|"Charlie Brown's" F800GS|
We were standing outside BMW of Western Oregon (http://www.bmwor.com/) talking about his BMW F800GS, a beautiful bike three years old with luggage that was my current envy.
I've been riding around on my fancy new G650GS and pondering luggage. My first trip on the bike made me realize I needed something. That feeling was exemplified on my second trip as I was headed to downtown Portland to go paddling (dragonboat dork, yep). I had fancy paddle bag strapped around my body (one end in the air and the other flapping against the bike), a personal flotation device with a rain jacket, Teva's, and a pair of rain pants bungee corded to the back. Too much stuff and no where to put it, in the pouring rain.
|Ocelot 17 liter tail bag|
Maybe what I need is a Giant Loop (http://www.giantloopmoto.com/) quality tail bag. Something for those days when I don't need all the space of the Great Basin but need more than the tank bag or the Coyote can offer. You know something waterproof with nice zippers (or roll down top, I won't be picky), strong material that comes in awesome colors. About 17-20 liters with some height, a couple external pockets, and bungees or straps holding it down for quick release and easy access. Is that really too much to ask for?
Maybe Giant Loop could at least consider it if it's not already on their list. I mean, I am more than happy to offer up a name for it: The "Deschutes Tail Bag." The name is in support of the mighty Deschutes River in Bend (where Giant Loop is located). I was going to go with the "Trout Tail Bag" (in honor of my Chocolate Lab, Trout and of course, the fish that comes out of the Deschutes) but I figured that may be pushing it a little.
I think I'll shimmy over to the truck stop and see if I can pick up some trucker's tarp. Someone's gotta have an industrial sewing machine, right?