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post #1 of 28 Old 10-23-2014, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Touring the 919

I'm 49 and just got the 919 two months ago. Came from a Connie. "Sport touring" bikes for years before. This is much less touring. Similar power and 200lbs lighter - fun! Love chasing faster riders in my group every Sunday AM in the SE Wisconsin hills! It's been a long time since I've had a bike this light and stripped down.

Still, I tour cross country EVERY July. Next summer a trip from Chicago to mountains, canyons and death valley are on the docket. Shakedown trip a few weeks ago shows what 'might' work.

Camping gear and tools in the yellow wolfman bag. Clothes and traditional bottle of Jack from my wife in the top case. We'll see, but I think it will certainly work. Not to mention the nice, light, naked feel when sport riding with faster riders most summer Sunday mornings.



For reference - here's a pic from my first ride from ILL to the pacific in the 80's - nekkid:


Here are some ride reports from over the years. Don't have this year's ride to Maine and down to Myrtle up yet ....
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Soft panniers work well for me, and help keep some of the weight lower on the bike, but you need to find them available for not much. So, yeah, lube the chain, check the tyre pressures and go.
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That's a nice setup alek. That Wolfman bag looks like it holds quite a bit. Good luck with the touring!

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Checked out your blog, man. Cool stuff.

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Great pics in the blog Angelo!

Go for it - you're going to love touring on the 919. I've never had a "big" bike and bought my 9'er specifically with touring in mind.



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Sounds like you're in for some fun! looks like not a lot has changed in 30 yrs!

Blog looks cool, even better with a niner in the mix.
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That's a nice setup alek. That Wolfman bag looks like it holds quite a bit. Good luck with the touring!
Mike, I think I have to change my set up.

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Or I have to add the tank bag

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Mike, I think I have to change my set up.

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Or I have to add the tank bag
I think you can add a Wolfman bag or two to your current set-up, but you may have to put an OVERSIZE LOAD sign on the back.

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I think you can add a Wolfman bag or two to your current set-up, but you may have to put an OVERSIZE LOAD sign on the back.
I've been thinking of this set up for a long time, no joke
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I can't stop reading.

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I haven't done any big trips yet... I'm in the gathering luggage and skills stage still. This is my most current setup of the bike: hoping to get hard side cases.

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Thanks for the kind words. Still missing the long ride from this summer - maybe on a snowy day I'll actually write something.

Guys, those soft side bags look like fairly painless. I assume they just throw over with no hard stuff to mount right? A little extra space wouldn't hurt. A few more pair of underwear packed and maybe cut an afternoon at some laundromat in Delta, Utah off the itinerary, no?

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Some, I hear, pack old underware and throw away as needed according to the individuals replacement schedule. Personally, I like the wash in the sink program and dry overnight with synthetics.

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My setup for my recent 1500 mile trip to Kansas. Tail bag is Gears Canada Navigator with an NRS Expedition Duffel and an extra large Exped sleeping pad. Tank bag is Nelson Riggs. I was nearly totally outfitted with camping gear, lacking only a stove and cookware. The stack of bags pic wasn't cinched down tight which is why it appears to stacked high. It actually ended up lower than my shoulders and rode well. Exped pad though was too high and blocked my mirror vision so will drop it lower next time. Mounting up a rear rack with a Wolfman Peak tail pack. Will post pic when finished.
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I HAVE to have top box - no choice. Need it for when my wife is on - otherwise she won't ride (plus can take off for sport riding).

I like the stacking approach. A very small bag would stack nicely above the wolfman - or between the wolfman and the top box. Light with with just some clothes would probably not be noticed at all in the high speed twisties.

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The in between I mean is a little more clear on this pic.


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Touring my 919

Nelson Riggs CL-905 soft saddle bags and expandable magnetic tank bag. Also attach misc smaller bags with bungee cords as required. have had no problem packing enough for several days.
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I am a fan of the Givi bags, the pics are from my last December when I rode from Orlando Fl to Alamogordo NM. Three week trip with camping on the way out and back.






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Thumbs up Lights on the bags

Great idea. Every little bit helps.

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I am a fan of the Givi bags, the pics are from my last December when I rode from Orlando Fl to Alamogordo NM. Three week trip with camping on the way out and back.
I like the lights too. I'm thinking about doing something similar.

BTW: Next time you ride through Beaumont TX look us up. The garage and guest room are always ready.
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I like the lights too. I'm thinking about doing something similar.

BTW: Next time you ride through Beaumont TX look us up. The garage and guest room are always ready.
The LED's are just cheap marker lights off Ebay.
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They are very bright! One of these days I'll wire them in to the tail light too, so far they are just obnoxious running lights...lol. I have Amber ones on the front of the bags.




I appreciate the garage offer, definitely wanting to make the trip again.

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I never really went that far on my 919, couple 1300 miles weekends maybe, but that was about it. Used some Chase-Harper Stealth Bags and a Ventura Rack that I turned OVER the seat instead of away from it to better balance the load. Most common thing I placed on it was a cooler or my laptop bag for work when I was commuting, but there were a couple of times where I loaded up some pretty large capacity bags on it and it always worked perfectly







If ya come out to California holler at me and I will hook up with you for a stretch or you can just use my pad to crash for the night.

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I never really went that far on my 919, couple 1300 miles weekends maybe, but that was about it. Used some Chase-Harper Stealth Bags and a Ventura Rack that I turned OVER the seat instead of away from it to better balance the load. Most common thing I placed on it was a cooler or my laptop bag for work when I was commuting, but there were a couple of times where I loaded up some pretty large capacity bags on it and it always worked perfectly





If ya come out to California holler at me and I will hook up with you for a stretch or you can just use my pad to crash for the night.
Those are nice looking bags.

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I never really went that far on my 919, couple 1300 miles weekends maybe, but that was about it. Used some Chase-Harper Stealth Bags and a Ventura Rack that I turned OVER the seat instead of away from it to better balance the load.
Nearly went with the whole enchilada with the Ventura system but decided to wait to see how much actual touring I do. It's probably one of the nicest systems for soft luggage.

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Are those the Givi hard bags on there? I am trying to find the best hard bags for mine..

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Are those the Givi hard bags on there? I am trying to find the best hard bags for mine..

Mine? If so, yes they are Givi on a SW Motech mount.

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Soft panniers work well for me, and help keep some of the weight lower on the bike, but you need to find them available for not much. So, yeah, lube the chain, check the tyre pressures and go.
Wondering what keeps your soft luggage/saddlebags from flapping in the wind?

Are there aftermarket 'stays'? Are they still available?
Superstore carries an alround bracket, but there would be nothing for it to attach to the frame.

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