I have 4400 miles on now, and I'm getting Avon Distenzas put on Saturday. I made reservations for a tent camping site over Columbus Day weekend, at Shawnee State Park near Portsmouth, OH. The state forest that surrounds the park has a ton of forest roads, paved and mostly gravel.
I have all the Cortech sport bags, side, top, and tank, and I have a bunch of backpacking gear, so I think I can load up and survive for 3 days. Of course, I might zip into the city for a snack...
I've ridden down there before and played around, but only for a day. Takes 2+ hours to get there. Yea, I'll take the camera.
Wish you a great camping trip and ride!! I am not able to get my tailbag to strap up to my saddlebags. I mounted the saddlebags first, strap under seat, and the tailbag will not fasten in. They are cortech also, what am I doing wrong N8UW?
cortech has two different buckle types depending on when you purchased...... i have run into the same issue my tail bag is brand new and my two year old saddles will not lock together, they say a need a buckle adapter that is on back order for another month or so...
My bag straps snap together fairly easily, but I had to look carefully to find the places to insert the straps. They are in little pockets with red flaps over them.
I've been going to Shawnee State Forest for fall colors for many years in cars, and an RV the last couple years. I think I can dodge rain on the way there and back, and I'll stash the bags in the tent while I'm there. All the bags have rain covers, but I wouldn't trust them going 60 MPH down the road. They will probably work OK if I need to wait out a storm somewhere.
Anyway, my backpacking gear is all weather, and I'll dry sack clothes, etc.
I decided to do the motorcycle trip a couple weeks before fall colors, so I don't have to deal with leaves all over the roads. Me and my dog will go down 2 weeks later in the RV with the Subaru in tow.
I'll try to mount the bags and get some pictures up after the tire change Saturday.
Mine will snap in, there just not long enough. I've got the saddlebags with the taper forward beacause of the width of the strap, since I have ran under the seat. With the tailbag on top of the passenger seat the straps just aren't long enough to fasten all the way around. I've sent an email to Tourmaster, got a reply to inform me they will respond, have not heard back. All I would need is 4-6" extension strap and all would be good. I just wish the saddlebags didn't lean in a little towards the wheel. I have my passenger hand holds still on. Would removing these help?
I think thats the same one. Pictured in the instruction cardboard with a taper in the rear.
Which cortech tank bag did you get? I figured I'd have to get the mini so it would have all tank to magnet to, since the rest is plastic.
Well, I'm a bit humbled by the other trip thread, but I did have a great time.
As a newbie, I was able to get comfortable on the gravel roads fairly quickly. The new tires help a lot. Confidence, and looking ahead like I do on paved roads, seem to help me a lot. After a while, I was just putting along, taking curves as they came and enjoying the changing colors on the trees.
Good twisty state routes on the way down, I went into town Saturday night, rode some of the other paved forest roads with 2nd gear uphill switchbacks, and I was chased by many dogs. Then I took the big roads home, this bike truly does do it all, and do everything I need it to do quite well and enjoyably.
It doesn't happen for me without this forum, thanks, guys.