I know that this is going to be an ongoing problem, but whatever. It is where I am now.
So, I just blew a few more bucks on the bike. I now have oscillating head and brake lights, a helmet that fits correctly (kind of REALLY FREAKIN' IMPORTANT), a summer jacket (mesh), I just ordered a fall/spring/maybe winter jacket and pants (The summer is slow starting here around Chicago), an engine guard, and a smoke visor for my helmet. I am hoping to be done with my 'start up' costs soon.
So, I am really close to being tapped out for a while. Here is the problem: I want to start taking the bike to work, but I don't want to carry a bunch of stuff with me around the office, and I can't afford saddlebags, yet. What is a acceptable, affordable, maybe 2 year lasting 'trunk' (you can see my price range when I am asking for disposable luggage) that I can use that would hold my heavier riding gear, a cheap bike cover, and maybe a small briefcase? Oh, did I mention that my avatar pic is what I have to work with? (no sissy, no luggage shelf. Again, out of my price range right now)
I am also looking for both a good and a cheap (2 different covers, for clarity. Good and cheap are rarely used in the same sentence anymore.) 'parked at work/resting in garage for a few days' cover. I'll worry about a 'winter cover' depending on if I can afford some heated gear (and the outlets to power it, and whatever else I discover that I might need to support that)
So, suggestions would be appreciated. Reading these forums, I know that many of you were at one time or another in my same spot of more needs and wants than dollars for them. (I notice that some live in this place in perpetuity
, I understand why! So many mods, so few dollars...) I figured I got the important stuff first, so now I can skimp on not-so-important-going-to-get-replacements-anyway stuff.