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Old 04-20-2013, 09:31 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, 09:55 AM   #2
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:57 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, 11:32 AM   #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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Old 04-20-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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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?
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:01 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, 07:11 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, 07:14 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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Old 04-20-2013, 07:22 PM   #9
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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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Old 04-21-2013, 01:32 AM   #10
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It can be done and it's a so much more comfortable way to travel. I've been to every state, Mexico and Canada, and the only things that reside outside two side panniers are my therm-a-rest, tent, and tripod. Everything else I carry will fit in two side bags. I too cringe when I see what amounts to a 250# heifer of gear riding pillion on these ride reports. I often wonder what kind of crap is residing in all that mass.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:37 AM   #11
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Back to my original intent in this thread- I recently perused an article written by a gent who went to some 'extremes' to lighten his 12GS with intent of more efficient long distance travel. I can't remember where I saw the article- a bike mag or online??? I would like to find the article and read it in detail, find out what he did. I'm not looking to drop a few pounds, rather... many, 30-40-50-60 lbs?? In the late '90s I converted a '95 Ducati 900 SS/SP into a track bike. I managed to take 40+ lbs off a 400 lb bike. Worked nicely in the handling dept. On my '07 12GS I figure switching from Jesses to soft bags, plus replace stock muffler with something much lighter (can I still keep it quiet?) should be good for approx. a 30 lb reduction. Then go through farkle list and see what functions and what doesn't... I'll keep you posted.
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Back to my original intent in this thread- I recently perused an article written by a gent who went to some 'extremes' to lighten his 12GS with intent of more efficient long distance travel. I can't remember where I saw the article- a bike mag or online??? I would like to find the article and read it in detail, find out what he did. I'm not looking to drop a few pounds, rather... many, 30-40-50-60 lbs?? In the late '90s I converted a '95 Ducati 900 SS/SP into a track bike. I managed to take 40+ lbs off a 400 lb bike. Worked nicely in the handling dept. On my '07 12GS I figure switching from Jesses to soft bags, plus replace stock muffler with something much lighter (can I still keep it quiet?) should be good for approx. a 30 lb reduction. Then go through farkle list and see what functions and what doesn't... I'll keep you posted.
So, on my 2012 GS I did the following to drop the pounds:

1. Swapped out ESA shocks for Yacugars= ~15lb loss
2. Removed rear rack thingy~1lb loss
3. Removed Charcoal filter along with associated plumbing ~1.5lb loss
4. Installed single enduro seat instead of dual stock seat ~2lb loss

Total weight loss= 19.5lbs

I looked at the stock muffler but was very impressed how light the new stock can is on the 2012MY so I left that as is. I could go further but I need to keep the bag mounts on.

You mention your track Ducati, If I were really going for light weight, I would eliminate mirrors and just do a single, fold down enduro mirror( I'll be doing this over the summer), short sport screen to eliminate stock screen, clean up license plate bracket, swap out to a lightweight battery... I think that's about it.. Keep us posted as to other items you find! I'd love to hear.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:33 AM   #13
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I've found the best way to shave weight is to put myself on a diet, not my bike. Bye bye fast food.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:28 AM   #14
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Been around the world a fair bit over the years... here's the secret to light travel.

1. Lay out everything you think you must have on a tarp.

2. Toss out half of it and take twice as much money.

3. Problem solved
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:37 AM   #15
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I've found the best way to shave weight is to put myself on a diet, not my bike. Bye bye fast food.
The wife and I have a Grand Canyon backpacking trip coming up. Went to work and have knocked 40# off my middle since last fall in an attempt to make my way back out of that ditch in Arizona. Best side effect...I can no longer seem to find the bottom of the suspension on the GS!

As for saving weight on the packing and gear, spend some time researching backpacking blogs and sites. Those folks are freaks about grams and ounces.
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