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post #1 of 18 Old 09-09-2017, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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First overnighter with Adventure luggage

My first overnight ride to use my Adventure luggage was a good experience. I rode 430 miles, about the last 100 in a mixture of rain and hail, and as I got to my motel, (in the dark and raining), I had to remove my large case to check in, which was not easy at almost 40 lbs. wet and dirty with no handle. Not fun after a long and trying ride.
I had ordered some flush handles and they sat on my workbench for months, so when I returned, I set about installing them.
I wanted the handle part on centerline, not the flange center, so that the weight would be centered under the handle. This required laying out the cuts in mirror image, so that the handles lifted toward the bike center in case I wanted to use them for tie downs as well.
It wasn't that hard once I committed, taping the top with masking tape to do all of my layout markings. the finished job works great and the handle flanges are about the same height as the corner luggage tie down brackets, leaving everything flat across the bike.
This was not that hard to do, but makes handling the luggage on and off the bike so much easier.
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-09-2017, 06:23 PM
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Very nice job. I tried lugging the boxes off my Wee a few times after I got it. Now I leave them on the bike and use Ikea shopping bags as liners. Makes life a hell of a lot easier, and provides an extra waterproofing layer for my sometimes leaky panniers.
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I bought the nylon "strap on" SW Motech handles that utilize the those strap attachments on the top of each box. Yes, handles are nice to have.
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I cut the handles off my cases. I have the contents in a suitcase that just fits in the case or in a soft bags to contain the contents. My cases are also bolted to the racks.
It's what you get used to.
Oh, I'd not necessarily refer to MOTEL-ing as Adventure riding. Ya coulda took the Porsche.
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I cut the handles off my cases. I have the contents in a suitcase that just fits in the case or in a soft bags to contain the contents. My cases are also bolted to the racks.
It's what you get used to.
Oh, I'd not necessarily refer to MOTEL-ing as Adventure riding. Ya coulda took the Porsche.
Hey! Hey now! Don't go saying that moteling it isn't an adventure. Ya never know what king of bugs yer gonna run into in those rooms!
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Yah, I've hit some scum bag motels in the past! We could write books on weirdest places we've slept...and paid for it!
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When I 1st got my pannier racks I thought it was very important that they be setup for quick disconnect panniers. As it turns out I the only time I take the panniers off the bike is to switch them to another bike. When traveling I use a PVC boat bag for clean clothes and a nylon rollie for dirty clothes.
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post #8 of 18 Old 09-11-2017, 09:03 AM
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99% of my trips have been tent camping but when the wife goes its motels. On last trip to Gettysburg this summer .So hot and when we were putting the tents up fast to beat the storm coming in a big flash not far off all most knocked me down! A motel would have been nice as the new one man back pack tent I was trying because so light and small leaked big time and looked like a sway back horse .
I like my boxes a lot but they stay on bike and like others bags in side.Never leaked in 50,000 miles.
Destin,Fl. trip with a friend in Feb. who wanted to warm up turned in to a not good time for him. First night at 25 degrees I was warm as toast in my 0-bag but he was cold.Fl. was really wet and only camp ground close wanted the same as a cheap motel so...Then on way back camp ground closed and all ready dark.17 called for so another cheap motel and was 17 when we rolled out for Kentucky.So much for going south to warm up!Told him we do all camp next time or the other old coots will call up gals!
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Oh, I'd not necessarily refer to MOTEL-ing as Adventure riding.
It is called Adventure RIDING, not Adventure Sleeping...Motels and KOA cabins have to count....
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"It is called Adventure RIDING,"

If you take all the dirt roads from point to point and stay in a motel, scum bag or otherwise, it counts as Adventure riding. If you stay on the scumbag motels it's a double ADV situation!
Have you had your yearly shots?
Oh, by the by, Some KOA's count as Adv camping. Some have really gone down the crapper! Like the KOA north of Ft Bragg. And it was mega pricey.
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