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post #21 of 47 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 06:59 PM
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For security sake, you may want to consider a couple of MasterCard/Visa/American Express gift cards with $250 to $500 so that your card is skimmed, especially at a gas pump, the bad guy(s) won't get access to your whole bank account. The cards can be reloaded if necessary and the peace of mind I get from using those cards as opposed to my main debit or credit card on the road is great.





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For security sake, you may want to consider a couple of MasterCard/Visa/American Express gift cards with $250 to $500 so that your card is skimmed, especially at a gas pump, the bad guy(s) won't get access to your whole bank account. The cards can be reloaded if necessary and the peace of mind I get from using those cards as opposed to my main debit or credit card on the road is great.
I think this is a great idea. I always take multiple cards, but I really like this.

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For security sake, you may want to consider a couple of MasterCard/Visa/American Express gift cards with $250 to $500 so that your card is skimmed, especially at a gas pump, the bad guy(s) won't get access to your whole bank account. The cards can be reloaded if necessary and the peace of mind I get from using those cards as opposed to my main debit or credit card on the road is great.

Good idea but I am not liable for any fraudulent charges on my cards.
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For security sake, you may want to consider a couple of MasterCard/Visa/American Express gift cards with $250 to $500 so that your card is skimmed, especially at a gas pump, the bad guy(s) won't get access to your whole bank account. The cards can be reloaded if necessary and the peace of mind I get from using those cards as opposed to my main debit or credit card on the road is great.
If you're using a debit card, STOP. Do what you just described, or do something else. Good idea.

I've got plenty of credit cards so I just bring a couple of them. Absolutely at risk of them cutting out at any time. However, like INTHEWIND, I have no concern about liability for fraudulent chargers, so why bother with those prepaid cards and the hassle of keeping track of them? Bigger risk for me of losing the money I dumped into them.

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Plastic is good, but there are times when cash works soooooo much more better. Stash $100-$200, assorted denominations, on your bike, and leave it there, even after your trip. You never know when you may leave your wallet at home, or loose it.

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What about valves?. I ck mine at 40000 and two needed adjusting.

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Get out your Allen wrenches and 17 mil wrenches and check the tightness on every nut and bolt you can.buy your self a small air compressor and tire plug kit.slime has a good one for about $30.put the TripAdvisor app on your phone for good restaurants and motels in any town you go to.have a fun and safe trip
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For security sake, you may want to consider a couple of MasterCard/Visa/American Express gift cards with $250 to $500 so that your card is skimmed, especially at a gas pump, the bad guy(s) won't get access to your whole bank account. The cards can be reloaded if necessary and the peace of mind I get from using those cards as opposed to my main debit or credit card on the road is great.
That is a great idea.
I just never thought of this.
I am going to use this tip from now on.

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That is a great idea.
I just never thought of this.
I am going to use this tip from now on.

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I was going to do that for my life. Amex has a personalized pre-paid card that works just like any other. I figured I could separate my deposits from my day to day purchases and expenses. They had a max deposit of their pre-paid card of like 2 grand if i remember right. I was like, ehhh that doesnt make sense. I've since stopped trying to live by that since most banks have fraud protection...but still it would be nice to have that segregation.

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Credit card discussions are technically off topic. The OP is looking for preventative maintenance. Credit cards only help after the bike breaks down.

But since it was brought up, I do agree. Stop using Debit cards if you use them. I only use mine at my bank's ATM. In fact, most banks offer ATM only cards in lieu of debit cards. They are much safer.

I do not agree with using prepaid credit cards or gift cards instead of standard cards. If you lose them, or get robbed, you lose whatever value is on those cards. Large amounts of cash is just as bad, but you do have to have some cash for times when you can't use a card. With a standard card, you don't lose anything financially.

The only drawback with cards is that if you don't have a history of using your cards out of town, you are likely to trip fraud alerts at the credit card company, and possibly getting them cut off. I have seen it happen quite often. They say you should call the CC company to let them know you are going to be traveling, but I can't help wonder if that isn't risky too.
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