Gear Hauling Options2
Kitting out a bike to haul long journey gear can quickly snowball in price (cough, Touratech, cough). I must admit that a fully decked out 1200GS does have a certain air of awesomeness to it but logic and budget dictates the reality of my personal options. Soft luggage options are much more affordable and seem to make more sense on a 650 sized bike like mine. In my research, I ran across this great blog post from Overland Tech and Travel.
This is an interesting read that has some thought provoking insights from experienced riders. It even includes a geeky algorithm which I found to be spot on.
In planning for my first overnight trip in late fall / early winter, the need for gear hauling is quickly approaching. I must say I’m quite tempted for the $35 US Government surplus solution that Austin Vince utilizes. It’s not waterproof but I’ve got plenty of dry bags to compartmentalize everything into internally. Who knows, a few coats of ScotchGuard could give enough water repellent to the canvas material to stave off at least minor rain storms.
I’ll post back here as I get closer to actually outfitting the Aprilia with some overnight gear.
The 1200GS at the top of this post is not my bike. Check out this blog post for more details on that specific setup.