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borninusa
04-21-2010, 11:28 AM
Okay, so the wife and I are dying to take our first trip and we wish to go to Maine. I have never ever take a long trip on a bike. So, if we do this we are going to go with a much more experienced rider (my brother).

My question is....I want to get some luggage to go on back of the sissy bar. I want functional...roomy..and something that looks good. I dont need leather or some pricey thing for it would not get used all that much.

I looked on Amazon for luggage and they have a fair amount.

Anyone have any suggestions?

rogergthree
04-21-2010, 11:38 AM
Look for some that has lots of tie down points. I've used softer nylon and they need to be somewhat full to tie on the luggage rack but it's not a big issue. I've also used some stiffened leather ones that are a little harder to tie down and like to drift around a little, but they don't need to be filed up at all to tie down.

Scooter Geezer
04-21-2010, 01:05 PM
Good selection of inexpensive heavy duty sissy bar bags (http://www.jafrum.com/Motorcycle-Luggage/Motorcycle-Sissy-Bar-Bags)

I use this one. (http://www.jafrum.com/Motorcycle-Luggage/Motorcycle-Sissy-Bar-Bags/SB1PU) It's as advertised.

Geezer

showmevtx
04-21-2010, 01:24 PM
borninusa... just my .02 worth, you can get any kind of luggage you like ($100-$400), however, keep in mind that your other half must be comfortable to. Think of things like passenger
floorboards ($200-$300)
seats ($600-$1000)
raingear ($50-$200)
intercom system ($200-$400)
etc...

this trip you are planning should be awesome but remember you are looking at 2000 miles at least and that can feel like 4000 if one is not comfy in the saddle. (her butt is attached to the part that will talk into your ear) Have fun but do it right!

borninusa
04-21-2010, 02:13 PM
I just bought a mustang seat and we are going to go the rain gear route here soon. We are not supposed to go until later August, so we thought we would start now with purchasing things.

I never thought of a headset. Those relatively cheap?

Man, so much planning for a trip. The easy part is how to go since I have been to Maine so many times.

My brother 2 years ago took an almost 10k mile trip on a Suzuki Bandit from Cali to Maine to back to Cali again. He wants to do a 12k mile trip this year..hence me going with him. He knows how to pack a bike. But, I will take any tips and tricks I can.

showmevtx
04-21-2010, 02:46 PM
this is a pretty new thread on headsets that i have been looking at.

http://www.vtxcafe.com/showthread.php?t=40821

Gonzo1970
04-21-2010, 04:03 PM
Since I use my sissy bar bag only a few times a year, I didnt want to dump a whole lot of money into it..

http://www.jafrum.com/Motorcycle-Luggage/Motorcycle-Sissy-Bar-Bags/SB2Studs

Studs/Conchos go with my bike, but they do make them plain.. and at $60, its well worth it..

-Gonz

rogergthree
04-21-2010, 04:09 PM
Since I use my sissy bar bag only a few times a year, I didnt want to dump a whole lot of money into it..

http://www.jafrum.com/Motorcycle-Luggage/Motorcycle-Sissy-Bar-Bags/SB2Studs

Studs/Conchos go with my bike, but they do make them plain.. and at $60, its well worth it..

-Gonz

I have the same (Plain) and find that the side pockets won't velcro shut unless they are full and one of the tie downs has puled out after 2 uses. Now I just use bungees to strap it on. I use the smaller top bag more often but I don't like the Velcro strap on the back. It's hard to get tight enough to keep it from sliding around.

I have found that you can take almost any good bag and make it fit the bike if you have some of this....

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff154/rogergthree/Web1.jpg


I am about to turn a ditty bag that I found at the Army Surplus into a handlebar bag. Just need to gorilla glue the strap kind of like it is shown, to the bag, then loop the webbing through a buckle and glue it with a cloths pin clamp. Tomorrow I have a $9 handle bar bag.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff154/rogergthree/Web2.jpg

borninusa
04-21-2010, 05:55 PM
Since I use my sissy bar bag only a few times a year, I didnt want to dump a whole lot of money into it..

http://www.jafrum.com/Motorcycle-Luggage/Motorcycle-Sissy-Bar-Bags/SB2Studs

Studs/Conchos go with my bike, but they do make them plain.. and at $60, its well worth it..

-Gonz

I feel the same way. I am only going to use these a few times a year (hopefull), so I dont want to put a bunch of cash down on one. I would rather spend the cash on other things to dress up the bike.

Do these bags do good in the rain?

borninusa
04-26-2010, 05:34 PM
I think I am going to go the Tourmaster route. The wife and I went out to Iron Pony and the salesman there was overly helpful. We went through mult bags (after we told him our plans) and he gave us his suggestions on what to buy (or not to buy) and why. There is a cruiser III tourmaster bag that we liked. No, its not the biggest bag out there but man, the bag should connect to the bike well. What was nice he just didnt point us in the direction of the most expensive and try to sell us on that. Overly helpful and appeared knowledgable.

Tourmaster is the route I think we are going to go.