The type of motorcycle camping gear is crucial and will affect your touring experience in the same way as the type of luggage you’ve chosen for your bike. As you may guess, weight and volume are the keys here.
If you stuck with the soft luggage, place it at least at the back behind you on the pillion seat. Fasten it securely with some elastic bugees or even with some tie down straps so it will not move. Placing it behind you will make it less likely to bounce. If you have red the motorcycle luggage section, you know that I am not a fan of the soft panniers that hang on the sides. Good options from soft luggage though are the spacious dry bags. You will fit plenty of stuff in them.
I must have red in the past or heard somebody saying that you can fit more in soft luggage as it can stretch. I think it’s a complete nonsense. Imagine soft panniers each of ~40 litres volume, hanging from the sides of your motorcycle?
So for the purpose of this article I will use the example with two 41 litres side cases and one 46 litres top box as on the photo below. I reckon if I can fit that much in them the soft luggage option with the dry bags and hard panniers will give you even more space.
My experience is that I pack all the motorcycle camping gear in the top box. Even when going with a pillion. I try not to attach anything to the bike with bungees or straps unless I have something wet and don't want to pack it with dry clothes.
Normally I leave side cases for clothes and other stuff. The tank bag is always for the most used items on the short breaks.
After packing all that you will still find
some extra space for little things like high visibility vests that are good to
have if happens to ride in the rain. All in all this is only an example for the
46 litre box and a set of my favourite motorcycle camping gear.
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