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Bike rigged camping

I haven't gone on my first trip yet but here is my set up for the bike....seems to hold everything I need.




In the duffel I have my tent, Kelty tarp and poles, and anything that does along with it...ground cover, stakes mallet etc.

One Rollie bag has my cooking gear. The other tools, tire repair kit etc. Top box Sleeping bag....not much room for anything else. One pannier has my sleeping pad (nemo) and other personal hygiene type stuff, (towel toothbrush soap etc) The other pannier has my cloths. Both panniers have dry bags that fit into them so all I do is pull them out and throw them in the tent. the Panniers come off easy enough to use as a table and chair if I don't have a picnic table to use. I haven't set it all up yet so I don't have pic of that....maybe this weekend.
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those trax boxes look great, i think they are the best choice but i dont see how you guys afford that kinda hardware. 3 of those boxes costs more then 25% the value of your bike. \
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those trax boxes look great, i think they are the best choice but i dont see how you guys afford that kinda hardware. 3 of those boxes costs more then 25% the value of your bike. \
More power to you bro!

I don't have as much as you think into the boxes....I got one used. The rack was gift..probably got $700 into it. Got it all a little at a time so it didn't hurt to much.
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Very nice- gave you props on ADVR. My setup is similar, with a bigger tank bag and no top case. I keep all the camping stuff/tools/food/cooking gear in the panniers... sleeping bag/pad/chair in dry bag on top of one, tent/Kelty Cartarp in drybag on top of the other. All clothes/personal items/laptop in the dry-duffel. If I stay at a motel instead of camp, the dry bags/duffel/tankbag go inside, and all the camping stuff stays locked on the bike. I'll get some decent pics next time I venture out.
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those trax boxes look great, i think they are the best choice but i dont see how you guys afford that kinda hardware. 3 of those boxes costs more then 25% the value of your bike.
More power to you bro!
I look at it kind of like an investment. They are durable, made of thick aluminum. The Versys is probably not going to be the last bike I own. As long as a new bike is compatible with some kind of rack system, you could reuse them or build your own racks. Plus, if you get a second or third bike that also allow a rack system, you just swap them over. Since you can only ride one bike at a time, no need for 6 or 9 trax boxes.

Oh, hey offcamber. Which windshield is that? I like that one and I'm looking to replace my upside down stock shield. Are you using stock brackets?

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That's a Kawasaki windshield. It was made by MRA for Kawasaki. They don't make them anymore, you may find one used. I got that one from an inmate here. Its mounted to the stock brackets. MRA does make a similar one.
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I haven't gone on my first trip yet but here is my set up for the bike....seems to hold everything I need.




In the duffel I have my tent, Kelty tarp and poles, and anything that does along with it...ground cover, stakes mallet etc.

One Rollie bag has my cooking gear. The other tools, tire repair kit etc. Top box Sleeping bag....not much room for anything else. One pannier has my sleeping pad (nemo) and other personal hygiene type stuff, (towel toothbrush soap etc) The other pannier has my cloths. Both panniers have dry bags that fit into them so all I do is pull them out and throw them in the tent. the Panniers come off easy enough to use as a table and chair if I don't have a picnic table to use. I haven't set it all up yet so I don't have pic of that....maybe this weekend.
That is the direction im goin too!..
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Beautiful setup. Makes me envious 'cause I only have soft bags. I too have the Kawi MRA windshield on my '09, but without the air spoiler offcamber has on top. Any ideas fellas on where to find the air spoiler with the little brackets? I imagine it pushes the air up over your head, right? Mine deflects the air right above the chin bar on my helmet and is ok for commuting but not for long treks.

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Have you weighed all your gear and adjusted the rear sag accordingly?

Looks good. I haven't camped with the Versys yet, but here is some pics from a KLR adventure.



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Oh, hey offcamber. Which windshield is that? I like that one and I'm looking to replace my upside down stock shield. Are you using stock brackets?
You might be able to get the Vario windscreen from www.twistedthrottle.com
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Have you weighed all your gear and adjusted the rear sag accordingly?

Looks good. I haven't camped with the Versys yet, but here is some pics from a KLR adventure.

I didn't weigh it but I'm sure its a less than having a passenger. However after riding it I am going to give a couple of clicks up on the preload.

Miblue..Twisted throttle sells one. LINK

The spoiler defiantly helps but I'm not sure its better than an overall larger windscreen. I still get a fare amount of wind on the interstate.
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