The creed of the U.S. SOG originated in the British Army back in one of the World Wars. It is what is known as "The 7 P's" [proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance].
I have striven to use this mantra in my personal life, professional life...hell every part of my life.
At work, for instance, I get involved in the electrical installation of some pretty big machinery. While I am good at "thinking on my feet" and fabricating conduit runs and such, I detest times where some dude in an office decides that they did not have the machine in the right place and need to move it 1 foot or rotate it 90 degrees. That's when my Aspergian side comes out and have an attitude meltdown like my son. Ugggh! And of course they want it done right away.. ("Lack of preparation on your part does not constitute a crisis on my part a***hole.")
Last week I had to carry my wife's car in from her purse after we got groceries unloaded...wait It was her purse..I only thought I was carrying a 2008 Impala.
WTF does she keep in that thing? She's just a social worker ferchrissakes. As heavy as it is it's going to develop an event horizon soon.
I was to learn that in addition to regular female stuff she also had hand sanitizer, a small first aid kit, surgical gloves, eyeglass repair kits, one of my old Gerber multi-tools (They are the shizzle. better than a Swiss Army knife IMHO.) These are all tools of her trade. Surgical gloves and Vicks? She on occasion has to go in to some pretty dirty houses as a child abuse/neglect investigator. I'm told that there are houses even dirtier than ours that have walking trails between piles of dirty clothes and cat shit. This makes me feel guilty for not cutting my kids some slack because I stepped on a Lego (muthas hurt).
A day later I had hefted the Interceptor on to its center stand in preparation for doing an oil change. I started removing the side plastic, removed my tank bag, set it aside, then unbolted the the tank to hinge it up for access to the air box so I can clean the K&N filter.
Wait a second!
Jesus Allah Buddha that tank bag is heavy! Indeed, heavier than Princess' purse which I bitched about [inwardly so as not to raise the ire of said princess].
After all of Jessica's R157 Italian red bodywork was back in place and she had gotten her fresh drink of Repsol, Sea Foam misted through the throttle bodies, chain cleaned with #2 diesel and then treated to a fresh coat of Bel Ray, etc, etc, ad nauseum......I decided to puke all of that tank bag's contents out and try to thin it down so as not to feel like the hypocrite I was.
First, the bag: I use a Wolfman Explorer. It is a sloped bag however it expands large enough even with all the sh*t I've got in there to haul a jug of milk home from the store.
I can't say enough about how satisfied I am with my Wolfman tank bag. This is expandable enough to be an overnight touring bag, it will also swallow a gallon of milk or a small bag of groceries. I have no affiliation with Wolfman but I have this bag, one of the touring tail bags, and some other stuff. The zippers he uses are first rate. I have had this bag and used it in all weather conditions for SIX YEARS on 3 different motorcycles and it has yet to fade or jam a zipper. The only reason I have not bought another is that this one simply shows no signs of wear.
I tried to eliminate some stuff...I really did. But everything you see puked out here on my 100+ year old kitchen table has a purpose, just like Princess' purse.
Note: I was too lazy to find a different place to put the kid's homework in the 10 o'clock to midnight positions of the table.
OK so here goes......
1. DRUGSTORE.com first aid kit..which I hope to never use
3. BMW summer rain gloves. I treat these with Skotchgard twice/year. They have yet to leak. They have a nifty little squeegee sewn in to the left index finger for your visor.
5. analog GPS
6. The Magic box.......contains CO2 tire inflation cartridges, metric fastener assortment, wire butt splice connectors, etc. Also has a fuse assortment, spare halogen and signal bulbs.
7. What you can't read the pouch?
8. Honda toolkit.
9. Schwinn bike repair tool kit...has all the metric sockets and allens I could ever need for this motorcycle. Color coordinated too!
10. LED head lamps...Look, Maglites are great but if you're alone, stranded on the side of a dark highway, who's going to hold it for you? No one. You need a light that straps to your head so the light is wherever you're looking.
11. Tire gauge
12. Crescent wrench...these are basically useless for turning bolts on precision Japanese or German motorcycles but work OK on Harley fasteners. It also has enough mass to use as a hammer if necessary.
13. Cheap-assed digital voltmeter for electrical problems. This bag also has some cable ties. You NEVER know when you're going to need cable ties.
14. Chase Harper Bungee Buddy This is one of those things that is so incredibly handy you just can't do without. I prefer it to the traditional cargo netting .
15. Rok Straps
16. That's the rain cover for the tank bag.
And no, I did not find a way to lighten the load...
Every item in this bag I've had to use at some time or another. Sometimes for myself; other times for some other stranded motorcyclist.