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1167 Service roll. If traveling alone, it is also a good idea to strap the luggage roll behind the driver on the seat. By selecting a position which allows sufficient movement for occasional changes in body position, then this can even create a free back rest. When using a luggage roll, cases with completely removable lids fully demonstrate their advantages. This is the only way to gain access to the contents in the case without having to remove the roll and keep strapping it back again every time. And while we are on strapping: only high quality straps or motorcycle- specific elastic systems should be used for securing luggage. Basic expanders should not be used on motorcycles as they cannot secure luggage safely. There is an old saying among motorcyclists that heavy objects belong in the tank rucksack as this is mounted so perfectly near the center of gravity. However, in case of enduros or other machines with high built tanks this is only correct in terms of the longitudinal axis. In practice, the tank rucksack often reaches astronomical heights. This makes it more like a place where light items such as a camera, spare gloves or rain wear should be kept. So where do we put the really heavy parts? The clear answer is - into the aluminum cases. And right at the bottom and in front please. Of course one does not want to transport odor- intensive items such as fuel cans in the cases. Using accessory mountings, these containers can be attached to the outsides of the cases with a favorable center of gravity as well as being safely secured for traveling on tracks. Bottles, first-aid dressings and many other utensils also belong to external loads. And even the case lids can be converted to luggage compartments with easy access by using appropriate bags. A packaging concept which meets all theoretical demands but makes items difficult to find or reach is not conducive to a pleasant trip. To make sure that small items do not have to be retrieved from the depths of the aluminum cases, it is recommended to use tailor-made inner pockets for the respective panniers. These protect the luggage against chafing plus allowing easy removal of the entire contents. If the bag is also fitted with adequately sized zippers which allow generous opening on several sides, then every item is easy to access, even when using large volume cases. And when traveling, one soon learns to appreciate having things in order in the pockets. This is where additional bags and covers in different sizes and designs can prove useful, for example, for clothes, laptop plus accessories. Sensibly, the luggage is not only distributed over the machine under weight aspects, but one will also attempt to stow equipment for similar functions together. Nonetheless, there are enough reasons in travel practice to deviate from this rule. For example, it may prove absolutely impractical to stubbornly stow all tools at the bottom of a case. If one regularly needs a certain spanner to adjust the suspension if necessary, then one obviously wants to have this at the ready. Small additional bags which, depending on the model, can be attached to the handlebars, the cowling or the luggage bridge and are excellent places for stowing such frequently required accessories within easy reach. The question remains, where do we put

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