Anybody tried carrying a guitar on a motorcycle?

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  1. Veitchy

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    and if so how did you do it? were you succesfull? can it be practicaly done or is it really better to buy a travel guitar?
     
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    Most gig bags have shoulder straps just like a back pack.
     
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    I have done it several times with a gig bag. Just make sure it's a decent quality gig bag, and don't go too fast. The headstock really catches the air and the guitar pulls pretty hard on your back. Don't go too far or too fast and you'll be fine.
     
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    I can remember about 36 years ago, my friend would pick me up on his snowmobile to jam with him. I had an elec. guitar in one hand and a small harmony amp in the other. He lived just under a mile away. the thing we won't do to play those guitars:D
     
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    Well Fender thought this would work
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    Bo Diddley Did It this way
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    Others build their bike around the guitar
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    But best and safest way is probably the back pack gizmo from elderly.com

    "BACKAXE INSTRUMENT CASE BACKPACK
    Easy-to-use strap system buckles around your hardshell case to let you carry it like a backpack. Padded shoulder straps. Adjusts to hold guitar and banjo cases of all sizes securely. Great for festivals, gigs, picnics in the woods, riding your bike, traveling by bus or subway - any time you want your hands free for other stuff. "


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    At least once a year I'll take a week or so and me and the wife will put some serious miles on the Harley. I bought one of those Fender travel guitars and just strap it on the scooter. I've hauled full size guitars on motorcycles but just across town. Not something you want to do for a couple of thousand miles.
     
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    A friend of mine that rides a gold wing just takes the tops off of the saddle bags and sticks a guitar ib a gig bag in each one secured with a bungee cord... works well if you have hard saddle bags.
     
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    I do it. Just make sure your gig bag doesn't interfere with your helmet (ie, make sure your head can turn freely - up, down, left, right). Bigger gig bags can indeed have a 'sail' effect in wind. Definitely the smaller and less obtrusive the better and preferably not black (visibilty).
     
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    I've done it before, but it was weird -- I had to deliver a guitar (a Tele, actually) across town to a fellow I'd repaired it for, but all he had was a single shoulder strap on the bag, so most of the guitar hung off the left side, which cut down on the "sail" effect. I've considered bungeeing one to the backrest, though -- if you've got a high enough backrest, I wouldn't think it'd be that different from normal riding.
     
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    I carry mine regularly in a gigbag, backpack-style, on my Royal Enfield.
    But I have only done this in the city, maximum speed 60 km/hour. I don't know what that is in miles. Maybe 40-45 mph. Dunno.

    But at that speed it is really comfortable and easy to do. Especially as my bike has a sprung single seat and I can wear the guitar slightly lower than my bottom when I sit down, so less of the neck stands up behind my head.

    Televiking
     
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    I love those bikes!

    That old Fender ad is going straight to my desktop background.
     
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    Arlo Guthrie?

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    Okay Okay

    Since you definitely wanted to see my bike and asked for it so many times :lol: :lol:

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    I used to strap a tenor banjo I had to the sissy bar of my bike. Lot's of bungy cords were used and I had no problem. I would go with the backpack /gigbag option with a guitar today.
     
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