So here is my F800GS with all the crap I started out with. This is from day one of riding on the track Sean built from Tucumcari down to Carrizozo--our NMBDR starting point. Sean and I rode the COBDR in 2014, so I thought I had learned a lot and could pare down to essentials. The problem was that I left my corporate job to start my own thing--I'm now a self-employed web application developer. This is a good thing, but it means I really can't go off the grid 100% for an entire week--and I needed a laptop along. I loathed having to bring a laptop. I purchased a rugged little 11.6" Solid-State Thinkpad. I figured I would have to wear the laptop in a backpack to provide the necessary shock absorption--thinking it would not survive the beating it would endure if packed on the tail. So I bought a VERY nice, expensive backpack through MotorcycleCloseouts.com. The American Kargo Trooper backpack comes with a lifetime warranty and is seriously high-quality. It carries 2 2L bladders for 4L of water capacity. It also has excellent tool storage for tire irons, etc., a special fleece-lined pocket for goggles, phone, whatever, and a designated laptop pocket. PERFECT.....or so I thought. Problem was, it was simply too big and too heavy to be on my shoulders and back for 240 miles a day. So in the photo above, you can see I decided to strap it onto the back of the bike. If you normally wear a heavy backpack, you'd probably love this backpack. By day 3, I figured out I simply did not need this backpack. The pack itself must weigh 15 lbs! So in Grants, NM--the only night we didn't camp, I bought a $20 hydration pack at Walmart, moved the stuff from the backpack to the other bags (I had plenty of room in those other 2 bags), and shipped the backpack home! (It was sitting on my porch when I got home.) If you are interested in buying this slightly used backpack, shoot me an offer! If you somehow find yourself needing to ship something from Grants, NM, the great folks at Habiger Service will help you with a smile. They open at 9 am. My 2 bags are: Giant Loop Great Basin - an almost ridiculously expensive bag, but it is such an excellent system. If I were re-designing it, I'd actually make the bag larger across the top section as it seems just a tad to small to get all your camping gear in. This bag has survived several mini-epic rides without any damage. Helen Twowheels Waterproof Roll Top Sack (Large) - This thing is awesome. Simple and sturdy and economical. This also has survived multiple trips well. The Twowheels bag held my tent, sleeping bag, liner, pillow, rain gear...and my laptop stuffed carefully in the middle. The Giant Loop held everything else -- tools, tubes, chain oil, trail saw, Jetboil, Teva sandals, Mountain House food, and clothes. We THANKFULLY never had to touch a tool--not even a flat tire--except about 20 miles in the nut that holds my clutch tension came loose. The bike had just come back from service that included replacing the entire head--so I suspect the mechanics forgot to lock it. Sean & I both used Rokstraps--these things are awesome. We had zero issues with bags coming loose and needing to readjust. You can also see that I have both a 1G gas and water Rotopax installed on the tail. We used that water every night and morning at camp. However, I never had to use that gas, so that was 6 lbs I carried for no reason. Sean's 500 CBX could go a lot more miles than my F800GS on a tank of gas. Next time I will just bring a simple siphon. Those Mountain House dried meals are light but take up a lot of space in your pack. Next time, I think I will forego the breakfast meals opting instead for instant oatmeal on the trail. (Anything cooked in camp or over a campfire is gourmet.) For the COBDR, I carried one of those bulky Thermarest pads rolled up and strapped onto the back. Worked fine. This time, I purchased an REI AirRail sleeping pad. It packs up small and I really liked it--better than the Thermarest for me. I used almost everything I brought. I'm getting a tiny bit better at this.