Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
Even in the super rural area I grew up in, visiting now, all of the roads are paved (instead of mostly gravel like they were a few years ago). Gravel/dirt roads, except for private roads and driveways, are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Though, they still exist!
My wife doesn't want saddlebags on her bike so she often rides to work with a backpack. But her office is just a few miles away; it's a very short commute. The backpack she's got is actually a 'motorcycle' backpack and has some nice straps on it. On long trips she'll load it and strap it to her fender rack on her bike (it's setup in a solo seat configuration).
On the 900, I think your best bet is probably going to be a sissy bar and a luggage rack. (Too bad you didn't get the Classic LT; you'd be halfway there, plus saddlebags). There are sissy bar bags that are quite large that will have a 'pouch' that slides over the sissy bar, it'll then rest on the luggage rack, and can be secured with straps. Easily on and off the bike and very secure. Alternatively, you can use a number of bags available intended for the passenger seat; some even have a nice backrest for the rider.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT