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post #1 of 24 Old 02-09-2009, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Luggage Dilemma

Mr. X has a dilemma. Lets put you in his shoes to see if we can't find an answer.

Here's the Dilemma:
  • You have a 919 and are going on a week long trip to either Baja or the Cali coast.
  • You're Planning on sleeping in a one man tent as much as possible and will need as much luggage as feasible (tank bag, saddlebag, rear bag)
  • You're riding your bike alone and anticipate no need for a rear seat
  • You have Sato's and they look HOT
  • You want something that looks reasonably nice and that you know that will fit.
  • You need to make an order soon to make sure you can get the item in time
  • You are a cheap @$$ and would like to budget $200 for all luggage

What would you do if you were Mr. X.

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post #2 of 24 Old 02-09-2009, 04:08 PM
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Seriously a Ventura is a good start but that is at least $300, probably more now. Hard cases etc are even more. You could get a rack & bungee yourself something but I think the Ventura is the biggest rack & probably just as expensive as if you get a complete set with pack.

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is buying a goldwing or a st1300 out of the question??



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Fraid so - my...er Mr. X's wife isn't too keen on a short term purchase (because she knows it would turn into long term )

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Mr. X should be able fit all necessities in the tank bag, back seat and maybe a back pack.
Mr. X should let me know when this is happening so I can go Because I know the Southern California area and Baja peninsula well.

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How bout some made in the USA soft luggage, actually made just down the road from me in Longmont CO, Ridge, & Jetblast got some stuff from him during their CO adventure last year and liked it

http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/index.html

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Suede, you can have something similar to the pic below for about $200 if you get the box from J.C. Whitney instead of Givi. Add a tank bag, saddles bags, and bungee nets and you're good to do. I believer there are a few others that will contest that it all stayed together and on the bike even through a few bumps and dumps.

Jet and Ridge introduced me to the waterproof kayak compression bags ... great stuff! Comes in yellow and clear. Worth every penny!
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I'm shooting for Spring Break with my bro - trying to convince him to do it on his XR1200...we'll see how that goes.

Does anyone have experience with the Satos and a set? These Dowcos are definitely in the price range (and I wouldn't need to buy a rack)...kind of what I was thinking of.

http://www.dowco-inc.com/products/po...ts/rally_pack/

Turns out I have a small Nelson Rigg Silver saddle bag set - I couldn't get it to fit under the seat well and never used it, looks like I might be able to offset the cost a bit.

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I had Ti Sato's on my 919 and used Givi arrow bags, they sat agains the pipes and were never a prob, although you probably wont want to put your snickers bar in there.

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I love my Dowco Rally Pack. I would recommend them, but I have only used them with stock pipes. All the bags have a built in rain protector too if you hit rain, then it neatly tucks away into it's own compartment.


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I do like those Givis, but the price on the Dowco is pretty alluring.

Certainly looks sharp on yours - those heat shields are pretty awesome on the stockers, I'm just about ready to pull the trigger on the same set, but I'm hoping someone with the aftermarket exhaust has boldly gone before. Just about how much stuff can you get away with in those?

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used Ventura rack and dry-sacks/bags

then a set of willy's rings (HD thing)
piece of leather that goes under the seat w/ d-rings hanging off the side and you can hook whatever you want to them for improvised saddle bags

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Suede, you can have something similar to the pic below for about $200 if you get the box from J.C. Whitney instead of Givi. Add a tank bag, saddles bags, and bungee nets and you're good to do. I believer there are a few others that will contest that it all stayed together and on the bike even through a few bumps and dumps.

Jet and Ridge introduced me to the waterproof kayak compression bags ... great stuff! Comes in yellow and clear. Worth every penny!
This is a great solution. Between the Wolfman bags and the waterproof compression sacks, you can pack a ton of stuff with minimum space and effort. Tie your tent, and poles to the straps on the outside of the bags and ride on.

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I do like those Givis, but the price on the Dowco is pretty alluring.

Certainly looks sharp on yours - those heat shields are pretty awesome on the stockers, I'm just about ready to pull the trigger on the same set, but I'm hoping someone with the aftermarket exhaust has boldly gone before. Just about how much stuff can you get away with in those?

I know my pic above was blurry camerphone pic, but those are Sato's under the givi bags, I did use the sato heat shields though.

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You and the fair price of a givi arrowbag have convinced me Not to mention the apparent Sato compatability.

Looks like that'll be the saddlebags, now I need to figure out if I want to go with the Wolfman or cheap out on something else. I need to raise my number by $100...but so far I'm glad to be rack free.

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I do like those Givis, but the price on the Dowco is pretty alluring.

Certainly looks sharp on yours - those heat shields are pretty awesome on the stockers, I'm just about ready to pull the trigger on the same set, but I'm hoping someone with the aftermarket exhaust has boldly gone before. Just about how much stuff can you get away with in those?
They held plenty for me... Also, the tail bag and tank bag have a zipper. If you unzip it, it allows for a few more inches of storage, which is actually quite a bit when your looking for room to store things.

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After getting over the initial sticker shock...I went Ventura as it does make the most sense to me. They had a bit of a discount on the kit, so I'm out the door for $360 with the two racks, the big bag, and the grab bar.

Owwie.

But, should be enough room and I can imagine sticking a tent/bag on it will be easy cheesy. If no one wants my saddlebags, might just take them along, too, though they're a bit small. But really, someone should buy them.

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Start looking for another $200.

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Yeah...stupid Bryce. My wallet hates that he was right (for me).

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i had a set of soft bags over my carbon fiber scropion exhaust most of which was fine. cept that one of the buckles sliped of the stainless tip. not so purdy, melted the sh!it outa it. all else is good.

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I think you'll like the Ventura system. The tall rack gives you a nice large platform to strap stuff to both fore & aft since you won't have to worry about a passenger. If you have a decent backpack or tank bag (or both), you should have plenty of space.

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Yeah, just installed the Ventura - a little dissapointed in that the rack mounting points seem a bit exposed to the elements (a foam insert is all that's supplied, doesn't look like it will stop much of anything from getting into the tail. But, I put the bag together and mounted it along with my sleeping bag and tent - looks great! I have a tank bag on order and hope to be able to figure out mounting for my saddlebags or sell em.

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I manufactured a rear rack and had it powdercoated. Looks and works great. Got the idea from a rack on "revsperformance". The chrome bolts required for attachment cost approximately $35. Purchased the large luggage box from JC Whitney. Total cost about $130. I only use the Luggage when wife rides on back (built in backrest). Otherwise its a soft tailbag attached to rack. Rack is narrow and flows with angle of tail.

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