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Bagging up

Posted: 05/04/2015 in Modifications archives
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Today I have spent a few hours in the garage looking at where to mount a Kriega US-5 to carry my tool-kit or my medical pack. First I was looking at the rear fender.
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Took a while to disassemble the rear of the bike, only to find out there is no space for the bolts. Looking at the above picture, two most left holes, didn’t have enough space below the fender for washer and a nut. So I reluctantly reassembled the back end together. Checking out the bike with a stuffed bag, I have found a nice spot, on the fairing just above the headlight. On a second thought, that fairing might not be strong enough to support the weight of my tool-kit over rough terrain.

So the only spot on the bike left, was the tank. The stuffed bag looked good on the tank, but I don’t have Kriega tank adapter, so I needed to figure something else out. Bottom strap was not a problem, just threaded it under the seat. Top was a bit more challenging. Straps wouldn’t fit around the frame tube, so I threaded them around radiator shrouds. I was quite happy with the position of the bag, but didn’t like all the straps hanging around. After a few more attempts, I was happy with the result.
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There is enough room at the handlebars not to interfere with steering, or steering lock.
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It sits nicely on the tank. And it won’t get in the way when standing like a standard tank bag.
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That is it for now, field test will be done as soon as the weather improves.

Stay safe!

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Kriega US-5

Posted: 28/01/2014 in Equipment archives
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Hey!

Lets start off this year bloging with a short review of my new pack, the Kriega US-5. If you don’t know Kriega, RevZilla made a short video of the brand and products guide.

Now these pack are supposed to be 100% waterproof, and there is quite a lot of happy users out there. So I thought I would get the smallest one to check it out. Also the bag contents has been changed for 2014->, they added a aluminium hook strap kit to it and raised the price for £10 (~12€), but the plan(hopefully) for my US-5 is to attach it to Hydro-3 and I don’t need the alu hooks for that, so I bought the “old” bag.

So what do you get when buying the US-5. Well you get the bag itself, 2 mounting straps and 2 strap keepers so that they don’t flap around in the wind.
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The bag itself is a roll-top design with outer water resistant layer and inner removable white waterproof layer.
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On the outside of the bag there is a mesh pocket and a zipped pocket. On the zipped pocket there is a YKK water resistant zipper.
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This bag can work as stand alone bag or you can attach it on any of the Kriega backpacks and other dry packs. There is a very long thread about those packs and all of the Kriega gear on AdvRider.com and its worth reading.

Stay safe!
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Update 17.5.2014

Comming back from enduro meeting in Croatia and having used my Kriega US-5 on my bike for the first time I have to say I am very impressed at how well it worked with Kriega tool roll on the back of my KLE. US-5 is just big enough to hold my tool kit and yet small enough to not interfere with getting on and off the bike. Will definitely getting more Kriega bags in the future as they really are the top of the line.

All packed up at home
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After a day of riding
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Hello!

A basic tool kit is a must-have on every motorcycle. But when buying a used motorcycle, it often happens that you don’t get the OEM tool kit with the bike. Such thing happened to me when I bought my KLE. So for two years I have been riding around without the basic tools on the bike, but luckily I didn’t need them. So better to be safe than sorry I bought myself a Kriega tool roll and will be kitting it out with all the tools I think I will need on the road or trail (list of tools I will use is at the bottom).

Here is the tool roll folded up (135 x 225mm):
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It is strapped together with a Velcro:
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Unfolding it:
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When fully opened, it is quite big. Looking at pictures on the web, I didn’t imagine the size of it. It says on the web that it is 550 x 225mm when unfolded, but when I measured it including the flaps it is 600x330mm. Max tool length to still be on the inside of the flaps would be 225mm, but I would suggest 220mm. There is a lot of elastic loops for keeping the tools in place.
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There is also a coated-mesh zip pocket on the left side of the roll for all those small items like spare fuses, patches, some wires,…
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Kriega has a 10-year guarantee on this tool roll, which is one of the longest guarantees I have ever seen anywhere. I doubted that the materials and build quality would be that good but now that I have it in my hands I am very impressed. The whole thing is made out of 1000D Dupont Cordura and the zipper is YKK. Here take a look:
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Now all I have to do is to fill it up with tools. Here is a list of what I will be putting in before the season for riding opens.

My tool kit:
Allen keys: 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8
Wrenches: 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 24 (MP Combo lever)
Screwdrivers: Philips #2, #3; flat 7mm
Pliers or a Leatherman multi-tool
OEM spark plug tool
Tyre irons
Patches and glue
Wires and zip-ties
Hand/CO2 pump

Here is a picture of a nicely organized Kriega tool roll from advrider:

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So after 2 years and changing the bikes in between I have revised my tool kit. Kriega tool bag is still looking like new. Well here is my current tool kit, without tyre irons.
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