This is a view from the rear of the bike showing the antenna mount and the dry bag attached to the passenger hand grips. I also use a bungee cord or two across the load for extra security when riding.
The radio is a Yaesu VX-8 with the GPS receiver which allows the use of APRS if desired. Power is provided by a fused 12v power lead running from the battery into the pannier. The radio is attached to the side of the pannier using industrial strength Velcro. The radio isn't used while riding but is there for emergencies and can be used in camp while still on the bike using a blue tooth headset.
Having a ham radio on the bike provides extra piece of mind while riding in remote areas where cell phone service is often unavailable. The radio is programmed using the ARRL Travel Plus along with radio programming software before a trip so all of the repeaters along the way are ready to go if needed.
The loaded dry bag off the bike.
Here are the contents of the dry bag. From left to right are the sleeping bag, LED light, cot, and tent. The tent bag holds the footprint, tent, poles, and rain fly. Not show is the cooking kit which is also carried in the dry bag. Note that the cot bag has a handy clear plastic pocket on the front to hold the assembly instructions.
Contents of the cooking kit. This is the smallest pot that can fit the stove inside. The pot and lid are teflon coated to make cleanup easier. The lid can be used as a frying pan. The folded sliver piece under the stove pump is a folding wind block for the stove.
A ziplock bag was used to carry a couple of butane lighters, sharp knife, eating utensils, pot handle, and some tea bags.
The cooking kit in use making some morning tea.
A shot showing the underside of the LuxuryLite cot. Here is their web site - http://www.luxurylite.com
The tent can be seen set up in the background. The Luxurylite cot is now a product of Thermarest. They have improved the design making the cot a little higher and added a thermo-reflective coating on the underside of the cot material as the Ultra LIte cot. The original LuxuryLite cost is available as the Mesh Cot. Here is their website - https://www.thermarest.com/cots
Another shot of the cot.
The complete setup in the tent with cot, sleeping bag, and light. The towel doubles as a pillow when wrapped around the clothes packs. This tent has plenty of screen panels making it suitable for hot weather when used without the rain fly.
Here is an example of a packed pannier. Note the green and mesh clothes pack. These are very handy for keeping your clothes folded and organized with a minimum of extra space and weight. Another ziplock bag is used to hold papers maps on top where they are easily accessed. You can also see a crushable hat, yellow microfiber towel, and the stove fuel bottle. The proximity of the fuel bottle to the muffler looks like a problem but motorcycle magazine tests have shown that there is very little difference in the interior temperature of the panniers regardless of their proximity to the exhaust.
Camp set up in the woods with a happy camper.
You can see from the gear draped over the windshield that I'm one of those ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) riders. I wear an armored shirt under my jacket. It keeps the important parts of the armor in place regardless of the jacket fit. Admittedly, it feels uncomfortable when you first put it on but once you're on the bike and moving you don't really notice it. The biggest drawback is a sweaty back but that's a small price to pay for the ultimate motorcycling protection short of an airbag jacket.
Here is good little book that provides inspiration and information for motorcycle touring -
It has basic information on equipment, trip planning, suggested rides, and additional resources.
http://www.aerostich.com/sundry/books/i ... -book.html
Butler maps are a great resource for planning motorcycle trips. They highlight and rate roads according to riding fun (i.e. lots of twisties) and scenery. They point out enjoyable minor back roads that you might otherwise miss (or want to avoid if driving a car
Here is the Moto Guzzi Norge with the dry bag holding the camping equipment and the 3 liter water bladder. You can also see the 2m/440Mhz ham radio antenna attached to the left pannier. Straps on the dry bag hold it to the hand grips on either side of the saddle. The water bladder is held down by the straps across the top of the dry bag keeping it closed.