Saddlebags – Must Have for this Biker, but Why Two?

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March 21, 2013 | By: Jeff Maddox

JLMWhether good or bad, we’ve all had our moments. At my age there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t either forget something or “think” I forgot something. Sometimes I spend more time looking for it and/or thinking about it way more than it’s worth. Amazingly, it’s usually something that isn’t important.

What does this have to do with motorcycling? I’m the kind of biker who needs saddlebags. The bigger, the better. Being an all-season rider, I carry a lot of extra gear. Two rain suits, extra gloves because as the weather changes or at my age you lose one (and you never lose both), sunglasses, and etc. Since I use my motorcycle to commute to work, I also carry my lunch. You know, the usual ham sandwich, Diet Coke and chips.

And being a creature of habit, I walk out to the garage, load my lunch, put on my gear and go. Two days ago, after getting off my bike at work, I opened my saddlebag to retrieve my lunch and of course I forgot it. What a way to start the day! After mumbling under my breath, I accepted the fact and had lunch at one of the local fast-food chains (all the while thinking about the sack sitting somewhere between the counter in the kitchen and the garage). Oh well.

After a long day at work I arrive home, and cannot find my lunch anywhere. I must be losing it! So as yesterday begins, I stand in the kitchen repeating the same process – ham sandwich, Diet Coke and chips. Holding the bag at arms length as if it’s some sort of bio-hazard so I can keep an eye on it, I slowly walk to the garage, setting it down to put my gear on while keeping my eyes fixed squarely on my lunch. I throw it in the saddlebag and ride off completely smug and satisfied that I’m NOT losing it! I get to work, open my saddlebag and to my surprise I find my lunch from the day before. Like a sick joke I had played on myself, I realized the day before when I couldn’t find my lunch, it was actually in the left saddle bag. I never put my lunch in the left bag – never. But there it was, mocking me.

Who’s crazy idea was it to put two saddlebags on a motorcycle?

Comments (11)

I wish I had some kind of saddle bag last May. I had my hoodie sweater strapped to the rear of the seat, it came loose and went into the rear brake rotor caliper and looked up my ’97 Harley Softail at 70 mph and skidded for almost 400 feet until I finally lost it at about 30 mph . Both me and my beloved Harley got some broken bones and heavy bruises but by May of this year I will ride again only with a set of saddle bags !

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I bought a set of cowboy throw-overs just so I could have sundry stuff that I never use to need. One day I tied em on (Backwards) and spent time at my first stop scratching my head and hunting for stuff. When it dawned on me what I done, I just told myself,”GETTIN’ OLD AIN’T FER SISSIES! “

I too ride most of the year. It’s way too cold in Colorado in Dec, Jan and most of Feb to ride. However, we still have 20′s in March and Nov, so I need coats, chaps, etc. I rarely have enough room to store it all once I get to work. I pack my lunch as well, but need to take it out to store coat etc. Oh well, just what we all put up with to ride.

WOW! And I thought I was the only one. I feel much better now knowing I have company. I too use my bike as a work truck, tools etc and a duffel bag with lunch, pass cards, cameras and keyx. I’ve lost gloves, chaps and eyeglasses, in one month alone. Mostly because of carelessness and not securing the load. I have slowed down a bit in order double check every thing be fore hitting the road.

I feel your pain, I have misplaced enough stuff to outfit a small army……….!!!

It’s more about having just one so I can’t lose my sack lunch! I’m all about saddle bags and I never have enough room!

Shoot, I used my Ultra classic like a truck; tools (I was an RV Tech, needed them for work), clothes, a few spare parts, etc. Rode rain or shine, so had to be prepared!!!

Don’t know, but it’s important to have two saddle bags to balance out heavy loads. Like when the wife asks…while your out can you pick up a gallon of milk and a thing of juice?. Put them both in a saddlebag on the same side and you’ll notice it real quick in a sharp slow turn. Distribute the weight evenly is a good safety reason for two bags. Kinda like asking why we don’t just have one eyeball? Sure we could get by, but having two is definitely better. Which goes back to having a wife, ah never mind.

LMAO—That’s too funny! Anyhow I suspect two saddlebags came about for the same reason you have them on horses lol–But really, I figure it has to do with loading. Depending on what you’re hauling and the weight, you divide the load so the bike is stabilized…..so you don’t fall ovber/drop the bike…MAke sense…?

Long trips often require more gear tahn can fit in one saddlebag, and it’s helpful to distribute the weight evenly on both sides of the bike.

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