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.

ROK Straps...A Replacement for Bungee Cords?

June 20, 2012
Recently bought four of these made in China ROK straps. Yes, I am still, it would seem, in the planning stage for what I might call, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, yes, my alluded trip to the mountains.
Actually, I have most likely spent more time in my planning than folks who are traveling the world. Will I ever make it to the mountains might be my mantra.
Anyway, back to the straps.
Prior to picking-up my bike at the dealership, I purchased an assortment of bungee cords. The ones I bought were strap-like and not the regular rope-like bungees that I remember from back in the old days. Anyway, they worked well and I use them to strap my rain suit to the passengers seat.
In previous posts I've shown snaps of my Ortlieb saddlebags and huge duffel that I have. If this trip ever gets off the ground, I have no plans at this time to use the duffel; however, if I do the ROK straps should work well.
The ROK straps differ from bungees in that they are actually two pieces with each end having a loop. The loop makes them easy to attach to just about anything, particularly the rear foot-peg brackets.
I think there are two basic seizes in the ROK straps. The ones I bought are the thin ones and have a range of 12" to 42", which should be fine for my purposes. The ROC straps have regular webbing, I guess I'd call it, with an elastic part of several inches that helps cinch down the straps. Yes, I did try them and they seem to work well. At least statically, hey...I ain't left the garage with them yet. And, so it goes.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, it's good to be prepared. George, you should write a preparation manual.

    I'll keep watching for the big trip.



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.