Search Messages

 
Author:
Search Start Date:
Search End Date:
Sort Order
Sources to include:
OR Message ID:
 

Display Mesage #74450


Frankenbike
Written by eegah_yai on 12/18/2007 at 11:38 pm


I sold my Honda trunk bags and use backpacks (day pack size) inside the
trunk. When lain on their sides, they are just the right shape, but have
all those extra compartments, and you can use them for hiking at your
destination. I also use two other cargo carrying methods- one is a "top
case" which is a small cooler, bungee-corded onto the passenger seat,
using the grip bars for anchors. I actually use three different coolers,
(three different sizes), depending on the length of the trip, and keep
my day to day essentials in them, as they are easily accessible- extra
gloves, maps, water bottles, camera, snacks, etc. At night, when camping
or in a motel, they then keep my beer cold (another day to day essential).
The other bags I use are 9 inch diameter, 21 inch long duffel bags, or
gym bags......whatever you want to call them. They are made of nylon,
and have a shoulder strap. I use ones that have all plastic hardware,
not metal.
I used to criss cross the shoulder straps between the two bags, so
they hung over the rear seat by the shoulder straps, but now have enough
confidence in bungee cords. The bungee cords do not go across the seat,
but just around the bag and passenger hand bar on each side. (two cords
for each bag). A passenger can also sit and not be bothered by these
bags, even with sleeping bag pads tied on top of them. The 9x21 inch
size is ideal for carrying a 20 degree, mummy style sleeping bag, and
can be waterproofed also. I have used three different mummy bags, and
they all fit- one Qualofill (my favorite), one Polarguard 3-D, and I
forget the other one.
I stuff my sleeping bags into their nylon stuff sack, then put the
stuffed bag into a "kitchen" size garbage bag. I use my legs and arms to
squeeze the air out of the sleeping bag and garbage bag, then tie it at
the top. The vacuumed bag now looks like a huge white peanut. It will
now fit easily into the nylon bag, and I have a waterproof sleeping bag
carrier. Previously I just put my sleeping bag into a garbage bag, then
tied it onto the bike. We all know how that goes- the flapping in the
wind, tears in the plastic, and eventually a wet bag or one that is in
danger of coming loose. If the nylon bags get wet, they dry out easily,
overnight in the room, or in a tent. Really, these bags cost about $15
to $20 a piece, and look as good as any expensive luggage.
When traveling alone, one side of the bike holds one nylon bag for a
sleeping bag, and on the other side of the bike another for clothes,
towels, mask, snorkel, etc. or other soft stuff (also waterproofed with
a garbage bag). These 4 bags-(the two backpacks in the trunk, and the
two side bags), hold a lot of stuff! I use a 7'x7' tent which is lain
over the top of the trunk, behind the passenger backrest, and then is
laced onto the passenger hand bars also. The 7x7 is a perfect size tent-
not too big to carry, and you can put two people, plus all the gear you
can fit onto your bike into it, if it rains.
If anyone is interested in the exact look of the bike packed this way, I
think I have a photo or two.
Mike

Message Thread for message #74450

actual_revill
12/18/2007, 02:29 pm
Frankenbike
Has anyone looked seriously at what it would take to graft a trunk onto an ST? Revill 1a. Re: Engine Swap (using early V4) Posted by: "itsmikey295"

    stinger_06
    12/18/2007, 08:18 pm
    Frankenbike
    No, But that would be interesting to see if someone did. I love my ST, but do miss the trunk. Guess I'll just have to get a Top Box:^) Debbie in NC --- In

      rwven6956
      12/18/2007, 08:49 pm
      Frankenbike
      Other than the "wow that's different" factor, for convenience I personally would rather have saddlebags than the trunk. This is especially true when I have my tankbag mounted. Ron --- In

        rudyg1937
        12/18/2007, 10:28 pm
        Frankenbike
        I know it's blasphemy on this list but I'll agree with Ron. Detachable bags, even if they load from the side, (maybe even better) beat the trunk for convenience. I have now had both and it is soooo handy to take off the saddlebags and carry t

          obijuanak
          12/18/2007, 10:46 pm
          Frankenbike
          On Dec 18, 2007, at 13:28 , Rudy Gallucci wrote: > I know it's blasphemy on this list but I'll agree with Ron. > Detachable bags, even if they load from the side, (maybe even better) > beat the trunk for convenience. I have n

            eegah_yai
            12/18/2007, 11:38 pm
            Frankenbike
            I sold my Honda trunk bags and use backpacks (day pack size) inside the trunk. When lain on their sides, they are just the right shape, but have all those extra compartments, and you can use them for hiking at your destination. I also use

              wallerman1
              12/19/2007, 12:44 am
              Frankenbike
              I'd like to see the pics of all that loaded. I got some real good ideas from your post Michael! Thanks! ..Cap'n Eric --- In

            eegah_yai
            12/19/2007, 01:56 am
            Frankenbike
            Obi Juan Goula wrote: > > > I like this idea. May be we can create a series of "before and after", > with one photo showing your bike packed "to the gills" and the other > one showing the campsite/room

        vincent01824
        12/19/2007, 02:35 am
        Frankenbike
        --- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "Ron Vennell" <rwvdtd@...> wrote: > > Other than the "wow that's

          stinger_06
          12/20/2007, 01:34 am
          Frankenbike
          I do like both the Saddlebags & the PC Trunk. Regardless of how I packed the trunk when I had the PC or the ST Saddlebags, which I have now, I still use a waterproof Duffle strapped on the seat. Saves more space for goodies I get on the r

            xegunda
            12/20/2007, 12:29 pm
            Frankenbike
            Hello fellow PCers, Yesterday a cow-orker followed me home from work. I was told I did not have any brake lights. My first thought was, fuse or wire connection. Where would you suggest I start looking? Thanks in advance, Ecki

              literidr
              12/20/2007, 05:53 pm
              Frankenbike
              Hey "Scar" The fuse box is an easy first look. If that is good then start at the lights and work backward. It's possible that both lights are burned out. If you've had your tires changed recently, they might not have reconnec

      unlikelylogi...
      12/19/2007, 02:40 pm
      Frankenbike
      Just a reminder for folks who need more room once in a while. RKA Luggage (http://www.rka-luggage.com) makes seat bags that work quite well on the passenger seat of a PC. Winglet has a 36 liter expandable

      lcshepp
      12/20/2007, 07:02 am
      Frankenbike
      Hi Rudy, > I know it's blasphemy on this list but I'll agree with Ron. > Detachable bags, even if they load from the side, (maybe even better) > beat the trunk for convenience. I have now had both and it is soooo > handy to tak