I'm getting ready for my first over night camping trip on the Wee, and want to see how some others pack everything on! I have Gobi 37l side cases, and a touratech tail and tank bags... Here is how she sits now:
In dry bags on rack:
2 each chairs, sleeping bags, air mattresses & pillows
1 each tent, ground cloth, tarp
In soft saddlebags:
Clothing for 2 for 3 days, in huge Ziplocs
Stove & fuel, pot (cooking kind), cups
In tank bag:
Rain gear for 2, maps, snacks, visors, pocket stuff
In welding rod holder/ tool tube:
Paracord, hammock, first aid stuff for humans and MCs
Cooking is limited to coffee, tea, oatmeal in the morning, and whatever groceries we buy each evening.
If you're going alone you can take enough to be quite comfy IMO.
The dry bags are held on with a couple of cheap straps from Walmart (maybe $2/ pair). They're 1" wide nylon with a ladderlock buckle on on end (the kind where you put the free end in and back through - google it if that's not clear). The straps go completely under the rack. I always add a couple of bungees as extra security and because I need a place to store extras anyway.
Regarding bungees, I use polyurethane ones that I got at Cabelas. They're not affected by sun and have a lifetime guarantee. I store mine on the rack, and they look like new after about 2 years.
Trip to WSB and then the West Coast. Two weeks+ and 5,000 miles. No cook gear.
I froze at the race last year, so this year I took a bigger sleeping bag. Otherwise, my smaller sleeping bag would fit in the top box. And on some trips that are shorter, I've stayed in KOA cabins and not needed the tent or pad either.
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