How to decide what to take 2up

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by A2OD, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. A2OD

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    So planning a trip around the USA on my xt660z with my girlfriend. Just wondered how you pack.

    I don't want to take a top box really so trying to fit everything on the sides. I also have a 10litre tank bag and we both have 10lt bags with hydration built in.

    So what do you guys pack in this case.
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  2. bikerfish

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    need more info, camping? motels? cooking? restaurants?
    without knowing any of this, I'd say ditch the top box and strap on a large drybag in place, much more versatile and will haul more.
    I travel 2-up almost all the time, and have traveled across the country many times over the years, I'm still working on the perfect way to pack!
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  3. A2OD

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    We are going to be spending the majority of our time camping if not all and cooking when possible. Sorry should have given more information.
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  4. MCP

    MCP Been here awhile

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    depends on how many comforts you want.

    IMO - clothes don't eat up much space but the tent, cook stove, pots, do you want coffee in the morning??

    Sleeping bags, sleeping pads, .... you get the idea. We travel 2 up almost always and camp but we use a top box for all the camp hardware, pots, stove, etc.

    You need to decide how minimal you want to travel, then put everything on the floor. Then pack it, and you will see whats doable.

    The correct gear makes a huge difference too, think small.

    Start there.:wink:
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  5. ardbeglily

    ardbeglily Been here awhile

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    Go to your local supermarket and get 2 plastic bags, one for you, one for her, problem solved. That is what I did when I took my daughter.:clap
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    woofer2609 Been here awhile

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    No offense, but why not take a Sealbag for a top case? You can roll it up if you choose not to use it. $30. Strap it on with 2 ratcheting straps.
    Happy Wife, (common law, whatever)=Happy Life
    Sounds like a great trip, I love 2up camping trips!
    Rain gear comes to mind, as well as earplugs, flask of rum...yup that pretty much covers it!
    Do a Ride report!
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  7. Yankee Dog

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    I am not sure why you dont want a top box. A top box, or at least some sort of backrest, makes the ride much more pleasant for the passenger. It also eases the mind of the pilot. You can twist the throttle anytime you want and not worry about your passenger doing a flip off the back of the bike. It was the first accessory I bought after I started carrying a passenger.

    As for what to carry? What are you using for panniers? In our case, the missus gets one side, I get the other. She can bring what ever she can fit in her side.
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  8. Schlug

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    I can't carry a cooking kit and our camping gear and our riding/regular clothes if w'er going through a lot of diverse weather.

    Last trip we hit 36 and rain and 101. That's a lot of gear to carry along and stow.

    I get one side, and carry a lot of the motorcycle stuff on my side (toolkit, first aid kit, etc) and she gets the other. We put a big dry bag on the back with our tent and sleeping bags/mattress/pillows-- and that's that. And that's travelling heavy.
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  9. Yankee Dog

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    Here is out set up.

    The bike when loaded for a three week trip. Two sleeping bads and pads are in the dry bag on the right rear pannier, the tent is in the green bag on the crash bar. The right pannier hold tools, spare parts and shoes.

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    On top of the other pannier is our rain gear. We learned the hard way to pack it somewhere easy to get to. The left pannier belongs to the missus. I have no idea what goes in there. The left green crash bar bag is my stuff. A couple of t-shirts, pant and some spare underwear.

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    Here is the cooking gear.

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    Here is the tent. Actually a bug hut and a tarp.

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    The top box holds heated jacket liners, lightweight wind shirts and another pair of gloves. Our jackets are of the mesh variety. We expect to encounter temps from the 100s to the 30. We expect this outfit to work throughout the temp range. Its has worked for us before. When you head North out of Alabama in the summer you have to be ready for anything.
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  10. A2OD

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    We went camping over the weekend and I took as little as possible and our gear came to around 50ltre which is not bad as we also had our walking boots with us.

    The shelter on the last post looks most interesting how warm/dry our you in that set up?
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  11. Yankee Dog

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    The tarp can be adjusted closer to the ground if necessary to keep the rain out. Things can me a bit damp if the weather really turn to poop. If the forecast looks really bad, we look for a motel. No need to suffer, I did that while I was in the army.

    Warmth depends on the sleeping bag more than the tent. We both have Big Anges down systems good to 30F. Colder than that and we stay at home. Wimps we are, yes it it true.
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  12. KiloBravo

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    Synthetic clothing like UnderArmor type shirts and underwear will cut way down on the number of items you have to pack, wash them out with some shampoo, hang to air dry.
    I agree with Y/D something for the passenger to lean against is a very good thang.
    Good luck to you both on your trip.
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  13. Budman

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    I dont camp so take this with a grain of salt.

    I get the top box, Ann gets both side cases of the R1200RT. Top box is great for her to lean against and holds all that I need. I keep the rain gear and tire plugger kit in a dry bag on a rack on the top box. We do laundry once a week when on the road. I have a Tourtech flat tank bag for the small stuff, first aid kit, flashlights, multitool, extra glasses, etc.

    Our first trip she brought several pairs of shoes, not any more. She learned quickly what she really needs and doesnt need. We are not trying to impress anyone on the road so clothes are pretty utilitarian.

    Ann likes getting T shirts or other clothing from places that we go so we know not to stuff the bags. I have shipped some things home from the road.

    As for tools, a good tire repair kit, air pump, basic tools, credit card, and towing service card. I have BMW and AMA. Good Sam is the absolut best but I havent splurged for that yet.

    Have a great trip and ride safe!

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  14. acejones

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    Why pack rain gear in a dry bag ? Its rain gear. I just roll mine up and secure it under a cargo net on the top box. It's ready at a moments notice.
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  15. Yankee Dog

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    I did not appreciate this comment. Please keep it to yourself in the future. My missus gets one side. I get the exahust side, where the tools go as well. The top box is for rain gear and heated jackets.
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  16. St_rydr

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    Agreed, I get exhaust side box and my clothes are 2x the size of hers. We have a small top bag where the essentials get stashed. Feh both panniers :huh that's far two much maintenance if she needs both.
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  17. Eyes Shut

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    We travel 2-up, and I get the exhaust side. Plus we carry a 2-liter container of water on this side. So if I can do it (I'm female), she can too! :D (Of course, we have pretty big side cases -- Micatech.)

    We also carry our rain gear, heated clothing, and extra gloves in the top box. The camping gear goes into dry bags which are lashed onto the side cases.
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  18. 568V8

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    When riding 2-up, my wife and I enjoy a nice comfortable B&B. It's a different experience than camping, we don't ride as far, but it sure is nice to get spoiled sometimes. It also ensures that she will continue to enjoy riding with me and that's worth the cost.
    I camp only when riding solo and am usually too cheap to pay just for a place to sleep unless weather is a factor.

    I really don't know how to pack enough gear for 2 to go camping and still ride such a heavily laden beast. good luck on that.
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  19. Yankee Dog

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    I figure that even with all the extra camping gear I am still lighter than your average Wing or Beemer for that matter.

    Beside, the camping was her idea. I got all the camping I needed in the infantry.
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  20. Aj Mick

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    Ditch the 10 litre tank bag (it's too small) and the hydration bags (presumably backpacks; don't carry anything on your back). Stop for a break if you need hydration (aka a drink, to plebs such as myself.

    When touring (multi weeks in NZ, Europe, British Isles) or shifting place of work (used to be frequent as a seasonal farm worker in the UK fo the early to mid '90s) I used a large bag bungeed on top of the tank for my clothes and the like. Camping gear etc was bungeed on the back.

    I didn't spring for any motorcycle specific luggage such as saddle bags or a top box on the £500 '82 Honda CB250RS that served me for several years until it was stolen in '97. Prior to that I had a bike with a top box for a few months (also stolen). It was convenient, but I didn't like the way it affected the handling. It put weight high up and way back.

    Loading the bike thus spreads the load, keeping the centre of gravity nearer the centre of the bike, rather than shifting it back by loading up the rear.

    In days of yore some bikes were fitted with a small accessory luggage rack on the tank to facilitate the arrangement. Unfortunately, in the interests of aesthetics and sporty design, the tanks of many modern bikes don't lend themselves to carrying much.

    These days, living on a small island, I ride a 95 kg step through. Most of what I need to carry (sometimes quite a bit; full scuba kit, for instance) goes in the space between my legs, keeping it low and centred.
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