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post #1 of 7 Old 06-30-2007, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Post What is in you saddle/tail bag?

This might have been covered already, but, as I pack for a trip on the Wee, I'm wondering what everyone has in their saddle bags or tail bags. Speak up. I might have forgotten something!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-30-2007, 12:15 AM
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small flashlight, cell phone, small radio to plug into my Starcom system, MP3 player when there's no radio reception, digital tire gauge.

I also carry some stromtrooper business cards I made with just some basic info (email address and stromtrooper.com site) in case I meet a fellow strommer in my travels. When you meet someone at a traffic light and only have a minute or less to exchange info I found it easier to pass a card. And only my name and email address is on it so I don't have any crazies calling me LOL


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post #3 of 7 Old 06-30-2007, 12:24 AM
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Everyday items in top case: Rainsuit, mini air compressor w/ tire repair kit, duct tape, bungee cords, 24mm wrench and needle nose pliers for chain adjustment, extra cotter pins for castlenut on axle. Still allows room for helmet+gloves, or like sized items if going to store.

I carry more in the sidecases when I have them on, but normally they are only used for longer trips.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-01-2007, 08:00 PM
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A couple things I keep handy:

Digital tire gauge
Rain gear
Pocket knife
trip calculator for measuring mileage from a map
chain lube
helmet cleaner/Honda polish/Plexus
spare ear plugs
boot wrench/tool
Set of four metric gear wrenches found here (Great deal)

T-shirt for when I get where I am going
maybe some shorts and sandles on hot days

I notice that once in a while I add something handy and it just kind of stays in tehre. After all, if I took it out, I would forget it and need it that day.

Also, I often carry the book, Sport Riding Techniqes by Nick Ienatsch so I can study when I have the time. I also keep a green pencil for highlightin in teh book as well.

As for other stuff, I would have to go check and see what I have in there.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-02-2007, 08:18 AM
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Wow! That is a deversified question. Depends on what you think you need. As the years and miles go by traveling over the US back roads I think I pack less and less.
I just returned from about a 5 thousand mile trip from California's Central Country. I used a Beta bag by Wolfman instead of hard saddle bags this trip. Also were a JC Whitney Tail trunk, Marsee magnetic tankbag and Aerostich Tank Panniers.
So, lets go with what I packed for the trip and need nothing.

Wolfman Beta Bag > 2 jeans; 4 tshirts; 2 long sleeve tshirts; 4 pairs socks and under shorts; Widder vest , gloves and wiring; Straped to the Beta bag was my bike cover and could stap jacket and overpants to it when not needed as in too hot.
JC Whitney Tail trunk > Coffee and pot; tools, tire kit and compressor; Computer and wiring; handy wipes; chain lube; extra towel for bike.
Marsee Tankbag > Notebook and pens; camera, medications, .380 automatic, 2 washrags: present book I was reading; two small flashlites.
Aero tank panniers > rain gear; coffee cup; shaving kit; water bag w/ tube and bite valve.

Hope this helps you ;-) Oh yes, I quit camping out when I got to 62 years old. If yur gonna do that it add a whole new set up.

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-02-2007, 10:06 AM
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Riding clothing. If it rains or changes temperature to an uncomfortable degree, the remedy is in the top box. The items are relatively light and need to be accessible in a hurry. That includes raingear, face and neck mask, jacket and pants inner liner, breath guard, electric vest and gloves including external wiring, fleece sweat shirt and other color face shield. A few items that may be needed during each trip during the ride like medicines, a book for meal and relaxation stops, and a tire pressure guage are in there too. Heavy stuff or stuff that is only needed at the motel are in the side cases.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-02-2007, 11:43 AM
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Every day stuff that I carry:

Under the seat:
- tool kit
- air compressor
- tire repair kit
- tow straps
- flash light

In small handle bar bag:
- garage door opener
- tire pressure guage
- extension mirror for checking oil
- small key chain LED light

In tailbag or trunk:
- clear helmet visor (if I'm wearing a tinted one during the day)
- rain suit and shoe covers
- shade cover (keeps the damn birds from chittin' on my seat/dash at work)
- rag
- bottle or two of water

This is just for the daily commute. The side bags go on and any number of other things go in for long trips. Main things are extra clothes, of course, and things like chain lube, spray cleaner, etc. The big thing in hot climates, always take more water than you think you need. I'll often strap a small soft sided ice chest to the passenger seat. On a previous bike I was stranded in the middle of Nowhere East Texas in the middle of August, with no shade, for hours before I could get a tow. That would have really sucked without extra water.
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