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V7iii tie down/tail pack storage

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by Sean Bates, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. Sean Bates

    Sean Bates Just got it firing!

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    Hi all,

    I recently purchased a 2017 v7 iii. First bike for me, and looking forward to putting some solid miles on this summer.

    I don't have any long trips planned for this year (just weekend trips) so no need for too much storage. That said, I think a tail pack, or even just some straps to secure an extra backpack should do the trick for this year.

    If anyone has any recommendations on straps, cargo nets, or reasonably priced tail packs that fit well with a V7, I'd appreciate your insight!

    Also, any recommendations on how to best secure using straps would be appreciated (ie: loop under seat, hook around rear turn signals, etc)

    Thanks,

    Sean
     
  2. Godfrey

    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    You don't say which model V7III you're riding. I'll presume it is not a Racer and that it has a dual seat, which provides a place to tie something on behind you pretty easily.

    You can do a lot of traveling using a modest sized magnetically attached tank bag and a strap-on tail bag. This is what I tend to use most myself as well. I've done up to a 900 mile weekend trip with these:

    • Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag

    This is a 2L capacity tank bag that attaches to the fuel tank magnetically. It has a security strap that loops around the steering head to keep it from getting lost if a side wind tries to blow it off (I've never had it even move... :)), a modest main compartment, a small, detachable, top-mounted map pocket, zipped pockets front and rear (one is normally filled with the rain cover, the rear equipped with a headphone cord pass through for a smart phone), and shoulder straps (which tuck away into a pocket underneath the bag when not in use) so that you can carry it easily when you get off the bike.

    It's quite a nice little bag and handles all of my usual incidentals that I might need at a rest stop, or want quick access to (like a heavier pair of gloves, or my sunglasses, etc). ​

    • Nelson Rigg CL-1060-S Sport Motorcycle Tail/Seat Bag

    The is a medium sized tail bag that includes a zipper expansion enabling it to fit 22L of gear. The top has a rigid structure and separating net with zipper, the bottom has a moveable divider for organization (I usually don't use it). You can stow a good bit of gear in 22L if you work at it and choose gear which packs down tight and small. The bag attaches to the bike using four nylon straps ... I loop the front ones around the footpeg hangers and the rear ones around the frame under the seat. ​

    Easy on, easy off with both of these, and they're easy to store off the bike when not needed.

    In addition to the above, a 24" bungee net with six hooks and a medium sized soft backpack (Nelson Rigg CB-PK30 Black Compact Backpack), dry bag, or sling bag that can be packed down into either the tail or tank bags when not needed are useful to have along. The bungee net can be looped over the tail bag and the soft/compact bag can be used with it to carry odd-shaped bulky things, like a pair of hiking shoes for when you reach a destination and want to get out of your boots. I have a bunch of different bags of this description because I'm often carrying camera gear, riding a bicycle, etc where I need some casual carry capabilities.

    For the Racer, I used the above with a Guzzi Comfort Gel dual seat since the OEM monoposto saddle doesn't have any good flat space to secure the tail bag to. However, I've found that I prefer the monoposto saddle ... it's just more comfortable for me. So I acquires the Moto Guzzi mini rack and worked out how to fit it to the Racer (it's a bit complicated to install, but isn't more than a half hour job really) so that on the next trip I'll use that as a tie-down mount for the tail bag and use the bungee net to secure any additional storage in a dry bag over the seat's rear hump, between the tail bag and me. That will work out fine and be more comfortable. :D
     
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    Welcome to the addiction!
    A few years ago I found on line something that was made out of leather with 4 d-rings attached.
    It was made to go under the rear part of the seat so the 4 d-rings hung out on both sides.
    I use it all the time to secure camp gear.

    The bad news is I just tried to find it on line so I could post a link but all the places I might have bought it from no longer list it.
    So an alternative might be to use 2 or 3 bungees under the seat or possibly a cargo net.
    I'm actually going to try both of those to see how they work.

    Just remember one rule: The more space you have to pack "stuff" the more stuff you will pack & then want more! LOL!!!
     
  4. Godfrey

    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    That is the tendency. However, I've made a lifelong effort of simplifying and reducing what I need to carry on a motorcycle. My two little bags often now run about half full ... :D
     
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    Sean, congrats on the new Guzzi purchase. Hope you’ll add your info to the Registry thread here; https://www.guzzitech.com/forums/threads/v7-registry-picture-thread-add-your-bike.9108/

    For securing bags, these are very good and easy to use; http://www.rokstraps.com/moto.html — steer clear of bungies, but nets can be ok for small light loads.

    That said, as a newer rider, let me throw some precautionary words at you... be VERY cautious on what you carry over and around the rear wheel. I’ve seen really bad results from bags that become wedged into the rear wheel.
    If you don’t wear a bag on your back (and I’m not a fan personally), I’d say save and invest in proper racks that keep things secure (rear rack or saddlebags). I have both in the online Store link above.
     
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    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Thanks for the mention of the Rokstraps, Todd! I've been hunting for those things for a while, didn't remember the name. :)


    Todd makes a very good point about being careful how you pack, particularly over the rear wheel. Be sure that all straps, etc, are snug and that no loose ends exist. Test your packing carefully before riding; ride a ways, then stop and check it again.

    I'm not personally a huge fan of hard luggage unless it's a full on touring application. I just dislike all the stuff hanging on the motorcycle when I don't need it. I use a light backpack or sling pack only when I have a short hop, and use well arranged soft luggage for traveling as I mentioned above.

    Here's a photo of my Racer ready for the run to Mendocino.

    [​IMG]

    I needed to carry some bulky hiking shoes as well as camera and tripod on that ride, so I used the bungee net and a stuff bag to fit them over the top of the tail bag.
     
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  7. Sean Bates

    Sean Bates Just got it firing!

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    Thanks everyone for the info!

    I think I'll plan to add a rack next season. For now, the Roc straps should do the trick.

    Godfrey - It is in fact a V7 Stone. In the picture, do you have you pack strapped to the seat, or underneath the frame as well?

    Looking forward to digging into this forum. There is an overwhelming amount of info here. Appreciate the expertise from all
     
  8. Mayakovski

    Mayakovski Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Site Contributor!

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    Man, that is a slick looking setup. Where did the wheel chock come from?
     
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    Oadslug Tuned and Synch'ed

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    As far as tie down straps (and other bags), you might also check out Mosko Moto backcountry straps (or simple strap). They make gear for long distance touring, off-road, etc and looks like quality, built for abuse, kind of stuff.
     
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    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    The two forward straps for the tailbag hook around the rear foot peg mounts. The two rear straps hook around the back of the frame under the seat. The bungee net hooks are connected to the seat pan.
     
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    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Thanks!

    My dealer carries the ride-on chock stand, I’ll get the name when I get back home for you.
     
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    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    The name of the product is "Baxley Sport Bike Chock". If Todd can't get you one, they're available from places like Amazon.com. Very sturdy, they do a good job of holding the bike upright. :)
     
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    Mayakovski Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Site Contributor!

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    Thanks, found it online. Appreciate the help. :)
     
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    kiwi dave GT Reference

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    Here's a pix of my V7-III Stone with the Guzzi rear rack and a small Givi tank bag on top.


    V7-III Stone with Givi MT505 Rear Bag.jpg

    Also shown are the C-bow mounts, which IMHO are not intrusive when the panniers are not present.
     
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    Sean Bates Just got it firing!

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    Thanks for the info... The army green is a great look. I would've preferred the green myself, but found a deal on a gently used black model I couldn't pass up
     
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    Mayakovski Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Site Contributor!

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    That's what paint is for. Army green before next summer. Common, just do it. :D
     
  17. Sean Bates

    Sean Bates Just got it firing!

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    haha not a bad idea... I do need something to do in the offseason
     
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    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Nice Dave!

    I was initially interested in the H-B C-bow system because of that, but the luggage doesn't fit with the Racer's upswept mufflers without modification, and they don't really look right with the Racer's monoposto saddle once you do modify them and raise them enough that some bags will fit.
     

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