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Cortech Sport Saddle Bags and Tail Bag (http://www.motodepot.com)
Sarah: I’ve had these bags for several years and have really put them to good use. The tail bag can be disconnected from the saddle bag and used alone. It is also expandable which can hold a large amount of clothing and gear. I really like these bags- they’re easy to take on and off (snap clips) and although cumbersome to carry when you have a full load you can unsnap the bags from the bike and carry the entire luggage system by the tail bag handle. They are also held tightly to the bike – no slipping or lopsided luggage while riding.

These are definitely cheaper than installing brackets and giant plastic saddle bags on the bike – and can be transferred to any bike. I’ve used these on a Kawasaki Z750S, Yamaha FZ6, and Suzuki SV650- and the bags have fit nicely on all of the bikes.

These bags have worked perfectly fine on many long trips and in every type of weather. The only downside is they cannot be locked to the bike or sealed from thieves. And the original rain bags that came with the luggage blew off after several uses. But I solved that by packing my gear in waterproof compression bags.

Hein-Gericke Sport Luggage
Sarah: We bought these bags from a Hein-Gericke motorcycle shop in Kaiserslautern, Germany. We hooked the Held back separately as a tail bag and used them on Christopher’s SV650 to Corsica (It could also be used as a tank bag). The saddle bags were pretty inexpensive and we should have spent a little bit more money and got another set of Cortech bags. The Hein-Gericke saddle bags seemed to never stay straight on the bike and became more and more lop-sided as we rode. Plus, they were very cumbersome to carry and cannot be secured to the bike from theives.


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Sarah: Below is a moto gear checklist I used to prepare for our trip from Germany to Corsica. I got bits from a web site (sorry I can’t remember the original URL, but thank you to the original creator) but I edited it to suit our needs for this particular trip. Bold items seemed extremely important at the time 🙂 Please use it if you need!


____ Cash and credit card, ADAC card
____ Current dealer list, insurance and registration cards, driver’s license, ADAC info
____ First Aid kit and pocket knife
____ Several sets of earplugs for less fatigue
____ Sunglasses, extra visor, visor cleaner and rag
____ Sunscreen, aspirin, vitamins,
____ swimsuit, flip flops
____ Towel (the”packable” travel towels take a lot less space), washcloth
____ Toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries, toilet paper, soap & shampoo
____ Shoes & extra socks
____ underwear, T-shirts, DETERGENT (not too many–you can wash them)
____ sweatshirt, heavy wool shirt or sweater for warmth (or electric vest) – HEAVY-ish Long Johns?
____ thin long johns
____ Rain suit , Jacket and pants
____ Rain mitts and rain boots/boot covers
____ various gloves appropriate for the ranges of weather expected
____ Extra stuff sacks for organizing your gear
____ guidebooks
____ maps and information about points of interest along your route
____ small flashlight


____ VDO tire gauge. (Use it every day — be safe!)
____ Extra wrenches and pliers (will bring gerber multi-tool)
____ Duct tape & electric tape (partial rolls take less space)
____ twist ties or those plastic handcuff tie things
____ Bulb kit or spare front, taillight & turn signal bulb
____ Cargo straps & bungee cables


____ Waterproof bags are the best choice if you have even the slightest chance of rain — REI locally, or Cabella’s, LL Bean, etc. are good sources of waterproof or “splashproof” luggage

____ Camera, batteries
____ phone numbers and locations for Yamaha and Suzuki dealers thru-out france (in case of break down)
____ Business cards and personal address book
____ Cable-lock for locking helmet and jacket to motorcycle
____ “Neck-up”, scarf or dickey
____ MP3 Player
____ cellular phone
_____ GARMIN

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