Equipment for the Ride – Continued

As promised in the last post, I am doing quick review of Wolfman Luggage’s Ridgeline Plus travel duffel – donated by Wolfman Luggage for the Ride to Alaska.  I will not copy the specs from Wolfman’s site (the link above will take you there), but the duffel is listed as an “ideal weekender size.”  Well, I hope to cram all of the personal items that I need for the ride into this bag, strap it to the bike and go.  Based on my trial runs, this should be plenty of space.

The bag is made in the USA and is made with the same ballistic nylon as much of Wolfman’s gear.  Zippers are heavy-duty and the bag is well thought-out with D-rings in strategic places, accessory straps and side pockets for miscellaneous gear. A very nice feature is the incorporation of bungies for strapping the bag on the luggage rack of the bike.  Although not waterproof, the bag is water-resistant and a rain cover can be purchased separately for an additional layer of protection.  Again, even the rain cover is not waterproof, but for my purposes, should be sufficient.  I plan on throwing a couple of extra heavy-duty garbage bags in the side pocket for those days where torrential downpours are predicted.

In addition to the standard configuration of the Ridgeline Plus, the bag contains an expandable “wedge gusset” to allow an additional 4″ of capacity; totaling 2600 cu in of capacity including the side pockets.   This is a great, durable duffel that will be as at home as my air travel carry-on as it is on the back of the 1200 GSA.

The bag retails for $144.99 and is backed by Wolfman’s solid warranty for 10 yrs – you can’t beat that.  I highly recommend the bag and will have a follow-up review after 24-25 days on the road…

While on the subject of luggage and storage, I am seriously considering leaving the top-case at home for the ride.  With the Ridgeline duffel and the side bags, it sure seems like the top-case adds just one more appendage that shifts the center of gravity of the bike north.  Without it, I can have ready access to the camera case behind me and loose about 15 lbs of weight.  On the other hand, the top-case is a great place to stash the helmet, hiking boots and other paraphernalia when making stops or camping.  A few more overnight camping trips with and without should be sufficient to tip the scales one way or the other…

Next post will be about Training for the Ride – Getting the 56 yr old body in shape for 800 mile, 16 hr days – Yoga ain’t gonna do it.


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