View Full Version : Packing Gear without a Sissy Bar

10-20-2012, 6:05 PM
with the tarball run in less than 2 weeks, i'm starting to get things together for travel. going to need clothes, sleep gear, shelter, etc. I did a 700 mile run 6 months ago with a backpack and it wore me the fuck out.. anyone gotta some helpful tips on strapping shit to a 5 inch fender without the aid of a sissybar.

here is the bike in question .


10-20-2012, 6:12 PM
just build a sissy bar to put on for long trips

10-20-2012, 6:17 PM
just build a sissy bar to put on for long trips

I agree, I just did it for the Gypsy Run and it was great to have something solid to strap my tent and bedroll to...

10-20-2012, 6:18 PM
i actually did, but i didn't like the way it turned out, and im waiting for my new tig to show up. maybe i can ziptie a milk crate to the side my bike

10-20-2012, 6:22 PM
get a big ass back pack and bungee cord it laying on the fender and the cords connect to the frame. thats about your only option. or wear it.

10-20-2012, 6:24 PM
Pretty easy to make a nice little luggage rack that mounts off the fender mounts and to the cross member where the seat spring bungs are.....I made an awesome one for my buddy's bike out of stainless round stock

10-20-2012, 6:26 PM
they make bungee nets. Put your biggest items in then pack the rest of your stuff in through the holes in the net.

10-20-2012, 6:44 PM
I don't get it. You would rather zip tie a milk crate to the side or wear a backpack than build a sissy bar?
That would look dumber than a plain sissy bar welded with a mig.:confused:

10-20-2012, 6:47 PM
I have one of these Bandits bed roll bags

this one is not mine just a better picture

<a href="http://s105.photobucket.com/albums/m211/natesdrink/?action=view&amp;current=bedroll1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m211/natesdrink/bedroll1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

here is mine, you can back a ton of stuff in these, 2 side pockets, and a really nice tool flap that you can get to without having to take bag off, when you get where you going it has nice handle to carry, had mine for a few years its really tough and usefull!

<a href="http://s105.photobucket.com/albums/m211/natesdrink/?action=view&amp;current=eldiablo2011141.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m211/natesdrink/eldiablo2011141.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

also just got one of these tank bags, magnetic flaps this thing is awesome!! about $50 great for all the stuff you dont want to dig for duiring the day,camera, map, sunscreen,etc

<a href="http://s105.photobucket.com/albums/m211/natesdrink/?action=view&amp;current=_Manta_Tank_Bag.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m211/natesdrink/_Manta_Tank_Bag.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

Just used this combo with tent straped to top of bag on handle bars, then web bungee sleeping bag to back fender, worked great for a 4 day trip.

ps Make sure anything on that fender wont come off and get cought on back tire:cheersmate:


10-20-2012, 6:50 PM

i know your front end isnt as long buttt maybe????

10-20-2012, 7:10 PM

This cargo net was 5 bucks so I gave it a shot when I lost the sissy bar. Surprisingly works great, no complaints.

10-20-2012, 7:16 PM
I think your bike would look right with a sissy; you just need to follow the same angle as your forks or that shit is going to look wrong no matter what.

10-20-2012, 9:04 PM
If you do the handle bar trick find a ratchet straps that don't have the hooks on them. You can get that shit so tight it'll be like it was meant to be there.

10-20-2012, 9:27 PM
Like bwagner said above, you can make up a luggage rack pretty easily to use for road trips. After seeing a few of them several years back, I made one from some steel I had laying around the garage. It mounts in a couple of minutes using four bolts and is extremely sturdy. I throw a set of old saddle bags over it full of tools and extra gas, then I put the rest on top.

I wasn't sure how the rebar would hold up but it has lasted three years now.




10-20-2012, 9:40 PM
+1 and if you tie downs if for some reason you need to have your bike in a truck bamm you got your own tie downs!!

check Costco they had some really nice Snap-on ones 4 for around $20 !!

10-20-2012, 10:12 PM
Go to the army surplus store, get some old military pack, and mount it like a saddlebag. I got mine setup for less than 15 bux and it works great, comes off in less than 5 minutes

10-20-2012, 10:26 PM
anyone else notice this????


am i missing somthing? lol

10-20-2012, 11:15 PM
anyone else notice this????


am i missing somthing? lol

no.....but i think he is :clap for you:

10-20-2012, 11:31 PM

Like +1

10-21-2012, 5:10 AM
I don't run a sissy bar or a rear seat, so I had a similar problem. I ended up buying a repop rack like a pan or something would run.

I didn't want to drill any more holes in my fender,so I made a couple mounts from aluminum strap to fasten it to the seat mount holes. I drilled the mounting holes in the rack a little larger, then put some rubber bottle stoppers in them, to isolate it from the paint. The window hanger suction cups in the pic weren't strong enough.

I packed it pretty heavy for a recent trip, it worked out OK.

I also ran a JR Manta tank bag that I picked up on Craigs for $20.

10-21-2012, 6:29 AM
anyone else notice this????

am i missing somthing? lol

LOL no it's not broken but it sure does look like it. It's a bad design where the lower tubes mate up into a plate rather than the lower frame rails. Here's a borrowed pic of the same hardtail:


007 - This thing looks great! Need to make something similar

10-21-2012, 8:17 AM
I dig the removable luggage rack. Gotta make one.

10-21-2012, 9:53 AM
I like the removable sissy. Ive always been a fan of ammo cans for storage. You can get them cheap in a bunch of sizes.

10-21-2012, 10:04 AM
A few more rack pics. This one just slides in from the back and slides over the seat spring bungs, really well done. He even incorporated a small sissy into it.






And another no-bolt version.



One more using the spring bungs and two bolts at the rear.



10-21-2012, 10:24 AM
Just pack light and use a shit ton of bungee cords. Use more than you think so you dont put yourself or anyone riding behind you in danger. Its trial and error. Once you pack a couple times it will get easier.

I go out of town alot on my bike so after years of riding with no sissy bar, I built a little 2ft tall one. On my new bike I have a captain america style one. I dont give a shit how it looks anymore. Its not a barhopper so I have to be comfy and able to strap 3-4 days worth of shit to it.

Bottom line is, wearing a backpack sucks and having no sissy bar sucks.

Otherwise, get yourself something like this.

10-21-2012, 11:03 AM
Maybe you should just get a real bike... :confused:


10-21-2012, 11:48 AM
Maybe you should just get a real trike... :confused:


Fixed that for ya.

10-21-2012, 12:53 PM
For R2R I wore my jeans with the biggest pockets and loaded them up with tools. Only about 2-3" rear fender, rolled my vest up as a pillow. Was it the best? No, but it worked lol

10-21-2012, 4:49 PM
I use throw over bags attached through the middle with a brass washer and Allen bolt. If you don't attach them,they make odd noises when they slide off a short fender, get grabbed by a knobby tire, and then get mashed between said tire and fender. I least that's what "somebody" told me, for fuck sake, you really think I'd be stupid enough to just hang them there? Jeez…lol
The big difference is my bike is pretty ratty, so they really fit in nicely with the "style". But I think it could be done right and look decent on your bike.