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How do you carry your monopod and large lenses
Richard Orr, Photographer
Longmeadow | MA | USA | Posted: 1:55 PM on 07.15.08
->> I am exploring getting a motorcycle for three season driving to and from games. Most of the trips would be off the main highways, and just day trips.

The part I am struggling with is how does one attach, strap, or otherwise carry their monopod with them.

I know my gear can fit in most side bags, except the pod.

Anyone doing it? Got pictures? I need to convince the boss (my lovely wife) that its practical, possible, and safe. (Go figure, she wants me around for a while I guess.)

I'd appreciate any help.
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Ric Tapia, Student/Intern, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 2:15 PM on 07.15.08
->> Richard,

What motorcycle (s) where you looking at? I know people who have put golf clubs on their bike! A make and model would personally help me(I used to work at a Harley- Davidson dealership).
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Adam Bettcher, Photographer
Bloomington | MN | USA | Posted: 2:27 PM on 07.15.08
->> Depending on make of bike, Check out cariboucases.com They are pelican cases for most dual sport bikes. I have a BMW Dakar and was thinking about getting these to haul gear to Vikings camp about an hour ride each way, each day.
~Adam
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Mark Abbott, Photographer
Durham | NC | US | Posted: 2:41 PM on 07.15.08
->> Monopods pack fairly small
Mine fits in top case of my 1150RT no problem
You could also tie it off on a luggage rack
I usually my Tamarac back pack tied off on passenger seat
Make sure you take MSF class before heading out riding--Will also help with Motorcycle insurance rate breaks
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Non Conforming | MA | United States | Posted: 2:57 PM on 07.15.08
->> Richard I had a sissy bar on my Virago (in the 90's). I used to just use to strap it to the sissy bar.

But like everyone else is saying, it really depends on what kind of bike you are dealing with. I've been thinking about a Vespa for getting to gigs around town and local stuff.
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Steve Violette, Photographer
Gulf Breeze | FL | USA | Posted: 3:01 PM on 07.15.08
->> Consider a product from one of our sponsors - The Think Tank Antidodte. you can fit a 400/2.8 and wear it as a backpack. I recently purchased one from Penn Camera and really like it

Steve
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 3:32 PM on 07.15.08
->> I would duct tape your monopod to the top of your helmet. Then you can just wear it into the stadium and you will always know where it is. Then when you take it off to use it, you will always know where your helmet is.

Another upside is you could also hang things from it while you are wearing it. I know this is a million dollar idea but I thought I would share it anyway. Of course Gary Fong will probably catch wind of this and make a combination helmet-monopod one to sell for a fortune.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington | IL | United States | Posted: 4:15 PM on 07.15.08
->> I'm sorry Richard, I know your trying to be serious but your post just brought to mind one of Larry the Cable Guy's routines.

If you've not heard the one about the guy riding the motorcycle pulling the trailer, find someone with the CD and listen to it. The punch line is "buy a trudk!".

Anyway, I've considered a scooter but figured the cased 600 f4 would weigh more than the bike. I'm still driving my truck.

Illinois also re-worte their laws sometime since I last checked. Used to be you could ride anything 49cc or under with just a standard drivers license. Now you have to be licensed to ride even those. I really don't want to go back to the DVM for yet another classification.

3 seasons in MA? won't both ends of that be a bit chilly?
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Richard Orr, Photographer
Longmeadow | MA | USA | Posted: 4:19 PM on 07.15.08
->> Alan....sssshhhh. I dont want my wife to figure that out.

The type of bike is really up in the air. I have always favored BMW's, but I figure the larger Honda's and Harleys are probably more practical.

I am looking at nothing smaller than an 800, but generally speaking, I am probably leaning towards more of a traditional touring type bike, rather than sport type.

Its been about 30 years since the Kawasaki 400 and the OSSA. I have some studying to do.
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Stew Milne, Photographer
Providence | RI | USA | Posted: 4:47 PM on 07.15.08
->> For $3500 you can get a 350cc Kawasaki, more than enough. Nobody really needs above a 500cc bike, unless you weigh 600 lbs and need to go 0-60 in 2 seconds. ;)
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Donald Montague, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 5:02 PM on 07.15.08
->> I own a 08 Kawasaki Nomad. I drove it to every spring training game this year. I was able to carry a 400 2.8 in one of the hard one side bags and a 70-200 with a computer and monopod in the other. Best part was they had special parking right next to the stadium for bikes.
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Jack Arent, Photographer, Assistant
Alameda | CA | | Posted: 6:50 PM on 07.15.08
->> Let me suggest that you don't wear a back pack while riding, or at least at speeds faster than 50 mph. If you have to bail you do not want to tumble because you're wearing a pack, if you crash, sliding on your back reduces the risk of breaking limbs.

I carried my 400 two eight in a tank bag with the mono pod sticking out of it on my CBR a few times, but I was always worried about vibration moving the elements in my lens, that is something to think about.

...and get at least a 600, a bike that takes longer than 3 seconds to reach 60 mph is a bit slow, you'll want the power after a few months of riding a cute little scooter ; )
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Non Conforming | MA | United States | Posted: 7:31 PM on 07.15.08
->> Having owned a 750 and having normal use of both an 1100 and a 1300 more power never hurts. My favorite was the Virago though. Shaft driven and silkly smooth. It had a nasty habit of wish boning anytime you got it over 105.

I had friends that use to drag race up in NH.

As for the backpack. Even a 'slow' speed accident where you get tossed will be dangerous. Coming down on your back and having a 4 in metal barrel offset 1/2 of your spine's landing is just asking trouble. If it doesn't break your back it will break your ribs and tear up a lung.
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Stephen Maturen, Student/Intern, Photographer
Minneapolis | MN | United States | Posted: 7:37 PM on 07.15.08
->> Lens over the right shoulder clutching the monopod with my right hand.

Wait what was the question?
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Gary Rather, Photographer
Santa Cruz | Ca | US | Posted: 7:46 PM on 07.15.08
->> I put my 500mm/f4 in my RKA saddle bags on my Ninja.
Strap the Tamrac Expedition 7 on the passenger seat with the monopod strapped to that.

Off I go. Really no problem.

Gary
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Ben Stewart, Student/Intern
Minneapolis | MN | USA | Posted: 9:19 PM on 07.15.08
->> I'm kind of impressed that people are willing to strap thousands of dollars of gear onto a moving object that according to the State of Minnesota, is likely to result in some sort of accident for half of all riders. The same statistic doesn't include cars.

That said, I'll give the exact same answer as Mr. Maturen, who is another student photographer just a little south of me.
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Westminster | MD | USA | Posted: 12:10 AM on 07.16.08
->> And what are you going to do to protect your gear from the ambient vibration of the motorcycle?
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Gary Rather, Photographer
Santa Cruz | Ca | US | Posted: 1:07 PM on 07.16.08
->> To protect my gear from "the ambient vibration of the motorcycle" I just go faster. That way I will get there sooner and not cause the camera that is in my padded backpack to vibrate any longer that needed.

Sorry I could resist the smart ass remark. I just don't see any issues carrying my equipment on a motorcycle instead of a car, plane or train.

I am willing to take the risk of driving the motorcycle instead of the car with my camera gear.

Gary
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Chris Condon, Photographer, Photo Editor
Ponte Vedra Bch | FL | USA | Posted: 1:49 PM on 07.16.08
->> I've had all kinds of motorcycles over the years from dirt bikes to cruisers to sportbikes. I love 'em all! I could have ten different bikes in the garage and it wouldn't be enough.
Decide what kind of riding you'll be doing the most and find a bike that will be most practical.
I currently have a Harley and a Ducati. I travel on the Harley quite a bit and I have no problem using saddle bags and putting a camera case (Thinktank Airport Security) on the passenger seat strapped securely to the sissy bar.
A great all-around dual-purpose bike is the Kawasaki KLR650. They have a huge fan base and are very affordable at around $5500 new. There are a ton of aftermarket products available including luggage.
As far as the decision to ride vs. driving a car, some people are willing to take certain risks to do things they enjoy. There are no guarantees that any vehicle is safe.
I know plenty of photogs who smoke or are morbidly obese. Those things are pretty dangerous too, no?
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Andrew Wheeler, Photographer
Capitola | CA | USA | Posted: 2:22 PM on 07.16.08
->> @Gary....

...that would explain the guy dressed in black that I see following you around at racetracks with gear strapped all over him..
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