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post #1 of 9 Old 07-23-2013, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycles need armoires

So I received my Yamaha Star Drifter pants at the office today - can't wait to try them on at home tonight. Seems like the ticket for wearing shorts on a hot day and staying protected on the bike for highway rides.
But it adds to the collection-

Like the jacket, you end up at your destination with a whole pile of extra clothing - boots, jacket, pants, helmet, gloves... maybe you can keep your sunglasses on if you are staying outside, but otherwise you've got a laundry basket worth of extra clothing to park with your bike.

If engineers can get us to the moon, surely they can develop ways we can keep our gear with our motorcycles without having an actual armoire strapped to the cargo rack on the bike!

I wish there was something like a space bag that could compress down to something that could be stored in a tiny place built into the bike, but expand into a waterproof duffel bag sized thing to keep pants, jacket, boots, helmet in - that could lock to the bike so you could leave it fairly securely - maybe even at the mall.
And realistically - I'm sure this actually does discourage people from wearing protective gear! This doesn't seem outside the realm of engineering, and I can't imagine I'm the first to want something like this. Does anything like this exist?

Dare to dream, right?
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Closest thing I've found is the Chase Harper Alaska bag. With a bit of ingenuity you can lock it to the bike and put a lock in the zippers. When empty it collapses flat. I got rained on for two hours the other night and my stuff stayed dry in it. They do make a rain cover, though, and that might be a good idea if your stuff is going to sit in the rain.

Second to that would be the Nelson Rigg CL-850 bags, though they are harder to lock to the bike and don't collapse. They make the KLR quite wide, though. A minus in traffic. Also has rain covers; they have flaps for the zippers but no lining and so aren't really that weather proof. I've had them in the rain plenty and stuff will get wet if the rain lasts for more than 45 minutes or so.

To be really secure you'd need hard bags. Heck, I have a hard time stuffing my junk in the saddle bags and top case on my RT so you'd need BIG hard cases.

The above two options can be made fairly secure; my favorite is the Alaska bag.

It holds enough crap to set up camp and stay for several days. You do have to make a beer run after camp is set up if more than a six pack is needed...



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I use a cable to lock my gear to the bike. Run it through a jacket sleeve and pant leg. I even installed brass grommets on my boots to thread the cable through. I use the helmet lock to hang the helmet and run the cable through the helmet also.

I've left my gear locked up most of the day like that without problems.

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I use a cable to lock my gear to the bike. Run it through a jacket sleeve and pant leg. I even installed brass grommets on my boots to thread the cable through. I use the helmet lock to hang the helmet and run the cable through the helmet also.

I've left my gear locked up most of the day like that without problems.
That's actually a really good idea I've never thought of. My coat and pants fit in my Action Packer but I can't carry much else in it. It's pretty much strictly for my riding gear once I get to work. I hang my helmet off a padlock on one of the AP's latches and put the helmet in a trash bag if it looks like rain or if it's going to be all dewy and wet when I get off work at night.



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I've got a cable lock like that I carry with me - my snowboard lock, extends to 3 feet - but I worry then my jacket is out, could fall/blow off the bike, or someone might think it's just laying there and tried to do a yank-and-run and ends up pulling my bike over...

I'm picturing something made of a very thin material (but something fairly durable if not totally knife-proof) so it could be tightly rolled into a very small object that could be stashed on the bike, if not a pocket. Bonus points for it being waterproof but I'm thinking more security.

I own a Nelson Rigg laptop bag that has two bungee cords that route through it and it's perfect for strapping my work laptop to my bike for the daily commute. Would be cool to have something like that built into this bag if that itself didn't take up too much space to make the bag unable to collapse to something very small.

Wouldn't be hard to engineer some sort of slick zipper where the end could be inserted into a retainer attached to the bag where a cable lock COULD go through both and physically lock the bag to the bike, locking the bag closed - bonus points for the cable lock being built into the bag.

I should just make the damn thing myself. JoAnne Fabrics here I come...

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Seen the Pacsafe mesh bags? http://pacsafe.com/products


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Very interesting - thanks! I've never heard of such a thing, that's pretty close-
That would seem to potentially do it for securing pants, jacket, boots, helmet. Everything but waterproofing... and you could probably put a drawstring-type waterproof cover over that if push came to shove, I'm sure that wouldn't be too hard to find.
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You do have to make a beer run after camp is set up if more than a six pack is needed...
When have we EVER needed more than a six pack Tom?

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As long as there's a 30 pack in the cooler, we're good on the porch with the six pack.

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