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Old 01-29-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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Big bag to transport bike gear by air

I would like to buy a bag to enable me to fly all my bike gear from one country to another. I'm talking about a riding suit, boots, gloves etc and a travel bag all packed inside. But not the helmet. I'll take that on the flight. Does anyone have any suggestions, please?
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:13 PM   #2
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I have travelled using an Onsight 60L Tarmac bag, fits all my gear except the helmet, extremely tough:

http://www.mec.ca/product/5015-941/o...bag/?q=onsight

When not using it to flyn'ride it fits all my camping gear: tent, thermarest, sleeping bag, first aid kit etc.... straps down nicely on the rear seat, and keeps eveything dry. It comes with shoulder straps so you can wear it like a backpack.
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:39 PM   #3
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MEC, is that a Canadian REI? Or REI is an American MEC?
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:41 PM   #4
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Military surplus duffle bag. . . . cheap, may get slightly better treatment from baggage apes, did I mention cheap?
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:03 PM   #5
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Most of the guys I ride with throw there gear in a bags like Troy Lee Designs Jet Gear Bag they at like $40 bucks.


Boots go in pockets at each end, rest in big center compartment.
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:35 PM   #6
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Put your boots on an carry a pair of snickers (or whatever shoes) instead.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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Thanks, lads. I acknowledge the sense of military stuff but I've spotted a North Face Base Camp Duffel XL (155L) on an English site, so, seeing I live in the EU, I'll buy from them. Big reduction in price. They're having a sale.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:36 PM   #8
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I would like to buy a bag to enable me to fly all my bike gear from one country to another. I'm talking about a riding suit, boots, gloves etc and a travel bag all packed inside. But not the helmet. I'll take that on the flight. Does anyone have any suggestions, please?
I've done quite a few fly and rides and a lot of the people I visit have extra bikes for me to ride . First, unless your suit is a 1 piece stich I would just wear the gear. Are we talking a few hour flight or a 14hr flight?

Boots take up a lot of packing space and weight, pack a pair of light shoes and wear your boots, you can take em off once you're on the plane if they're not comfortable.

This way you can just carry your other necessities in a carry on sized bag, if the bike does not have a top case or side cases then use a tailbag or seat bag as a carry on. I've used a Kriega US-30 with backpack straps with a US-10 strapped to one side and a US-5 strapped to the other. Then once on the bike I strap it down to the back seat or rack.

When flying out but not necessarily riding at my destination but riding to the airport I use a carry on sized bag that fits perfectly in my top case. It's an almost exact duplicate of the MEI Voyageur, google it, it's a great carryon\backpack combination and is probably the best travel bag out there.

If it's a long flight and you just HAVE to put all your riding gear in a bag I would use a Cabelas boundary waters bag, it's thick and tough and when you get there you can rok strap it to the bike. I would NOT use any motorcycle specific tailbag or seat bag as checked baggage. All those loose straps WILL get caught in the conveyor belt or be torn off by the time you get it. Make sure it's a bag whose straps are either fully removable or can be tightened and have nothing loose.

While walking to the exit of Newark airport a few months back I spotted an Aerostich Motofizz bag on the conveyor belt, so I stuck around to see if it was someone I knew, it wasn't but he was pissed that two of the straps were torn off and the bag itself had a hole in it.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:40 PM   #9
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MEC, is that a Canadian REI? Or REI is an American MEC?
MEC is a Canadian REI.
REI gives you discounts (dividends) whereas MEC gives you more "shares"
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:42 PM   #10
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:37 PM   #11
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MEC, is that a Canadian REI? Or REI is an American MEC?
REI has been around longer. MEC started as a co-op buying stuff from REI and MSR importing it to Canada and selling it to its "members" An MEC lifetime membership is $5. I think I joined in the early '80's!
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:10 PM   #13
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Look at flight rules regarding weight. It is easy to get a big bag overweight with MC gear. Sometimes, I have found two smaller bags cheaper to fly with than one big one.

I put my helmet in a helmet bag filled with all my electronics and wore my boots. I figured that if luggage got lost those would be hardest to source. Jacket and pants would always be easy to find.

Also, it may be cheaper and easier to ship tools, spares, and heavy stuff ahead and just fly in with necessities.
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:38 PM   #14
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I have some gear in a KLIM Kodiak right now. I needed gear to ride street and dirt. I fit two helmets, a pair of boots, two pairs of pants, a jersey and a riding jacket. There are also goggles, socks etc in there.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:29 PM   #15
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I like the idea of anonymous bags. Plain, no logos.
Nothing that says, " Hey! I'm full of expensive stuff, take me!"
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