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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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What kind of luggage do you have on your bike and what do you like and dislike about it?

My xs400 has a top case which I think is ugly as heck, but perfectly fit my helmet and my lunch bag (not at the same time lol) when I rode to work. Not sure what I'm going to do without it on the new bike!

I've also got a set of small saddlebags from Viking and they're nice enough quality, but I *hate* the way the lids open against the bike, makes accessing things inside difficult.


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Mine has stock saddle bags, that I LOVE and I installed an E-bay trunk on it which is pretty roomy and can store 2 of my jackets, a hat and a few other smaller things no problem.

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the only 'permanent' luggage i have on mine is a La Rosa swingarm bag that I had to customize to fit properly on my 950.






but for a trip, i use an 80L waterproof Givi bag. you could probably fit a kitchen sink in it, though i haven't tried yet. and there's still room to use my First Gear saddlebags if i need them.




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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2017, 06:03 AM
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Last year I went ahead and ordered soft bags from Motocentric. They were half price on Motorcycle-superstore.com. They expand to hold a lot! I'm not really a leather girl. Eventually want some hard, locking, color match, detachable bags. -The rain liners suck on these, but I just line the insides with trash bags if I know that I'm going on a rainy trip. Function is the key. I also like the way they fit, shape/contour, with the rear fender.
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One of the things that surprised me in the MSF training course is the recommendations for carrying stuff on your bike.

To maintain the stability of the MC, draw a triangle from your head to the front and rear axles.

Anything you carry on your MC should be inside that triangle.

Saddle bags are just on the line. A tank bag is excellent. Anything on the seat or higher behind the rider is outside the triangle.

It really does make a difference on cornering and braking, going over bumps and potholes, and a nasty thing called TankSlap!

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And a passenger, the worst possible cargo and location possible, but we manage and drive accordingly.
I adjust my driving when towing a travel trailer behind my truck too....
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I agree, riding two up is about the worse thing you can do on a MC regarding stability and the handling of the bike.

A lot of bikes do not come with passenger seats or luggage racks.

Its a definite trade off and something you must be aware of.

It also begs the question: if you are going to ride two up, or with a lot of luggage/cargo on your bike, is it really worth it to ride a MC?

I have gone on trips with two saddle bags + a sea bag strapped to the passenger seat
and trips with nothing but $200 in my wallet.

I enjoyed the ride far more with nothing on the bike.
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My wife and I 2up all the time. We can go a weekend EASY with the saddle bags and trunk. No extra luggage needed. We both love 2 up or riding alone.

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I had Viking bags that i cut the tops to fit a 6x9 before i got some hard bags

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