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post #1 of 32 Old 12-02-2012, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Sidecases: Is Your Bike Too Fat? (Video)

I gave up using sidecases back in 2009. I did not like the extra width they added to my Strom.

I don't think this fellow likes the extra width his sidecases added to his FJR!

Video Link Is Here: FJR Crash Off Of A Dock

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post #2 of 32 Old 12-02-2012, 10:08 AM
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i just saw this on another mc site. it is very painful to watch, over and over...

i've bumped my sidecases twice, already, getting to a parking spot. black sharpie to the rescue, lol. adventure bike. i can see the extra width could/is be a problem for me.

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Ouch, at least the boat caught him and kept him dry. I bet it'll take more than a sharpie to fix that up.
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The only time sidecases posed a width problem for me was trying to squeeze through a gate into a motel courtyard in Baja. Since they are so easy to pop off this isn't a serious problem. But I DO NOT lane share with bags on.

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The only time sidecases posed a width problem for me was trying to squeeze through a gate into a motel courtyard in Baja. Since they are so easy to pop off this isn't a serious problem. But I DO NOT lane share with bags on.
I took mine off because, I was "nipping" the bottom forward corners of them, when taking tight turns. The cases were as high up, and as far back as they could go. More then once, my heart jumped into my throat as a carved a deep, sharp turn, only to feel the back end of the bike, skip-jump to the side; as if I had hit some sand, gravel, or wet white/yellow painted line.

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It looks like he was riding on a sidewalk. What's up with that?
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Boats and Ho's!!!!

OMG! I did that trying to squeeze by my wife's RAV4, but luckily I was going 1mph, and toppled over onto my lawn!!!! WOW!!! Poor fellah! You could tell he was totally surprised.

I've got pelican side cases on a Givi rack. Don't know which models, but they will just close when carrying a case of beer in each sidecase. They're not that wide - my handlebars are much much wider than the cases.

But, after seeing some other setups, I'm on the narrow side of things for sure.

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I have always resisted hard side bags since I knew a guy who broke his ankle badly getting it caught between the bag and a curb. Also I have a riding buddy with a DL1000 with mermite side bags and the bags get lots of bugs on them while travelling, and he gets a highspeed wobble with them on, it rides straight as a string with them off. Proof there are aerodynamic problems.
So I decided to go with a large top box, and no side bags. People ridicule the looks of my loaded bike, but I carry as much stuff as everyone else but Goldwings, and my bike is stable at over 100mph--and I can lane-split without trouble. I also got my best fuel economy on a trip where I was loaded heavy; 50 and-a-fraction mpg, my personal best--and that was at my usual semi-fast speeds, and with non-ethanol fuel.
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that would definitely need a very big sharpie! hahahah!

And the face of that guy must be great he
for sure was not injure at all an he has a very good for life story with video proof


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Grocery shopping.

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Stuck in a campground in Québec with a flat tire. Sidecases used as a cooler.


You can't beat it. But, I STILL prefer a thinner bike, and packing the weight along the centerline. Until you try it, you can't appreciate the performance gain you get by packing this way. I no longer have concerns about "nipping corners", or catching sidecases on something. It is one less thing for me to think about as a concern, and allows me to free up some "empty space" in my head to more creative types of riding.


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