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#874525 - 03/08/14 05:02 AM air travel and motorcycle gear question  
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I decided to take up an offer from my friend and meet him in Germany this summer to do a little ride. The only issue (other than the flight over the pond) I need to bring my own gear. While I can wear my boots and my jacket onto the plane I will still have my helmet to be packed with all my other gear/clothes. I'm trying to keep it to one carry on bag, i don't want to check anything that can be "lost" and ruin my two week trip.

I'm flying Lufthansa and the website say "Its maximum weight is 23 kg and the sum of its dimensions must not exceed 158 cm" and I can also carry a bag and Its weight must not exceed 8 kg and its dimensions must be smaller than 554023 cm. I'm thinking my helmet bag could be a "man purse" if needed.

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on a good bag which I can use for this purpose and then use it on the 700GS I will be riding.


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#874527 - 03/08/14 05:30 AM Re: air travel and motorcycle gear question [Re: xbubblehead]  
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There are several helmet bag backpacks. This is one I found real quick.
By Shoei. http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/sport/helmet+parts/shoei_helmet+backpack

Take a couple Rok Straps to secure it and your good.
Not sure if you've moto'd abroad but some countries are very picky about gear coming in clean. Meaning no grass seeds or insect parts. So simply wash your riding jacket check the pockets for grass bits, make sure your helmet is clean of insect parts. The soles of your boots clean of grass.
When I did an Edelweiss of NZ, they check everything to insure no non-native plant seeds or insect parts that may have eggs come in.
Have fun!

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#874531 - 03/08/14 09:59 AM Re: air travel and motorcycle gear question [Re: xbubblehead]  
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Originally Posted By: xbubblehead
I decided to take up an offer from my friend and meet him in Germany this summer to do a little ride.

I know it's off topic, but which area of Germany?
Haven't been back for over 30 years.


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#874549 - 03/08/14 02:31 PM Re: air travel and motorcycle gear question [Re: xbubblehead]  
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I did a riding trip to Germany a few years ago. I took my helmet, gloves, boots, and Aerostich Transit suit as carry on.

I bought a cheap nylon duffle bag that was the maximum size for carry on for the airline. A full face shoei just fit in it. I took all the pads out of the Transit and stuffed them in the helmet, as well as gloves. It was a tight fit but I was able to get the leathers and helmet in the duffle bag and get it zipped. I wore the boots on the plane but changed into flip flops after boarding for more comfort on a long flight.

All the stuff I had to have for my trip - riding gear and toothbrush - I carried on. All the luxuries - clean clothes - I checked through.

BTW, the maximum reimbursement the airline would pay for a lost bag was about 25% of the replacement cost of my riding gear.

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#874559 - 03/08/14 04:37 PM Re: air travel and motorcycle gear question [Re: xbubblehead]  
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Another option is to Fed Ex your gear ahead of time. Not UPS, I know of a horror story, Fed has been doing this much better.
2 friends came to visit from the UK this summer, they flew Virgin. Carry on, helmets wouldn't fit the spec. They brought their kit but riding buddy's here supplied helmets.


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#874574 - 03/08/14 07:52 PM Re: air travel and motorcycle gear question [Re: xbubblehead]  
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My experience has been that luggage loss rarely occurs provided the flight you book is non-stop, or involves no plane changes. If that's the case you are safe putting your stuff in a checked bag, and irreplaceable stuff in a carry on.


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#874577 - 03/08/14 09:20 PM Re: air travel and motorcycle gear question [Re: xbubblehead]  
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I would not trust my helmet in checked baggage unless you have a hard sided case. Like others, I have worn my boots and even my jacket on the plane, and carried the helmet in the bag that came with it. If fit well under the seat.


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#874592 - 03/09/14 12:54 AM Re: air travel and motorcycle gear question [Re: Alfred02]  
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My main concern was the helmet. I haven't flown in years so I really don't have a frame of reference to gauge the storage areas. i did get a nonstop flight so, as a few people have mentioned, checking a small bag and carrying on the important stuff may be the way to go. Thanks

Alfred02 - we are meeting in Erding and taking the Edelweiss tour. I just have to get there with my gear - he took care of the rest for my birthday. Great lifelong friend who got me into riding years ago.


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#874598 - 03/09/14 01:53 AM Re: air travel and motorcycle gear question [Re: Traveler1]  
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Originally Posted By: Traveler1
My experience has been that luggage loss rarely occurs provided the flight you book is non-stop, or involves no plane changes.
I only check luggage when I'm backpacking or scuba diving. That equipment can't fit (or contains things like knives they won't let me bring aboard). Every one of those trips in the past 5 years has left me without my luggage on one end or the other - not lost, it shows up the next day, but it's not there when I land and it's a PITA at best. I can travel for a week (which means forever) on what I can carry on (and no I don't look like a wrinkle bum). I only carry on and only 1 bag at that - almost always a Red Oxx Sky Train convertible backpack/suitcase or their Air Boss.


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#874619 - 03/09/14 05:34 AM Re: air travel and motorcycle gear question [Re: xbubblehead]  
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Edelweiss bikes all have bags and a trunk too. You won't want anything but a standard backpack or a manbag for the days stuff and extra layer. They have a chase van to take your real luggage to the next hotel.
Knowing its Edelweiss changes things.
When we went I had a big roller soft suitcase with helmet and riding gear in it. Carried a backpack as carry on.
Take some space bags to keep your dirty laundry separate and your clothes organized and compact. Depending on the length of the tour, you get one day off a week.
When you arrive the afternoon before the day off see if the room has a combo washer/dryer. if not, hurry to the laundry room and start your laundry before you even check in. The rush to do laundry otherwise will have you up late or wasting your day off.
Take your riding earplugs with you on the plane. Use them to get some sleep. On a long flight, a seat over the wing gets pretty loud. I used earplugs and the movie earphones for some peace.
F800GS seat isn't that great, if you can borrow or buy an Alaska Leather sheepskin or an Airhawk for the trip, you'll thank me.
If the TV screen in front of you has a GPS channel so you can check the progress of the flight, skip over it. It's depressing!
Avoid wearing your riding boots on the flight. Take your boots and a pair of smooth leather or foux-leather Slides or slip ons with no backs. Benefit: at the airport, you can slide right out of them, on the flight, you don't have to fight the laces or zip to relax, you can wear them to dinner instead of your riding boots that you've been wearing all day. On your day off, you can wear them sightseeing. L.L. Bean makes some nice ones.
Sorry for writing a book, but these tips made my trip very easy.


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