Headed up to Big Basin via Highway 9 to camp overnight this weekend with a bunch of friends. Five of us rode.
Sitting in the garage ready to go, Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, and inflatable pillow are in the duffel bag which strapped to the pillion seat pretty easily with a couple heavy duty bungee cords. Clothes in the right pannier and food in the left one, top case had random stuff in it.
Made it to our campsite after about an hour of twisties... after that I don't remember much, but I woke up this morning very thirsty and with quite a headache!
Barbecued today and headed back down the hill.
We had me on the Versys, an R1100GS, an FZ6, a CBR1000, and a GS500F. Myself and the BMW guy were the only ones that carried all of our stuff with us.
I absolutely love the Trekker panniers, they work great and they look sharp as well. I didn't buy the Trekker top case because I wanted a smaller top case to leave on for daily use. I also like the fact that the pannier racks are quick release so I don't have to leave them on when I'm not using them. The idea behind this trip was to test my packing ideas and work out any bugs for some longer trips this summer, and get used to riding the bike loaded down. I'm happy to report that I really didn't notice much of a difference between the way it rode loaded vs. unloaded. Suspension upgrades are down the road sometime I'm sure, but it's definitely doable as it is now.
It was really hot yesterday, every time we got caught at a stoplight getting out of town we absolutely roasted in our gear, but once we got into the hills and the shade it was at least bearable. Today was much nicer.
Anyway... a really fun weekend and I'm looking forward to more more MORE!