Originally Posted by Dick
Wow, that brings back some memories. That pic was taken at a BMW-only track day, where I got to run the LT to its limits.
Actually fired up the old LT yesterday and went for a ride. It's still a great old bike.
On to the original topic. When you say:
Originally Posted by pauleknight
my rain gear in one saddle bag
My Gear is also VERY bulky (Motoport Kevlar Jacket and pants)
Do you mean that the Motoport stuff is only worn when it rains? Or do you wear it to ride, then tuck it away when you get to your destination? Surely it's the latter for a trained paramedic.
What I did on long, fully-loaded two-up trips was to get a cable and lock and a half cover. The helmets and jackets (and pants, if you want to remove them) get set onto the seats, and locked to the saddlebag handles by running the cable through the face area, arms, and legs, then through the handles. Then toss the half-cover over everything to cover it up and keep it dry.
So in a couple of minutes your stuff is locked and out of sight, and your saddlebags and trunk remain free for other items.
And if you move the trunk to the rearward position, there is enough room to tuck the half-cover behind the passenger seat, and maybe the cable, too.
That worked well for us while riding all over Europe, and touring back in the States.