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post #1 of 19 Old 06-25-2012, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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How to strap it down...

Later this year, once the weather is cooler, I'm taking the KLR out for a short camping trip totally solo. I have considered the things I'll need to take and I'm confident nearly all of it will fit into my cases.

One non-essential item I really want to take, if possible, is my guitar. I rarely get a chance to play it these days and I thought what could be better than sitting at a camp fire all alone strumming on the guitar? The real question is:

How does one go about strapping a full size, hard sided, acoustic guitar case to one's motorcycle?

Any thoughts on the best way to accomplish this?

Here's what I have to work with.

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post #2 of 19 Old 06-25-2012, 10:50 PM
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Hey amigo, don't know if you'd want to pop for it, but a Martin Backpacker is perfect for this type of thing. They make a steel string version and the sound is GREAT. It's small, lightweight, and easy to strap down.

You can find them on craigslist/ebay pretty cheap. There's a nylon string version as well, but I've heard the sound from that one is just short of terrible as it doesn't really project at all.

The caveat is that it uses ultra light steel strings, so probably wouldn't hurt to pack an extra set of strings if you go with it. They come with a fairly decent soft case that should strap right to the side of one of your bags.

I'd love to see pics if you get a full sized latched down to your bike. Sometimes things get very creative.

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Can't afford it or I would. PLUS, I'm a bit nutty about sound quality. If it doesn't sound good, why bother?

I have played one of those and they are well suited for their intended purpose.

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I thought the sound was pretty darn good. That being said, I'm not exactly picky so I may be easily impressed! LOL
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I bungie cord my rifle in a hard case all the time on my bike. I lay it across the seat and strap er down. Mind you it looks like I have a wing but it's never come loose and that's even a bit of off road to get to wear I hunt. Looks funny but works well



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I'm a guitar player and I've thought about carrying a guitar on my bike. The only thing I could come up with is a gig bag with backpack straps like this



I wouldn't carry an expensive guitar like that but I don't have a nice acoustic anyway.

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I bungie cord my rifle in a hard case all the time on my bike. I lay it across the seat and strap er down. Mind you it looks like I have a wing but it's never come loose and that's even a bit of off road to get to wear I hunt. Looks funny but works well
This is the only solution I could come up with as well and is probably what I'll do in the end. I was hoping someone around here might have a more creative idea (since I don't).


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I'm a guitar player and I've thought about carrying a guitar on my bike. The only thing I could come up with is a gig bag with backpack straps like this

I wouldn't carry an expensive guitar like that but I don't have a nice acoustic anyway.
I considered one of these too. My guitar isn't exactly expensive or valuable but I couldn't afford to replace it so ultimately I decided that the hard case I already have is necessary.

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Can you lay it across the back of the seat, with the handles, up, and strap it down to the pelicans and around the Givi? It should only take up the back 8 inches of your seat, so hopefully you don't mind your guitar riding b****.

I don't play guitar, I don't have a guitar, all I know is the harmonica I can't play, fits anywhere :-P

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Can you lay it across the back of the seat, with the handles, up, and strap it down to the pelicans and around the Givi? It should only take up the back 8 inches of your seat, so hopefully you don't mind your guitar riding b****.
This is probably what I'll have to do. Lay it on the side of the guitar case, across the passenger seat, and strap it to the cases.

It will fit there and it'll give me something to lean on if I want. It sure will look weird though.

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It sure will look weird though.
Not as weird as using it as a skid plate would...

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