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V9 Bobber setup for heavy eqpmt - volunteer roadside assistance

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by MichaelMyers, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. MichaelMyers

    MichaelMyers Newb

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    Hey All,

    Hoping I can get the help I need for a volunteer project I do.

    Background on Bike - First bike, v9 Bobber all stock, has been awesome. Mostly city commute.

    I volunteer to help people with roadside emergencies like a boost, flat tire changes, car lockout etc

    I am trying to come up with a bag system and kit for the bike. I would like to carry the tools I need including a 3 ton hydraulic jack (60plus lbs), a 1/2 impact wrench and socket set, a gb70 lithium booster pack, and misc breaker bar, mallet etc.

    I know these are bulky and heavy and can't figure out a proper setup. Would appreciate any help on size, type and ways to position the weight! As this is volunteer, hoping not to spend a ton either, so appreciate any bang for buck thoughts as well.

    Thanks!
    Michael
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Hi Michael, first, congrats on the V9, and welcome to the GT Forum & Guzzi Famiglia. Hope you’ll post your info on the Registry; https://www.guzzitech.com/forums/threads/v9-registry-picture-thread-add-your-bike.16400/

    Secondly, very nice gesture in volunteer work. Good on you.
    What do you weigh? You may likely be taxing the suspension in stock trim. If you want to add that kind of weight, a suspension upgrade is mandatory. Email me direct for more; info at guzzitech.com

    For a rear rack, I may be of help there also... however a local welder might be more cost effective.

    Post often with pics on your journey.
     
  3. MichaelMyers

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    Thanks. Attempted to post to the registry from my phone. Hope it worked. I weigh around 170 so should have a bit of leeway with the gear hopefully. Was thinking maybe some side cases and a large bag across the seat and over the cases to keep the jack in. I figure around 100 pounds of gear and whatever fits in the side cases would be put there to keep the weight lower. Hoping to do this for a few months until the ice shows up here in NYC (car only at that point).
     
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    greer Just got it firing!

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    Neat volunteering you do, I bet you've been a welcome site to lots of folks. As you said, heaviest items on the seat lashed down tight to avoid any shifting. Givi offer a set of substantial side carriers for the Roamer, you might contact Givi USA to see if they'll work on the Bobber. Good luck!

    Sarah
     
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    Welcome & kudos for what you do.

    Whatever system you use just remember to be flexible when deciding what goes where.
    Trying to decide what goes where while sitting at home is going to be different than when items are needed when needed.
    Heavy stuff like the jack should be kept lower.

    May want to consider a solo seat with a stout flat rack & box in passenger area to keep the weight forward & low.
     
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    Thanks all. Good call on the accessibility. Will sometimes have 3-4 calls in a row and have to access a variety of tools.

    Since the jack is the heaviest piece, it's going to be hard to fit that on the side. Thinking I may be best off with side cases that I can lay the jack across the bike and resting on the cases. Wish I could find a better jack that is not so heavy and large but suv's usually need a sizeable jack.

    edit: Would just add that I will probably want to take the power tools/expensive items with me when I park near my office in the city and have something decent to lock up on the bike for the rest of the items.

    I will try to lay out the basic items I carry and take a picture to upload.
     
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    Some hydraulic jacks can get air locked if they are stored laying down, It can take a long time for the fluid to settle & the jack to be usable.
     
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    Update and slight rant: I used a leather briefcase I had and was able to fit in a Noco GB70 booster, a Milwaukee 1/2" cordless impact, a set of 1/2" sockets, breaker bar, car lock out kit and used whatever jack the vehicle needing assistance had until I could come up with a solution for a heavy jack.

    Genius that I am, I bought a pair of Rok Straps to hold it in place over the back of the bike (no rack) - and one ripped this morning - leaving my gear somewhere on a street in brooklyn, or perhaps the battery tunnel - end rant...

    Gotta buy new gear - and a rack of sorts with hopefully better results
     
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    greer Just got it firing!

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    One of those live and learn things, we've all been there. Know anybody with a milk crate? I'm not kidding.

    Sarah
     
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