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I never expect bags to be water tight. If they are, that's great; but I always pack as if water will get in. I pack all my things into 4 mil thick sealable (ziplock) bags.

Roger that I have a few water tight bags I use on my personal boats and jet ski. I found a bunch more on Amazon will order to make sure nothing get wet. You are right about most not being water tight unless it is a hard bag with a very good gasket even then I usually use water tight bags on my Beemer hard bags just in case
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I have an assortment of "Wolfmanluggage" products and find their Expedition series waterproof and dust proof, roll down top, duffles are exactly that. My clothes and shaving kit store in it and mount above the MiniBeta bag that carries all the camp gear. The seven hundred mile run last October, with "Sprink", to "Screwloose Dan's" house was all rain an wind for over six hundred miles and everything was bone dry, wish I could have said the same for me!
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Just got done reading your awesome moto,photo adventure, I love moto journalism
I just ride around Knoxville myself, now that I'm older I don't like endurance riding
As much. But I love armchair travels well done , thank you
I'm on my 4th 1200R roadster and it might be the best HD made
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Wow!! Though many years ago, this was an awesome read. I'm going on a 3-4k mile trip June 30-July 14th and reading this has gotten me super pumped. I read from the time I found the post until I fell asleep and as soon a I woke up this morning I finished up the remaining 10 pages !!

Thanks for sharing!! :-)
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Wow!! Though many years ago, this was an awesome read. I'm going on a 3-4k mile trip June 30-July 14th and reading this has gotten me super pumped. I read from the time I found the post until I fell asleep and as soon a I woke up this morning I finished up the remaining 10 pages !!

Thanks for sharing!! :-)
Thanks. That was the ride of my life. Would love to do it again if I could.
I see you have a 2013 883/1200. I guess you converted it from an 883 to a 1200? I did that to a 2000 Sportster... that was the best street bike I've owned. It said "883" on the tank, but with the Screamin Eagle parts and pipes, I always surprised guys when they heard it start and didn't know it was converted. Sounded so good. Made me grin every time.
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Wow!! Though many years ago, this was an awesome read. I'm going on a 3-4k mile trip June 30-July 14th and reading this has gotten me super pumped. I read from the time I found the post until I fell asleep and as soon a I woke up this morning I finished up the remaining 10 pages !!

Thanks for sharing!! :-)
A bike trip is awesome. I've done 1-2 3,000 - 5,000 mile trips a year plus some long weekends. Check out my blog via the link in my signature for my ride reports.

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Thanks. That was the ride of my life. Would love to do it again if I could.
I see you have a 2013 883/1200. I guess you converted it from an 883 to a 1200? I did that to a 2000 Sportster... that was the best street bike I've owned. It said "883" on the tank, but with the Screamin Eagle parts and pipes, I always surprised guys when they heard it start and didn't know it was converted. Sounded so good. Made me grin every time.
Great report. As one who takes several bike trips a year I agree with trying to do another one.
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Thanks. That was the ride of my life. Would love to do it again if I could.
I see you have a 2013 883/1200. I guess you converted it from an 883 to a 1200? I did that to a 2000 Sportster... that was the best street bike I've owned. It said "883" on the tank, but with the Screamin Eagle parts and pipes, I always surprised guys when they heard it start and didn't know it was converted. Sounded so good. Made me grin every time.
yessir, well not quite, I unknowingly purchased it with the upgrade already. I dont think the PO knew either as he didnt mention it and had only ridden the bike twice in the 6 months that he had it. he was strapped for cash and needed to make a deal so he could put the cash towards his quickly approaching home purchase. I only found out it had the hammer kit after I had ridden a few times and just couldn't believe the torque and hp I was getting from an 883 compared to the Bolt R-Spec Id had previously so as suggested by some reading on this forum and the HD forum, I checked the jugs and there I found 2 hammers I was quite excited as that was my plan to upgrade anyway for my upcoming trip and just to have a little more umph!

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