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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by 750Volts!, Oct 21, 2010.
that tread patter looks pretty spread out to be good in the sand.
Is anyone planning on going to Desert Daze in the end of March? I will be heading down Thursday and leaving sometime on Saturday.
This will be my first overnight on the motorcycle, so I am looking at getting a bag for the back of my bike. I am sure I could Ghetto Rig my backpacking pack onto the rear, but I like the idea of the Giant Loop bags.
I am trying to decide between the Coyote model and the Great Basin. Do any of you have experience/recommendations for rear bags. I want to be able to carry enough gear for a 2-3 night stay...
That doesn't mean a ton of clothes. I find that a strong smell will keep the mosquitos away.
I would take a look here first:
Thanks for the link. This should get me through my lunch hour.
Condensed version is the OP is one fo the designers of the Giant Loop. There was a split and now he's making these on his own.
These are a much better design than the original GL bags.
There are some sneak peak pics but they aren't available for sale yet.
Soon. I'm glad I've held out. I'm getting me some when they do.
Looks like a really good product. I am sure it will still be in the mid 300's. Ask for a referal discount and I will buy after you.
Now I need to figure out how I will strap my backpacking pack to my bike, or do I borrow my dad's truck and drive down there...16 MPG is not too appealing.
Dave wachs wasnt part of giant loop he WAS giant loop. As such i'd hold out for his new designs..... but for reference i had a great basin and my camping set was swimming in it. I have a coyote now. its still on the big side for me most of the time. I'm a minimalist i guess.
and a pretty good solid dood.
Wachs, not you. You I still have my suspicions.
I struggled with justifying paying that much for a non-waterproof bag. My sister and I put together something more suited for our budgets. The materials cost about $12. and the sewing took about 3hrs, not including making the pattern.
They have pretty sturdy 20 and 40 oz drybags at wally world.
It doesn't resolve the 'how do I strap this thing to the bike' problem though.
Can you tell I wasn't a boy scout? Look at that retched hack of a tie down job.
You either need better tie downs or wheels on that trailer.
.throw out yer suspicions i'll tell ya straight up, i'm not solid but i like doods,, especially petite ones
I rode all over the southwestern US and baja with dry bags. Prolly 50Kmi on a KLR. I just used ratcheting tie downs and never had an incident. Always have to be mindful of moving parts and especially exhaust!
I even brought a folding kayak with sailing rig to Puertocitas on the KLR strapped down with all my gear in dry bags with ratcheting tie downs. I wish I had a picture of that! Sure was a fun trip. Did a lot of sailing from a moto. When I had the barcito all setup next to the moto with my kitchen, everyone kept asking me where my truck was to haul all this stuff down there. They so didn't believe me when I told them I rode it all down on the moto. I even had an audience watch me load up!
I got kicked out of the boy scouts....
...I vote for the wheels.
It helps if you have a rear rack. I used to have what they call a BBQ Rack on the DR and I could strap a bunch of stuff back there. But the DRZ has nothing. It was an interesting 2 days of camping with my buddies picking up my gear all over the trail.
Oh yeah... every moto I've owned since '76 had something whether purchased or roll-your-own.... and come to think of it most of the aftermarket ones in the day had "modifications"...i.e. beefed up repairs after finding the weak points....
The 50K on the KLR was after doing 100's of thousands of the same (baja, southwest, some cross-US) on XR's, XT's, DR's, etc. I discovered the dry bags somewhere during all that likely around '90 after doing a bunch of kayak/canoe adventures. Pretty dandy for a smaller DP. For the larger ones I finally discovered hard bags and it's hard to go back...
So the wife just suggested to me that we ride the PCH over Thanksgiving this year... :eek1 :eek1 :eek1
I better start planning this thing before she changes her mind.
Her only condition was that she flies in to somewhere close to LAX and flies out somewhere up North so that she can avoid the long hauls to and from the PCH. We wouldn't start south of LA because we have seen it before. The only thing that makes me nervous about the whole thing is that as we go north, it should start getting cold given that it will be in November. She said she didn't care as she likes the cold and absolutely hates the heat. Don't ask why we live here. Let's just say the summers are tough at my house.
Any input as to places to stay and see is welcomed.