ive been loading my bike up alot lately going on camping adventures as the weather allows. i cant seem to justify spending $300+ on some good saddlebags. this milk crate and some bungees do the trick perfectly on my old stock sissy bar/rack.
im curious to see some other diy non-permanent storage setups.
lets see what you got!
Not yet done motocamping, but THIS SUMMER THAT STARTS IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS!!! (Hard to believe.. this time last year we were nearly 90 days since rain, so far this spring we've not had 6 days without rain!)
I'll put pics of luggage options that I use below (probably be the tool box and the saddle bags). For a tent I am seriously considering a bivouac-style I think I read of on Revzilla (if not on here). Park your bike, stretch a tarp from the bike across on an angle, maybe use a ground sheet, and you're largely done. I'm not yet convinced I'll do it but 2x $5 tarps are a lot cheaper than 1x$150 tent
(though I do know a few people with tents I may be able to use).
I've got a couple of suggestions.. I've been looking at some cheap tool boxes that are made of steel or stainless or other good materials, that are less than $50/each. A little bit of work to make some mounts and I'll have a solid "bag" either side. There's things like my tool box below, and lots of ways they can be mounted. And things like decent back packs and duffel bags that others have mentioned.
One thing on the backpacks - think on what will happen if you have a situation where you need to leave the bike in a hurry OR need to bail into water in a hurry. A bag on your back could be a lot of trouble in an emergency!
For luggage I'll probably use the saddle bags (donated from a friend) and the tool box in the pics below, with the sleeping gear rolled up and strapped to the back - those infamous bungy cords
The bags :
The blue ones are older Ventura ones. There's two there, that zip together. They were donated by a friend but I did have a singular one of a similar model that was stolen some years back.
I can't recall the branding of the saddle bags (if they're branded). They're old and needing more and more little bits of repair work, but they are spacious. They have a section that expands. Cheap and very functional
And the toolbox :
No this is NOT a former woman's makeup sample box! (Ok it probably is but it cost less than a tenner, in fact the metal I used for the support strap cost more!). The strap is fitted first, over the carrier (made for me by a friend in a local engineering firm) and up to the back rest (which I straightened with a couple of simple brackets on the bottom), then the box is pushed in with a little wiggling. It's held very firm and doesn't move on trips of several hundred miles. The hinges on the box sit just either side of the back rest and there's enough pressure that it won't move even with some fun roads.
So, as above - when I go camping I'll probably put the tool box on and the saddle bags, with tent or tarps and sleeping bag on the back seat.
Looking forward to trying it