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Old 04-20-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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Help find article on light-weight touring

Within last month or two I saw and glanced over an article extolling lightening a 12GS for long distance travel. The experienced author talked about virtues of soft bags over aluminum boxes, etc. Now I can't find the magazine or website where I read this, and its been bugging me. So much so that I'm ready to explore the concept. Can anybody help me find the article? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:57 AM   #3
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light weight touring

All you really need to do is focus on less is more. I tour a hp2 with soft luggage. I throw away tired socks and underwear along the way and only bring thge absolute minimum I need. Also bring sports wear that you wash in the sink at night and is dry in the morning. Ride and enjoy minus all the crap you relly don't need. Richard.......
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:32 PM   #4
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Aerostich has a small book Lightweight Unsupported Motorcycle Travel for Terminal Cases that is pretty good. Rider magazine has good touring articles as does Motorcycle Consumer News.

People have extolled the virtues of soft bags over hard because they won't cause a crash if you brush a rock or tree with them and they don't get dented. I have the Great Basin bags and really like them.
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Thanks, Gents for your input. I'm still looking for the article in question. I've been practicing light-weight long-distance travel for many years, am now looking to take it to the 'next level'. On my 6 week, 14k+ mile AK ride I left home with my Jesses half full, a small camp-kit duffle, and no top box. I'd like to reduce on that...
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:01 PM   #6
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I use rev pack luggage. great price and I have a size for when your on the road camping and one for when your on the road hotel-ing it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:11 PM   #7
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Timely thread... I've been doing some research on this subject too. I'll be posting a "how to" in the next few weeks on what one can do to make the 1200 more dirt friendly. Many of my suggestions also fit into the minimalist travel setup as well since it's all about reducing weight.


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Old 04-20-2013, 08:14 PM   #8
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Thanks, Gents for your input. I'm still looking for the article in question. I've been practicing light-weight long-distance travel for many years, am now looking to take it to the 'next level'. On my 6 week, 14k+ mile AK ride I left home with my Jesses half full, a small camp-kit duffle, and no top box. I'd like to reduce on that...
Anybody seen the article in question?
If you did that, you should be the one writing the article I think most people choose soft bags for safety reasons rather than to save weight. But really, the bike/rider/luggage combination is already pushing 800 lbs, would it make a big difference to save 1% of it? I'm more concerned with the size of the things I take with me.
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If you did that, you should be the one writing the article I think most people choose soft bags for safety reasons rather than to save weight. But really, the bike/rider/luggage combination is already pushing 800 lbs, would it make a big difference to save 1% of it? I'm more concerned with the size of the things I take with me.

From what I see I think every bit of weight one can save is important. It improves performance, fuel economy, wear and tear on the bike, rider etc.

I thinks it's always cool to see what other folks have come up with since it might be something you miss. You make a great point about size as well since this drives how it all fits. I tend to pack as if I'm going on a backpacking trip to save weight and size but there are a few items I won't sacrifice on.

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