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We're are all certainly of the various saddlebag, tank bag, rack options, etc. The one option that I'm looking for is a really functional shelf "system" which provides easy reach for the DL1000.

The means to store items within convenient reach would provide a great deal of funtionality to any distance rider. Also, what I refer to as "Thigh Storage" would be quite helpful. You know, a pair of strap-on flexible pouches with multiple pockets, or some such thing, would be very helpful while on the road. These would function very similarly to the shelf with the exception that they would be attached to your thighs. Gaining access to items easily is the key.

Currently, I have a pair of GIVI 360's on the sides and the GIVI 52 top box. In addition, I have the essential Nelson-Rigg Tank Bag. These are all wonderfully useful. Additional carrying capacity, however, is always welcomed.

I've also seen some really creative and professional craftsmanship to carry water jugs via a rear passenger peg mount (very impresive) for the long distance rider.

Any thoughts? Suggestions? Web links? Let's chime in and ease the storge burden of the long distance rider.

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Nelson Roth
 

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Additional carrying capacity, however, is always welcomed.
I disagree. I'm always looking how I can downsize my carrying capacity.

I know it's not what you asked, but I tend to think outside the top box. :rolleyes: Carry less stuff. It's nice to have the things you need easily accessible in a tank bag or top box, but carrying more stuff overall is not necessarily a good thing. Weight, complexity, cost.

I think a good long-distance rider will learn the bare minimum gear necessary and carry that.

As I've often said, the solution to bringing more stuff isn't having bigger boxes, it's bringing less stuff. That's my view.

To answer the question you asked, the only two unusual things I do for extra capacity is a tool tube mounted on the left side space where there isn't a muffler, and I perpetually keep a bungee net on the back seat. I carry everything from wet laundry under it to a case of beer. I've strapped a computer to my bike, and fairly large boxes to and from the post office. Most of the time though, the net is empty.

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I'll agree with Jamie Z. After traveling alot on my ST1100 & ST1300's over the years, i like to think of packing on a bike like packing if you were to go backpacking for a couple day trip. You carry what you NEED and not what you want. I have narrowed it down very well, even when i went on a month long trip to Alaska in 2001.
Someone once wrote, to eliminate what you pack, take what you want on a trip, then once home discard items not even used. Write down items you needed while on previous trip you didn't have and then adjust accordingly next trip. By the third or fourth trip, you pretty much have it down to a science.
Think Micro!!! Thin Khaki pants pack tighter than Jeans do. In summer, many just wear shorts under riding gear, so one pair of pants are plenty for a trip of almost 2 weeks. While wearing one pair of socks, undies and t-shirt, throw in 2 additional then wash on the third day or so of travel.
If using coolmax and stuff, you can pretty much rince in sink at night, ring out with hotel towel, then air dry by morning. I have worn riding boots during day riding, then just packed a pair of sandles to wear at night, even if i need to wear pants.
For Camping, there are plenty of tents that sleep 1-2, but look for those that pack TINY (4-5" diam x 15-18" long with poles) without sacrificing weather protection. I use a sleeping bag that can roll into a 6"diameter by 8" long roll.

I ALWAYS LAUGH at the typical Harley weekend warrior / world traveler when they have gear packed higher then their own heads using garbage bags and bungees that look as if it could fall at any given time!!!

People do their own thing, but i still shake my head once on a bike trip when my father said he packed several pairs of shoes for a 4 day trip.

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