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Old 12-14-2005, 06:42 PM   #1
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I use a courier bag from aerostich. man it hold everything
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Old 12-15-2005, 02:24 AM   #2
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First, this is a great report. I recently bought the Timbuk2 large messenger bag (custom colors) and am really happy with it but I ride an R1150RT so I don't really need it for the bike. I use it for my daily commute into Manhattan on the train and the walk to and from stations. I couldn't be happier with it. Very confortable to wear and it stays where I want it even when dashing across 42nd Street trying to keep from becoming roadkill. Awesome bag.
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Old 12-15-2005, 02:27 AM   #3
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third!

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Old 12-15-2005, 02:53 AM   #4
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I'd avoid carrying hard items with a courier bag in case of a get off. The potential results should be obvious.
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Old 12-15-2005, 03:10 AM   #5
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Default Get a tank bag...

Get a tank bag:



1. Holds about the same as a backpack if you get the right one.



2. Many have a see through map holder so you can see your map without having to stop and pull it out.



3. You don't have to balance the bag on your back.



4. You don't have the weight on your back.
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Old 12-15-2005, 03:48 AM   #6
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Default But what about all the stuff?

I can only envy people whose lives are so elegantly structured and uncluttered that they can carry their daily needs in a shoulder bag. I'm one of the people carrying a work bag with laptop, soft sided cooler with two meals, and a gym bag in my 3 bag Givi setup.



I discovered there are some upsides to the hard bags after getting knocked down in traffic. First, the bags kept my bike off my leg and saved me lots of bike damage. Second, the bags protected my stuff quite nicely. My laptop suffered no damage, my cell phone still worked so I could call my office, and my digital camera still worked so I could quickly document the circumstances of the accident leading to eventually reaping a full payout from the offender's insurance company.



Until I am owned by less stuff, I'll stick with the hard bag and just envy you cool folks who can get by with one of these messenger bags. But I'll also be secretly thinking "my stuff is safer than their stuff."



Oh, and Consumer Reports would have been proud to have published this review.
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Old 12-15-2005, 04:16 AM   #7
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Default Re: Get a tank bag...

Most (all ?) tank bags have magnets which are a bad thing if you want to carry a laptop. I have a Tourmaster tank bag for just about everything except the laptop which then goes on my back with a messenger bag.



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Old 12-15-2005, 04:29 AM   #8
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I was looking at the Aerostitch bags last June when I got my Multistrada... but I decided to order the very stylish 28L Ducati hard bags instead.



Here it is mid-December and I'm hoping any day now some worker in Bologna is gonna put down his wine and cig, walk back into the factory and make my bags.
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Old 12-15-2005, 04:41 AM   #9
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My bags a strap on
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Old 12-15-2005, 04:59 AM   #10
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I use a back pack made specifically for my iBook by STM, and it can carry other stuff as well and works well. They make a messenger bag, but I would have to get a protective sleeve for the laptop, which is an extra cost and makes things more cumbersome.
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