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« on: August 25, 2010, 10:54:08 PM »

Total newb here, about to start riding soon (waiting on the bike) and I was wondering - where do people put accessories like keys, wallet, cell, iPod, etc. while riding? In the inner pants pocket (if wearing overpants)? In the overpants? In the jacket? Just wondering if people have opinions on where to put things for accessibility and safety in the case of a fall.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010, 11:20:39 AM »

In my case, I put them in the side cases. I rarely ride without them. But when I do, they're usually in my jacket pockets. When I'm not lazy and don't have the hard bags on, I'll grab my mini tank bag and put them in there.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010, 11:23:51 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010, 11:47:14 AM »


Total newb here, about to start riding soon (waiting on the bike) and I was wondering - where do people put accessories like keys, wallet, cell, iPod, etc. while riding? In the inner pants pocket (if wearing overpants)? In the overpants? In the jacket? Just wondering if people have opinions on where to put things for accessibility and safety in the case of a fall.


1. First of all if you're a TOTAL noob rider forget the Ipod-----unless that's just for when you stop + want to chill. 2

2. To answer your question get yourself a tankbag, one big enough to roll up a rain jacket in addition to the stuff you mentioned.

Shit in your pockets when riding can get uncomfortable.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2010, 09:23:13 PM »

Tank Bag!  Yeah, they look dumb there but damn are they worth it!  
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2010, 09:32:20 PM »

Here's my usual set up:
- Right front pocket = wallet (I have a very small, thin wallet, so it fits well
- Right left pocket = cell phone (I like to have it "on" me, just in case)

- Tank bag - everything else.

I try to keep as little as possible "on" me, as I've heard of too many stories where someone broke a rib, etc, when they crashed and landed on their cell phone, etc. The pockets I use are not close to many bones and instead are near lots of soft tissue (too much soft tissue, if you ask me), so bruising should be minor if anything were to happen  Embarassment


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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2010, 08:41:55 PM »

Tank bag, and plus one to the no i-pod while riding as a newbie thing.  Until you get more comfortable dealing with idiots (pardon me, other drivers...) you want to be able to hear and see everything. I'm just now starting to use my bluetooth setup with music and gps after 3 years.
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2010, 08:45:41 PM »


I try to keep as little as possible "on" me, as I've heard of too many stories where someone broke a rib, etc, when they crashed and landed on their cell phone, etc.


+1 !  Everything  for me goes in the tankbag.
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2010, 02:04:02 AM »

cell and wallet go in jacket (or outer pants) pocket so I have them with me always, such as when go inside for a convenience store stop.
only other things I carry in jacket pocket are the soft foam earplugs (most riders here wear them ... $.02)
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2010, 11:47:19 AM »

Depends on how loose your riding pants are over your regular pants.  I have a thin waste so my riding pants just hang on me and it's pretty easy to get my hand down into a jeans pocket so some things.  SO: bike key - outer pocket.  Cell phone, house keys, pocket knife - inner pocket.  Loose change - where ever handy.  Wallet - there's an easy pocket on the top of my left thigh on my riding pants which is perfect for my wallet and a FastTrak transponder.  

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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2010, 02:35:22 PM »

Don't forget your registration and proof of insurance....inside jacket pocket in a ziplock bag incase it gets wet.  If riding to work, wallet in back pocket (under my overpants).  Cell phone in left lower jacket pocket for easy access.  Garage door opener in right lower jacket pocket.  Don't use/ride w/IPoD or MP3 player.  Too distracting...might try it if I'm just burning miles on the interstate...ear plugs in right pocket.
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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2010, 02:16:14 AM »

I don't like using a tank bag on my bike, but I do have a tailbag that pretty much lives on it (this is a bag that attaches to the passenger seat).  I prefer not to carry anything bulky, like a cell phone, in my pockets, so pretty much everything goes in the tailbag.  

If you wear riding pants over your regular pants, be aware it can look somewhat...uh, interesting...to strangers when you have to undo your pants and stick your hand down inside, trying to fish money or your wallet out of the pocket of your steetpants...

And yeah, I'd not bother with the ipod or anything like that while riding.  You need to be focused...this is not like driving a car, which you can do with one hand on the wheel and one hand holding a coffee while you chat on the phone, carry on a discussion with your passenger, change the cd in the stereo, and backhand the kids in the backseat, all at the same time...(highly skilled drivers can do all this while reading the morning paper and checking their Facebook page on a laptop as well, and I won't even mention shaving or applying makeup...)
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2010, 07:20:04 AM »

Nothing on my person. Period. Well maybe the ipod in my inner jacket pocket. Every thing in the tank bag. Its not a safety thing for me either, its a comfort thing.
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2010, 11:05:49 AM »

Yep, I plan to leave the iPod at home when I'm riding. I just threw it in there cuz it seemed like one of those things that people might carry around and would normally throw in their pocket.
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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2010, 03:02:23 PM »


The pockets I use are not close to many bones and instead are near lots of soft tissue (too much soft tissue, if you ask me), Embarassment
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I put an oblong plastic kickstand puck in my left frontal thigh pant pocket.  I put my garage door opener and my wallet in my right frontal thigh pant pocket.  The wallet goes over the garage door opener so I don't have to fish for it at a gas station.  Besides, I can operate the garage door opener by pushing the button through the fabric of the pant pocket, so I never really have to take it out at all.

These are overpants, by the way.  I don't put anything in my jeans.  Don't want to have to pull my overpants down in a public area just to get my wallet or my kickstand puck.  Somebody might get ansy and call the cops.

I put my cell phone in the left inner breast pocket of my jacket (all 4 of my jackets have one).  Just about the ONLY time I ever carry a cell phone is when I'm on the bike.  I rarely, if ever, carry a cell phone otherwise.

I fill the front left and right hands-pockets of my jackets with ear plugs in case I forget and leave a pair somewhere...which I do a lot.  Don't want to get stuck somewhere without ear plugs.
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« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2010, 07:22:54 PM »

Welcome to riding! I am next door in Newton. If I am not going on a long ride i do try to keep everything on me in my outside pants pocket wallet and iphone inside the leather jacket (if wearing leather and riding jeans) or all in my jacket (if wearing waterproof adventure jacket and textile pants. I do have a small tailpack for my monster and hard cases for my VFR. Most importantly, wear all the gear all the time!
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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2010, 04:50:52 PM »

I just put stuff in my pockets.  I guess I'm not that worried about falling on the stuff.
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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2010, 05:02:34 PM »


Shit in your pockets when riding can get uncomfortable.


I would imagine so. Fortunately, he sounds to be living somewhere modern where he's got indoor plumbing.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2010, 05:52:40 PM »

How and why the hell would you shit in your pockets? That's just stupid.
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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2010, 04:28:37 PM »

Just my $0.02: I've been riding for seven years and I still refuse to listen to music while riding.  No good can come of it - at some point it's going to take some fraction of my attention off the road and that's just not acceptable.

As for storage, for a long time I got by with pockets and a rear luggage rack w/ bungees.  When I got my V-Strom two years ago, I took the plunge and went to a full 3-piece luggage setup.  It rules, I wish I had done it sooner.  Totally worth the ~$400 it cost.   I'm sure there are smaller rear case options for the Ninja that won't look huge on a small bike like that.  I'd go that route.   When you step up to a new bike, you can always sell the luggage for a little less than you paid for it, or transplant it to the next bike.
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