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post #1 of 11 Old 08-29-2007, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Fishing for opinions, because we've all got them.

I've got an 07 KLR totally stock. During the week the bike is a commuter (about 20 miles round trip) on the weekends it is used for day rides (50/50 dirt street) and I plan on taking some longer 2-3 day trips with it to camp. My issue is with carrying all my stuff. I want to upgrade the rack, but nothing to gawdy or bulky, I would also like to be able to add a small tail bag for the short trips, but for the longer trips I'm thinking saddle bags and a waterproof duffle strapped to the rear rack.
I'm thinking soft saddle bags due to the fact that they are easily removable and don't require any serious structure to hold them in place (other than to keep them off the pipe). I would like to bike to retain it's "stock" look at much as possible without all kinds of rack wrapping around the rear of the bike so that I can ride during the week sans luggage
Any ideas, input, etc
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-29-2007, 04:04 PM
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Wolfman Alpha..

Enough crap for a week, all tuck away..



The other stuff I've got on there is nice to use also, but the Alpha bag holds a ton and goes on and off in seconds, yet never moves.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-29-2007, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Paper, thanks for the info, I have actually looked at the Wolfman site before. From your reply I take it your happy with the quality of their stuff.

Couple questions, if you don't mind

Any issues with heat from the pipe? I see you have the bag sitting forward, but the strap looks like it's near the pipe?

Is your rear rack stock?

Any experience with this bag in the rain/wet conditions
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-29-2007, 09:56 PM
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Any issues with heat from the pipe? I see you have the bag sitting forward, but the strap looks like it's near the pipe?

Is your rear rack stock?

Any experience with this bag in the rain/wet conditions
The strap hooks to the muffler guard, which is there to keep feets away from the pipe. In other words, No issues.

Stock rack.

The bag's interior is coated, and is pretty water tight. I usually spray it with waterproofing once a year, too.. (Just in case)..
I've ridden in some pretty heavy rain with this setup and everything was dry.

I have the rear duffle, too, but since I keep my sleeping bag/fleece blanket in the dry bag, I tend to use the dry bag instead. I use a down bag and they're no fun if they get wet, so I dont' take any chances with it.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-30-2007, 08:05 AM
 
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I have the rev-pak "Excursion Pack" which is very similiar to Papers wolfman---it has pockets on the front toward you for quick access to water bottles etc. I put the strap under my seat and held it in place with some sticky back velcro and it stays there all the time---all I have to do is snap the bag off and on--sits just like Papers and comes with a rain cover but is pretty waterproof without it...it has major bells and whistles-straps and storage---very well made--have used it several times for lengthy trips..
matter of fact I just took it off last night after a couple of days in the mountains---waiting to be washed, as we all looked like we had been dirt bike riding--duuuuuuuuuuusty!!

http://www.revpack.com/motorcycle/orderform.html
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-03-2007, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks

Thanks for the help! Not sure which one I'm going to go with, both Wolfman and Rev-Pack look like they make some quality stuff. Appreciate the feedback.
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-03-2007, 09:03 PM
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Simplify

When I started traveling I used to strap,rope,bungie everything on and it drove me nuts. So I bought a huge Magsbag. Still not the ansewer. It wasn't water proof so I still had to keep track of what needed to be in dry bags. There are some great completely water proof and huge bags (Ortleib etc.) that I'm going to try next.
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-04-2007, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Yeah, Paper's pic above in the post shows his bike with both the rear bag and what appears to be an Ortleib bag straped to the rear rack. Which to me seems like the perfect solution (you get your really dry stuff and you stuff that won't be useless if it gets a little wet).
Thanks for the Magsbag tip, I will check that out
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-04-2007, 10:50 AM
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It's actually just some Dry Bag that I have. I also have the actual Wolfman Duffel bag for that location.
The Wolfman has straps already attached to hook whatever you want to the back as far as a bag.
Between the rear straps, and the D Rings on top to strap down my folding chair, and the extremely fast attachement system, I couldn't be happier with the whole Wolfman Alpha system.

I've had hard luggage on my bikes for almost 20 years, and never thought I'd be happy with soft bags, but this system for the KLR is extremely well thought out.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-26-2007, 12:22 AM
 
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Here is a nice, inexpensive bag. I just got a pair but haven't used them yet. Not very big, but with an Ortlieb, it may be enough space.
It is a Classic Motogear bag and I think I paid about $60.

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