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Normally when taking a lengthy trip, I use a tankbag and tail trunk. However, this year, I want to ride my 954 out east. I plan on taking only the essentials that can be fit into a small but comfortable motorcycle backpack. Any suggestions on what type/manufacturer pack I shuld be looking at?
 

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Those bags like Alpinestars, etc are cool, but I use the backpack I used in college (it hauled my books to class just fine when I rode to school). It's just a 'regular' backpack, but it gets the job done and it was less than $50.
 

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I'd never carry my stuff in a backpack because God forbid I had to hit the ground, the stuff in the backpack can cause additional damage to my body.  

Why not use your tail bag?? I don't quite understand. You'll still have a bag to deal with and the extra weight won't be on your back to bear.

Or, just take a few pair of undies & socks and put them in the bike trunk...no bags needed at all.
 

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ND4SPDSHO : Quote (Mattress @ June 25 2003, 12:03pm)<a href='www.rocketlocker.com' target='_blank'>rocketlocker</a>  
Or you can try this link that actually works
I used the link button and typed it in right, it's not my fault...really!
 

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Mattress : Quote (ND4SPDSHO @ June 25 2003, 12:12am)Quote (Mattress @ June 25 2003, 12:03pm)<a href='www.rocketlocker.com' target='_blank'>rocketlocker</a>  
Or you can try this link that actually works
I used the link button and typed it in right, it's not my fault...really!  
But you wiped out the HTTP:// that is supposed to be in front of it...
 

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HondaGal : I'd never carry my stuff in a backpack because God forbid I had to hit the ground, the stuff in the backpack can cause additional damage to my body.  

Why not use your tail bag??  I don't quite understand.  You'll still have a bag to deal with and the extra weight won't be on your back to bear.

Or, just take a few pair of undies & socks and put them in the bike trunk...no bags needed at all.  
Good points. Because I mounted a high mount exhaust, there are few places to strap my tank trunk onto the rear seat (although the luggage locker looks interesting). As far as injuries, I never carry anything with hard points around my body. The stuff I would carry are undies, t-shirts, socks, and my supplex zip-off pants. Toiletries get stowed under the seat. Therefore, not much weight on my back . . . I made that mistake years ago on a cross country trip.
 

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ConqSoft : Quote (Mattress @ June 25 2003, 12:13pm)Quote (ND4SPDSHO @ June 25 2003, 12:12am)Quote (Mattress @ June 25 2003, 12:03pm)<a href='www.rocketlocker.com' target='_blank'>rocketlocker</a>  
Or you can try this link that actually works
I used the link button and typed it in right, it's not my fault...really!  
But you wiped out the HTTP:// that is supposed to be in front of it...
Oh....I did that on the old site and it worked, oh well. BTW I have a rocketlocker for the 929 and the RC51, they are both awesome
 

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ConqSoft : The Rocket Locker / Luggage Locker rocks.  I had one for the 929 (with high mount exhaust; still didn't even come close) and I have one for the XX too:

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Is there a bike accessory that you don't/haven't owned?
 

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If you just need a backpack,I recommend costco/sams club,bought a eastpack backpack and it has held up great.I commute rain or shine and my only recommendation with a backpack is using an old keyring or twist tie to lock the two zippers together.I lost a 3lb bag of grapes at fwy speed when the zippers opened,too bad i did not get to see the looks on the cage drivers faces as hundreds of grapes bounced all over the freeway.
 

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Have you considered the VENTURA?

It will work with high pipes and even has optional backpack straps if you want to lug it around off the bike.
 

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jafo : If you just need a backpack,I recommend costco/sams club,bought a eastpack backpack and it has held up great.I commute rain or shine and my only recommendation with a backpack is using an old keyring or twist tie to lock the two zippers together.I lost a 3lb bag of grapes at fwy speed when the zippers opened,too bad i did not get to see the looks on the cage drivers faces as hundreds of grapes bounced all over the freeway.
I lost one of my $110 pair of gloves that way.....just one out of the pair that is, not both. That made me even more mad
 

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Baketech : Have you considered the VENTURA?
Ventura racks are cool:



I also use a backpack for my camera gear upon occasion. I got a great one (with a built in pad on the back) at the local outfitters for about $50. It has a wide back/torso belt on the botton and a strap on the main arm loops to keep the thing totally motionless on the back. Plus it has all sorts of attach points (I used them to fill the pack and then strap an extra helmet on the outside - and rode 120 miles like that. No prob)
 

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I got to stop buying everthing I see that is neat in this damm forum. I just ordered the Alpinstar from roadrider.
 

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meacham that is what people overlook sometimes. These types of forums, that is why you see all the marketing/advertising taking sites over. Millions of dollars are to be had from forums. One guy buys something and posts it, then we all salivate.
 
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