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After much searching I decided to get a Nelson-Rigg Commuter Pack. It is awesome. Well made. Roomy enough and expandable. Good looking. What's not to like?

I took a ride to Naches, WA along 410 from Enumclaw, WA last Thursday. It wasn't ideal weather: kinda cool with very low clouds around Rainier- so low the mountain was out of sight the entire trip, even at the summit of the pass! The lee side of the pass, 410 has taken a real beating and is a LOT bumpier than in the past which is sad. But of course once on the other side it warmed up considerably. Since Naches is in Delta Covid country I opted to have a simple lunch by myself outdoors at the town gazebo and it was actually quite nice. Herewith are some pictures...

The question will be raised: why get a tail pack when one has roomy and handsome saddlebags? WEIGHT! Those suckers look great but they are heavy: 12 pounds empty (ok- 11.5 without the liners). That's 24 pounds of nuthin' hauling around. It makes a LOT of difference in the handling of the bike. Plus using a tail pack for those solo day trips saves wear and tear on the saddlebags. The bike handles more nimbly in the turns and doesn't feel so much like a heavy beast (not that it's really THAT bad but you can tell the difference). It's much more streamlined without the bags and it looks great! So there you have it...

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That is a very smart addition! I agree. I have a Cortech Sort tail bag 82-417 that I mounted on my passenger seat. I can carry everything I need for a day trip.
 
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That last photo with the fog is absolutely beautiful!

Agree the side cases are a lot of weight and bulk unless needed - I have a pretty good size magnetic tank bag that holds enough stuff for all of my day long adventures.
 
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That last photo with the fog is absolutely beautiful!

Agree the side cases are a lot of weight and bulk unless needed - I have a pretty good size magnetic tank bag that holds enough stuff for all of my day long adventures.
I used to like tank bags until I began to realize that tank bags can get in the way.... especially when cornering aggressively. This is unlikely to be the case with an FJR: it's just not going to get flogged in the corners like a GSXR. So there isn't really much worry there. Still.... old habits die hard and I tend to stay away from tank bags generally. But that's not to say they aren't good. Everyone has their own thing... so enjoy!!
 

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We all tend to carry too much stuff....... smaller tank bag is better and darn handy. I'm liking the Nelson Rigg tail bag.
 

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I rode that same stretch last year early summer, and was amazed how quickly the temperature changed after the pass. I parked in the snow at Tipsoo and it was in the 40's as far as I recall. 15 min later it was 80 degF...and down the Yakima Canyon it was approaching HOT. Beautiful scenery though!
 

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I've got a Nelson-Rigg on my '13, but I think it is the smaller version. Very well made and reasonably priced...
I think you may be the one who posted about it and it led me to think about getting the Commuter model....
 

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I rode that same stretch last year early summer, and was amazed how quickly the temperature changed after the pass. I parked in the snow at Tipsoo and it was in the 40's as far as I recall. 15 min later it was 80 degF...and down the Yakima Canyon it was approaching HOT. Beautiful scenery though!
Yes the temp changes considerably! It was quite chilly at Tipsoo Lake and like you said 15 min later I wanted to take my long sleeve shirt off! By the time I got to Naches it was pretty warm. And you're right: very pretty country to ride in but I could not live out that way. I prefer being on this side of the mountains...
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Yes the temp changes considerably! It was quite chilly at Tipsoo Lake and like you said 15 min later I wanted to take my long sleeve shirt off! By the time I got to Naches it was pretty warm. And you're right: very pretty country to ride in but I could not live out that way. I prefer being on this side of the mountains...
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I always enjoy coming back to the west side of the Cascades. Much greener and better riding climate (not as hot or cold as the east side). I am also a city person, so need lots of people and stuff around me :)
 

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I'll just say I love the PNW. Have had a few multi-week trips there, hard to beat, lots to see and you can't see it all. Did I mention I love the PNW?
 

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Bought my wife one of those bags for her street triple setup, great bag, it’s roomy & sturdy.


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