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post #1 of 15 Old 07-22-2016, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Organizing the Luggage

How do you guys efficiently fill your space? I start filling my panniers and top box and everything becomes a mess. Then everything you need is on the bottom. I'm looking at smaller bags to organize cloths tools snacks and different camping items. One thing I have been looking at is this to give you an idea what I'm talking Magpul DAKA? Pouch Medium OD Green
I really would rather find something little less durable and cheaper though
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-22-2016, 07:31 PM
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Lots of places sell little stuff bags--Amazon, Wal-mart, sierra Trading post, E-bay, etc, etc. I've even made them from old jeans legs.
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I've said it before, will say it again. Go to an outdoor/camping store and get a load of roll-top waterproof bags. Different sizes, different colors. A well-known brand over here is Ortlieb, but there are others as well.

Not only do they keep your stuff perfectly dry even if the top box or panniers don't, but it also helps a lot in keeping your gear sorted. The orange one contains my sleeping bag, the blue one my clean clothes, and the grey one my tent fly.

At the same time, get a few mesh bags too for the gear that doesn't need to be kept dry (stove & accessoires for instance).
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post #4 of 15 Old 07-22-2016, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Ya I'm just looking to stay organized.

Pannier Dimensions: Denali: 47L - 20"H x 18"L x 7.5"W - Most volume without more width. For a comparison of our different panniers and their dimensions please click this link to our WIKI page.

According to happy trails I can fit bags 18 inches long and 7.5 wide
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-22-2016, 08:37 PM
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I think Happy Trails has some bags designed just for the pannier, but they are expensive. I have a selection of stuff sacks, zippered canvas-type pencil pouches, and dry bags from Walmart and just picked up a couple compression bags from Amazon. I write on the bags to identify contents. One pannier (the left one) tends to hold the stuff I need less often (tools, cook gear).

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post #6 of 15 Old 07-22-2016, 08:53 PM
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I have the OEM side cases. The large one (left side) keeps my rain gear, extra gloves, and jacket liners. Each one is rolled up and placed on the bottom of the case. This leaves enough room to put my jacket and gloves in case I stop somewhere and don't want to carry them around. The smaller case (right side) carries miscellaneous stuff. I use the bag that came with my helmet to store my GPS Case, GPS power cable, tire pressure gauge, waterproof cover for my work backpack, and a few other loose items. I keep a spare hat and sunglasses thrown in there. I also have some flat bungees just tossed in the case...I use them frequently to hold down my backpack, so there's no point stowing them away in some container.

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post #7 of 15 Old 07-22-2016, 11:30 PM
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I have a set of Luftmiester bag lines that fit inside my plastic boxes. Makes stuff neat.
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-23-2016, 02:01 AM
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Even cheap outdoor labs dry bags work pretty well

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post #9 of 15 Old 07-23-2016, 08:51 AM
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With a full set of OEM bags and a tank bag I am generally "over-luggaged" for around town stuff, but I hardly ever remove and leave any of the luggage at home. When I do it is normally the top case.

Next, with the exception of a small cooler that fits in the top case, the stuff stored in the right side bag and top case stay in the cases except when being used, and the tank bag and contents stay on the bike 99% of the time.

Details on storage -

- Tank bag - hat, gloves, glasses and cases, ear plugs, GPS when not on the mount. Cell phone when on the bike and riding.

- Left side - seasonal jacket, waterproof riding pants, sheepskin pad, and other items that may need to be accessed through a day on the road. Also, the tank bag can be stashed in the left side box when parked at a sketchy spot. When I'm on the road for an overnight trip my laptop bag and CPAP machine both fit nicely in the left side, and the riding pants get moved to the right side. Unless I'm parked at a motorcycling venue where theft worries are minimal, I normally take my jacket inside with me in the interest of security.

- Right side - tools and tire kit, 12v compressor, multi-meter, electrical stuff (fuses, tape, etc), Plexus windshield cleaner, chain lube, rags to support the several different mechanical chores, jumper cables, tie-downs and ratchet straps in case I have to be rescued by trailer, and my Helen Two-Wheels D-ring luggage tie downs. The tools are organized inside a roll kit for basic wrenches, but I carry a ratchet and some additional sockets (6-pt) and wrenches that are in a 12" open top tool bag with small side pockets. The chemicals are further organized in a small tall and narrow cardboard box to keep the cans from moving about. With all that in the side-case there is still 6" to 8" of vertical space available in the right side box that gets "infrequently used" clothing when on the road. (Side note: I need to weigh all that one day just to see how it all adds up).

- Top case - paperwork (registration, insurance, other), maps, manual, and a small cooler that will hold 8 typical 16 oz bottles of water, and that has a watertight pouch for road snacks or whatever. The paperwork and maps are further organized in a zipper pouch that I spotted at a truck stop. There is still some space available in the top case.

Finally, my guiding rules are heavier things towards the bottom of the cases, more frequently accessed stuff in the (1) tank bag, (2) top case, and (3) left side, and leave room to stash the tank bag and GPS out of sight if at all possible.
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post #10 of 15 Old 07-23-2016, 11:10 AM
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When we go camping or on long trips we use Helen2wheels large box bags. Four different color straps so once everything is organized, the color coding makes individual packing and placement a breeze.

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