Vstrom Riders and Where They Like Their Bags

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Woods Rider, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Woods Rider

    Woods Rider X-Crazed Racing Fool

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    Took my strom on a 340 mile trip yesterday with my top bag on. I don't like riding with the side bags on because I can feel how they negativly affect the feel of the bike.


    Today I saw a rider with just side bags and no top bag. This got me wondering, what bags do you ride with?

    1) Top

    2) Side

    3) All Three

    4) None
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  2. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    All four:

    Bagster Tank bag,
    Givi Top box:
    Honda hard case panniers

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  3. cwadej

    cwadej Keeper of the truth

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    Also four. Joe Rocket Manta XL tank bag, Pelican 1500 sides, and a 1400 as my top box. I dont notice any effect the sides have. I guess it matters what side cases you have. how wide are they?
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  4. Glenngineer

    Glenngineer Scooty Puff Sr.

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    I like my bag in my wife's mouth.




    I ride with a tank bag full time, a soft top case 99.9% of the time, and panniers when traveling or shopping. I'm looking to get a Coocase V48 and some E21s to replace my nice but not lockable or sexy Nelson Rigg luggage.
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  5. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    Jesse's never come off unless I knock 'em off

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    Beside tankbag won't hold much BEER
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  6. wos

    wos Long timer

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    I ride with a pair of pelican 1550's most of the time. I use the bike(s) as my primary mode of transportation as long as the roads are clear and hate not being able to stop for groceries etc. on a whim. The 1550's are big enough to hold my jacket if I don't want to bring it with me.
    With careful (total accident) built my bags mounts to be reversible. If I have an empty pillion I can swap the bags side to side which moves them about 5" forward to hopefully make the bike handle better when loaded.
    I tried a top bag and really didn't like it. I have a rack on the back that I can tie most of my campgear to so it doesn't go on trips with me.
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  7. sck166

    sck166 Adventurer

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    Tank bag and side cases pretty much all of the time, top case only if I think I need the extra space. I will generally take off the side cases if I am going off road locally just in case the bike wants to take a nap....
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  8. Wheedle

    Wheedle I love inflatable fun!

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    Ive just gotten so used to riding with all three Pelican 1550's that I only take them off to work on the bike.

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  9. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    Top case almost never comes off..

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    I only use saddle bags when I'm going somewhere...

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  10. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Top case almost every day when I commute or day trips and even overnighters. I only remove the top case if I'm feeling sporty.

    This was for a two-day trip to Missouri.

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    Side cases if I'm grocery shopping or going someplace for several days.

    And a longer trip through Louisiana.

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    Jamie
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  11. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    JCW top case all of the time and soft bags and tank bag when traveling.:D
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  12. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    loaded, i do sidebags first. I think they are ride-enhancing lowering the COG.
    but for convenience nothing beats my lightweight ATV 'trunk' on the tail rack.
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  13. labrunner1

    labrunner1 rain or shine

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    for them shortys, those who need longer legs, soupys has adjustable links,
    from stock hight to - four inches. once there on you adjust anytime you need to, also cheep and easy to install about fourty-five minutes:clap:freaky
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  14. T

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    Pelican 1430's. If I haul anything else I tie it on with a piece of rope...:D

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  15. labrunner1

    labrunner1 rain or shine

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    one top bag and tent thats all you need, every thing alse on the road like eats:freaky
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  16. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    hey, any excuse to show off my ride

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    this shot was taken on a trip to Yellowstone. Usually I just carry the trunk and a small tank bag.
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  17. Woods Rider

    Woods Rider X-Crazed Racing Fool

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    I should take a trip with all three bags and see how it feels!
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  18. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    I sure don't notice any difference in the way my bike handles

    To me saddlebags look like part of the bike

    Top cases? eh not so much :puke1
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  19. BARCODE

    BARCODE Commercial Tool

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    Givi V46 for daily use to hold gear etc. I have Nelson Rigg Saddle bags for errands like groceries. On long trips I have a 90 L Drybag I put on the passenger seat which works nice as a back rest. i don't bring the saddle bags because they're not waterproof. I plan on installing some Happy Trails for next season.
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  20. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    I tend to agree with that, but in practice, I much prefer to have the narrow bike rather than the four-foot wide monster the Pelicans make. I ride my bike more like a bicycle than a car, and you'll often find me parked in odd places, or squeezing between narrow urban openings.

    Jamie
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