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I would suggest getting a small tank bag. I have one on the Sportster and it holds about as much as a saddlebag. Also I just picked up a mesh jacket with a removable waterproof membrane liner. I can configure it with just a T-shirt and mesh to membrane, + long underwear + long sleeve shirt to accommodate the many different weather conditions. I've retired my leather jacket to fall, winter, and spring.
I'm wondering if you got the same one I do. How do you like it?
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Why the doubt on returning to Weedsport? The camping $$ and cold shower?
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Why the doubt on returning to Weedsport? The camping $$ and cold shower?
There were a few other things that just put me off the race. the bottom line is that I feel it isn't worth spending as much as it cost to see the race. The expensive tickets (the price jumped something like 15 bucks since last year), the very expensive camping, the SECURITY clown with the miserable attitude who liked to give orders and the cold shower all contributed to the way I feel about going back.

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Here is a link to a picture of the tank bag I have. This is the best picture I have at the moment. If there is an interest I can take more.

I like it a lot. It is easy to put on and off since it is magnetic. There is also a safety strap that goes around the steering head however I am tempted to leave it off since the magnets grip so well. This bag can collapse smaller if you want. I just leave it full size when I travel, otherwise it isn't on the bike. I've had 6 bottles of water plus more in the bag with no problems. There are two compartments, a flat one with a clear plastic cover and under is all open. And a rain cover for when it gets wet. Between the bag and the tank is static cling plastic to prevent scratches. I think I paid about 25$ on sale.
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Here is a link to a picture of the tank bag I have. This is the best picture I have at the moment. If there is an interest I can take more.

I like it a lot. It is easy to put on and off since it is magnetic. There is also a safety strap that goes around the steering head however I am tempted to leave it off since the magnets grip so well. This bag can collapse smaller if you want. I just leave it full size when I travel, otherwise it isn't on the bike. I've had 6 bottles of water plus more in the bag with no problems. There are two compartments, a flat one with a clear plastic cover and under is all open. And a rain cover for when it gets wet. Between the bag and the tank is static cling plastic to prevent scratches. I think I paid about 25$ on sale.
I like the tank bag but I was asking about the mesh jacket. I should have been more clear.
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I like the tank bag but I was asking about the mesh jacket. I should have been more clear.
Sorry, here is a link for the mesh jacket I bought. I paid 200€ (224$).

So far I like it. So far because it hasn't been above 21° (70°) since I bought the jacket however I believe it will perform well in the heat. The jacket appears to be of a very good quality, still need longevity testing to see how the UV effects the material.

The only major downside for me is the color, black absorbs more heat from the sun, also radiates more heat too. This is the reason why we painted our cylinders and heads black when I raced. It looked really good in the frame too. Now I regress to racing days.

Performance: In 20 to 21° (68 to 70°) weather on a sunny day without the liner it was to cool for me and with the liner it was to warm. I think optimal will be with a long sleeve shirt under the mesh, no liner for this temp. The liner is suppose to allow sweat out and keep rain out. The mesh will get wet, you will stay dry. For tours I'll carry the liner, long sleeve shirt, and long underwear and mix that up depending on weather conditions. This jacket is now my summer jacket and the leather is now fall, winter, and spring. Although, I will test the mesh out this fall, winter, and spring and see if it works. I need to find the bottom temp it will support.

Bonus: it has the name ProBiker in reflective material on both sleeves so now I am a pro!

I also have rain pants now that have full length zippers so they go on and off quickly, boots stay on. I should add the Sportster exhaust ate a hole in one pant leg. Any ideas for patching the hole, it needs to resist heat?
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Over on the XL Forum, ChinCactus replied to my last Snippet, Why the doubt on returning to Weedsport? The camping $$ and cold shower? So I guess I should elaborate.

I’m going through a very lean time in my life, financially. In another year, things will be looking a lot better; but for now, money is really tight. I was hit with a new major expense when the Water Works informed me that I had to replace my water line because it’s made of lead. I had to really scramble and juggle, but I figured out how I could do it. It was going to take all my savings, including the money I was going to use to pay the property tax and all my income fo r August, but I could come up with the money.

At the same time, I had been planning to attend the Short Track in Weedsport, then head over to Massachusetts for a visit. This trip was definitely in jeopardy. However, I’d already bought the ticket to the race, and I figured that if I came to Mass. I could get by really cheaply. I just wouldn’t be able to buy the things I’d been hoping to buy.

I’ve been going to Weedsport for the Short Track races off and on since the early 80s and I camped there for free. So when the lady at the track office told me that it was going to cost me $48.00 to camp, I was surprised; but since I was tired and had the tent mostly set up, I paid. She also bragged about how nice the showers were.
So, early Saturday morning, I went to take a shower and the water was cold. I guess they had the water heater on a timer or something. The cold shower, combined with the very high camping cost primed my attitude. The morning did get better; I rode around the area on secondary roads. There was a town that was having a Yard Sale day. All along the main drag, there were tables set up in yards displaying all kinds of things, and traffic was moving along at a very slow pace. I was thoroughly enjoying it. There was a considerable amount of Day Lilies growing wild along the roadside, as well as other colorful wild flowers. I just was enjoying the beauty of rural Upperstate New York.

I wound up in Syracuse eventually and found my way to the Niagara Mohawk building. It’s one of my favorite pieces of architecture/sculpture; pure Art Deco at its finest. Then, I rode over to the Dinosaur BBQ for lunch. I have a particular fondness for the Syracuse Dinosaur. It was started by some bikers back in the 80s and it was the first location. It’s tremendously popular; the place gets packed and does a very healthy business. As time went on, the Dinosaur gradually became a small chain of restaurants. I’m not quite sure how it happened, but it has become a regular place for Badweb members to get together for a Meet’n’Eat. The location varies – Syracuse, Troy, Harlem, Stamford, CT have all been locations where Badwebbers have met for a meal and conversation.

After a wonderful lunch, I took a different route back to the Speedway. I parked the Roadster by my tent and grabbed my paperback book and went over to the track. By that time, the temperature was up in the 90s. My ankle had been bothering me all day long, so I grabbed my cane when I parked the bike. I don’t like using it, but sometimes the help I get outweighs my distaste for it.
I went in to the covered area by the food vendors and sat in the shade, reading. Around 2:15, an Official came by and told me I had to go back outside and wait for the gates to open, so I did. I stood in line in the sun for about 15 minutes, then a big door rolled up and they let us in.

I went to find my seat and was walking for a while in front of the stands looking for Section 6. It wasn’t where I thought, but I kept walking and looking at the signs on each section. I had made it to Section 7 when a yahoo wearing a High Viz orange shirt with SECURITY in big, bold, black letters on it stopped me and told me I had to go back the way I came. I pointed out that my seat was right there in Section 6 and there was a short flight of steps that he was standing on that led almost up to it, but he stated in his most authoritative voice that the plastic chain meant that I wasn’t allowed to use it. I guess it was reserved for overstuffed Gestapo wannabes since he had come down it. So I walked back seven sections took a left and walked along the front of the stands parallel to the route I had just taken. I got to the right section, made my way to the top row and parked.

The racing was good, and I had checked the schedule of the day’s events. There was going to be a 1 hour break between 8 and 9 o’clock so the racers weren’t riding into a blinding sunset. I figured that during that break, I’d walk back to my tent and grab the camera and leave my sunglasses. I’d forgotten the camera when I walked over to the track earlier. Somewhere around 6:30 or so, the announcer said that after 7:00, you could no longer leave and get back in. That announcement was the last straw.

I stayed until the racing was over, then went back to my tent where I got to enjoy the loud pipes and loud sound systems (so that the rider could hear his music over the loud pipes) until things quieted down somewhere around 2:00 AM or so.

I got up around 5:30, packed up my gear and headed out.

So, I probably won’t go back. It cost me a lot more than I expected and I had to put up with conditions that I found very annoying. That pompous, self-important security clown was a horse's ass and not being able to go to my tent during the break was the cherry on the sundae. There are other races that are closer to home that I get better treatment at.

Still; it was a good race in a very beautiful part of the country. Knowing me, I’ll forget the negative, buy a ticket and go back. Then, I’ll remember why I wasn’t going to return.
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