Once on the road the realization that we were completely self-sufficient and on our motorcycles started to sink in. The freedom we now had to go were most could not while having every possible need strapped to our bikes was more than just cool … it was liberating. The places we could now go and the distances that could be covered all in a relatively short period of time made apparent why this style of riding and camping was and is becoming so popular. Bikes on the move, stoves and food securely packed away, sleeping bags and tent in tow … we were free and loving it! Prior to departing our plan was to pack the more dense items as low as possible within the saddlebags with lighter goods such as clothing and sleep system within dry bags across the seat. This system worked flawlessly maintaining a weight balance that never once influenced any negative input to bike handling over the next 500 miles. We rode pavement, we rode groomed forest roads, and we rode rough rocky tracks with never a shift or movement of any gear. Now keep in mind that our strapping system had something to do with this. Quality straps and/or bungees are necessary if you want your gear to make the full distance of the trip without bouncing down the road behind you.