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Old 17 Oct 2009
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First post here... I was put onto this site by a bloke I met in La Paz, Bolivia who was riding around South America. It looks to be an awesome resource.

A very beginner question here (I did a search and couldn't find what I was looking for)...

I've been riding for a couple of years but just commuting, no trips. I plan on meeting a couple of mates in India next year and doing the Enfield thing - probably a 350.

My question is what's the best way to carry your stuff? I normally travel with a 75 litre backpack. For the sake of simplicity if I could just strap this on somehow would be ideal. Is this possible?

If not what's my best bet?


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I wouldn't like to travel very far with any back pack, let alone one that size. I'd go for panniers and a rack. Hard or soft is your choice. Soft are normally cheaper. A tank bag which is magnetic or qd is handy for documents, camera etc as it's easy to take off and use as a shoulder bag.
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Originally Posted by harleyrider View Post
I'd go for panniers and a rack. Hard or soft is your choice. Soft are normally cheaper. A tank bag which is magnetic or qd is handy for documents, camera etc as it's easy to take off and use as a shoulder bag.
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I agree with HR. Get some Andy Strapz soft panniers and something waterproof for the rear rack. That will give you plenty of capacity. Something like this:

PS If you do shop at Andy Strapz, his straps are really useful too - worth carrying a couple.
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Consider doing the cheap and easy route... just strap your backpack securely onto the passenger seat and head on down the road. I did that successfully for years (as I'm sure many others have too). Less is more.
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Cheers for the replies to a pretty entry level question!

I'm going to be coming off a few months backpacking around already so ideally want to keep the stuff I buy/accumulate down to a minimum and keep everything as simple as possible.

Cactus did you literally just tie your pack to the seat? You got a pic?
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