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Old 06-10-2012, 05:45 AM   #1
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Only one side bag?

A couple of weeks ago I was out for a wander around the city and noticed a bike go by with one hard sidecase. I didn't think anything of it, assuming the rider had damaged the other one or just left it someplace. Over the rest of the day, though, I noticed several other motorcycles driving around the city with only one side case. It struck me as a bit odd (surely they hadn't ALL had offs that damaged one side) and I started looking specifically for that. I found that in Naples I see just as many bikes riding around with one side case as with two, possibly more. "Ok," I thought, "maybe this is just another oddity of Naples like the huge dog turds on the sidewalks and the ubiquitous intersection squeegee men." Then last week I went to Rome for the first time and saw -- not giant dog turds on the sidewalks -- motorcyclists driving about and parked bikes with just one side case. At that point I was really curious. I'd think it would mess up weight and balance (though plainly not much) so they must have a reason for it. A bit of (not at all exhaustive) Google searching yielded nothing. Do y'all know what's up with the one side case crew? Is it an Italian thing? A southern-Italian thing? Something I'm completely imagining now that I'm looking for it? (Well, probably not entirely that last since I annoyed the hell out of Girlfriend by pointing it out to her every time I saw it for a week.)

Maybe to make the setup narrower to fit between cars?

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Old 06-10-2012, 05:50 AM   #2
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They're all used to riding Vespas which have the engine and therefore most of the weight on one side.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:49 AM   #3
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I have 2 sidecases , but one always is loaded with 50lbs± of kit, and the other is usually empty. no issues with lopsidedness
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:06 AM   #4
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Can you even buy sidecases one at a time? My guess is that people have had mishaps ("laid 'er down") and have destroyed one sidecase. I can't imagine using only one sidecase, that is so.... unsymmetrical.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:13 AM   #5
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Guilty as charged.

I do this when I've taken a loaded case into the house and forgot to bring it back out empty. One time, I was out riding with a friend, and he had one case and I had the other. We looked kind of silly, but we could park really tight.

Are they all on the same side? If so, it's probably for parking.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:37 AM   #6
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Guilty as charged.

I do this when I've taken a loaded case into the house and forgot to bring it back out empty. One time, I was out riding with a friend, and he had one case and I had the other. We looked kind of silly, but we could park really tight.

Are they all on the same side? If so, it's probably for parking.
That would make sense, as parking IS really tight here. I'll start taking note of which side it is.

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Old 06-10-2012, 07:47 AM   #7
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:51 AM   #8
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I'm thinking about doing this.. I think it looks better than a top case.

Don't get me wrong I like the functionality of a top case, but it's like how my bike looks with or without mirrors. Better without, but damn those mirrors help.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:59 AM   #9
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Lanesplitting. See it in CA sometimes.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:18 AM   #10
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I do this all the time, don't like to ride around with unnecessary weight so if I only need one side case I only bring one.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:29 AM   #11
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I think it looks better than a top case...IheartmyNx
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:09 AM   #12
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I'm thinking about doing this.. I think it looks better than a top case.

Don't get me wrong I like the functionality of a top case, but it's like how my bike looks with or without mirrors. Better without, but damn those mirrors help.
Well if you decide to go this route you'll apparently be in good company -- with lots of Neapolitan riders. I've seen several with both a top box and one side case around here too, making me think there's something to the lane splitting and parking ideas.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:58 AM   #13
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Well it happens in america too. A few years back at a hospital I used to work at a guy would come in every few weeks. He usually had just the left side case on. Once or twice he came with the right one on but more often than not it was just the left one. He told me he did it for weight reasons. What I never got was if he was so concerned about weight why wasn't he using soft bags instead of a big metal box?
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:32 PM   #14
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You can get a bike through an apartment doorway with one case, but not two.
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #15
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I recall seeing that in Italy a lot. I assumed it was to keep the bike narrower.
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