Going on a multi-day road trip on a motorcycle? A few helpful tips to fasten your luggage for such trips:
1. Don’t overload your bike. The weight of the rider, pillion and luggage should not exceed the motorcycle's payload. For instance, the TVS Apache RR 310 has a payload of 130 kilograms—the rider plus luggage weight should not exceed this. Exceeding the payload can lead to dangerous situations.
2. Distribute the luggage across multiple areas of the motorcycle. The tank can hold a tank bag, while the rear seat can have two saddle bags or panniers on each side. The rear seat can also hold a small tail bag. The rider, if needed, can carry a backpack.
3. If you have hard panniers on your motorcycle, fastening won’t be an issue as they will be mounted onto the motorcycle with nuts and bolts. In the case of soft luggage such as tank bags, tail bags and saddlebags, care must be taken to fit them exactly like their manufacturer suggests. For instance, tank bags are of two types: magnetic and non-magnetic. Magnetic bags have magnets that hold them to the metal tank. They also have straps that need to be fastened to a motorcycle's solid parts, such as the crash guards or footpeg holders. These straps need to be tightly fastened to ensure that the tank bag stays snug across all conditions. If you have a motorcycle whose fuel tank surface is plastic, opt for the non-magnetic tank bag.
4. In case of tail bags and saddle bags, care must be taken to ensure that these straps don't foul with the rear wheel or chain or any other moving part of the motorcycle. An additional layer of safety is using bungee cords and rock straps to secure the tail bag for a super snug fit. Investing in saddle stays is a good idea. However, some saddlebag makers have designed saddle bags that don't need saddle stays. Choose accordingly.
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