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Old 12-14-2009, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Backpack for gear

I just picked up my new Thruxton. What a blast. I'm coming from a BMW R1200RT that had lots of storage (side cases and top case). I need something to hold my jacket and pants. Any suggestions on a good backpack?
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Go to your local surplus store with your j&p and see which bag they fit in.

I use this.
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Fit a renntech rack and a givi plate then get a good size top case. When you have to leave the4 gear you can. If you don't have to just unclick the top case. Works fine for me. Backpacks? Surplus or if you need something waterproof and bike specific how about trying givi or one of the other bike kit makers.
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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A good backpack can work fine. You'll need one comfortable for the ride and room enough for your necessities. I used an overpriced but very good Ogio bag. This bag had tons of pocket space and little netting on the side for a bottle of water.

This bag was only missing one thing. It needed flaps that overlapped the zippers. The flaps could have saved me a ton of money. As the bag got older it the zipper wouldn't stay shut. It would actually separate in the wind not just slide open.

I learned this the hard way. While hauling ass down the freeway the zipper split open and most things flew out. I was gone for the weekend and a bunch of my clothes flew out.

Unfortunately I had tossed my phone in that pocket. Gone. Sunglasses, gone. etc, gone.

I was cool splitting lanes through San Diego traffic.. I wasn't cool when my panties were flying out of my backpack. Nor was I cool when I was paying another 200$ for a phone.

Don't skimp. Get something good and safe
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I love my Timbuktu messenger bag. Waterproof, attaches securely to my back, has reflective piping built-in, tons of storage and comfortable. Plus I got it on sale for ~$40.
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I love my Timbuktu messenger bag. Waterproof, attaches securely to my back, has reflective piping built-in, tons of storage and comfortable. Plus I got it on sale for ~$40.
You can fit a MC jacket and pants in one of those?
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Backpack

Try looking in a good bicycle shop. That's where I got mine.
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I love my Timbuktu messenger bag. Waterproof, attaches securely to my back, has reflective piping built-in, tons of storage and comfortable. Plus I got it on sale for ~$40.
+1 for the Timbuktu bags - made in SF. They are a well built courier bag that stays put at any speed. Its comfortable, holds a lot and more comfortable than a backpack in my opinion.
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You can fit a MC jacket and pants in one of those?
I have a size Medium and can cram a full armored jacket and pants in it with nothing else. The larger sizes could easily fit the gear + other stuff, but the size Medium is perfect for around-town and day trips.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Chrome messenger style bags work out very well. water proof, multiple sizes nice looking . run about 100.00 find on ,ine or at a local bike shop.
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