View Full Version : How to haul gear on your chop- any tricks guys?

08-23-2009, 5:32 PM
I'm getting ready for the Ground Zero run next month and wanted a better way to strap shit onto my bike. I hate strapping stuff to the sissy bar itself, its always a pain to make it stay put. So I figured what about a rack that bolts to the sissy bar, and is easily removable with all of your baggage already attached? So I came up with an A-frame that clamps to the sissy bar, and it even has a spot for my toolbag.
Anyway here are the pics.
Here is the A-frame strapped to the backpack I carry everything in. I figure if it can't fit in that backpack then I have too much shit and need to downsize
Lay the frame down on top of the sissy bar so the crossbar pivots the bottom in place
Snap the bottom tabs into place

08-23-2009, 5:33 PM
Bolt the three clamps in place, two side, and one top

08-23-2009, 5:34 PM
Voila, now that shit is totally secure and when I get where I'm going and setup camp, all that shit unbolts with three bolts and I have my bike back for hitting the surrounding area.

08-23-2009, 6:10 PM
im in the same situation, me and my girl are riding the blue ridge next weekend and i need ideas to haul all of our (her) shit. Right now its just a duffle and bungees.

08-23-2009, 6:17 PM
I'm currently trying to figure that out myself. I'm going to change the back fender, and have what I want in mind, but it will not allow for much packing.

08-24-2009, 5:30 AM
If you need a little more cargo space for things like phone, change for toll booths, snacks, sunglasses, extra shirt, gloves, or anything else that is small, take a lead from the beemer guys and get a tankbag. Most are magnetic and will stay on through almost anything. I have been over 100 MPH with tank bags and they never moved. The taller ones also offer a little extra wind protection......... Dew,

08-24-2009, 6:31 AM
How much space do you need for a toothbrush and an extra t shirt

08-24-2009, 8:19 AM
I'd rather change my socks and underwear than my shirt.

I've actually been looking into a tankbag.

08-24-2009, 9:52 AM
i ordered a tank bag a few weeks ago to collect later this week when im over there - clear top one also means you can put a map in there easy so you dont have to stop and take off gloves etc each time you want to check your directions.

cool? maybe not - rider - DEFINITELY

08-24-2009, 10:14 AM
I saw one the other day that looked pretty trick, but I'd like one that also worked as a backpack. Icon makes one, but I haven't seen many others.

08-24-2009, 2:08 PM
nelson rigg tank bag with magnets,with messanger style sling,and suitcase type handle.i can stand the bike up by just grabbin the bag and pullin(1980 z1r 1000),and the clear top cover makes texting at 100mph possible,not advisable but possible.
this planet is overpopulated anyway

leon holmes

08-24-2009, 6:47 PM
Tank bags are the way to go fo sho.

Good luck with that bolt on, hope it's not more trouble than its worth, cause when that thing does rattle loose, you are definitely going to know it.

08-24-2009, 8:44 PM
I use my bike as my sole source of transportation. I work for the fire department in southern california and over the past ten years the biggest lesson I've learnes is to skip bungees except for really small light stuff. I now use a ratcheting tie down. I have two. One with no hooks and one that has hooks. The bags will never move once you cinch them down. Here's a pic of me with all my shit. I have done over a 100 mph with all this stuff and never had a problem. The bungee cords on my pack only hold my uniform pants and maybe at times small gear bag