Few tips to know how to load a bike with luggage. Might sound simple, but its not as much as it sounds.
Touring involves luggage to be carried, a lot for many and a little for few.
Luggage may include:
Top cases etc etc
It is a very important aspect to have a look at your luggage before you start a ride. Any loose straps or bungee chords may prove fatal to the rider(and pillion , if present). Also it has to be kept in mind that the handling of the bike should not be compromised while loading the bike. Modern day saddle bags/tank bags and panniers are very helpful in increasing the overall luggage carrying capacity on the bikes. At the same time , it relieves the rider from carrying it on his back. Packing your luggage into inside those panniers/bags is a different art altogether.
Key aspects to be looked into while loading the saddle:
*Load should be equally distributed in case of saddle bags or side panniers for better handling.
*If using a top case make sure the cantilever is not so long that the case hangs out of the bike.
*If using a backpack for travel, tie it to the back of the bike using bungee chords. Carrying a backpack on you for a long time is stressful and not recommended. At the same time carry spare spare bungee chords , just in case the one in use snaps.
*Make sure that the top case and panniers are properly fastened/locked.
*Keep in mind the ability/Power of your vehicle to carry the laden luggage.
*It is recommended to carry luggage which have a good number of outer pockets, it provide easy access to stuff like Phone/Maps/Water bottle etc etc, so that you dont have to open the complete baggage to find the necessary stuff
*Make sure that your luggage doesnt come in contact with the rotating wheel/ Silencer at any instant. This is more common in bikes with mono-shocks or swept silencers
*Travelling light is always recommended. touring is no fun if your bikes are loaded like this