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lock up your daughters
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Howdy folks,

Ok I'm gearing up to be able to take a couple long trips this season, but I have no luggage and would really rather not do the back pack thing agian. I do not have a sissy bar on the bike, and will installing a drivers back rest.
What are my options?
Im not oppssed to installing a sissy bar, I just don't currently have a need for one as my wife won't be getting on the bike any time soon (we have the ultra-sound yesterday, babye is 1.49cm, EDD 8/28/08, and I saw the little heart beat- cool).

Any advice, thoughts, opinions, testimonials, would be great.
 

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BACK ON TWO WHEELS
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I've got the LT and put the rack and a truck on, works great...plenty of option out there, make sure you if at all possible, take the piece and go to your bike and check the fit BEFORE you buy it!
 

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on my V2k, i don't have a backrest either but managed quite well with my NelsonRiggs pack. It comes with straps that I used to attach to my easybrackets etc and it held on very well, even at a few upper end runs along the interstate.
 

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Can You See Me Now?
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My wife doesn't ride with me much, but I put on the backrest and almost always have a tour pack on it to haul stuff.
 

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Driver of the Motobago
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Heritage XL Bags w/easy brackets, they'll hold all your stuff
 

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Slow Guy on a Fast Bike
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I have a set of saddlebags (Willie & Max - and they suck, but that's beside the point) attached to a set of Ghost Brackets. I also have a T-Bag which I strap down directly to the Ghost Brakcets as well. It secures just fine without the need for a backrest at all.

I swear by both the T-Bag and the Ghost Brackets, but like i mentioned the Willie & Max saddlebags suck harsh. Tracy has Saddleman saddlebags on her bike, and they are top notch.

 

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The best thing I've ever done was get a rack for the rear. I can strap a tail bag to it for light trips or a duffle bag for more things (Bass Pro Shops' Boat Bag is awesome and cheap).

I also got a small tank bag that I haven't used yet (came in just after I put the bike away for the winter :( ).

I use the backpack when I need more stuff and it's really convinient to wear to work, but it's so much better not having to wear it.

I still haven't had a need for saddle bags and I like the clean look without them.
 

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Forgot to grow up
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I've been looking at bags too but can't find anything prettier than the side of the naked bike. The Tbags look interesting tho.... wonder how much porn I'll find with google :)
 

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I bought the Nelson Rigg Tourpack. Went 4 days last summer, 1500 miles. Worked out well... secures easily, stays put. The only issue I had was the HUGE backrest pad on the V2K LT. Replaced the backrest pad with one from Mustang.

 

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I don't think I own that much stuff! Bet you have no problem pulling a wheelie.
That was camping gear and clothes... rode southern 260 miles of the blueridge parkway then up to new river gorge bridge in west virginia. Then over to chesapeak bay and crossed the northern bridge and came south through the chesapeak bay bridge tunnel. then back down to home in north GA. It was a little over 1800 mile trip last september.
 

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hey ken

how did it ride loaded like that...seems to be a bit tail heavy
 

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Ken I have seen bikes loaded like that before, it just doesn't look right :confused:. I see your riding two up, think your lady needs a ride and split the load.
 

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It was a little tricky in parking lots but going down the road the only problem I had was dips in the road. Need heavier spring. I'm close to 300 lbs. I would not have tried that load on a motorcycle tire. I have a car tire on it with 1400 lb rating.


PS I even rode two days in the rain @ 60 to 70 mph on the slab and the bike handled great. The hard part was trying to see.
 

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I made a rack that installs on top of the Kawasaki rack and has supports attaching to lower backrest bolts. This is the only pic I have of it on bike unloaded. I only put it on when I need it.

 
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