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    Airport Luggage

    I do a fair amount of business travel by plane, usually short duration trips of 1-3 days, and live about 100 miles from the airport. In an effort to increase my bike riding time I have used it a few times to get me to the airport and back. Works ok but I would like to find a better solution for my luggage. Bike is a 99 R1100RT.

    I have been strapping my standard overhead compartment size roller luggage on the back seat inside a plastic garbage bag. Not a real elegant solution. Wondering if there are other business blokes like me using their bike for airport commute and if so how are you carrying your stuff? Would be nice if there was a waterproof roller luggage available. Thanks....

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    What about just using your saddlebags as luggage?

    I have never tried it, I don't fly anywhere.

    Just askin'.
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    I have a Givi T450 trolley bag that fits right onto a givi tail bag plate. When I was traveling more I'd just take the hard top case off, snap this one on and off to the airport I went. It's a roller bag. I use it even when i don't ride the bike to the airport.

    I see my specific bag has been discontinued but Givi has other trolley bags. Take a look.

    You can also get a mounting system for Pelican cases (they have roller bags). I have a rolling Pelican on my RT with a totally custom made system (with aux fuel tank). It's great just to disconnect it at the end of a day and roll it into a hotel.
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    Wow this would be great for commuting easily with a laptop etc. inside of my backpack inside a Givi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darryl Cainey View Post
    What about just using your saddlebags as luggage?

    I have never tried it, I don't fly anywhere.

    Just askin'.
    The baggage guys would make short work of them, Darryl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darryl Cainey View Post
    What about just using your saddlebags as luggage?

    I have never tried it, I don't fly anywhere.

    Just askin'.
    I use my panniers and givi top case to store my riding gear, so I am looking more for a waterproof roller carry on that I can strap to the rear seat.

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    Well, the pelican's are waterproof.

    Or you can pack your travel bags in the side case liners and travel with those while storing your gear in the side cases.
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    Bob, like you, I live 100 miles from the (Atlanta) airport and ride my RT for each of my trips. I average 29 trips a year and have been doing so for the past 8 years. I use a standard roller-board strapped to my the handles next to the rear seat. I use my topcase for a soft shoulder bag for my computer and the side cases for a moto cover and for a change of shoes or other comfortable flying clothes when I remove my gear in the airport park and ride lot. I carry a heavy duty plastic leaf bag if it looks like rain on my trip to the airport or the forecasted return trip. I ride rain or shine, cold or hot, so about 6000 of my annual miles are airport commute miles. My major dread is heavy rain happening when the Park-N-Ride shuttle drops me off. Uncovering, unlocking, and gearing up while getting soaked kind of ruins the normally anticipated hour and a half ride home.

    Over the years, I've tried some different moto-specific bags and gear, but nothing beats a rollerboard if I have a lot of stuff, or just a good size backpack, if I'm travelling light. The leaf bag solves the rain problem, at least for the rollerboard contents.
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    Travel Luggage

    I've been happy with the small size Ortlieb Rack Pack. I pack my clothes in it, including my laptop somewhere in the middle of the clothing. Then use my ROK straps to secure it on the luggage rack. It's perfect for 2-3 days of travel, is waterproof and has been very durable....not to mention waterproof in case I run through a shower.

    Here's a link:

    http://www.bikebagshop.com/ortlieb-r...ge-p-1038.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by crawfcj View Post
    Bob, like you, I live 100 miles from the (Atlanta) airport and ride my RT for each of my trips. I average 29 trips a year and have been doing so for the past 8 years. I use a standard roller-board strapped to my the handles next to the rear seat. I use my topcase for a soft shoulder bag for my computer and the side cases for a moto cover and for a change of shoes or other comfortable flying clothes when I remove my gear in the airport park and ride lot. I carry a heavy duty plastic leaf bag if it looks like rain on my trip to the airport or the forecasted return trip. I ride rain or shine, cold or hot, so about 6000 of my annual miles are airport commute miles. My major dread is heavy rain happening when the Park-N-Ride shuttle drops me off. Uncovering, unlocking, and gearing up while getting soaked kind of ruins the normally anticipated hour and a half ride home.

    Over the years, I've tried some different moto-specific bags and gear, but nothing beats a rollerboard if I have a lot of stuff, or just a good size backpack, if I'm travelling light. The leaf bag solves the rain problem, at least for the rollerboard contents.
    Charlie....thanks for the info. I also fly out of Atlanta, although I am located in NE Georgia. My experience with using the plastic leaf bag on the carry-on is that it tends to slip out of the rok straps I have securing it. Although I never lost it, I am nervous about it and find myself always looking back at it to make sure it hasn't shifted. Maybe I just am not securing it properly.

    Do you use the park-n-ride in lieu of the covered airport lots because they are lower cost? Is there a special place for m/c's in the park-n-ride lot? Ever have any issues with people messing with the bike?

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