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With the M8 stoked for the trip, looking at how to pack crap - I am not a heavy packer, will ride in the same kevlar jeans all week and basically just change T-Shirts, Socks and ma Draws - I always travel with rain gear too.

Found these on HD's site and must say I am intrigued - Anyone have any experience with such?

https://www.harley-davidson.com/stor...ard-saddlebags

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With the M8 stoked for the trip, looking at how to pack crap - I am not a heavy packer, will ride in the same kevlar jeans all week and basically just change T-Shirts, Socks and ma Draws - I always travel with rain gear too.



Found these on HD's site and must say I am intrigued - Anyone have any experience with such?



https://www.harley-davidson.com/stor...ard-saddlebags


My RGU came with some, although they don't look as nice. I love em. As long as what you pack will retain the shape of the bags, they slide right in and it makes for quick packing. When we're done for the day, just open your bags and carry them to your room.

If something happened to mine, I'd replace them before another trip.




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My RGU came with some, although they don't look as nice. I love em. As long as what you pack will retain the shape of the bags, they slide right in and it makes for quick packing. When we're done for the day, just open your bags and carry them to your room.

If something happened to mine, I'd replace them before another trip.




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You should probably start looking for an ultra so you have a tour pak. I bet you can make that happen before your trip.


On a serious note, this what I did last year for a shorter trip to Eureka Springs, but will do the same for SW. I packed all my tools, fix a flat, compressor and general road side stuff first in the bags. I tried to even the weight out between both sides. I put my rain gear in the right side at the top to be able to get to it quickly. On the top of the left bag I put gloves, bandanas and sunscreen. I also got a trip bag that straps to my removable luggage rack. This is where I packed all my clothes. It allowed me to take it off once at the hotel and be secure in the room during day rides. The tools and other stuff was locked in the bags and ready for each trip. It seemed to work well for me.

I am heading to James Island, SC on Thursday of SW and probably won't make it home until Sunday. I will bring clothes for 4 or 5 days and probably do laundry on Wednesday after the days festivities. I will be out for a total of 8 days.
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Steaddie,

Wear your regular riding gear, bring your rain gear

Shave kit for travel (for some of us this is just deodorant, toothbrush, small toothpaste and a disposable razor, most hotels provide soap and shampoo, I am follically challenged, 1 hotel shampoo will usually last me 10 days or more)

4 Harley shirts to wear (3 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve), 1 Harley shirt to trade in your size, preferably new from your favorite dealer or one with interesting artwork.

4 sets of drawers, underwear, ginch, gaunch, panties whatever you want to call them, comfortable ones that don't bunch up after a long day of riding

4 pairs of socks or not pairs, your choice, mix and match as you like to keep it interesting. I do suggest boots in matching pairs

casual shoes to wear at the end of the day, I prefer Birkenstock sandals on my feet after wearing my riding boots all day and they pack easy into my tourpak

swimwear, trust me we have fun in the pool, there will most likely be some kind of contest to ride an impossible to ride inflatable pool toy, leave the banana hammock at home but "speedo" brand trunks or board shorts are welcome and if your body is pasty white (being from the Chicago area I suspect it will be) bring your own SPF 100 sunscreen and Aloe Vera for burn relief.

a hat of some sort to keep the sun out of your eyes at the stops

All of this when rolled instead of folded will fit nicely into 1 saddlebag liner (except the sandals, put them in the other saddlebag with your rain gear).

Use a plastic bag to put your rolled up dirty cloths into and wash at the host hotel or local laundry mat for the return trip home or not.

'MOST IMPORTANTLY" wear a point and shoot camera on a lanyard around your neck at all times when you are awake (except when in the pool unless it is waterproof). The pictures you take will be fun, hilarious and may just prove as evidence for someones Shark Tooth of shame.


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Steadily (changing bikes),
Those bags are nice but ...
When you pick up that RGU in a few weeks make sure they throw in the TP bag. Those are even better for road trips.
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Thx Ladies - I like the insight indeed.

One question, who will be there to sign for my bike from the Hauler Co and pick me up form the closest airport?










Just Kidding.......................no need for airport pickup, we can land the Copter just about anywhere

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... When you pick up that RGU in a few weeks make sure they throw in the TP bag..
For me.........don't like the Lowers or Rear Pack.............not my cuppa joe amigo

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You should probably start looking for an ultra so you have a tour pak. I bet you can make that happen before your trip. .
Ha............dick

I plan to put all the Tools, Fix O Flat and Rain Gear into Soft Tail Bag I have and Bungee it to the Passenger Back rest for the Haul down - Use the aforementioned bags to haul my makeup, curlers, hair dryer, portable Mirror and bikini wax.......and some clothes too.
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I have bags like that in my softail, love them. Will be getting some for the RGS later this year. A note everyone might like, I take a large ziplok bag and put a tshirt, socks and underwear. Then lay on it to get the air out and zip it up. Make one of these for each day of trip. They slide in and out very easy. Then I have a small duffle to put the dirty clothes in. Easy, can even find stuff in the dark. I use a ziplok for jeans too. 1 per bag. I think they might be special as they are a little bigger, maybe a 1 1/2 gallon. But standard 1 gallon the other stuff. I also plan to buy a shirt and wear it so I can pack one less.
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