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Old 04-03-2013, 01:07 AM   #4471
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But they say we'll have 10C in maybe two weeks, thats summer right?
Over a little further east of you where I am I think we're on day 2 of summer now, still patches of snow on the ground, but the roads have been clear for more than a week, the sun is out and temperatures are hitting double figures (Celsius) - so autumn rain is due in a week or so if it's like last year!
I have postponed a trip into Wales on the bike with the missus three times now (she's a bit nesh ;) )
Maybe next weekend...
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:56 AM   #4472
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I have postponed a trip into Wales on the bike with the missus three times now (she's a bit nesh ;) )
Maybe next weekend...
I've been through Wales last week Monday on the bike, when I picked up the Stelvio in Manchester.
We wanted to go that Saturday originally, but that was the day when that nasty snowstorm hit the UK, so we postponed by two days and went for it.
Main roads where clear, but I was frozen stiff by the time we got to Holyhead.
Still makes for a good story now
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:23 AM   #4473
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Still makes for a good story now
How many times have been nursing freezing hands or fighting tiredness on a long hike uttering in my helmet "the worse today's journey, the better tomorrow's anecdote" :)
Just over two weeks ago I was in a car near Menai, we had to turn back in the hills as the snow came down, it turned pretty grizzly pretty fast!
I wish the Hollyhead ferry was cheaper, I am yet to ride in the Republic (nearly once, but binned my CX500 of the time pulling a wheelie to impress my pillion's girlfriend - in front a of a pub full of bikers, I can feel the pangs of shame to this day!!) - it looks so good!
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:00 AM   #4474
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I wish the Hollyhead ferry was cheaper, I am yet to ride in the Republic (nearly once, but binned my CX500 of the time pulling a wheelie to impress my pillion's girlfriend - in front a of a pub full of bikers, I can feel the pangs of shame to this day!!) - it looks so good!
Stena offers day trips, Return journey for one person with a bike is GBP60. You have 24hrs at the destination, starting with the disembarkation time. It's a good deal, used it to Wales before. Technically its the price of a no return sailing, so its half-price! :)
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:10 AM   #4475
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Stena offers day trips, Return journey for one person with a bike is GBP60. You have 24hrs at the destination, starting with the disembarkation time. It's a good deal, used it to Wales before. Technically its the price of a no return sailing, so its half-price! :)
Excellent! I'll look into that - is Guiness in Dublin as good as the rumour?
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:36 PM   #4476
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How many times have been nursing freezing hands or fighting tiredness on a long hike uttering in my helmet "the worse today's journey, the better tomorrow's anecdote" :)
"Adventure: Discomfort, in retrospect"?
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #4477
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Delivery Bike?

So I stopped by Costco and parked by the front door. A young guy walks up, ogling my Stelvio. "Cool bike,"' he says. He then points to the TRAX cases and asks, "are those boxes for making deliveries?" I could not fault him for thinking that as they do look like they'd be good for delivering pizzas or something.

BTW, if I haven't mentioned it before (I know that I have) I'm not a fan of Jesses, TRAX, or other big metal box-type luggage. I'm watching for something else to replace mine.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:48 PM   #4478
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BTW, if I haven't mentioned it before (I know that I have) I'm not a fan of Jesses, TRAX, or other big metal box-type luggage. I'm watching for something else to replace mine.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:56 PM   #4479
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:26 AM   #4480
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... I'm not a fan of Jesses, TRAX, or other big metal box-type luggage. I'm watching for something else to replace mine.
As an option, Guzzi offers the Stelvio in the European/UK markets without the Trax rear cases. Those riders add the Norge rear cases, if they need some carrying capability. They are side-loading, not as large but would be a bit more style-ish.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:39 AM   #4481
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As an option, Guzzi offers the Stelvio in the European/UK markets without the Trax rear cases. Those riders add the Norge rear cases, if they need some carrying capability. They are side-loading, not as large but would be a bit more style-ish.
While the there are advantages to top-loading cases, and I like the look of the Trax cases, ultimately I feel that they are poorly-built and not as useful as the clamshell-style cases that I had on my old K1200RS. For me, the big 40L SKB cases from Caribou are a good compromise. Far more robust than the Traxes and with more capacity while also being no wider. A little heavier, I think, but noticeably lighter than the Pelican 1520/1550 and Storm iM2600 options.



My second choice would definitely be the Wolfman bags that Lomax posted, though I appreciate that the Caribous have built-in keyed locks and I'm not quite sure how the capacity of the Wolfman bags measures up.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:28 AM   #4482
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The Traxx bags are built fine....as long as you don't crash and end up upside down down a hill with them mounted

I had Jesse's on an R1150GS Adventure, and they were stout enough to hold up in a mild crash - but also quite a bit heavier than the very lightweight Traxx bags.

The Wolfman bags are a great option too.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:34 AM   #4483
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The Traxx bags are built fine....as long as you don't crash and end up upside down down a hill with them mounted







Regardless of that, I still feel like they are all "show" and no "go". Thin aluminum, riveted, some leak, ...
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:46 AM   #4484
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While TRAX bags could be beefier and yes some leak I still much prefer them to clam shells. There are better and stronger top loaders available which is the way I would go if I was to change bags. Were I planning on doing a extreme off road long duration ride I would go with soft bags such as the Wolfman setup but until then I will stick to top loaders.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:35 AM   #4485
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I have found the top-loading panniers to be a problem when my bike is loaded with a large bag across the seat. I can't open the panniers open without wrestling with the bag.

Clamshell panniers have their issues too, but I prefer them. I'll have to look into the cost of the Norge panniers.
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