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Old 09-25-2012, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Junk in the trunk


I picked up my new-to-me T100 this last Saturday and she rides like a dream!

I have a couple "newb" questions.

1. Without saddle bags, where do you store a toolkit on this bike?!?
(Is there a recommended kit to buy or do you recommend making your own?)

2. Where do you store insurance/registration papers?

My last bike had a slot where you could put your key in and it would unlock the seat. Aside from the battery there was a little compartment where the included tool-kit sat, and a little space left over where I had the bikes papers in a plastic bag.

A funny question to ask, but i just wanted to see what the consensus was. All of the riders in my group ride McHarleys and have leather suitcases attached to them. I don't have the quick release seat bolts, and of I tapped a little bag under the side cover it seems like it would probably get hot.

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Old 09-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's the rub - there is no storage space on a Bonnie. I've owned two Bonnies (the current one is a cast wheel version) and one Scrambler and they all have this issue.

1) Tools I keep in my saddlebags. These are hard, locking bags to discourage the casual miscreant. I keep on considering installing a tiny lithium battery to free up some space. But the bike is still under warranty and I'm trying to leave the warranty intact.

2) I tried to keep registration and insurance card under the seat, but removing the seat is best left as an occasional task. So now I keep the registration and insurance card in my wallet. There is an aftermarket seat hinge, but the assembly costs about $175, so I'm not prepared to go there.

So, I have no good answers for you - I'm still looking for the perfect Bonneville luggage that will allow me to store some items, but also keep everything safe while I'm away from the bike.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I keep my registration in my riding jacket, but realize this is suboptimal. I've added bags as I use by bike as my year-round commuter, so a minimal toolkit goes in there. You may want to look into a license plate storage box like at twisted throttle. Seems like a good place to store registration and insurance.

Link: http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/5476/

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Old 09-25-2012, 11:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Um, I just realized I went for a ride on Saturday without registration and insurance as I changed jackets. I think the best idea is to store in a waterproof bag under the seat as it is unlikely that I will have to show it to anyone.

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Old 09-25-2012, 11:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I carry my insurance verification card in my wallet. As for the tool kit, I carry what is known by some as a "yuppie tool kit" aka a cell phone, just be sure the phone is fully charged before setting out.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I store it in the right hand cover. It's all stock so there isn't any restriction of air flow, and I just tuck to small papers behind the wires from the fuses. A simple turn of a key or coin accesses that compartment.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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tools required:

a good road side assistance policy and 2 credit cards

learn how to remove either wheel and repair and reinflate a tyre.
same for headlight/tail light.
a working flashlight
no matter how hard you try, you can't baptise cats.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm using a soft leather stuffa bag bungeed to the rack. It holds a full self assembled tool kit, electric compressor, 1st aid kit, hand book and a whole manner of other useful bits and bobs. It's a 30 second job to remove when parked.
I never carry documents on the bike or in the car for the simple reason that if stolen they are stolen with it. Such things are safer at home, it's not required to carry them in the UK.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:34 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Here every state has different requirements. I carry papers in my wallet. For the commute I have a Givi trunk on the rack (rack and solo seat). I can carry tools and such in it for longer rides.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Since this appears to be your first of the new Bonnie's, you'll soon discover that you don't really need to carry tools. The Triumph's we ride are very very reliable. You might be thinking of the old Bonnie's from the '60s and such, they weren't reliable. But things have changed.
Ride safe,
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