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Old 01-15-2015, 08:55 AM   #1
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Does anyone ride their dual sports to work? I have a wr250r with no storage and I dress business professional or business casual. I want to ride my bike when it gets warmer, any tips for keeping clothes in good condition? Again, I don't have storage on my bike or at work. I'm not worried about protection either. Thanks.
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:42 AM   #2
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Without any storage - at least for helmet and raingear - it will be difficult.
Consider riding a scooter. ;)
For daily errands, I too prefer a scooter over my Husqvarna.
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:48 AM   #3
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I ride my DL650 to work everyday with exception of deep Winter. I pick up pizza, carry tires sometimes, but my side cases are so large they act like a speed break.
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:51 AM   #4
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Been commuting on the bike for over 6 years straight now. Without storage, it's tough for sure. When the weather is nice the stich over the work clothes works OK but it'll get wrinkled. When it's super hot or cold the best thing to do is to have your work clothes in a backpack and change in a bathroom stall. Handicapped stalls work great.
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:01 AM   #5
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If you have a rack, install a Givi universal plate and use a large JC Whitney top case. Take the top case off when you aren't commuting/don't need it. The universal plate isn't offensive. For added safety, replace the white backer behind the JC Whitney red lens with SOLAS tape. The entire system is inexpensive, and works well. . ..

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Old 01-15-2015, 11:47 AM   #6
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Bring your office clothes to work in a garment bag--enough for a week or so. It shouldn't be that bad to ride with it one of those days--or choose to drive that day, bringing your stash of well pressed clothes to work.
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:49 AM   #7
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Bring your office clothes to work in a garment bag--enough for a week or so. It shouldn't be that bad to ride with it one of those days--or choose to drive that day, bringing your stash of well pressed clothes to work.
This is a great idea but he says he's got no storage at work.
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:51 PM   #8
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Yeah I do not have storage, I guess I could just hang up a garment bag in my cube if I had to.

I wouldn't worry about rain, I would check the weather and if there was a chance I would just drive my car. I just WANT to ride my bike some.

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Old 01-15-2015, 01:11 PM   #9
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A lady in my office building rides her Harley to work often during good weather, and she only has a small tailbag. She puts her work clothes in there (and she dresses sharp!) then just changes in/out of riding gear. She even brings high heel shoes.

You don't even have to spend a bunch of money on the tailbag. Buy a soft sided cooler at the thrift store, and tie in down on the back of the bike.
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:04 AM   #10
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There are plenty of us commuters, and many on dual sports. One fellow I park next to commutes on a XT225 daily, even though he has had Ducati Monster as a second bike for a while.

Your choice is to wear your good clothes beneath a rain suit or other outer-wear, vs rolling the good clothes up in a small duffel or something else waterproof, strap the roll to the back of the bike, and then change at work.

While you mentioned having no storage, I'm sure you could find somewhere for a small duffle. If nothing else, get a top box and a locking bicycle cable. The top box can hold the clothes and the cable is to lock your helmet and jacket (through a sleeve) over the instruments while you are at work. Here's a photo of us locking up two jackets and helmets.
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:18 PM   #11
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I commute on a WR250X, wearing overpants over my work pants. Shoes/socks/belt in the tail bag. Take off gloves, helmet, jacket, boots, and overpants in the morning, store them in my cube.
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:24 PM   #12
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I commute on a WR250X, wearing overpants over my work pants. Shoes/socks/belt in the tail bag. Take off gloves, helmet, jacket, boots, and overpants in the morning, store them in my cube.
I wear my work suitable clothes under my riding gear. Stow the gear under my cubicle desk during work hours. I can't fit my gear in storage.. the kevlar stuff is too bulky!
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:47 AM   #13
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I wear my work suitable clothes under my riding gear. Stow the gear under my cubicle desk during work hours.
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:27 PM   #14
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Can you mount a Caribou Case? They are relatively cheap and the 25l top box is perfect for me (cloths, shoes, laptop...). If not, a backpack should do.


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Old 02-01-2015, 01:26 PM   #15
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I originally bought my motorcycle for commuting first. I have only recently discovered I can do some light adv riding with it. I have been having a blast on it and cannot wait for it to get a bit warmer and dryer. I have a good messenger bag that stays put and has a huge reflective stripe. It is a TimBuk2 bag. I have a motorcycle backpack, but it has no padding for electronics.

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