I certainly hope you guys have enjoyed the past three weeks as much as we have. Again, we are super impressed with the luggage we have been blessed to get from VikingBags.com
This is a really nice set of luggage for the money. I am pleased with the stiff sides that these bags offer. One of the benefits to the metal panniers is they hold their shape, this makes loading and unloading so much easier when you are not fighting the bags to stay open etc. Since these bags are still soft bags, you do not have to worry about the common hazards associated with the metal bags, and that is a fall over, and breaking a trapped leg. The soft bags are a lot less likely to break your leg in a fall over, but the relatively stiff sides, help the bags keep their shape.
Enough about some of the additional perks of these bags, lets get them packed up for a multi day trip. I have included a video in this series and if you would like to see the video that accompanies this blog post, feel free to click this link.
As you can see here in the photo above, there luggage is all loaded out on the DRZ-40oS
Starting from the Tank bag, we will go through some of the things you may want to include in your load out. Keep in mind that the things associated with the bags in this blog are all options and nothing is set in stone. You can pack your bags however you want and keep in mind that packing the heavier itmes to the center and the bottom, you do not want your bags to be top heavy and upset your ride.
Some of the items we typically carry in a tank bag are the things you will need close, here is a few things we keep up front.
- Air Gauge
- Go Pro tripod, accessories etc.
On this load out we put the sleeping bag in the tail bag, and you could put some other items in there as well. One of the things I would like to point out real quick is, the use of dry bags. We did not mention this in the videos, but I think it would be very important to use Dry Bags on anything you may be afraid of getting wet or dirty from dust. These bags all come with rain covers that may well work great in a parked condition, but I think it would be safer to error on the side of caution when dealing with clothing, electronics etc, and keep them on a dry bag, this will also aid in keeping your luggage organized. Here is a link to some of the dry bags we have been using and are very pleased with them.
This is the link to the Yukon Dry Bags. One of the things I love about these dry bags, is they are clear and you can actually see into the bag to see what is in it. There is nothing like going on a trip and packing all your different items in the same colored bag and opening each and everyone of them up hoping to find your tooth paste, or rain coat, or whatever else, you do not want to spend that much time looking for one simple thing.
Then lastly the saddle bags are a great place to pack your heavier items and things you wont need as often as the other items. Here is a short list of some of the things to think about as well as think about how you are going to pack them so keep the weight as low as possible etc.
- Tools, Tool Roll
- Air compresor, Tire Changing tools, patches, extra tubes etc.
- Camping gear, Water filters, etc.
- Cook Gear, Stoves, pots, pans, cups, coffee dry pack meals. etc.
- Clothes, Extra clothes for a couple of days is normal and if need be, wash a set while wearing the other set, you can hang them out to dry. Synthetic clothes dry faster and are easier to wash in a sink as well. So look for easy to clean and dry clothes so your not spending all your free time doing laundry.
Again, this is a very basic list of things you may want to bring with you on your multi day trips, but keep it simple and don’t over pack. Over packed bikes are dangerous and you want to have a fun trip, not be worried.
One last thing I will make mention of is Suspension. I can give you an example of the DRZ-400s comes from the factory set up for roughly a 150 pound person. If you are over this weight and you will be packing a bike with an extra 50-75 pounds worth of gear, you may well want to have your suspension fixed by a certified suspension mechanic. We are blessed here in Oklahoma City area with Mikes Suspension Shop. If you are in this area of Oklahoma you can find his Website, by clicking here.
Mike has been doing suspension for dirt bikes, and race bikes for years and is currently helping all of us in the ADV community by fixing our suspension etc. He has replaced the factory Springs on our DRZ as well as our Africa Twin. You can check by a quick google search and find out what the carry capacity is of your bike. Again, an overloaded bike is a dangerous bike and you don’t want to start out your trip unsafely. So be cautious in what you plan to take and make sure your bike is rated for the extra weight.
Again, thanks for taking the time to come check out our blog, and if you feel there is something left out in this short list, feel free to leave a comment below. Tell us something you take with you on your Moto-Caping Trips and or your favorite piece of gear you always take with you. We love to hear from you. Thank you, and have a blessed week.