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Old 12-05-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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Commuting to work or school on your Bike

Saw a guy on the Interstate today with the cool Carbon backpack. Got to thinking.

For those who use their bike as primary transportation.... Yes some of us don't have cars.

Do you back pack ? Tank Bag ? or just walk around in our boots and gear all day.

What do you guys use to carry your daily essentials... lunch, sneakers, laptop etc?



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Old 12-05-2012, 08:46 AM   #2
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Both. Depends on how much I need to carry determines
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Backpack when i take the bike to work (just a reg back pack from old navy) If i didnt have a car i suppose id get something a bit better/bigger maybe? A*'s make some nice ones (hard shell)
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Bottom line: Carrying a backpack - sucks.

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:31 AM   #5
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Backpack, and pick the size of the backpack as needed.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:41 AM   #6
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i have a fast pack that secures to my passenger seat and use a backpack. i cant attach a tank bag to the aprilia without modifications. or i use my vulcan with its massive amount of side storage with hard cases and removable bags. lol
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Backpack when I ride to school. I just wear my gear around except I lock my helmet into the bike which I put a disk lock and and have an alarm installed.


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Old 12-05-2012, 10:30 AM   #8
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I rode my dirt bike to work yesterday. I prefer a back pack on motorcycles. I even go grocery shopping on my dirt bike. I can get pretty much everything I need for myself in one trip to the grocery store and fit it in a regular sized backpack which is awesome! If I invested in a larger more motorcycle specific pack I'm sure I could carry larger items that I'd otherwise find impossible to carry. I do commute with my dirt bike and it's proven to be quite reliable to use around town. Yesterday it started pouring after I got out of work and I have no idea how, but I managed to stay nearly completely dry, I was riding through puddles and **** every two seconds and only the very bottom of my pant legs were wet, nothing else. Once winter hits, snow can be brushed off everything and getting wet won't be much of a concern. I do have a little tool pack made by road gear, but if I want to be carrying large stuff I'll bring my bungee cords and wrap it around the sub frame portion of the rear fender. The sport bike is really not used for practical proposes..
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i here fanny pack is pretty useful if you don't have too much to carry. but i don't wanna be seen wearing one
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Bottom line: Carrying a backpack - sucks.
I pretty much always carry a backpack. It never bothers me, don't even notice that it's there.
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I pretty much always carry a backpack. It never bothers me, don't even notice that it's there.
What do you put in the backpack?

Throw a laptop, a calculus book, a geosystems book, a Finance nook, numerous notebooks, etc and there's no possible way you can not notice it.

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I ride most time with a backpack to carry daily stuff or a laptop, thinking of buying also tailpack for longer trips.
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tankbag then backpack....then bungees

from the liquor store mostly....
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What do you put in the backpack?

Throw a laptop, a calculus book, a geosystems book, a Finance nook, numerous notebooks, etc and there's no possible way you can not notice it.
Thanks for informing me about what I can and can't notice, not sure what I'd do without you.
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Thanks for informing me about what I can and can't notice, not sure what I'd do without you.
haha.

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I use a hiking style backpack and carry flight manuals, lunchbox, and my other visor if I will need it because it gets dark. I haven't found a specific motorcycle backpack that I like and that will hold up to the abuse I put it through. Also I need one to be all black so I can wear it in uniform. I also don't notice the backpack while riding, but I definitely notice when I don't have it on. It's all about how you adjust the straps.
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I use the pack.... The only CON to this is when its hot... My back starts to sweat like crazy....
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I ride to work if it's not raining and over 40 deg so I do a lot. I have a nice Swiss Army backpack and I keep an extra pair of shoes at my desk so I can take the boots off when I get in.
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Joe Rocket tail bag and a 3 tier fieldsheer tank bag. You outta see that monstrosity when its all zipped together. Cant see gauges.
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I only use a backpack for school and work. I don't find it uncomfortable at all. Even when I don't have have anything I bring it along just in case I need something.
I once put my gfs birthday cake in my pack, rode it home and it came out fine! Haha


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Thanks for informing me about what I can and can't notice, not sure what I'd do without you.
No problem. You are obviously incapable of seeing the benefits of a bag mounted to the bike, I like helping people like you out.

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When I was in college, it was always a back pack most of the time. If I needed to carry more books, I would use a backpack and a tank bag.
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Backpack to work (summer only) I usually wear a jacket and helmet the rest is street clothes but when I do wear boots I throw my shoes in the backpack and just walk around with my jacket and helmet and set it in the corner or under the desk.


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Throw a laptop, a calculus book, a geosystems book, a Finance nook, numerous notebooks, etc and there's no possible way you can not notice it.

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What kind of backpack you got? I tried my cousin's Icon bag (which is long so it distributes the weight better) with a good bit of weight and had no issues. Now my Targus backpack sucks when it comes to lots of weight b/c it sits up so high.
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Agreed, I always use a backpack.
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I pretty much always carry a backpack. It never bothers me, don't even notice that it's there.
Same here. I use my old empire paintball backpack.
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No problem. You are obviously incapable of seeing the benefits of a bag mounted to the bike, I like helping people like you out.
I'm new, I'm sure you have a lot more miles under your belt than I do.
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What kind of backpack you got? I tried my cousin's Icon bag (which is long so it distributes the weight better) with a good bit of weight and had no issues. Now my Targus backpack sucks when it comes to lots of weight b/c it sits up so high.
Whoa there, he knows more than us. I wouldn't argue with an expert.
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Probably. I do a lot of beer runs.
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