Two More Reasons to Ride Your Bike to Sturgis

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July 13, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

With Sturgis just around the corner, many of us (including myself) are starting to gather up gear for the annual pilgrimage to this Mecca of motorcycle rallies. For most of us, space is at a premium. Especially if you’re riding your bike to the event — which is the way God intended.

Let’s face it. There’s only so much room to cram stuff on your bike unless you  have a bagger. So packing your bike becomes a minimalist art form that finds you asking the all-important question:  “Do I really need that?” Rest easy. In today’s Two for Tuesday, I’m going to make those decisions a bit easier by giving you a couple choices for motorcycle luggage that will ease your packing predicament.

Our first space-saving wonder is the Kuryakyn Ultra Tour bag. It’s a whopping 16 ½ inches high, 20 inches wide and 15 inches deep, giving you 5,280 cubic inches of storage. For major storage, it features a large center compartment and two large end compartments on each side that will expand 2 inches for extra room. Its 1200 Denier semi-rigid structure lets you overstuff that puppy with whatever diabolical plans you may have for your journey to South Dakota’s biker paradise. And there are even D-rings for strapping even more stuff to the outside of the bag ala Beverly Hillbillies style. And with its weather-resistant construction, rain cover and self-sealing zippers, you can keep your extra clothes dry even if you aren’t. It also comes with a handy shoulder strap that comes in handy for toting your gear once you reach your destination.

Up next is another space-saving beauty in the form of T-Bags Switchback Bag. It can be mounted to the handlebars on top of the headlight or the back of the sissy bar. At 12 inches wide and 10 inches in diameter and featuring a rigid heavy plastic inner liner, it’s the perfect space to store rain gear, leathers or camping gear. The circular opening features YKK coil self-mending zippers, Nexus buckles for maximum strength and an internal drawstring dust cover to keep your gear safe from the elements. Made from 1680 denier nylon, it comes with a lifetime warranty to ensure years of use.

So there you have it. Two excellent reasons for you to get that bike off the trailer and ride it to Sturgis this year. With all the space you’re gonna have, you could probably even stay an extra day or two.

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Then Came Bronson starred Michael Parks.

Pretty cool. I’d probably want to do a test ride with the packed bags so there are no handling surprises a hundred miles down the road. Murphy’s Law. For the rest of you old guys, d’you remember the motorcycle riding vagabond TV show starring Charles Bronson and I believe it was even called “Then Came Bronson”. He didn’t have good stuff like this but ‘literary license’ always made sure he was clean shaven, had good clothes etc.

I have some concern about adding to much weight to the bike with a large luggage bag.

I recently purchased a deluxe Saddleman bag to strap to a luggage rack on the back of my Gold Wing. While the bag is of high quality, I am concerned about the weight factor when I have my other bags loaded and a passenger on the bike.

Have others experienced the same feeling?

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