Rucksacks and load carrying

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Rucksacks and load carrying

Postby 24c » Fri May 19, 2006 6:03 am

I was once told not to wear a rucksack by an experienced rider, as they are a major cause of back injuries in accidents say compared to others not wearing them.

Is it just an "old wives tale" or does anybody have any stories that back this up.
I've just started riding the GTS again, and it'll be changing

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Postby Rob » Fri May 19, 2006 6:43 am

no they are right,

first there is he weight you carry for a lpong time and second when you go down and you tumble across the street you get up and over the back. Everything what is in the bag can stick through so also sharo things that you might carry

So beware with travelling with a backpack.
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Postby Dave Carey » Fri May 19, 2006 9:12 am

:D :D A back pack will definitely increase your chanes of severe Trauma.

In the old days of Rockers the Studs were actually manufactured and sold as a safety feature to help you slide in the case of a fall. The studs helped to protect and enhance the sliding safety features of leather on Tarmac.

Hit deck on your back or roll over on to your back and any chance of getting awaay with just burnt leathers...has gone. In actual fact the friction of the pack against the road will most likely depending on your speed pop you off the road into a bone crushing tumble.

I carry a few bits and pieces that wont fit under the seat. It is very rare I ride my bike without my topbox as much as I would like to.

Even knowing better I don't unfortunately always do what's right. Twice since June I have worn a pack. TuT TuT
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Postby stevewp » Fri May 19, 2006 5:23 pm

I almost never wear a rucksack. I either throw the panniers on (if I'm not likely to encounter heavy traffic), bring myself to put the topbox on once in a blue moon, or I have have a tail pack, strap-on hump (no comments please!!), cargo net and bungee cords, so loads of options.

I like to be free to move on the bike, plus prefer my arms to stay attached to my body should the worst happen!!
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Postby Rob » Fri May 19, 2006 5:47 pm

I mostly drive only eith the topcase on the GTS, The side paniers go just when the wife goes too for a weekend or when I'm off for a long tour.

For the rest I always carry shit with me, like some tools, oil, first aid kit for body and tyres and so on, I better be prepaired.

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Postby 24c » Fri May 19, 2006 7:50 pm

Some nice comments in this thread...keep 'em coming. Useful advice for others too, me thinks! :)
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Postby Rob » Fri May 19, 2006 7:54 pm

Yep thats what we are here for...lol
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Postby gtsthouwa » Fri May 19, 2006 8:27 pm

Done to the tune of i love to go a wandering.


I love to go a ri-- eye-----ding along the black tar---maaaaaaac, :D
If i wuz 2 wearrr------a fookin back pack,If i tumbled i wud brake mah fookin back,

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Its folyeeee------------toldyer u u u u uuall,

Its follyeeee-----------toldyer all,
Don't even wear a ho------olllld auwwwwll :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby rooyenan » Fri May 19, 2006 10:40 pm

In my humble opinion rucksacks and bikes are two things not to be mentioned in one sentence...(As I just did... :lol: )
Especially when you're on a top-heavy bike like the GTS!!

It induces extra instability, and I would not want to fall with anything else than a back protector on my back!!!

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Postby Brian Steers » Sat May 20, 2006 1:14 pm

Hi folks.

On the couple of occassions in my many years of biking that I have come off whilst travelling at speeds above a walking pace, I have always managed to roll myself onto my back, and did little injury. My feeling on this subject is that if I had been wearing a backpack, I would have slid down the road on my knees, hands, and maybe face, and would likely have had injuries of some kind that would have lasted longer than the embarrassment. Mind you, in those days I wore jeans and an open-face lid a bit more often than I do now.

How nice it is to have lived long enough (despite my parent's predictions) to have become both old and wise. HA!

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Brian you old wise one you

Postby gtsthouwa » Fri May 26, 2006 10:39 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: 8) 8) 8)

Brian the words you speak are like an old wise owl,
The rucksack carrying could quite well disembowel,
Let people hear the message once and for all,
Do not wear backpaks rucksacks on yer back or f*&^all, :wink: :wink:
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