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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

World's Largest Compression Sack

I am getting tired of bungee strapping ten things, one-at-a-time, to the back of my bike to go somewhere. I have seen Texas Mark's big duffel bag on the back of his FLH a time or two and it works pretty good. Load up one bag and attach it and go. Mark's bag isn't big enough to store my tent and the rest of my gear in and neither were the store bought motorcycle travel bags. I don't always carry a full load either. So here's what I came up with, the world's largest compression sack. I got a 18 inch diameter by 36 inch long duffel bag, 1 inch nylon webbing with reflective stuff on it, buckles, and keepers off the innerwebs. I have always added a reflective belt to my t-bag for safety sake, so I figure the webbing could be one less thing again.

I cut four lengths of webbing to 5 1/2 foot. That may be longish, but I can cut off more later. I figured out how the buckles and keepers go on.

My cousin Troy has a good heavy duty upholstery sewing machine so he helped me out on this project.

Simple if you have the tools and know-how.

The long straps will get us tight circumferentially. I most likely won't need the full length of the bag either. So I cut four 6 inch strips and doubled each over with a female buckle and Troy sewed those pointing outward from the carry handle straps.

It wasn't exactly the original plan to use the end strap loops to hold the circumference straps in place, but it worked out nice that way.

We tacked each circumferential strap down in one place as well. This should help me easily find the buckle and not lose a strap either.

I cut pieces and added male buckles to make the end straps. The criss cross through the end handle wasn't a part of the initial plan either, but I think it will work out nicely.

I went back and singed all of the cut ends with a lighter to avoid fraying.

I'm pretty jazzed about how this turned out. I can't wait to try it out. Pack it on the ground, cinch it tight, and bungee down just one (hopefully tubular) bag. I think it will work great for hunting and camping gear not on a motorcycle, too.

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