Jacket storage ideas?
Next week I'm heading for Nova Scotia for 9 days 2up, and camping.
I've got the bike and gear sorted out on many camping trips over the last year.
I've recently found I can save a lot of space with compression bags for my sleeping gear, tent, and clothing.
I've purchased good gear for my wife and myself, we have FirstGear Trekker jackets and HT2.0 overpants, Oxtar Matrix II boots, and good hard knuckled gloves.
Generally I can fit all of the camping and normal clothing in the side cases (two Givi E36), leaving the E45 topcase for dry and warm gear as well as travel items. If it's real warm (>75) both pairs of overpants do fit inside the E45 topcase, nearly filling it.
At home I've found that my touring jacket has about a 85F limit before it's nearly intolerable. I bought a convertible mesh jacket for higher temperatures, and I've worn it on weekend trips, but it doesn't work well when it rains or gets colder than 55F. I would much rather have my touring jacket on this longer trip. I also have not duplicated the mesh jacket purchase for my wife yet.
So that brings up the problem of what to do with two jackets if it gets hotter than 85F on my trip? Normally I'm a fan of ATGATT, but I do have my limits. That limit for the touring jacket is around 85F. I have tried wet shirts or neck coolers and they help in the 80-85F range. And BTW at 85F the jacket is already opened up fully and I have some sort of cold wet thing around my neck. Yes I know I'm a hot weather wimp, that's why I live in New England and I'm going to Nova Scotia and not Florida!
Hopefully the weather will not turn even hotter than the 80F it currently is now, and I'll not ever need to shed the jackets. But it would be nice to not have to come up with a solution during the trip, or worse to come up with a solution that ALMOST works.
I do carry strong twine and cinch straps under the seat. Once on my DRZ I managed to stuff one of these jackets into a medium sized backpack, but that's not really an option 2up with a topbox (and it only gets rid of one jacket).
Does anybody have a creative solution to attaching TWO touring jackets to a touring Strom that already has two passengers and three Givi boxes? Assume I'm a normal Strom owner not overly concerned with looks or getting something dirty or slightly scratched.:rolleyes:
I can't be the only one who's had this problem.
DL650K6, MadStad adj shield, Givi e45 & e36, gpsmap 76CSx, Pat Walsh skid plate & bars, Sargent seat
[URL="http://www.sr.unh.edu/~rea/stromtrooper/2007/Strom_Range.png"]My 2007 Range map[/URL]