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post #1 of 19 Old 08-17-2014, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Two Part Question

Going for a long ride want to make sure I am prepared.

What soft saddle bags do you guys use?

And what spare parts, tools, extra things do you like to carry on long rides?

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post #2 of 19 Old 08-17-2014, 03:41 PM
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No soft bags here. As for parts, I have a clutch cable and a FPR along with the necessary tools.

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I wouldn't invest in moto-specific soft saddle bags either. When I had them, and you know I'm all about waterproof, they were relegated to items that were dry bagged individually or that wouldn't hurt to get wet. Everything else went into the big heavy vinyl (rubber life boat material) roll top dry bag strapped across the pillion. I still carry the dry bag to compliment a full set of hard cases. Since the 9'er doesn't have much to grab onto, I'd look for a bag with attachment points far enough apart so the straps don't rub on the tail plastic on their way down to the passenger pegs. My soft saddle bags bags rubbed the old Bandit's tail section raw. Oh, IMHO the little fold out hooks under the stock 919 seat are useless - wouldn't trust 'em.


What to bring depends on the season, how far from civilization you're going and how long you plan to be out. I assume you're not camping, right?

Here's a preliminary list. I'm sure I'll think of more and others will chime in too.
  • 12v air compressor / tire plug kit
  • chain lube & tools to adjust
  • flashlight
  • water / hydration pack
  • energy bars / high protein snacks
  • Windex wipes for your visor
  • spare sunglasses if your helmet doesn't have a built in dark visor
  • rain suit, waterproof boots & gloves
  • gear / layers to cover the spectrum of temps you might ride in
  • spare ear plugs
  • camp fuel bottle with gas - 1 liter will add 10 miles to your range
  • spare bike key
  • hidden credit/debit card on an account other than the one you'll cancel if you get robbed.
  • locks for everything (helmet, tank bag, etc.) that would impede your ability to travel if lost
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  • 12v air compressor / tire plug kit
  • chain lube & tools to adjust
  • flashlight
  • water / hydration pack
  • energy bars / high protein snacks
  • Windex wipes for your visor
  • rain suit, waterproof boots & gloves
  • spare bike key
  • gear / layers to cover the spectrum of temps you might ride in
  • spare ear plugs
This is a given...

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I like my cortech saddle, tail, tank bags. As for tools, the same told as the stock kit but not cheap garbage lol. I keep a spare mastering just incase aswell

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No soft bags here. As for parts, I have a clutch cable and a FPR along with the necessary tools.
+1 But I carry a spare clutch cable because mine is custom Motion Pro 3" over standard.

Oh yeah,
  • shop towel in a baggie & heavy industrial rubber gloves for chain care which could sub as rain gloves in a pinch
  • contact numbers of ins co roadside assistance and forum members along the route. You are never alone.
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No soft bags here. As for parts, I have a clutch cable and a FPR along with the necessary tools.
Same here, but with a spare set of levers(brake/clutch) and some spare rear tail light bulbs.

Last trip to the left coast resulted in one severely bent brake lever and a trip down to the local Honda dealer for a bulb. I have now included the pivot bolt for the shift linkage. Nothing worse than getting laid up in some one horse town waiting for parts that are easily carried and known to have issues.



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Going for a long ride want to make sure I am prepared.
So where ya headed?
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I've got some old Givi soft bags that I travel with. I use small dry bags, made for kayaks and dinghys, to hold my gear inside them in case of rain. The Givi bags don't give me a moment of trouble while I'm travelling - they just sit there and off we go.

They help keep the load low, as well. I had a very aggravating side-stand-topple incident one time when I loaded too much above the seat line...
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So where ya headed?
Going for a multiway ride around CO with The Shadow. Nothing as long as you do. Looks like we maybe camping out now I have camping/backpacking gear I've just never been this far and long on a motorcycle before.

I knew about a clutch cable as Omaha919s broke when came down a few years a go. Pivot bolt is good to know.

Kiwi do you know what model Givi bags those are?

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Can't spot any model number on them anywhere - they have a couple of labels on the outside saying "Givi Voyager Bag".

From the current range on their website, they look close to the XS314 in shape and size, but not as slick.

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I have now included the pivot bolt for the shift linkage.
This happened to me...had to hitch a ride on a saturday night to and from the only store open (Walmart) for some wire and tools to rig it up for the 2 hour ride home. Since then I put some loctite on the bolt to keep it from coming off.

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I put some blue locktite on the pivot bolt before as I had read it was an issue. I just had it off while doing maintenance and I put some more on it. However, I did order a new one as well, along with its O-ring/Dust seal.

Tools I am bringing:
Hex set (From 1mm to 10mm)
8mm bit
10mm bit
12mm bit
14mm bit
17mm bit
19mm bit
27mm bit
1/4 ratchet
1/4 extension (2in)
1/2 ratchet
1/2 extension (1in)
3/4 Torque wrench (Short)
Crescent Wrench
tire plug kit
head lamp

Gear I am bringing:
Rain Top and Bottoms
Rain Boot covers
Winter gloves (Going to 11,000ft and its already snowed in the area)
Jacket liner
Extra riding socks (Winter and summer)
20į sleeping bag (Compressed to a 4"x6" rectangle)
underware and t-shirt
pair of shorts and tennis shoes

All of this will go in the saddle bags I bought from Givi, Tank bag, and my Kriega R25. I got Givi Silver Series soft bags that expand out to 30L on each side. I think I will be good on space

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I would trade the crescent for a 22mm box end wrench for the rear axle and I think you can make it there and back without the torque wrench. That stuff gets heavy in a hurry.

On my last trip I sprayed the exposed parts of my chain at every fuel stop alternating between Blue PJ-1 and WD-40 keeping the chain nice and wet. I did not have to adjust the chain at all in over 4800 miles.

Is that a down bag? I figure it must be to pack that small. Just remember down is way more efficient than poly fill but worthless if it gets wet. I carry mine in a heavy vinyl roll top dry bag. I highly recommend a good mat too. I use the Thermarest base camp which is also insulated. An uninsulated air mattress will suck body heat away. When camping in the cold I use a shiny space blanket under the tent to help retain body heat and block the frozen ground. If the campground doesn't provide bear lockers, you can stow everything with a scent in the dry bag in a tree away from your campsite. Camping gear is a whole 'nother list.
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Yeah it's a down bag. It's more like 4"x12" still a perfect fit in my saddle bags. I live in Colorado so you're preaching to the choir on pads,tents, and keeping warm while out camping/backpacking. Spent four days in the wilderness between 10k and 13k feet in elevation. Tree line is 12k feet in Colorado.

Well, here's a pic of the bike 99% packed. Few last minuet items to get and I am ready to roll.
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Yeah it's a down bag. It's more like 4"x12" still a perfect fit in my saddle bags. I live in Colorado so you're preaching to the choir on pads,tents, and keeping warm while out camping/backpacking. Spent four days in the wilderness between 10k and 13k feet in elevation. Tree line is 12k feet in Colorado.

Well, here's a pic of the bike 99% packed. Few last minuet items to get and I am ready to roll.
Cut it out! Now you're gettin' me all excited.

I love the smell of camping gear in the morning.
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TheShadow and I at our meeting point 2 1/2hrs in now we are Ouray, CO. 5 and half hours 283mil. Tomorrow we maybe doing a 7hr ride 400+ miles.
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TheShadow and I at our meeting point 2 1/2hrs in now we are Ouray, CO. 5 and half hours 283mil. Tomorrow we maybe doing a 7hr ride 400+ miles.
More please
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I got these bags on my bike, They've held up pretty decently up til now. No real complaints or anything like that from me. http://www.vikingbags.com/street-bike-saddlebags.htm

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