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.
Current ride: 2001 GL1800; Gone away: 5 BMW's, 4 Honda's, 3 Suzuki's
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -Marcus Aurelius
Last edited by basketcase; 07-23-2016 at 09:02 AM.
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