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I'd like to start this by saying tire ratings are incredibly important. It made me sad to hear not everyone pays them attention. Make sure your speed and load capacity is able to meet your needs.

Additionally I'd like to say that while carrying any load you need to make sure it wont shift around unexpectedly and the heavier items are lowest center of gravity. A balanced load is also important.

The main method I will be discussing creates significant wind drag and depending on the size of your load you can get disruptive turbulence if you do not mind some of my advice. Youtube has a video of a man with a turbulent load on a heavy bike. While he was riding he got a slight death wobble then his bike literally spun around very quickly tossing him to the pavement pinning him under the bike as it drug along at 65+ mph.

Please be extra safe, extra slow, and experiment with lighter loads using my setup before you jump right into it. Experience is the best teacher and I'd rather you have a pleasant one.

Ok...so into my advice and experience.

When my buddy gave me a Ninja 300 (i bought off him anyway because i couldnt just accept). It came with SW Motech Blaze Sport saddlebags. These saddlebags are very quick to put on and remove. They are fairly decent and worth a look at. They however did not meet my demands for load size.

Would you believe that I can grocery shop using my motorcycle without any motorcycle modification modifications?

I can carry 12 pizzas, 2 gallons of milk, large boxes(yes plural) of burgers, some rolls...and probably still fit a bit more in...

i have carried large stereo speakers, soundbars, a katana discreetly...dont ask....the point is you can too.

What sorcery is this I speak of? Am I a magician? No...

This is a quality version of an army duffle bag. Hanks Duffle Bag.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004QK3Y62?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_pd_title

This is the actual army bag. I warn you not to buy it though. Even if it's listed as new it is not a new item. It is strictly a refurbished military issued bag. It has seen excessive abuse, vomit, fecal matter, and much else.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00DBPMXR4?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_pd_title

These bags are made of Codura and rated for 70lb carry. They are slightly water resistant however can be sprayed for further water proofing.

You can roll them up into a tiny space and pack them in a regular backpack. when you want to swap gear just put your backpack inside the Codura "Sea Bag".

The MAIN advantage to this bag. Is it CAN be LOCKED to your bike as well as locked in general...I use a lockout tagout lock through my disc and through the eyelet bar. Obviously someone can knife into your bag, but someone observing will obviously realize it's theft in that instance.

Please don't forget my warnings and heed them. While carrying a half bag full load the top half can become filled with air and wave around like one of those dancing air guys if not properly secured.

The method I ise is twisting the excess bag and clipping it to bag hangle. sometimes I will even run the bag under the arm straps.

Like I warned about heavy stuff up top. If not packed right it will shift. Be very careful out their guys and be safe.

My parents live down the road from me and have a nice washer and dryer. I take full loads of laundry over occasionally when I go to hangout.

(Yes I have a car)

I live on a second story. I shop at BJs...They dont give bags. Even when I go with a car I take 2 or 3 of these bags with me shopping. They are absolutely priceless.

One final note. I'm a strong dude...Carrying 90lbs in a sack up 20 steps isn't for everyone. Make sure that YOU can physically handle your load. Make sure you are prepared to ride sitting up. Granted some full loads you can get into an aggressive stance, but the air resistance won't really have any speed benefit. This means additional wind resistance on your helmet and strain on your neck. More inexperienced riders may struggle riding for a duration like this. I suggest strengthening your neck without loads if you have this issue.
 

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That's why I have a pickup truck!
 

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My largest load on a bike thus far has been some bedding and other things from Walmart on the back of the Honda Rebel I used to have.

 

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While not as impressive as OP's list, nor as bulky as Ms. Mercedes, I've loaded 3 firearms, ammo, targets, first aid kit (standard), water bottle, and various misc. items into my backpack on the ride to the shooting range. Probably weighs between 20-25 lbs. I've scored the jackpot with used brass a few times and have ridden home with an additional 5-10 lbs or so. Definitely changes how I ride the bike!

Being an older guy, my lower back will start complaining a bit after 10-15 minutes but I'm hoping a significant change in my fitness routine this winter will bring a noticeable improvement!
 

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Probably some good advice from cantsir but it's a bit much to take in. I don't carry loads so never have the problem. Like Critter said, that's why I have a pickup. I don't but have another way of carrying all that equipment. Be careful out there...
 

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@Doc Samson. sitting on the edge of exercise benches falling back to your palms and raising your knees is an excellent exercise to begin back recovery.
 

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I've carried a couple of awkward items, the other day my back seat passenger was a 50 pound sack of dog food.
Sam's Club runs are always fun, I got a few funny looks with the club size bale of TP :) The bags and trunk were full of stuff too.

A completely full shopping cart of food fits in our two bikes with room to spare.
 

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This was a fun awkward load, we bought the grandson a Captain America backpack, then found it wouldn't fit anywhere. The next day it rode 400 miles to Pittsburgh on my back, I got lots of smiles and thumbs up on the highway...
 

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I've carried a couple of awkward items, the other day my back seat passenger was a 50 pound sack of dog food.
Sam's Club runs are always fun, I got a few funny looks with the club size bale of TP :) The bags and trunk were full of stuff too.

A completely full shopping cart of food fits in our two bikes with room to spare.
You got it all wrong Mike. It's not how much of that junk you can haul but how much beer. :devil::devil::devil:
 
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For shopping trips I take my car or SUV. But even for everyday rides, I take a basic amount of stuff with me, like a rainsuit, small took kit, extra gloves, some bungee cords, etc. When I had bikes with saddle bags, typically one of the two bags would always be full, giving me very limited storage space for the other. One of the main reasons I ended up with a Goldwing is to have the roomy, locked hard storage capability. I find even for day trips, having locked luggage where I can leave my and my wife's helmets and jackets while we go into a shop or restaurant is a nice thing to have. One time that I had the side cases full, the tail "trunk" full, and some things bungeed on top of the luggage rack on the trunk, I was aware of the effect this all had on the handling of the bike. That day, with everything full and my wife and I on the bike I am sure we exceeded the total recommended load on the Goldwing, but all worked out OK.
 
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I've carried a case or two of beer but a heavier load was 2+ cases of wine, about 26 bottles acquired in 2 days of wine tasting all over the Finger Lakes wine region of NY. All that was inside my bike, carefully padded with t shirts and socks while the rest of the clothes etc went into my wife's bike for the ride home. I guess I could have bungied a third entire case onto the back seat but the trip was getting expensive already :)
The bike felt like it weighed a ton...

My wife's comment over the intercom as we hit the road home was priceless.. "Remember your carrying all the wine, don't drop the bike!"

You got it all wrong Mike. It's not how much of that junk you can haul but how much beer. :devil::devil::devil:
 

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Yeah, no kidding. I’ve been known to do wine tasting in California and you are so right, it does get heavy. I was always glad I kept the bike with two up in mind as far as air pressure goes.


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This was a fun awkward load, we bought the grandson a Captain America backpack, then found it wouldn't fit anywhere. The next day it rode 400 miles to Pittsburgh on my back, I got lots of smiles and thumbs up on the highway...
Oh my gosh I need that! I've been looking at getting some way to haul around my purse without slinging it around my neck. Be silly with a Captain America backpack? YES! :grin:
 

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seen a video of a guy going to buy a fridge with a cycle. He went into the shop, bought it, wheeled it out. laid it over his passenger area of the flat seat. somehow managed to get his shoulderblades resting on it in a way he thought was fine. then he drove off. no straps no nothing...im definitely not the best at what I do. seen a video of a dude who had his entire extended family on a motorcycle. several kids, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, at least 15 ppl on his small probably 500cc motorcycle. He wheelied them all...I can't compete with those guys.
 

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They were sold in GameStop video game stores to go with a new game that was released. 2 versions, with or without battle damage. It’s actually a well made backpack and was comfortable for the 6 or 7 hours I wore it on the bike. I was almost tempted to go back and get one for myself.


Oh my gosh I need that! I've been looking at getting some way to haul around my purse without slinging it around my neck. Be silly with a Captain America backpack? YES! :grin:





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They were sold in GameStop video game stores to go with a new game that was released. 2 versions, with or without battle damage. It’s actually a well made backpack and was comfortable for the 6 or 7 hours I wore it on the bike. I was almost tempted to go back and get one for myself.
Being a HUGE superhero nerd, I seriously considered getting one of those and the Capt. America helmet when I was first buying gear for riding. The fam said I was too old and that the helmet looked goofy so, after some consideration, I stuck with traditional gear...
 

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You only have one opportunity in life to act like a kid and that's when you are one. Unless you continue to take the opportunity to act goofy when you can and what better way than to wear a goofy helmet. Acting grown up isn't what it's cracked up to be. It gets in the way of having fun in many cases. Okay, time to go back to acting like I'm supposed to.:smile:
 

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what r u talking about. what i see is skillful weight over the rear in slick conditions ;)
 
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