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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 2006, 9:23 pm Thread Starter
 
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Thumbs up Added over 2 cubic feet of waterproof storage to the GT!

This one is only for the 1-UP folks...sorry.

In preparation for my CCR trip, I wanted to add a seat bag (or something?) to the GT. I starting looking at my options. Duffle bags, seat bags, etc., etc... I wanted something waterproof, I knew that. And I wanted something big, but not too big. And if it worked out to be a good backrest, yippee! Then there's always the COST. But we all know that you usually get what you pay for.

Well not this time!

I think what I have rigged up is going to do all of the above, and more. I found a waterproof puncture-proof dufflebag on eBay for $39.98 to my door! The quality is superb! Then, I bought two 6-hook Bungee cargo nets for $3.99 each. Total cost = $48.52!

But wait...there's more!!! :p

Next, I took 2 standard milk crates (13"L x 13"W x 11"H) that I had laying around (lifetime musician's tend to have them), and I chopped off 1.5" off 1 side of each of the crates. I placed them inside the duffle bag with the newly cut side facing each other as to form one new crate measuring 23"L x 13"W x 11"H, and I zip-tied those babies together. Now I have a hard-sided duffle bag that obviously holds it's shape very well, AND it's LIGHT! It sits on the grab rails nicely too. The duffle bag also has a pocket on each side 14" x 14" x 1.5" for handy storage. Sweet!

Finally, I took the 2 Bungee cargo nets and hooked them to the grab rails, wrapped around the ends of the duffle and hooked the nets together on top. Holds the duffle in place, and I can always stuff other things under the net as I see fit. Adding another bag on top would be a piece of cake as well.

(FWIW, the pic below is the duffle bag completely empty.)

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 2006, 9:31 pm
 
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WOW! That is great! Necessity is the mother of invention...

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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 2006, 9:35 pm
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Wow, I could probably travel for a month with that much cargo !!!!!
Way to go...
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 2006, 9:47 pm
 
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Nice and very inexpensive, but I do have a comment: don't use bungees, but straps. Once something gets in motion, it stays in motion; bungees allow this, straps don't.
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...but I do have a comment: don't use bungees, but straps. Once something gets in motion, it stays in motion; bungees allow this, straps don't.
I have a friend that makes soft straps. I'll get him to make me a custom set.
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Excellent Job !
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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 2006, 11:26 pm
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tre chic!

At first I thought that was the BMW bag for the top case. Very cool idea and with the crates you would have solid support for some padding for your back - eggscelent

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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 2006, 8:48 am
 
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Is it me??

Why do you need so much luggage space for a one up journey? I regually tour for 2 weeks at a time, two up with just the normal two side cases, a tank bag and a Givi 46l top case.

Perhaps you change into full evening dress each night for dinner and don't know how to wash your essential items and dry them overnight?

Just curious that's all.......
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Why do you need so much luggage space for a one up journey? [snip] Just curious that's all.......
Things I'll be putting in that bag...
  • Laptop, and all of it's accessories
  • Other electronic stuff - camera charging dock, CF cards, cell phone charger, etc.
  • Tools - a real assortment that might actually get you back on the road.
  • Roadside repair kit - Over the years, I have assembled a list of items that I like to take with me for emergency roadside repairs. Wire, an assortment of tapes (Gaff tape, electrical tape, etc.), zip ties, JB Weld, hose clamps, extra bulbs, and so on.
So you see...it'll be nice just to have all of my clothing in the GT's top box and saddlebags, and everything else in this seat duffle bag. Do I need this much extra space? Probably not. But so what?
If a little is never enough.
...and more is always better.
Than too much just might be just right!
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I'm the same as "just Joe". I have the top case and always put light quick access stuff in there. I put the heavier stuff or things that I am more worried about from a vibration standpoint, like my good camera, notebook etc. along with anything I might have that is heavy on the rear seat.

Going over washboard is hell on stuff in the top case and it is also only rated for much of a load anyway.

All that said, when my wife and I take off, two riders, both one up, you wouldn't believe the shit we take. :wtf

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