ATGATT=All the Groceries All the Time?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by EddieKilowatt, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. EddieKilowatt

    EddieKilowatt Been here awhile

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    A case of, "I spent too much on my new Ducati and couldn't afford saddlebags or a helmet so I carry groceries with my throttle hand?"

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  2. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    All the goofiness, all the time.

    I bought Coleman/Mad Dog generic soft saddlebags from Wally World...you can also get them at Amazon. $45. Some creative bracing has made them work on several of my machines at various times.

    As grocery getters, they're indispensible. Of course they don't have a lot of storage room - but that just means, sometimes I have to make two trips. What a hardship!...since I live three miles from el grocerio.
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  3. JRMAL

    JRMAL Been here awhile

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    Bronson got rid of the Sportster.
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  4. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    My last year of college all I had was a Z1. To do laundry I just loaded up my duffel bag and strapped it on.
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  5. islandtosh

    islandtosh Adventurer

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    That's funny. My biggest grocery run on my bike involved my 250, soft saddlebags (52L total), 52L top case, ~24L backpack, and 29L tail bag, plus a bungee net / straps (no tank bag). Just once, just to see if I could do a full-on grocery run on the bike.
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  6. Offcenter

    Offcenter On The Road Again!

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    I wanna watch when he hits a bump and the bottom of those crappy plastic bags rip open and spread groceries all over the street! LOL!!!
    The saddle bags and trunk of my 1500 Goldwing can suck up six bags of groceries and not even burp.
    People look at me funny when I come out of the store with a shopping cart full of bags and wheel it up to the bike.
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  7. road_apple

    road_apple Hit the Trail

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  8. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    I lived in the Keys from 80-83, and for the first two years all I had was a 750F. I could fit two full sized grocery bags on my tank and hold my legs up just high enough to cradle them while my wife (girlfriend at the time) would reach around me and spot them in case something happened. We had to make sure our groceries fit in two bags.
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  9. Caesars_ghost

    Caesars_ghost Vertical twin

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    I stopped doing that after one memorable trip when the bag started ripping, then in its elongated state, it hit the header pipe and started melting, and I had to use my other hand to rescue my jar of strawberry jam and my wheaties, all while rolling down the road at 55mph in four lanes of traffic. There's excitement and then there's sheer stupidity, and I found the line that fine morning, after which I spent $75 on some cheap universal panniers that worked extremely well.
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  10. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    I've done similar. Though I generally was younger while doing it.
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  11. VX Rider

    VX Rider Long timer

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    And then there's my stupid naked vx800.

    One fine day I grabbed two slices of pizza and a cold soda. I thought I'd take with me for lunch on.my ride.

    Pizza, and soda under the seat.

    Seat won't close....pizza only...yep it closes
    Put the soda in cargo pocket of my jeans....

    Yeah not much storage or carrying capacity on the bike.
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  12. shinyribs

    shinyribs doesn't care

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    Luggage makes a toy useful. Any naked bike deserves removable luggage.
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  13. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I get that luggage can be expensive. I'm too cheap to pay full price. With some patience, however, I was able to find most of it used for less than half price. Givi saddlebags, top box, and Aprilia tank panniers.
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  14. aldend123

    aldend123 Long timer

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    For someone in the city, something like a hiker's pack might make more sense. Especially if living in a large apartment complex where parking might be fairly far from your door. Or a packable shoulder duffel that fits under the seat. Both can be found for pretty low cost.

    Another less expensive option is a big tail bag. Although it might not be ideal for that particular bike pictured.

    I'm glad to see the guy out there putting his bike to use :D Though I have a feeling this specific case might have been more of a 'cars in the shop' scenario.
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  15. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Yes. I have used those in the past. The great thing about the larger backpacks is that you can adjust the straps so the weight is on the seat behind you. They often have a waist belt, too.

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  16. Bar None

    Bar None Old School Dude

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    Get a sidecar, great for hauling human food, cow sweet feed, and grandkids.

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  17. norseXL

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    I put GS boxes on my Sportster, swallow groceries for a week...

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  18. severely

    severely almost a noob

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    In 1976 my girlfriend [now wife} started complaining she could only hold 4 bags on groceries while on the back seat of my CB-500 Honda. Asked me to fix it and I decided to get my first van. If I had known about trailers pulled by motorcycles I wouldn't have gotten my van at 21 years old. Saddlebags weren't considered because they didn't look "cool". Oh to be that young again. :-)
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