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post #4261 of 4526

Mark,

 

I'd just bungee it to the pillion pad as has been suggested. 2 of them crossed over will be fine.

 

Other options:

A hard topcase - might be hard to find one in your size, being 3' long. They're lockable, and waterproof. Some are helmet-sized, so when you arrive you can take your bag out and put your helmet in to save lugging it around.

 

 

A rear rack and soft bag. I've used this before, a Ventura Euro Rally bag (huge, expandable). Can be put on the rack either way around, depending on whether you have a pillion or want to keep the weight forward. Easy to lift off when you arrive. I've carried an esky full of beers/ice on such a rack once or twice before - well over it's rated carrying capacity and made the bike handle real weird, but worked really well.

 

 

Panniers - either hard or soft. Hard ones are lockable and waterproof, soft ones are light and come off easy. I've used soft, expandable ones before with integrated rain covers, never had a problem (same as the pic below, actually). Have carried 4L tins of paint in them without a problem. The weight is down low, which is nice. They make the bike wide, which can impact your ability to lane-split. General advice is not to have bags wider than your mirrors for that exact reason.

 

 

Tank bag. Either a magnetic one (if you have a metal tank) or an attached one. Very secure, and good for cameras, laptops, etc. Sits on the most stable part of the bike, less vibrations, etc. Good for touring because you can put a map under the top cover of most bags. Can get expandable ones that hold a bunch of stuff. Weight is nice and central on the bike, easy, predictable handling. I've never used one, but wanted one of the ring-attachment ones for many years.

 

 

When I was travelling on the bike for work, I'd typically have the laptop in a backpack on my back, or in a satchel thrown across my back. I'd stick the laptop itself in an upside-down plastic bag inside the backpack in case it rained. If it was an extended trip, I'd have clothes in a bag on the rack / panniers / bag strapped to the seat. 

 

Given what you're after, I'd keep it simple and just strap the back to the pillion seat and be done with it. Unless you're planning on doing some touring, which is where the investment in other carrying systems pay dividends. Although I do like that tail pack on the ZX-6R above - that's clean.

 

Good luck.

MR

post #4262 of 4526

I actually fear bungee cords.  My bag  has flat adjustable straps so it doesn't move at all. As you can see I can load it up (blue bike is mine).  The first pic has just a sweater, a pair of sneakers and jacket liner with plenty room for spare.  The second 2 pic it is loaded with a laptop, clothes, rainsuit, flip flops,  tools and other assorted crap needed for a long weekend.

 

I have a matching tankbag which was used once.  I rode with it home from the store, then home from work and it has been sitting collecting dust almost 4 years later. 

 

I will probably end up getting soft saddlebags for longer trips.  Well after I get another bike that is   Found a 2010 Streetfighter S w/5k miles in Pennsylvania for $10k. Still trying to decide if buying a slightly used is better than getting a brand new leftover.  Problem is Duc dealers are still trying to charge and arm and a leg (between $16k to $18k for them).  I'm not trying to spend that kind of money...but I like the idea of a factory warranty

post #4263 of 4526
Hey guys, sorry to derail a little bit but I'm just super stoked to find this thread. Style and motorcycles... I'm in!
post #4264 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

  Found a 2010 Streetfighter S w/5k miles in Pennsylvania for $10k. Still trying to decide if buying a slightly used is better than getting a brand new leftover.  Problem is Duc dealers are still trying to charge and arm and a leg (between $16k to $18k for them).  I'm not trying to spend that kind of money...but I like the idea of a factory warranty

I've always liked the Monster but the Streetfighter 848 is my favorite Ducati right now - very under-rated bike. Surely the thousands saved will offset any potential warranty issues? I can't see it worth going for new.
post #4265 of 4526
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Originally Posted by Matto View Post

Mark,

I'd just bungee it to the pillion pad as has been suggested. 2 of them crossed over will be fine.

Other options:
A hard topcase - might be hard to find one in your size, being 3' long. They're lockable, and waterproof. Some are helmet-sized, so when you arrive you can take your bag out and put your helmet in to save lugging it around.




A rear rack and soft bag. I've used this before, a Ventura Euro Rally bag (huge, expandable). Can be put on the rack either way around, depending on whether you have a pillion or want to keep the weight forward. Easy to lift off when you arrive. I've carried an esky full of beers/ice on such a rack once or twice before - well over it's rated carrying capacity and made the bike handle real weird, but worked really well.




Panniers - either hard or soft. Hard ones are lockable and waterproof, soft ones are light and come off easy. I've used soft, expandable ones before with integrated rain covers, never had a problem (same as the pic below, actually). Have carried 4L tins of paint in them without a problem. The weight is down low, which is nice. They make the bike wide, which can impact your ability to lane-split. General advice is not to have bags wider than your mirrors for that exact reason.




Tank bag. Either a magnetic one (if you have a metal tank) or an attached one. Very secure, and good for cameras, laptops, etc. Sits on the most stable part of the bike, less vibrations, etc. Good for touring because you can put a map under the top cover of most bags. Can get expandable ones that hold a bunch of stuff. Weight is nice and central on the bike, easy, predictable handling. I've never used one, but wanted one of the ring-attachment ones for many years.




When I was travelling on the bike for work, I'd typically have the laptop in a backpack on my back, or in a satchel thrown across my back. I'd stick the laptop itself in an upside-down plastic bag inside the backpack in case it rained. If it was an extended trip, I'd have clothes in a bag on the rack / panniers / bag strapped to the seat. 

Given what you're after, I'd keep it simple and just strap the back to the pillion seat and be done with it. Unless you're planning on doing some touring, which is where the investment in other carrying systems pay dividends. Although I do like that tail pack on the ZX-6R above - that's clean.

Good luck.
MR

Wow, thanks for the detailed reply man.

I think i'm just going to stick the bag behind me on the seat, bungee it in an X fashion with two cords, and then stick a cargo net on top of it just for peace of mind.
post #4266 of 4526
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

I think i'm just going to stick the bag behind me on the seat, bungee it in an X fashion with two cords, and then stick a cargo net on top of it just for peace of mind.

The bungee plus cargo net might be overkill but it's never a bad idea to have one or the other handy on the bike. You never know when you're gonna have to carry something.
post #4267 of 4526
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

The bungee plus cargo net might be overkill but it's never a bad idea to have one or the other handy on the bike. You never know when you're gonna have to carry something.

+1

My cargo net lives on the bike under the seat...comes in handy sometimes.
post #4268 of 4526
Was randomly tuning about the Norton site to see whatever happened to their rotary and found it had been resurrected by one of the engineers:
http://www.fasterandfaster.net/2013/10/brian-crighton-we-plan-to-make-range-of.html

Very intriguing.
post #4269 of 4526
Indeed, though gas mileage could be a potential killer.

To be fair though I hear the RSV4 only does about 25 MPG

O man I can only imagine the throttle response. I hope this thing makes it
post #4270 of 4526

Todays forecast is "dry, cold hands with an 80% chance of grinning stupidly."

 

The cruiser is back from winter storage. When I can get in a 500 mile weekend, I'll go pick up my STR. Happy spring.

post #4271 of 4526
What insure companies do you guys use? Come to the point where i've gotta shop around, looks like i'll be paying $1,300/year at the very least.
post #4272 of 4526
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

What insure companies do you guys use? Come to the point where i've gotta shop around, looks like i'll be paying $1,300/year at the very least.

i use progressive, they seem to be the cheapest. i have full comprehensive & collision with a $500 deductible for both. $3,000 of accessory coverage.

 

I pay $1,000 a year and i had one "at-fault" accident on my record that i dont even know what it is, but i never contested it because of the head ache, but the difference without he accident was $300/yr. pretty fucked up.

 

So i do $92 a month. not bad considering the bike is fully covered.

post #4273 of 4526

I moved to a "high risk" area and insurance on my brand new Street Triple is around $1600/year. For my old '03 Speedmaster it's less than $250. 

post #4274 of 4526
I pay very little for progressive on my kz400... 150-250 a year I think.

This isn't for very much coverage though...I am self-insuring against any damage/theft since the bike isn't particularly valuable--I imagine the difference in premiums plus a deductible over 3 years basically exceeds the value of the bike...so since I have made it 3 years, it is worth it to skip the coverage.
post #4275 of 4526

im failing to see your logic, yes it sucks i pay $1000 a year, and after 4-5 years it will exceed hte used cost of my cb500f, but what if i total the bike and have no coverage? then im screwed because i cant get a claim?

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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post
 

I moved to a "high risk" area and insurance on my brand new Street Triple is around $1600/year. For my old '03 Speedmaster it's less than $250. 

do you have anything to secure the triple? chain, alarm, etc?

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