Originally Posted by Wattner
I have a GiantLoop Mojavi, but it's too small and the Coyote looks too big.... The Kriega has intrigued me and I am definitely wanting to get this set up.
My thoughts on this (not that you asked), as I have a Mo'Javi and I have had the Coyote.
If you use the Mo'javi and leave the top tool pouch empty (or if you have the new Mo'Javi with the removable tool pouch), You can very easily mount a US10 or US20 on top (on the rear of the seat or the rack). A US20 will look something like this:
I like this set up as it keeps the bike very narrow. I will probably continue to use a similar set up on my 400 when we are little-bike camping. The trade off, however, is that you end up with more weight up high on the bike.
The Coyote is listed as a 30L bag which matches in capacity with the Overlander30. Unlike the fit on my Super Enduro, on an XR I think the Coyote will actually fit very well and is a viable option (sorry Michael). My reasoning for moving to the Overlander30 from the Coyote was three fold. One was difficulting in packing: even though the Coyote is a 30L bag, I found that once my gear was packed there were always weird shaped empty spaces which usually were filled by me stuffing things into them. The problem is that when you openned the bag to set up camp all these little pieces would fall out everywhere and these little pieces needed to be carefully repacked just so in the morning. So nine times out of ten I ended up leaving the spaces empty and would strap a US10 behind the Coyote. The rectangular shape of the Overlander bags makes them easy to pack and allows you to utilize all 30L. The second main reason for my switch to the Overlander was weight placement: The Coyote (by design) carries more of the load up on top of the seat or rack. I never really felt it was an issue, but the Overlander bags carry all 30L on the side of the bike, none of it is on top, so the weight is lower. If you read back on one of my earlier posts I voiced a concern that the Overander30 might be a tad too wide and, well as much as it pains me to admit it, I was wrong. This past weekend we spent some time on narrow-ish singletrack:
and even with brush dragging on the bags they never felt too wide at all. The last reason for my switch is related to the previous one, bag placement and versatility: While the Coyote kept the bike very narrow which is good for more techinical riding, I found that having a bunch of the weight on the seat made the bike more top heavy. I also found that with steep decents (part of technical riding) my ass was hitting the Coyote often. To compensate for this I started trying to locate the Coyote further back on the bike, making the weight high and back on the bike... not good IMO. So the placement of the Coyote always felt like a balancing act between forward for better weight balance and back for more ass-room (yes, that is the technical term). This issue is eliminated with the Overlander30 bags as they are on the sides of the bike. Having the bags on the side of the bike also gives you the option to leave your rack (or rear part of your seat) empty (low weight, lots of ass-room) or to add an additional bag (US5, US10 or US20) to your kit on those rare times when you just need that little bit extra.
*whew* I think that's it... I'll bet Michael wants me to shut up now.