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post #1 of 11 Old 07-09-2019, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Found an awesome cooler for motorcycles

Thought i'd pass along some information on my new cooler setup

https://www.amazon.ca/Polar-Bear-Coo...y&sr=8-2-fkmr0

https://www.amazon.ca/Engel-Coolers-...gateway&sr=8-1

It was NOT cheap at $200 Canadian with taxes (looks like around 130-140 USD) but this setup works amazing. The ice pack takes up roughly half the available room in the cooler and a couple smaller ones may be better.

The cooler uses 1.5" of closed cell insulation. It's sized about right to take to work for lunches but still big enough to be useful on a week long motorcycle trip. I'd probably opt for the 24can size if I was planning to use it on a lot of longer trips though.

It easily fits in a side case or top case or you can use the metal tie down points on the cooler and secure it to the bike that way plus the bottom is non skid material. It also has attachments for carabiners or molle style attachments. It's waterproof as well and has a bottle opener attached

The ice pack is probably overkill for the size of cooler but I leave it inthe bike all day while im at work and my drinks and lunch are always ice cold They have a cheaper nylon line but it only has 1" of insulation and it's open cell, also not waterproof and has plastic tie down points. A buddy of mine has the 24 and 48 can sizes in that line and has had no issues strapping it to the bike but I felt better with metal tie down points.

Yes it's expensive, but so is spending $2 on water everytime you stop With this setup you also never have to buy ice.

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-09-2019, 10:35 AM
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I have been using the cheaper version when moto-camping for a couple years now. Minor tip, the naming is weird. The 12 pack, which is what I have, will only fit a 6 pack with ice.

I bungee mine to the pillion seat

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I've had an ugly green folding cooler from Costco for ages. I got a gift of a new one from a friend, Black and more duffel bag shaped. Got external bungee cord and mesh stash areas on it and a AM/FM radio built in.
There are some good thing available to make that camping trip less rustic! Can't always find a ice fed stream to cool your Chimay!
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I use a polar bear cooler, it straps to the top of my top box or fits perfectly in the bottom of Ventura bag that sits on my seat when solo.

They are not cheap but they do work.

I prefer to use frozen water bottles to keep things cool as the water can be useful for other things.
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I prefer to use frozen water bottles to keep things cool as the water can be useful for other things.

Good idea, Iíll Use that one!
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At BMW rallies years ago we would turn our Krauser bags into ice chests. Take the Sally's bag full of the clothes out of the Krauser and hit the store for beverage and ice.
I'm still using a Krauser bag liner, like a soft suitcase, in my current Seahorse bags. That leaves the Seahorse available as the ice chest if I don't bring one along.
There are all sorts of possibilities.
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I have been using the cheaper version when moto-camping for a couple years now. Minor tip, the naming is weird. The 12 pack, which is what I have, will only fit a 6 pack with ice.

I bungee mine to the pillion seat

yeah I should have mentnioned that, no way you are fitting 12 cans of pop in this with ice I went overkill on the ice pack, I am rethinking it as it does not leave enough room in the cooler. It's perfect for my lunches but not idea for much more then a work lunch.

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I use a polar bear cooler, it straps to the top of my top box or fits perfectly in the bottom of Ventura bag that sits on my seat when solo.

They are not cheap but they do work.

I prefer to use frozen water bottles to keep things cool as the water can be useful for other things.
Good idea with the frozen bottle idea!

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At BMW rallies years ago we would turn our Krauser bags into ice chests. Take the Sally's bag full of the clothes out of the Krauser and hit the store for beverage and ice.
I'm still using a Krauser bag liner, like a soft suitcase, in my current Seahorse bags. That leaves the Seahorse available as the ice chest if I don't bring one along.
There are all sorts of possibilities.
I used to do that with my top cases but the issue is that it's only good for that evenings drinks. Unless you stay at he same place more then one night and it's not overly convenient for day rides when I can just throw this cooler in the side case and not spend money at the gas station on drinks.

The polarbear coolers (or similar) allow you to keep food for an entire trip. It's nice to have some butter, ketchup, cold drinks, etc on hand. The larger sized ones you have to strap to seat or cases but with those you could keep meat, etc for a week long trip all on the bike. You will need to buy ice half way through.
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Yah, If you are not relying on rally food, having the means to keep a larder is excellent!
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I've been strapping an Ice Mule on to my camping load. It works pretty well. It's a roll top water resistant bag with insulation. By resistant I mean some liquid will leak out of the roll top if it's left lying on its side. It's kept ice for about 1 1/2 days for me when not left out in direct sun.No too expensive - somewhere around $80.00 CDN. I got mine at Atmosphere here in Vancouver... I'm sure there must be other retailers as well.
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I've been strapping an Ice Mule on to my camping load. It works pretty well. It's a roll top water resistant bag with insulation. By resistant I mean some liquid will leak out of the roll top if it's left lying on its side. It's kept ice for about 1 1/2 days for me when not left out in direct sun.No too expensive - somewhere around $80.00 CDN. I got mine at Atmosphere here in Vancouver... I'm sure there must be other retailers as well.
The Ice Mule looks like a great option as well and it comes in at half the price of the one I found. Might be a better solution!

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