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Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby Rob H » Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:23 am



Hello all,

Anyone know what The saddle bag and trunk capacity is on the 1500 wing please? I know that each one can carry 9 kgs but I need the liter capacity.

Thanks in advance

Rob



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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:28 pm

Rob H wrote:Hello all,

Anyone know what The saddle bag and trunk capacity is on the 1500 wing please? I know that each one can carry 9 kgs but I need the liter capacity.

Thanks in advance

Rob


Nobody knows. :) It's never been published by Honda, and ten minutes searching on the web, all I have come up with is a whole lot of people who are asking the same question, and nobody with the answer.

What there is consensus on is that the GL1500 luggage capacity is bigger (both bags and trunk) than the GL1800. And the GL1800 has 147 liters total capacity.

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby Rob H » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:45 pm

Thanks for the reply. I got more or less the same as you. Spent some time on the net and most people say the 1500 has more capacity than the 1800. That's about all, I got the weights from the owners manual. I suppose you could work it out with a formula.........

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:11 pm

Rob H wrote:Thanks for the reply. I got more or less the same as you. Spent some time on the net and most people say the 1500 has more capacity than the 1800. That's about all, I got the weights from the owners manual. I suppose you could work it out with a formula.........


Buy a bag of ping pong balls and see how many it will hold. That's what all major car manufacturers do to measure capacity of cars and storage spaces.

First fill the thing up with ping pong balls. Then take those ping pong balls and pour them into a box. Measure the width and length of the box (in cm) as well as the depth of the ping pong balls inside the box (also in cm). Multiply the three together and divide by 1000. That's your capacity in liters.

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby Rob H » Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:48 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Rob H wrote:Thanks for the reply. I got more or less the same as you. Spent some time on the net and most people say the 1500 has more capacity than the 1800. That's about all, I got the weights from the owners manual. I suppose you could work it out with a formula.........


Buy a bag of ping pong balls and see how many it will hold. That's what all major car manufacturers do to measure capacity of cars and storage spaces.

First fill the thing up with ping pong balls. Then take those ping pong balls and pour them into a box. Measure the width and length of the box (in cm) as well as the depth of the ping pong balls inside the box (also in cm). Multiply the three together and divide by 1000. That's your capacity in liters.


That's brilliant! My next question will be "where can I buy so many ping pong balls?" Only joking! Don't answer that........ :P :P :P

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby FM-USA » Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:48 pm

I vaguely remember (so don't take my word) someone taking a plastic garbage bag and filling it with air while inside the side bags and trunk. When the air was measured the 1500 saddlebag held 2.2 Cubic Ft. and the trunk 2.4 C.F..

You could do the same thing then put that bag of air in a cardboard box for measuring.

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby Rob H » Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:15 pm

Fabulous,

so based on the info at hand and the assumption that 1 Cubic Foot is equal to 28.3168 Liters, I can concluded that the saddle bags have a capacity of 2.2 CF x 28.3168. This gives me 62.29696 Lts per side plus Trunk @ 2.4 C.F x 28.3168 which comes to 67.9604

So 2 Saddle bags 124.59lts
Trunk bag 68.96lts

So all in that works out to 193.55lts.

So my Luggage for my trip in June for 2 people will be packed in 2 x 45 Lts soft bags which means I should have tons of space left over.............interesting!

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby FM-USA » Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:46 am

Think of all the extra space if you were Lilliputians. (Kidding)
Like I said, that is IF i remember correctly.

I find I can pack more when I roll my clothing instead of folding.

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby Rob H » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:05 am

Rolling clothes definitely makes a difference :D

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby FM-USA » Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:31 pm

#2 week of April '15 I attended a buds wedding in Florida.
I lightly rolled my suit and took extra care to pull out all the folds, it survived.
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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:42 pm

FM-USA wrote:#2 week of April '15 I attended a buds wedding in Florida.
I lightly rolled my suit and took extra care to pull out all the folds, it survived.


I rode my bike up to Canada this past weekend to attend my grandmother's funeral. I threw a backpack in the left saddlebag, inside it was my carefully rolled up suit and shirt, it came out looking great.

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby FM-USA » Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:16 pm

DRATS, missed another good shot.
I should have had one of the boy scouts take my pix will on the Wing in my suit.
It's a Mafia style, dark gray with pin stripes. 8-) :lol:
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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby Rob H » Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:33 pm

Funny you should mention suits. I had a meeting yesterday that I had to wear a suit for. I ride everyday so my suit was also rolled into the ruck sack. Works like a charm! :D

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby FM-USA » Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:56 pm

We're all twins on the opposites sides of the world,
someone somewhere is doing the very same thing.
Suit of cloths in a case or just a sack it's hurled,
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Postby brettchallenger » Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:30 am

You mean you gentlemen don't wear suits all the time when riding? That is just the sort of behaviour that cost us an empire.
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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby FM-USA » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:04 am

brettchallenger wrote:You mean you gentlemen don't wear suits all the time when riding? That is just the sort of behaviour that cost us an empire.

"IF" suits were TOTALLY comfortable I might wear one most the time..
well sometimes, ..
ummm, occasionally?,...
but they're not.
OH-well

Besides, ONLY in the movies will you see this eclectic combination. (pix)
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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby joeincalif » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:26 am

The right saddlebag on the 1800 very small due to the final drive takes up 1/2 of it.
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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby FM-USA » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:37 am

joeincalif wrote:The right saddlebag on the 1800 very small due to the final drive takes up 1/2 of it.


1800 vs 1500
I'm surprised no one has offered a larger after market bag for the 1800.
Also I've not seen how the 1800 bags work but is it possible to add a 2 or 3 inch spacer between the base and lid?
That be a quick way for added space.
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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby Rob H » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:07 am

Here is an option.

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby bstig60 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:17 am

Another option would be to pull a small trailer.
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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby FM-USA » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:19 am

yaaaaa, I remember seeing that a long time ago.
I think it's too much weight past the rear tire. We know folks will LOAD IT UP.
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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby Rob H » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:22 am

....................and wheelies from destination to destination............. :P

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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby redial » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:36 am

Us gentlemen riders, see my avatar photo, always are correctly dressed. Isn't everyone? No wonder the Empire has contracted.
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Re: Saddle bag and trunk capacity

Postby seelyark1 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:56 am

OK Len What was the special occasion? And which one is you? HHHAAAAAA your evil twin :D :lol: :lol:

I used to ride a bike when I was in the USMC and had to wear spit shined shoes with it. Where there is a will, there is a way.. That was about 45 years ago, and think I have worn a suit 5 times since. :lol:


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