I've started many projects and finished few. My goals for this new venture, or possibly adventure, are few and modest at this time. I recently purchased a Honda CBR250R and I'll try to chronicle what happens as I try to relearn motorcycle riding skills after having not ridden regularly since about 1970. I hope to do a modest amount of traveling or touring, with my first venture planned for the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. I invite you to follow along if you're so inclined.
Also, I'm going to be posting rants, if you will, about religion, politics, so-called complimentary and alternative medicine in addition to anything else that comes along that I find interesting. Please excuse how the format of this blog/website. Though I have many blogs, I'm a neophyte at best in how to properly design them.

Snap of the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Skyline Drive (Virginia), OK, I fess-up, taken on a trip with my Miata.

Ortlieb Saddlebags and Duffel.....

Please note: The bags are just placed on the bike.  They aren't "secured" with the straps.
I went back and forth about which saddlebags to buy. My main concern with these were whether they could actually hit the wheel. I cut a cardboard template to try to gauge the clearance. I decided that if that was a problem, a piece of aluminum running from the taillight to the foot peg bracket would solve that.
These bags will hold a ton of stuff. They are 8" wide. And, yes, they are 100% waterproof. You close them by rolling the opening...hmmm. Not a good explanation. You just roll them closed and there's a strap on either end that draws them tight. There's
also a strap running across the top that helps compress the contents of the bag.
The U-shaped piece in the photo to the left fits in the bottom of the bags. 
There is a strap at the bottom of the bags that can be secured to the passenger's foot-peg bracket. And, at the rear is a strap at the top 
of each bag that click together. The photo at the left shows the left side strap dangling.
I am satisfied that when I am ready to use these, they will be able to be strapped on securely.
The bag sitting on top is a large (24") Ortlieb duffel. Not sure if I'm going to use the duffel or not for my first trip as I'm only planning on a few days.

Anyway, I hope this will at least give you some idea of what these bags are like.
No buyer's remorse. I'm glad I bought these.


1 comment:

  1. Inch by inch, I can tell you're getting closer to the mountains. I like the yellow...


Outside the dealership....

Outside the dealership....
Yes, taking delivery of my new bike, May 17, 2012. The Marsee tank bag fits nicely. It's the strap-on type and you can get to the gas filler by unsnapping two of the straps. It is not in the way; however, it does expand upwards. My rainsuit is strapped to the seat.

OK, I promise to keep snaps of me to a minimum.

OK, I promise to keep snaps of me to a minimum.
Yeah, I know. I look pretty old. Actually, I'm only 25, the years have been tough and they've taken their toll.

Ortlieb Large Dry Bag (Rack-Pack)

Ortlieb Large Dry Bag (Rack-Pack)

I was on the verge of placing an order with Aerostich for Ortlieb saddlebags and decided to see how this bag would work. It’s the large Ortlieb dry bag. It cavernous and holds a whopping 2990 cubic inches. And, no it’s not filled to capacity, I just stuffed it with some clothes. The bungees I happened to have, though if I decide to use this as shown, I’m going to order six ROC straps. The only things that I can think of that I’ll be packing that are damageable or breakable are my netbook and two small cameras. The cameras I can put in the tank bag and the netbook I can wrap in clothes. I know one thing, if I do decide to use this bag I’m going to have to do some stretching exercises, as I will surely not be able to throw my leg over this. Yes, definitely a step-through situation.