Go soft travel light, the rucksack on the back of the Honda contained all I needed for a few weeks in Cambodia, no camping equipment just clothes and a small sleeping bag. Carried no spares for the bike only basic tools.
I had more stuff on the Serow as it was a two month trip. Only weighed about 10 kg (40 Ltr) but included some luxuries like walking boots, mosquito net and cold weather clothing.
I used a waterproof cover when it rained.
Biggest advantage for me of a single bag is you can take it with you when you leave the bike.
I rented a bike in New Zealand which came with full Hard Luggage, I only used one Pannier and the Tankbag, the other two did come in useful for storing my bike clothing if I found a nice place to explore on route. I was always concerned about someone stealing them if I left them unattended, most nights I had the hassle of carrying them into the hotels. If I was to use hard luggage again I would ensure everything fitted into two panniers and nothing more as its easier to unload the bike each night.
Last edited by DarrenM; 1 May 2011 at 02:29.