Big bag to transport bike gear by air

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Algarve Nick, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Algarve Nick

    Algarve Nick Been here awhile

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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?
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  2. TorontoBrit

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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/onsight-epo-tarmac-duffle-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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  3. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    MEC, is that a Canadian REI? Or REI is an American MEC?
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  4. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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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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  5. blackripley

    blackripley Been here awhile

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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.
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    Boots go in pockets at each end, rest in big center compartment.
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  6. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    Put your boots on an carry a pair of snickers (or whatever shoes) instead.
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  7. Algarve Nick

    Algarve Nick Been here awhile

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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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  8. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    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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  9. Velocifer

    Velocifer Been here awhile

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    MEC is a Canadian REI.
    REI gives you discounts (dividends) whereas MEC gives you more "shares"
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  10. el_lobo

    el_lobo Adventurer

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    Nick, is that a secret site?
    Or is it possible to participate from your knowledge ... :evil



    I am the other guy here from europe! :D
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  11. TorontoBrit

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    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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  12. p51bombay

    p51bombay Adventurer

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    hockey Bag
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  13. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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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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  14. JTucker

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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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  15. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones AdventureDeficitDisorder

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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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  16. NorthKite

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    I would go with a hockey bag. Tough as nails, unique so easy to keep track, and not too flashy.
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  17. ewbutler

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    I've carried the gear you mention, for two, with two helmets from New Zealand to the USA then to Ireland and back in a KATHMANDU Zip Away Tote. It's very light rip stop nylon and very strong. Folds into itself to a sack of approx.7"x10"x4". Excellent piece of kit, found it in an outdoor store in NZ, and don't travel without it.
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  18. Weekend_warrior

    Weekend_warrior Been here awhile

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    If up are putting this in storage while you ride or on a chase truck this would be option.

    http://ogio.com/moto-140f6969d5213fd0ece03148e62e461e/gear-bags/rig-9800-le-chrome

    I have a gear bag that does not have the wheels on it. Its an OGIO. The stitching is heavy duty. It also has rings on it to strap it down to a roof rack or to keep it in place. It is water resistant. I picked it up for 50 bucks many moons ago of eBay. I've had it since 08 or so. No broken zippers plenty of space. Has a fold out mat to stand on and a small pouch for tools. It has several compartments for all you things. I fit all my riding gear in there including my helmet., boots, and chest protector. I can fit 3 sets of gear. Very cool bag Definably will be getting another one. This one with wheels as the one I have now is pretty bomb proof.

    A few years back my garage was open and local hood cat pissed on it. It reeked badly and my wife bought me an MSR gear bag as a cool surprise. On the first or second use one the of the shoulder strap rings pulled out (ripped off). We got another one on warranty and the one on it the seams busted. We took it back to the shop she got it and the gave us a rock star energy racing bag. It holds my wife's gear. I has wheels and a handle. Farley nice, but after a month of use one the of the rings for the shoulder strap pulled out. Pretty crappy for a bag that was over 100 bucks.

    I got fed up with the crappy alternatives and took the OGIO to the car wash and hung it in the Texas while wet in the Texas sun for about a week to two in the back yard.

    Does not stink and still holds all my gear. It's heavy, but still luggable.

    My only complaint is the zippers are a bit hard now. Every now and the I rake a bar of soap across the zippers and move work it a couple times. Works great to keep the zippers flowing. They are not water proof zippers though. It sees lots of dust and dirty gear.

    I also have a nice laptop backpack that they made. Works great and has held up way better than the victorinox it replaced.
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    rtwpaul out riding...

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  20. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    I also wear my gear--helmet in hand. Once in the plane I shove it all in the overhead compartment.
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