Mounting the bike when it is packed?
Question: I'll be taking my first trip in Oct. How do you go about mounting your bike when it is packed? I struggle a little when I have just my 1 gym bag on the passenger pillion. Tips are appreciated! Oh, and I will be packing a lot lighter than this guy. LOL.
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I’ve considered that, as my hip doesn’t work good sometimes…..but …risks of leg burn when getting on from the muffler side?
I am 6’5" so i get close to bike and step over with left leg with room to spare.
Easiest way to mount the bike, loaded or not, is from the right hand side. Just lift the leg and push it over rather than swing it over.
Check your load limits on that back tire.
i put my pass. foot rest down on the left side and step on it with my left foot and swing right leg over…i have bad hip it helps …
I love when people comment without reading the original post.
Ever thought about a trailer.
Wes Lower, I read the whole post. Most cruiser bikes are at load limit with the bike and the rider. Check your load limit. I could carry a tooth brush and a pack of condoms on my Goldwing, after adding everything up.
No trailer for my trip this time. Maybe later on if it is needed.
Lol, just slide and when you stumble. Make sure you laugh. That’s what I do.
I have tent camped on my mc and never had bike packed like that. But we ate at resturants. Now with camping trailer will have room to pack cooking stuffs. Safety first.
raise right leg, grab pant leg at the end with right hand, hold onto handlebar with left hand, put your foot over the seat, hop with your left leg toward the bike to ease the right leg over the seat, then slid into the seat, looks really funny when getting off, takes at least 3 hops to get off. thats the way I do it……seriously…for short people!
I think I would try a trailer
every time I stop for gas, I inspected my trailer, connections, chains, ball, tire, and lid is locked. after awhile it becomes part of the stop. it also changes what you can carry, nice cloth bag, reclining chairs, a small cook top, a cooler, with food. no more paying for a meal out. in the long run, its the cheaper way to travel, a 135.00 a night motel, would be 12 tanks of gas, or 1100 miles. tent camp maybe 35 busks a night, KOA, you have a shower, grill, and most of the time you meet some really nice people.
Nobody ever reads what the OP says in her post lol
I tote a trailer as well. More creature comforts.
I grab my pants leg and lift my right boot over the seat as I lean towards the bike, twist a bit to face the front as I sit down. . . . Funny how people think a bike is so overloaded when it is just bags of mostly cloth items like a nylon tent and clothes. Actually all that weighs a lot less than most passengers ever would. Here is my VLX Shadow 600 I rode before getting my 1300cc bike and a trailer. In this photo it is loaded up for a camping trip including my 6 man tent. I weighed everything I carried here including what was in the saddle bags and it only totaled 76 lbs. I did make a point to place heavier items as low as possible. That’s what those rocket boosters looking things are over the saddle bags. I made them out of PVC pipe to carry the fiberglass tent poles. 🙂 . . . . I rode that bike loaded up like that from here in North Carolina to both Florida and Maine and lots of other places too. Rode and handled great from the coast to the mountains, interstates and back roads. I now have a VTX 1300 cc cruiser and pull a trailer because its so much easier than packing and unpacking the bike every time I stop for the night. 🙂
Just in case you are wondering what all is packed in the photo I posted above here is an exploded view on my flickr page. https://www.flickr.com/photos/92225127u0040N00/sets/72157621752025385
After trying to ride two up with bags tied on the back, and hearing "I had no room for my blow dryer" was enough for me to buy a different bike and a trailer
I think 60 MPH should create enough wind to dry hair. LOL 😉 ( into a big knot! )
Thats some set up Michael Brady. So whats with the tubes? Hard to see on my phone…
thats not my bike, this is my bike.
if you click on that photo of his bike , it opens up more pictures
I did mean Pete. That is a beautiful rig Michael.
The tubes carry the fiberglass tent poles to keep the center of gravity low. It’s also a good laugh when my friends tell people that ask, "Oh those? They are rocket boosters." The look on the person asking’s face was always priceless. LOL
That’s not a road trip, that’s moving! I mount high side almost always. If it’s good enough for motor cop safety, it works for me.
NONE OF YALL READ HER POST. GEEZ. ^^^^^
The pic is a bit overwhelming 🙂
Some of us did David, and everyone else’s responses too.
David W Elizondo you trying to run interference for the information on the world wide web? Are you keeping all of the electrons running in the same direction?
Dam ,did he forget anything ?
This is what I use plus my saddle bags on 2012 Harley Dyna custom glide 1600. I can get my two person tent and sleeping bag and three days of clothing and a few other things in there. It all in the way you pack
compression stuff sacks are your friend…. love mine!
Pete Owens. I looked at your pics again…on the puter this time….wondering if you had the cover made or did you buy it from somewhere? It sure looks heavy duty.
I made it Ann. It is heavy duty. I used marine vinyl and sewed a pocket inside on the front for a 2" piece of foam rubber that makes it a pretty comfortable backrest.
That’s a pretty impressive piece. I sure like it.
So funny how a thread gets hijacked to other things instead of what the lady wanted to know….lol
The others things I liked about having the cover was: I didn’t have to worry that much about people messing with my stuff strapped to the bike like when stopping at rest-stops and restaurants while traveling solo. Also, being caught in the rain was never a problem either. All my stuff stayed perfectly dry and I could still get to the rain gear in the saddle bag with no problem. Made the bike a little more streamlined and never had to worry about anything coming loose and possibly falling off. Oh, and it looks so massive no cager ever tailgated me either. Both on the highway and even at stop lights too. I am sure they where anticipating disaster at any moment. LOL https://www.flickr.com/photos/92225127u0040N00/2789085477/in/album-72157606904811398/
Here is another carrier I made for that Shadow. I used it as a back rest and as a carrier before I purchased saddle bags. It was great for carrying my cold weather gear home on warms afternoons after wearing it in sub zero temps on the way to work. Made it out of a Rubbermade plastic mailbox and a 6 gallon plastic gas can and some foam rubber and marine vinyl. It slid down over the sissy bar pad and locked into the helmet lock with a dog choker chain. That way no one could pull it up and off the bike to get to the cargo by opening the mailbox’s door that faced down against the seat. Yep, I know, kind of wacky but half the fun was making stuff like that. Scroll left and right after getting to the photos at this link for pics of the process of making it. 🙂 https://www.flickr.com/photos/92225127u0040N00/101144479/in/album-72157594364276411/
A good view of it uncovered. https://www.flickr.com/photos/92225127u0040N00/57182221/in/album-72157594364276411/
That is definitely creative thinking!
First trip to France with pillion for 14 days
I looked like that on a trip to Sturgis. Just could slide my leg across the seat.
To me that is packing light …. Lol