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Motorcycles

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tck13, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. TRINI

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    I thought bikes in Southern California were more expensive because they don't have 'riding seasons' like in the northeast. Come December/January east coast dealers will be begging you to buy their bikes.
     
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  3. Rumpelstiltskin

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    I hate riding in backpacks with a passion. My trusty tailbag does a much better job. I can easily fit a laptop and work clothes (shirt/pants/shoes) with room to spare. It lashes to the pillion and is stable plus it has a shoulder strap for carrying

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    Boblebee - I always worry about that hardshell in an off; you can be the guinea pig. :)

    I prefer the Kreiga. As for the tailbag/tankbag debate - someday, when I'm down to just one motorcycle, I can see it - maybe. For now, I like backpacks because it stays with me, so I can hop on whichever bike I'm in the mood for and when I get were I'm going everything comes with me. No worries about disconnecting stuff, or leaving it and someone messing with it, etc.
     
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    I was going to say the same thing if you didn't. I will swiftly address the major arguments for backpacks over saddle/tank/tail bags.

    Argument 1) It's cooler to have a backpack than any baggage on your slick bike.
    Response: Wrong, backpacks almost always look less cool than sans-backpack on anyone because mostly kids wear them. If you have at least one decent bag somewhere on your bike you can use it for transporting stuff and just make sure the bag solution is quick release or removable for when you want to go hot doggin'. I think a minimal bag on the bike somewhere is way cooler than a backpack which just looks amateur.

    Argument 2) Backpacks provide additional safety protection.
    Response: They can also f**k up your spine if you land on them wrong. They will always make you less aerodynamic and generally increase wind drag on your body which will tire you out more on longer rides.

    Argument 3) Wearing backpacks on your bike regularly will not lead to chronic shoulder and neck pain.
    Response: My chiropractor would disagree.


    EPB's argument does make sense though. If you've got a variety of bikes it would be tough to find something that works for all of them. Maybe a versatile tank bag would work. But having a bunch of different bikes well... that's an uncommon and good problem to have.
     
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    To tell you the truth removing it is easy - either I detach the straps but leave them sticking out from under the seat(it comes with a lot of extras) or I remove the pillion (which only take a single turn of a key) and take it all with me. I have a matching tankbag that I used once. Picked it up at lunch one day and on the way home realized that I detested the damn thing so it has been collecting dust for 4 years


    Wish I were burdened with that which-bike-should-I-ride-today "problem" [​IMG]
     
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  7. TRINI

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    I bought a Givi top case for my scooter a week ago and it's literally changed my life.
     
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    I thought most people did, since the motorcycle hobby means owning multiple bikes is pretty cheap. Guys here have spent more on a suit than I've paid for my bikes. :) I've sometimes worried about back issues from an accident or prolonged use, but truth is I use my backpack about once a week, to haul groceries home and the store is about 3 minutes away so it's not a big deal. It was comfortable enough on the one 700+ mile roadtrip I took, but I pack pretty light.
     
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    Blarg.

    I didn't want a bag/case back there because I hate looking like a touring bike; I mean, this is Styleforum, right [​IMG]

    Also, too, because I've been looking for the shorter S1 seat to convert, and then there wouldn't be room:

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    A pillion-bag really would be safer and easier... arg.

    I'll start looking at hard-cases I guess. Need something waterproof anyway to ride around in Portland rain. Then I can throw my work-bag in there vs. wearing it while riding.
     
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    I've got one on my Multistrada and you're right. I never had any kind of secure case on any of my previous bikes and I remember what a pain in the ass it was to try and take something with me on it. And I always hated lugging my helmet around with me when off the bike. The top case is great, it has enough room for two full face helmets and smaller miscellaneous items.
     
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    Buddy has a givi topcase mounted on his k1200. I always thought it looked dumb but he's like a big brother to me so I keep my mouth shut. Sometimes. [​IMG]
     
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    I agree that it is not the sexiest thing to put on a bike but I don't think it makes the bike look horrible. The convenience it offers far outweighs the ugliness factor.
     
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    I've got to admit it is convenient. We rode to the movies and I was going to lash my helmet to my bike (I hate doing that) but instead he took my helmet and put it in with his so I only had to carry my jacket in the theatre. That was cool.
     
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    Indeed.
     
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    Yeah my lockable saddlebags have changed mine. Quick release is great too.

    I'm curious, what kind of helmet locks do guys use on sport bikes? I have a chrome add-on for my cruiser that sits on my handlebars. I usually just put my helmet on my handlebar, loop a bike lock cable through it and secure it to the little lock.

    Most cruiser riders around here have such cheap garbage helmets that they don't even lock them. I think they are *hoping* to get them stolen.
     
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    Most of the time, I take mine with me. Friends have told stories of having stuff done to their helmets (one was full of Slurpee) on the bike here in the city, where the act of having something nicer than someone else means you're an undeserving piece of crap that has to be taken down a peg :rolleyes:. Away from the city proper, I use the locks Honda put on the bikes.
     
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    I use the helmet lock on my bike (when you unlock and open the seat, there is a hook inside for the strap so it can't be unhooked without unlocking the seat again).

    Haven't yet had anything happen to it, but I partially base the decision on where it is left. When I leave it parked on the street at the office or at home, I bring it in with me.

    When I'm stopped at the store or something, I'll usually leave it on the bike with the gloves stuffed inside. I guess if someone is really an ass, there are worse things they could do to my bike than screw with my $180 helmet. I will be cognizant of how I am parked though...if somebody is going to crunch their car into my helmet trying to get in/out of a spot, I will either turn the bike at a steeper angle or take the helmet with me.
     
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    It's getting colder in Boston. Soon the leaves will drop like the flag that ends my riding season. But until then... Must grab every beautiful moment on these colorful New England roads.
     
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    I'm gonna try and push riding season out as long as i can (and as long as the roads stay dry).

    Anyone have good recommendations for winter gloves? they don't necessarily have to be heated but preferably gauntlet style.
     
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    I had a pair of Dainese that I sold that were really warm yet had a nice feel to them. They had a little sticky pads on the fingertips that offered precise control in what should have felt like a bulky glove. They were quite warm and kept feeling in my digits in below freezing weather. Can't remember the name of them but I see similar glove on their site. I ended up trading them for a pair of Helds which I ended up giving away (dumb)


    Dainese Jerico

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