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"Yes, I toured on a 250...and it was GREAT"

Posted on September 24, 2009 by TwistedThrottle.com There have been 0 comments

Here is a great touring article on a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R using a Bags-Connection Cargobag.


One of our customers riding a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R purchased a Bags-Connection Cargobag and used all 52 liters of soft luggage storage on his 2,600 mile trip. He was also nice enough to send us the below photos and excellent write-up on the bag itself. Thanks, Andrew!



2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R with Bags-Connection Cargobag. Photo courtesy of Andrew Douglas.

I recently returned from a 13-day, 11-state, 2,600-mile tour on my 2008 Ninja 250R. Yes, I toured on a 250 and it was GREAT.



2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R with Bags-Connection Cargobag. Photo courtesy of Andrew Douglas.

I used a Bags-Connection Cargobag and a tank bag. In the Cargobag I was able to carry clothes sufficient for three days before laundry became an issue, plus a rain suit and bike cover, and I had plenty of room to spare.

I really like the design of the Cargobag .Most rear luggage systems consist of two panniers and a separate tail bag. What bugs me about this arrangement, and most luggage for that matter, is that there's way too much "bag" and not enough space. Too often, there are bunches of little pockets so everything has a place, but all that material, dividers, zippers etc. just gets in the way. Far better, in my opinion, to have one big, well-designed space and use smaller containers (like plastic bags -- I used vacuum-pack Space Bags) to sub-pack your stuff.



2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R with Bags-Connection Cargobag. Photo courtesy of Andrew Douglas.

The Cargobag is a single, big saddle-shaped bag, larger at the front than the rear, that is saddlebags and panniers in one. There are two side pockets, but they're so well integrated into the design that they don't detract from that huge internal space.



2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R with Bags-Connection Cargobag. Photo courtesy of Andrew Douglas.

I used four bags stuffed into the Cargobag: Underwear/socks, other clothing, dirty laundry and toiletries. The rain suit and bike cover got stuffed in separately. I carried everything else in the tank bag. It worked really well.



2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R with Bags-Connection Cargobag. Photo courtesy of Andrew Douglas.

The quality is excellent and I love the way it looks on the bike. The only thing that was a bit questionable for this bike was the fact that the bag sits right on the rear turn signals. As originally mounted, they were a bit obscured by it.



2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R with Bags-Connection Cargobag. Photo courtesy of Andrew Douglas.

As I gained experience on my trip, though, I mounted the bag a bit farther forward and took care to tuck the bag material around the signals to ensure as much visibility as possible from the back and rear quarter, and it was not a problem.

Good investment. I'm very happy with it!

Best,
Andrew Douglas
Bridgeport, CT
2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R



2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R with Bags-Connection Cargobag. Photo courtesy of Andrew Douglas.

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