Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA
Re: What to do with all the riding gear?
Security: If somebody really wants something off your bike, they are going to get it, no matter how you think you are going to protect it. If you can't afford to lose it, don't bring it with you. Think about where you are at when you park the bike. I always tried to park the LT next to a crotch rocket, as they will steal the rocket well before thinking about the LT. I don't believe anyone here on the board has experienced first hand a stolen an LT. When I would travel for work, I would leave the LT parked for a couple of weeks at LAX. That's the only time I'd use a cover.
The majority of the time, if something looks secure, most people will leave it alone. I rarely would ever lock the bags or the oddments box (or remove the key from the ignition).
Gear Storage: Simplify. Get used to getting by with less. Learn to not carry a pile of stuff you will probably never use with you (like the useless CO2 cartridges in the tool kit that are still the originals from 1999). Your wife will have to get used to wearing pants with pockets, as the large pile of purse will not fit on the bike. Learn to walk around in your riding boots.
Start by emptying everything from your bags and trunk. Pull the CD changer out so you have a little more room in the right side bag (or "his side" as the salesman will refer to it).
Then pack all of your riding gear into the bags and trunk, using the cable in the toolkit to secure your helmets to the bike. For the little amount of space left with your riding gear packed on the bike, use "need" versus "want" logic on each item you think you need on the bike.
To whittle down the pile of stuff you think you "need", put a piece of blue painter's tape on it, every time you use it, write the date on the tape. After a month or two, look at how many articles don't have a date on them. Leave these at home.
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