machetes- do you carry one?

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  1. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    hey folks, just thought i'd ask since i like to take my dr camping. i also like to take my machete camping. problem is, i'm not sure where to put it on the bike. i'll want to ride the bike when it's unloaded after setting up camp and still take the machete with me in case i want to do bush whacking or bear whacking or the like. do you have a machete, and if yes, where do you put it on the bike when riding?
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  2. Wolfgang55

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  3. DaveStockwell

    DaveStockwell Rock Fodder

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    In the past I've carried them strapped across the handlebars or parallel to the exhaust (on an older scrambler). you might also look into a large folding saw or hunting knife.

    These days I use a combination of a larger hunting knife (SOG Tigershark) and for just whacking aside the brush, a stout stick I find along the trail.

    You could also carry it across your back ala Jack in the movie "Romancing the Stone"
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  4. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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  5. XTrooper

    XTrooper Been here awhile

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    I have an Ontario SP8 machete that always rides with me on the bike. I keep it in the right pannier. When the panniers are off, I carry it in a small tail bag I have.
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  6. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Gator jr for me. As much as a very large knife as a true machete. Fits in either side case or trunk, or inside or strapped to the tooltube.
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  7. CollinsB

    CollinsB Been here awhile

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    I've carried one for 25 years in the car/truck, but never on the bike. Since I camp frequently, it always comes in handy.
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  8. oj may

    oj may Have bike, will travel.

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    Cold Steel Kukri, 12" blade, 18" overall.

    Just put it on the seat and sit on it,,,,, what could possibly go wrong?
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  9. HH

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    Silky saw, mounted on fork legs.
    Wacks weeds and shrubs just like a machete.
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    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    I usually just make him ride bitch

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  11. SwollenCranium

    SwollenCranium Been here awhile

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    http://www.knifecenter.com/item/GB31000758/gerber-gator-sawback-machete-18-inch-carbon

    I use my Gerber 18" on all my trips. On foot, bike or other. I usually just strap it to my CamelBac.

    Heavy enough blade for deep cuts but not too heavy. Swings comfortably and effectively.

    I've owned this one for ~3 years, sharpens to a razor's edge and holds it fairly well.

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    The saw back is a functional piece and I've taken many tree limbs with it.
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  12. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Machete don't ride bitch.
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    And, Machete don't text. :deal
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  14. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    wow, lots of replies. thanks guys, i like the idea of strapping it to the forks, and strapping it to my back makes sense, too. i do have an ESEE 6 bush knife that i would also take along. machete on back and knife on belt seems good. bears won't even think of messing with me.

    i'll be going on the bc big adventure trail ride 2012 (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=747592) so i will certainly feel better carrying a machete, though i don't know how effective against a grizzly it would be. anyway, i'll be riding to bc. any of you know if it's legal to have a machete strapped to your back in a public place like a gas station? pperhaps under the jacket during travel would be better.
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  15. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    A big buck knife..........

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  16. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I used to carry one on my Honda 3-wheeler to whack down the thistles growing next to my makeshift racetrack. I would slide it in side the frame from the rear, extending up next to the airbox. Once in place, a small bungee cord could be hooked through the lanyard hole in its handle to keep it from sliding out. It was nearly invisible, and could be handy in seconds (not that I was in a hurry).
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  17. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Such an awesome movie. I just keep my kukri in my great basin and don't generally take it out if I go for a little rip. However if I were to do it I'd want it on my right hand fork leg, up high so I could use it from the drivers seat for quick stuff like jousting and such.
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  18. moggi1964

    moggi1964 Tiger Keeper

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    Don't strap anything to your back that can be carried on the bike. It isn't worth the risk IMHO.

    It's always a struggle to figure out where to put your Katana though :evil
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  19. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    well i hacked up an old backpack and duck taped the sheath to it on an angle. works quite well for walking in the woods or around the camp site, and i think it should be safe for travel, too. another backpack will easily fit over it.
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  20. Helipilot

    Helipilot Been here awhile

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    I carry the Woodsman's Pal. Combines the best of the machete with a vine hook and works as a hammer as well. Most of the US Forest Service guys I flew on the forest fires carried them and after really looking at their multi role and reasonable price I went with it. It comes with a canvas sheath and straps to the bike or on to your Camelback. My .02 cents FWIW :D
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