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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-06-2016, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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I got a great deal on some leather saddlebags ($50). They don't have the quick release - old school buckles - but when I'm on the bike I'm not in a hurry anyway. So, I bought a couple of Pelican Cases (#1400). I've split the equipment between the two cases - nicely balanced, and they slip in, one on each side, into the saddlebags. I bought some ROK Straps and strap the tripod to the passenger seat. It overhangs the back of the seat, but works like a charm. I now ride to work - and ride to most of my jobs now. Happy!

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Good! Strap that stuff on the bike! I have an 05 Vulcan 800, with Leatherlyke saddlebags, and my laptop doesn't fit in them. I ended up with the laptop (and other stuff) in a Targus laptop backpack. It weighed 15-20lbs, and wasn't *too* bad on the 800. Now I've got a Vaquero, and the first time I tried to ride with the backpack, I thought I was gonna dump the bike when the weight in the bag shifted. Since then, if it doesn't fit in the saddlebags, it ain't going with me.

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I carry so much stuff on my bike, guys at work have threatened to find a gooseneck trailer to connect with a fifth wheel on the back seat.

Grocery shopping, taking tools down to my parents or inlaws,
All the local gas stations have single hose gas pumps that puts 2-3 gals of Ethanol-gas in my tank before the ethanol flushes out, so I take a couple of 5 gal gas cans in the crate
1 can for flushing, the other so I can maximize the gas storage after paying top dollar for 87 junk

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I carry so much stuff on my bike, guys at work have threatened to find a gooseneck trailer to connect with a fifth wheel on the back seat.

Grocery shopping, taking tools down to my parents or inlaws,
All the local gas stations have single hose gas pumps that puts 2-3 gals of Ethanol-gas in my tank before the ethanol flushes out, so I take a couple of 5 gal gas cans in the crate
1 can for flushing, the other so I can maximize the gas storage after paying top dollar for 87 junk
The American Petroleum Institute says that at most, gas pumps contain 1/3rd of a gallon of gas. (WSJ Dec, 2008) That's not insignificant. If you put 4 gallons of fuel into your bike than that means about 8% of the fuel wasn't what you paid for. In my personal opinion, "mixer pumps" should account for that and it seems like a very deceptive and unfair business practice. Having said that, it's not 2 or 3 gallons and it's not as significant as many people exaggerate it to be. If you do the math, it means if you are pumping 93 and the previous user was pumping 87, then you're going to end up with 4 gallons that rounds out to just about 92.5. There's a lot of myths around ethanol too. It's not acidic like some people think; it's actually slightly basic, at 7.33 (water is 7.00). Gasoline of course is a hydrocarbon and doesn't mix with water so it's pH can't be tested. (And therein lies the real issue with Ethanol, it readily forms a solution with water. But in a very small concentration, it's not an issue except for very long term storage). While pure ethanol can be harmful to rubber components, if you remember from High School chemistry, diluting a solution changes it's properties. 10% ethanol is not harmful; though it does reduce performance. Motorcycles of all vintages are going strong in many states where ethanol-free fuel is not available at all, even Premium.


If you really feel the need to flush it, then 1/3rd to 1/2 of a gallon is MORE than sufficient. Or just make sure you pull in behind a corvette or something.

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Just make sure you pull in behind a corvette or something.

The American Petroleum Institute says that at most, gas pumps contain 1/3rd of a gallon of gas.
If you really feel the need to flush it, then 1/3rd to 1/2 of a gallon is MORE than sufficient.

(the real issue with Ethanol, it readily forms a solution with water. But in a very small concentration, it's not an issue except for very long term storage).
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I do try to find a pump with the non ethanol in the hose, B/C just seems like its more than 1/2 gal in the line from the top of the machine down to the nozzle, plus who knows how much is really inside the machine. With the gas companies always afraid of gouging complaints, thats their story

This time of year I never know when the next time the bikes are going out of the garage, so I try extremely hard to keep the corn oil out of the gas tank

And now back to our regularly scheduled program

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I'm looking at saddle bags that I can take on/off easily as I don't want them on my bike unless I'm doing a long trip (vulcan 900 custom)... right now I have an Ogio Tail Bag that I use to bring my lap top/stuff for work when I ride my bike... it's designed for maybe 2 nights on the road - basically my toiletries and change of clothes... If the weather stays nice, I'll be testing this sucker out as far as packing for a road trip this weekend. I am looking at a larger option thou as I want to avoid a backpack!
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With that amount of weight that you would be carrying in the backpack, I would prefer to strap the backpack to the rear carrier. I'm also a photographer on the side and I would not have my equipment strapped to my back. I would put it in my saddlebags and rear carrier. That's my personal preference.

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I've always carried items in attached bags such as tank bags, saddle bags, fork tool bags, etc. I'll never ride a motorcycle with a backpack on. If you go down, it's a good way to get a spine injury. A broken bone will heal. A broken spinal cord won't.

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