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Old January 15th, 2014, 07:52 AM   #1
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Do you ride bags on or bags off?

Just curious how everyone normally rides their Strada and whether you ride with the saddlebags on or off. Seems to me like riding off is nicer for mobility but riding with them on is nice because in the event you ever drop it in a parking lot, the bag will cushion the fall.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 09:10 AM   #2
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99% on, but it's mostly a commuter for me. I find it very hard to ride without all the options and emergency gear I carry in the bags. Plus, lugging a helmet around blows.

I am almost certain you will still damage hand guard, maybe front fork ends and probably at least the muffler guard if dropped with bags on. If you squeeze the bag it gives at the zipper seam and I really don't think this will survive. The handguards will prevent snapping a lever, which is nice. And yes, mine went over. A new mirror and black sharpie for muffler guard and you would never know.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 09:32 AM   #3
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Unless I'm going out of town no bags on the bike
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Old January 15th, 2014, 09:49 AM   #4
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Usually ride with the bags off. I do have a top case that I ride with. Its convenient and out of the way and I can get in and out of it fast.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 02:14 PM   #5
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Bags off. I use a soft tail bag and a small tank bag.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 02:43 PM   #6
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Bags off unless touring.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 04:34 PM   #7
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Bags ON 99% of the time. I like to go on random rides after work and sometimes it lead me quite away from home.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 10:46 PM   #8
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On all the time. I ride my bike as long as the streets are clear so they come in handy when running erands.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 11:05 PM   #9
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Do you guys find it any harder to lane split stopped traffic to get in front at a red light with the saddlebags on?

Also, what are the laws on that? I know California allows lane splitting, but is moving to the front of a traffic light considering lane splitting? Are you guys in other states allowed to drive between cars at a traffic light to get to the front of the line before it turns green?
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Old January 16th, 2014, 05:08 AM   #10
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Do you guys find it any harder to lane split stopped traffic to get in front at a red light with the saddlebags on?

Only you have that problem none of the rest of the states alow lane splitting...
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