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post #1 of 4 Old 06-21-2010, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Action Packer revisited

I use a large Rubbermaid Action Packer to carry my camping gear and it has been afield many outings now--I have read about the smaller AP being used for a top box and I think it would be a good choice, but I wondered if the larger size could be made to work for camping on the bike (since I own one and planned to tour the Canadian Rockies camping)

I had lashed the AP to the luggage rack of my DL1000K7 enough to learn two things: It is best to attatch it in-line (not sideways) because it is wide enough that it catches too much wind and has aerodynamic problems. Secondly, it tends to move forward as you travel along, and it begins to touch your back after a short while. It is large enough to be an effective receptacle for your tent, bag, mattress and a small batch of soft items like a few changes of clothes.

I began to imagine a rack that would locate the AP securely in position. I had the idea to use a weatherproof platform and attatch a rail around the edge which would also be usable without the AP in place. I found a plastic (nylon?) bread-cutting board for sale at Walmart for 10-12 bucks which was already the right size (12"x 20") and began fabrication.

I weld at home and had some scraps of metal rod and other straps on hand. I began with four right angle bends and tacked them together. Then made several side braces which were to be rivetted to the base. I used some large garden variety rivets from the local hardware store and attached the braces. Then welded on the rectangular piece I had made, and the result was the rack you see here.
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-21-2010, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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The above pic is the AP upon heading out to canada. The rack can't be easily seen, but it is just a thin rod going around the base of the AP.

I found I had to add a half-inch spacer under the box or it would have rested on the seat, and I didn't want it to touch the seat in case it made a mark, or worse, a hole in the seat cover. The whole works bolted to the luggage rack after removing the rubber pad, using the holes the pad was attached with.

After four days on the road, some gravel too, I was able to go on this outing and camp in some style. It may not be much by comparison to Touratech equipment, or Jesse's, or any other high-end equipment, I can say it was effective and I was able to make the trip and have a great time.

I rode alone from Walla Walla, WA and met my brother in Nakusp, BC and spent three days touring the Canadian Rockies in the Kootenai's. We ranged in that area mostly with lots of stops and much ripping around the most scenic roads in North America (my humble opinion). We split up in Lumby, and I came home alone following my nose through some incredible places just south of Curlew, WA, and on down to Spokane and home.

I rode 1500 miles of some fast curves and some gravel roads--and with an estimated 35-40 lbs of gear my bike handles almost no differently than unloaded--in other words, the load affected the handling so little as to be almost unnoticable. I also got my best mileage ever on this trip--on the way north I got 50 mpg twice--yes its a DL1000, loaded, and I am a giant to boot, going 70 mph avg., and it got excellent mileage. I credit the lack of side bags--I had only my normal frontal area with this luggage.

Here is another shot of the outfit. I secured the AP with a length of nylon rope--again crude but effective. This is on a ferry near Revelstoke BC--thats the brother messing with his pack. I ran day one almost entirely in the rain. Day two was a little drizzly, but i was drying out. Day three was picture perfect, and it stayed nice but overcast on day four untill I was near Roosevelt Lake in WA state. I put on my rainsuit for the rest of the way home, but only got a few drizzles.

I love my FroggToggs! They work as advertized! XXXL's fit over all my riding gear and I am pleased--I never had a rainsuit before, and I wonder how I ever managed without!!
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-22-2010, 12:59 AM
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I like it. You could throw your dog in that thing!

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post #4 of 4 Old 06-22-2010, 03:18 AM
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Excellent penny tech solution to the storage problem. Glad the trip was a success and you enjoyed our Canadian Rockies.

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