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Headed on a trip to the Adirondacks this June and I'm looking at my new wing and wondering how I'm carry luggage on this bike. I'm used to packing up a Harley which has a larger trunk surface and luggage rack. I'm looking at the space on the trunk lid of my Wing and I'm just not sure what to do. I obviously need to install a luggage rack, but that space on the racks isn't very big. How are you guys packing these bikes up for travel, without a trailer? Can't afford one of those.
 

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Several way @slowrollin. You can get the luggage rack with a bag. If you do I recommend that you keep lightweight items in that bag. I typically store our rainsuits, bike cover, and 2 fleeces or small items. This keeps the wight from damaging the trunk lid, but also weight up high will affect center of gravity.

Another way you can do it is by installing a trailer hitch, a rack, and a bag on that. No need for the trailer and you can store a lot more. We usually use that for 3 sets of clothes for each of us, change of shoes, shave kit/her stuff, and some small incidentals.

I have attached a link to the setup we have used for the past 7 years.

http://www.goldwingowners.com/forums/10-recent-rides-riding-experiences/3771-new-item-tried.html
 

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While I do have a luggage rack, I rarely use it. When the wife is along it has some light and want to get to quick things. I do have a set of this for mine:
http://wingstuff.com/products/33320-deluxe-saddlebag-trunk-liner-set-for-gl1800-2nd-gen?context=gold_wing_gl1800-racks_travel_luggage

I find they help keep everything where it needs to be. Usually I'm solo so one bag to hold my things, cover and rain gear with some other miscellaneous in the other side. Top trunk has things I want often and have easy to get to. You just gotta try out a couple things and see what works for you.

I do like the option Fossil mentioned. If I was to do it over again I would do that instead of a trunk rack.
 

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Are you riding solo? If so you will have lots of room. I have a luggage rack and rarely use it. I do have a great dry bag that I put on the back seat and keep in place with a mesh and some bungee cords that I secure to the luggage rack. I also purchased the bungee assist seat brackets from WingStuff that I use for one end of the bungee cords. Here is the link:

http://wingstuff.com/products/32891-bungee-assist-seat-brackets-for-gl1800?from_search=1

I have traveled for 20 days to a month and never had an issue. In fact I leave some space for purchases along the way.

The dry bag is the best thing I have found over the years as it expands too.
 

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With experience comes solutions. The wife is/has always been my co-rider on 99.9 % of my rides over the last 22 years and, while it took a while to get packing perfected, it will come as you travel. I don't think there is any one 'way' that fits all, but learning what you can and need to pack, comes with 'learning by riding'. The 1800 has less storage room than the 1500, which called for some adjustments, when we changed up. However, we did add a Pakit Rak, pakitrac.com, for rides over 3 weeks. Oh, and for rides less than a week, two pair of jeans, including the ones you start out with, is enough, and, Wal-mart has everything you discover you didn't pack!>:) JUST GO!!
 

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I do the same as fossil pretty much. The trunk rack (Kuryakin) for light weight items and a hitch rack & bag (Packit Rack) for other stuff. She gets the trunk, I get one saddle bag and the other saddle bag is for emergency gear (tools etc) bike cover, walking shoes and other misc items.
 

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Kuryakyn makes a nice size trunk rack and their rack bag is a good size also. Use the star washers on the rack, they help to keep the trunk lid from cracking. You will find that you won't need all the stuff you take. As said before, most motels have a laundry facility that you can use. I put rain gear and heavy coats, gloves ETC in the trunk bag, get a set of saddle bag liners, you get 1 bag and your co rider gets the other.
 

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I'll throw in a few ideas.

1) Probably not a good idea to block the license plate or lights. I use the trailer hitch platform but keep it below the plate and between the lights.
2) If you're not going to buy the liners, keep your bags soft, small and loosely packed. It's a lot easier to squeeze a small bag in a saddle bag (or the corner of the saddle bag) than a big one that's fully packed.
3) If the motel doesn't have a laundry, there's a Laundromat close by. Advantage - MANY machines so you can do multiple loads at the same time. a) put laundry in washer, b) go to dinner, c) move laundry from washer to dryer, d) go to desert/coffee, e) collect you laundry, f) rest up for tomorrow's adventure.
4) Definitely keep the trunk for items you'll need all day, during the ride. Lighter gloves, extra drink, rain gear (if you think it might be needed). Once the saddle bags are stuffed full, you'll want to keep them closed until you stop for the night.
5) I will pack a lot of light stuff on the luggage rack. Pile it high, bungee it down more than it needs. Yes, it adds some top-heaviness. We're already 2 up, and neither of us is a lightweight, so the difference is not that significant. It's better to keep the trunk as empty as possible and have it available for any jackets, liners, etc., you remove during the day.
6) Keep an eye out for crushable, squeezable, and breakable, etc. I know many times I've had to apply some pressure to the saddlebags to get them closed. Don't want the toothpaste opening up and ending all over everything, or that vase you bought as a souvenir ending up in pieces.

Safe travels!
 

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Hi
You be amazed how much can be stored with a bit of thought.
If you ride solo like I do, there is "T" bag available on Wingstuff that sits on the passenger seat.
It works amazingly well and acts like a backrest as well.
Good luck.
Zak
 
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