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Outlaw
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With all the Corona stuff happening they are still asking us not to bring our reusable bags to the local grocery store, so whatever I get there is just in the cheap plastic bags with no padding or anything.

A few weeks ago, I made a quick trip to the store with the RK, and noticed some of the eggs were cracked after I got home, and I refuse to buy cracked eggs and had checked them in the store. Didn't think much of it until I made another trip a few days ago, this time I bought milk along with eggs and some other stuff. I got home and noticed milk leaking from the crack in the right saddle bag, opened the bag to find the lid missing on the gallon of milk, and all but 2 of the eggs were cracked.

Maybe there is at least one logical reason against a hot rod touring bike!! LMAO
Oh well, next trip I make to the store with it I'll take the Kwik Kamp to haul the groceries in.
 

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My ugly Harley soft saddle bags have no issue with grocery hauling. And that's about the only time I ever put them on the bike, cept for when the wife demands their hideous presence.

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Thats what wearing a vest or jacket is for... Stuffing groceries into.

If you have 1 full (paper) bag, rest it on your gas tank and cradle it between your elbows.
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If you have 2 full bags, put the second between you and the sissy bar and hope you dont have any stop signs/lights between the grocery store and home.
 

old scoot coot
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Thats what wearing a vest or jacket is for... Stuffing groceries into.

If you have 1 full (paper) bag, rest it on your gas tank and cradle it between your elbows.
(Advantage: Drag Bars)
If you have 2 full bags, put the second between you and the sissy bar and hope you dont have any stop signs/lights between the grocery store and home.
paper, not plastic.
 

Outlaw
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I was thinking about cutting into the exhaust and routing it through the saddle bag so I could cook while I ride, Of course some foam padding might work, but it shakes so much at idle I'm surprised the eggs aren't being scrambled inside the shell. But I like that 600 cam, the spilled milk just makes it laughable. Hmmmmm, maybe I should start hauling alcohol in the saddle bags, mixed drinks anyone??? LMAO

On a serious note, it's not a big deal to hook up the trailer, and would damn sure be easier to pack groceries into. Hopefully the lope won't shake the trailer as bad as it does the saddle bags.
I need to get busy with making that meter maid truck body into a trailer, that would be a great little grocery getter and I do have some gell mounts from something that was shipped to me I could use to mount the body to the frame.
 

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It's always a risk going to the grocery store for a couple things on your Harley.
The putt is sitting out in the parking lot surrounded by cages. People don't give a shit about anything but their own asses when they go grocery shopping so swinging the doors or tailgate wide open to load the grocery bags and to hell where the cart ends up rolling off to, ya know.
Then there's the plastic grocery bags floating around the parking lot and your putt has HOT pipes ! Guess what ? The worst thing is to have a plastic grocery bag stuck to your hot pipes ! Ain't no fixin' that !
Moral of this story is to leave the putt at home when ya go to get groceries, take your rental vehicle instead !
 

Outlaw
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It's always a risk going to the grocery store for a couple things on your Harley.
The putt is sitting out in the parking lot surrounded by cages. People don't give a shit about anything but their own asses when they go grocery shopping so swinging the doors or tailgate wide open to load the grocery bags and to hell where the cart ends up rolling off to, ya know.
Then there's the plastic grocery bags floating around the parking lot and your putt has HOT pipes ! Guess what ? The worst thing is to have a plastic grocery bag stuck to your hot pipes ! Ain't no fixin' that !
Moral of this story is to leave the putt at home when ya go to get groceries, take your rental vehicle instead !
All valid points, but I'm small town, very rare to see a plastic bag blowing around, nice large area with yellow stripes next to a light pole near the front doors to park the bike away from the cages. And IF there are already several bikes parked there, there's that nice "Fire Zone" area that's away from the cages, and zero enforcement.

Actually I've been talking to the management and there may be a designated parking area for bikes next time the parking lot gets topped and repainted.

But your right, there's nothing worse you can do to hot pipes than let a plastic bag get anywhere near them.
 

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One reason why I like my soft (leather) bags, I can stuff something in that just barely wouldn't fit if it were a hard bag. Usually, I try to get enough that if something is fragile, I can pack some other stuff around it to keep it from jostling around too much. I can fit 8-pack of burger or hotdog buns in one saddlebag without them getting mashed but any other bread (like a loaf) and I need the milk crate.

I have two of those 15x15 cargo nets, and those work great. I've also borrowed a milk crate before, lined with a contractor bag, strapped it on the passenger seat, filled it with groceries, cargo net on top.

Right now, the one cargo net stays on my back seat, it's got 6 hooks, on either side one hooked to the front saddle bag, one to the tail rack just under the sissybar and the last hooks on the back end of the tail rack. If I get a case of beer, usually I strap it with the net by putting middle of the net on the front of the beer, pull the bottom hooks and top hooks all the way to the back of the tail rack and use the middle ones to make it taught where needed so the net pulls it against the sissybar mostly and into the seat a little.
 

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I love the milk crate look, but not on this bike. And what's odd is I love the tour pack on the E Glide, it's the handiest thing I've ever had on a bike, but I'm one of those who thinks it looks great on a full dresser with fairing, but out of place on anything else.

As for soft bags, yea I kinda miss the advantages, but I opted to keep the hard bags and added the Electra Glo lights that wrap around them because I wanted that look and extra lighting. Plus I still plan to add the mini strobes to the bags for doing funeral escorts (hopefully I will get those ordered next month). That can be done with soft bags, but I wouldn't like the look.
 

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Well, I don't keep the milk crate on the bike, I just only put it on only when I need to (which is rare, between the cargo net on the back seat and the two saddle bags, I can find a way to get everything on securely and without damaging fragile stuff). And if I am just going to the store, nbd about the look.

But, I am with you, tour packs look out of place to me as well when they aren't on a full dresser. The further away a bike gets from looking like an Ultra, the more out of place a tour pack looks to me. Min for it to not look out of place is hard bags, sissybar, back seat and fairing. Especially on the newer bikes.
 

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i spent extra money putting a docking kit on my first tour pac on my road king classic. i should have saved the money it never came off. they are loaded with stuff all the time and haul groceries really nice. at the store i pull up on the sidewalk and into their break area with bench under the canopy. right by the front door. i don't mind going to the store at all anymore.
 

Outlaw
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I never had an issue with taking my bikes to the grocery store, but I'm still slowly getting back my stamina from that damn heart attack. I'm feeling plenty strong, I can lift a complete EVO engine with no problem, and could probably throw it across the shop with no problem, it's the trying to carry it more than 10 feet that's slowing me down. So I'm still keeping my runs within 50 miles of the house yet, so taking the bike at every opportunity is essential, at least to my mind set.

Dr says everything is looking good, I just have to keep at it and give myself time. Of course that young pup had the nerve to tell me I'm not as young as I used to be. He says set goals that are achievable, so I have, by next spring I'm gonna do the Saddle Sore 1000, then if/when I complete that I'm gonna shove this treadmill up his smart aleck young arse and see if he still has that smile as he's calling me old!! ROTFL
 
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