and might go with that one. Maybe behind a bar end weight? Although I'm not sure that they are meant to come off as easily as they do on my DRZ!

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If you have a textile riding jacket or pants, they probably have removable pads that are in pockets that close with velcro. Only people who own such equipment know that those pockets exist, which makes them an excellent place to keep cash.

They might steal your bike, but if they steal your pants, you probably have bigger problems than missing cash.
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You might want to steer clear of keeping it in the airbox as it would affect air flow rate, making you run rich.
Pun intended? (If there's money stashed anywhere on the bike you're always running rich).
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