I have to admit, bikes like Goose and Tampa's make me all tingly inside. I want want WANT my Roadie to look this way!
But after soul searching this winter, I decided there was no way I can go without bags. In fact, I needed bigger ones. So instead of a sweet dual exhaust and lowering I bought bags and a fairing.
Need to pack my office clothes and shoes to change into when I get to work, and carry my jacket and maybe chaps on the way home. If I'm hittin the gym that day, there's another set of clothes and shoes that need to come along for the ride.
My ride to work is 64 miles a day on the highway, recently thru 20+ miles of major construction. Windshield a must
on that ride with all the gravel and dust. Plus I must be a wuss, because 30 miles of 75 mph on a 50* morning with no shield = me frozen and dead. I don't know how you guys do it.
I paid attention this weekend when me and my chik went for a 100 mile ride or so. We brought: 2 big bottles of water (because I drink like a fish when I'm on allergy meds), suntan lotion, cigs, phone, her camera, her purse
, small tool bag that stays in the bag, extra shirt for her in case the sun got to be too much. Then on the way home we stopped at sears and bought a new neck support pillow for her.
The only thing we didn't pack was the friggin dog.
It gets worse when its cold, so add 2 jackets, long sleeves, etc etc.
So again, how do you guys do it???