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#1009659 - 04/16/18 02:39 PM Ideas for additional RT-LC storage space - flat repair kit etc  
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Does anyone have any ideas for storage spaces, or means & methods, to store items so that they don't eat into pannier or top case space?

I only want to use the topcase when touring, and don't always want the panniers either, but I always want to take my first aid kit, flat repair kit and mini pump with me.

The GSA was easy - there's an aftermarket toolbox which lives permanently & unobtrusively behind the pannier rack. The RT is a little less accommodating...

A tank bag is an option. A soft bag on the rack is a solution; a small Storm or Pelican case would be another, but a little fugly. Any of those mean that whenever swapping bags around, the flat repair kit has to be moved - I'd like to leave it along with a couple of tools on the bike somehow, somewhere and forget it until needed.

Alex


'18 R1200RT - '82 R100RS - '77 Laverda Jota - '74 Norton 850 Mk IIa
#1009661 - 04/16/18 03:26 PM Re: Ideas for additional RT-LC storage space - flat repair kit etc [Re: MightNotBeThere]  
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My air pump and pressure gauge are in my tank bag. I could also fit the tire repair tools. But I separated them into 2 plastic bags, with the plugs under the front seat and the rest in the space between the frame and the left outside body work.
could also use a soft bag strapped to rear seat.


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#1009663 - 04/16/18 03:40 PM Re: Ideas for additional RT-LC storage space - flat repair kit etc [Re: MightNotBeThere]  
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I have been contemplating some kind of 'under pannier' storage that would secure to the cut out on the underside of the left-hand pannier. It would need to be reasonably short because of the Final Drive. However, I feel it would yield some reasonable space. It is just how to go about it in such a way as to look fairly unobtrusive.

#1009676 - 04/16/18 07:24 PM Re: Ideas for additional RT-LC storage space - flat repair kit etc [Re: MightNotBeThere]  
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If you don't have audio on your bike, then there is valuable space behind the speaker grilles. I have my compressor, stored in a ziplock waterproof bag, bungeed to a support spar behind the LHS grille and a waterproof box of spare bulbs behind the RHS grille.
Stop and Go puncture kit and a pencil-case sized bag of tools are in the seat tail.

I only use the tankbag and topbox when touring. I usually have the panniers mounted, but one is empty, for helmet storage when off the bike. The other pannier has a small softbag containing extra clothes, spare gloves, etc.

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#1009705 - 04/17/18 12:54 AM Re: Ideas for additional RT-LC storage space - flat repair kit etc [Re: MightNotBeThere]  
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If you haven't put other stuff there (I have electronics), there's some space in the tail area under/behind the pillion seat. But that area is a lot more trouble to get to than it was in an oilhead RT.


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#1009709 - 04/17/18 01:20 AM Re: Ideas for additional RT-LC storage space - flat repair kit etc [Re: MightNotBeThere]  
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I held off a bit and then decided to buy the BMW Tailbag 3 small. Rode through a full day of downpour and all bone dry. Super easy mount/unmount. Will only use the top box when touring two up... Very happy with it. Also added a small lockable
box that mounts behind the license plate. Enough room for registration and flat repair kit...

#1009738 - 04/17/18 01:19 PM Re: Ideas for additional RT-LC storage space - flat repair kit etc [Re: Farkle1]  
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Originally Posted by Farkle1
I held off a bit and then decided to buy the BMW Tailbag 3 small. Rode through a full day of downpour and all bone dry. Super easy mount/unmount. Will only use the top box when touring two up... Very happy with it. Also added a small lockable
box that mounts behind the license plate. Enough room for registration and flat repair kit...

+1 on the small tailbag.
Do you have a link to that lockable box? Sounds interesting.

Edit: Found it here.

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#1009744 - 04/17/18 02:21 PM Re: Ideas for additional RT-LC storage space - flat repair kit etc [Re: MightNotBeThere]  
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Not sure how big your pump is, but one of these could hold tools, patch kit, or MSR fuel bottle. Mount it to some crash bars with a kit.

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/drys...zwsDB2gIVSdbACh1xcghsEAYYASABEgIGvPD_BwE


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#1009797 - 04/18/18 01:00 AM Re: Ideas for additional RT-LC storage space - flat repair kit etc [Re: MightNotBeThere]  
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Probably my only gripe about the LC is the lack of storage. All that stuff I put in the tail section and the fairing pocket on the 1100, goes in the saddlebag on the 1200. The fairing compartments on the LC are next to useless. Oh well. It's not a big deal because I travel light.


Dave
#1009798 - 04/18/18 01:09 AM Re: Ideas for additional RT-LC storage space - flat repair kit etc [Re: 92Merc]  
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Same thing, different price.

https://www.agrisupply.com/manual-canister-large/p/67670/?sid=asf10&eid=Easf10&zmam=77232640&zmas=1&zmac=1&zmap=67670&utm_source=google-shopping&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=NB_PLA_Canisters_GOOG&utm_content=sAYBRbF5E_dc|pcrid|102508995671|pkw||pmt||product|67670||&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIu7GquNDC2gIVl7XACh3Ukwt_EAQYASABEgI84fD_BwE

I have one mounted on my rear fender. Its pretty unobtrusive. I keep tire plug kit, cable lock, charging cords, and a few other small items in there. no moisture problems.

Mike

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