After riding over 15,000 miles on my versys, and loving every bit of it, I've decided I'm lacking a few pieces of gear that will either improve my comfort greatly, or are seriously needed.
I'm planning a trip in April to California from Illinois, and I'm trying to cut down or improve on storage.
Here's a photo of my V before our last trip. We drove from IL > MO > KS > CO > UT > NV > CA > ID > WY > CO > KS > MO > IL.
I know, it looks rough right? Heavy for sure. I've mounted a pelican case on the back of the V. Mostly I used this for my laptop, hard drive, and a few other small things. On my upcoming trip, I don't plan on bringing the laptop, so I can utilize this space. On this trip I used an 70L dry bag and packed almost every bit of camping equipment I had into it. Since then I've got a 40L dry bag that I ROK strap to the rear seat behind me. It makes for a nice back rest but I'd like to get rid of the dry bag completely. I also had a very large tent this trip, and since I've gotten a smaller one, this one fits in the 40 L dry bag. I also brought a backpack, which you can see strapped ontop of everything. It held most of my camera equipment as well as my hydration pouch. I had a very small tank bag that was ruined with rain due to no cover, but it held my camera for most of the trip. And of course, I have the panniers that came with the bike.
I've done other small upgrades as well. I've got PIAA fog lights on the front, heated grips, power socket, and gear indicator. These made the last trip nice, but my butt was hurting, and the bike was top heavy.
Along the route we went through downpours in Kansas and Wyoming, heat waves in Utah and Nevada, and dodged a wildfire in Idaho near Pocatello. We also were able to drive through many national parks like Rocky Mountain NP, Arches NP, Yosemite NP, and Yellowstone NP. It was a great trip, but there was a lot of discomfort and storage issues I'd like to take care of before our next trip. We're planning on riding to the Grand Yanyon, and then to California to see Joshua Tree, and ride Big Sur and see the Golden Gate Bridge. On the way back we'll stop by Yosemite and Zion NP, as well as Sand Dunes in CO. Once again, we'll be facing the elements! We also camp every night, so we pack heavy.
Enough with story time, here are some items I'm interested in!
Also, is anyone using crash bar bags currently? I have the SW-Motech crash bars on my 2015 V and I'm wondering which will fit, and if anyone has used them. Are they worth it?
Tank Bag: I've looked at this one, and like the waterproof lining, I plan on putting most of my camera gear in the tank bag. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...k-15l-tank-bag
Jacket: Need suggestions, looking for 4 season, I have Alpine Stars 4 season pants.
Sheep Skin Seat: I've heard good things about these, and some of the posts on this forum mention improving comfort greatly. www.alaskaleather.com
Gloves: I'm in deep need of waterproof gloves. We rode the tail of the dragon in the Smoky Mountains, and went through some of the heaviest rain. My gloves were soaked, and my hands shivering inside, wet.
Tires: I've only ridden with Shinko's on my bike, but I'm open for suggestions. I like having a tire that I can go off road a bit with so I can ride to camp sites.
Crash bar bags: Givi or SW-Motech look very nice.
I'm open for any suggestions on gear, upgrades, and for stops along our trip!