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Hi guys, I'm just doing some pondering for a future trip ....

 

Is riding a motorbike long distances with a heavy and full backpack on dangerous? Or are there certain types of bike that it is ok with?

 

I've done it before but just short distances on familiar roads. 

 

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Ive lived in LOS for over a decade. each time I fly back I bring only a carry on 7k backpack.....bare essential as I can buy anything else there....always the golden rule to pack light. esp when humping it around in asia heat

 

as for the mbike ive moved apts using my mbike...often I'll hang my pack on handlebars facing towards me so its between my legs between the from wheels and the engine..can kinda keep it in place with straps over mirrors and using my legs on turns..depends on bike size as well....as noted strapping it down behind you-cargo net

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I'd say no problem at all, it should be resting on the seat so the straps are mainly for keeping it in place, not taking the weight. I carry a set of golf clubs circ 15kg on my Honda Click with a double strap to Sattahip and it's fine

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I don't know why you want to carry a big load, you’ll have your reasons.  I think 4 or 5 kg.  (Including gf)..and It is enough to carry everything you need. IMO

This is what I used for trips around the Country for years in my old Honda Phantom, 

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If weight on shoulders you get tired after an hour, as mentioned loosen the straps so weight is on the seat. On scooters between your legs fine, I've done 6 hours tour like that no problem, straps around handlebars - make sure it does not impede the handlebar movement...

 

One other thing though, watch out for rain, I recently bought a backpack that was supposed to be fully waterproof, with special zippers and inner lining and so on , once the Phuket monsoon rain came down and after 10 minutes before I could find shelter, it was soaked wet inside to the bottom. Now a black bin liner is put in the side pocket for those rains...!

 

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I never ride with a backpack. Too restrictive and I never use one in normal life. Oh wait company gave me a Notebook Dell in a backpack. hated that.

 

Depends on the bike.

 

-Tank bag? (No good if bike has a plastic tank)

-Tail bag

-DIY tail bag? Regular gym type bag bungied on the rear seat? Or the rack, if bike has one.

-Get a Givi Box and rack?

-Or a saddle bag as above post.

 

I bought a cheap gym type back from a local market. Poked some holes (2)  at the bottom corner of both sides with a soldering iron and used two short bungy cords threaded through the bag to attach the bag to the rear of the seat. Use bin liner to protect clothing.

 

Used to travel a lot in Indo. Used a small 28l Givi type box and a tank bag. Still have two tank bags somewhere.

 

Below is not me.

 

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Thanks for all the responses. Seems a lot comes down to personal preference.

 

FYI this is a big rucksack for travelling (for obvious reasons the trip wouldn't happen soon).

 

So is the consensus that this type of rucksack should go over your shoulders and sit on the back seat (that's how I've done it over short distances), or between your legs on the floor?

 

I am considering buying a Yamaha R15 ... would have a few weeks getting used to it first before the trip. As non-bike guy I would like to ask.... is this a completely unsuitable bike for travelling long distances with a rucksack?

 

Thanks again

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12 hours ago, ChakaKhan said:

Ive lived in LOS for over a decade. each time I fly back I bring only a carry on 7k backpack.....bare essential as I can buy anything else there....always the golden rule to pack light. esp when humping it around in asia heat

 

as for the mbike ive moved apts using my mbike...often I'll hang my pack on handlebars facing towards me so its between my legs between the from wheels and the engine..can kinda keep it in place with straps over mirrors and using my legs on turns..depends on bike size as well....as noted strapping it down behind you-cargo net

That sounds like a big risk if that backpack moves. And that moves, and maybe blocks, the handlebars.

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3 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

Something like the bags below would be a far better option (if the Op doesn’t mind purchasing something). 

 

Otherwise just strap the backpack across the backseat with Roc-straps (or something similar).

 

I use a North Face Duffel Bag which straps across the back seat / rack.

 

 

 

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Looks interesting. Do those bags have a (category) name?

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Just now, Agusts said:

Yes, you guessed it, Yamaha R15 wouldn't be comfortable for touring and long distance ride...

Care to name a few which would?

 

I guess the sportier the bike the less comfortable for longer distances?

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