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I'll be needing a big waterproof tote bag to carry all my riding gear to the US next month and then carry it on the back of a GTS when I take it North.

It should be big enough to carry a jacket, helmet and leathers plus cheese.

Any clues as to what would be good ?

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These work well.

http://www.aerostich.com/bags/seat-bags-and-tail-bags/dry-bags

You can find them at boat stores and camping stores too.
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http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishing/Tackle-Storage/Waterproof-Bags-Containers|/pc/104793480/c/104777280/sc/104682780/Cabelas-Boundary-Waters174/735042.uts?destination=%2Fcategory%2FWaterproof-Bags-Containers%2F104682780.uts&WTz_l=Unknown%3Bcat104682780Here are some of different sizes and shapes.
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The ones from wall mart work great
Bill Dog: I have 3 that I purchased at wally world aka hell mart I carried items in these bags for a six week Vespa trip and I keep my sleeping bag in one when I am aboard the ship. They are of good quality and wont break the bank. Capt. Gary
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The Wolfman brand Expedition Dry Duffle, referenced above by JkerstinJ, are truly waterproof, open lengthwise, and have several tie-down points and straps. One can retrieve/stow gear quickly, and solidly fasten the bags to the scooter. And, they are offered in several sizes.

Oh, and Bill, try to avoid the insect bites this year, mate!!
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Save some dough and do what the dirty river guides do. Simple dry bags. They should be about half the price of some of the more premium 'gear' and work great. Most will have tie down options.

I doubt you have an REI in the UK so I used the googles and came up with this.

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/search/go?view=grid&w=dry+bags
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I have Ortlebe (spelling?) dry saddle bags from Aerostich online - they are super durable and absolutely waterproof. They also make some duffels. Also have Givi - backpack bought from Revzilla (maybe motorcycle superstore, i forget) and duffle from Aerostich. They too are very good and strap down easily and snugly. Pack an amazing amount of stuff. Not heavy and bulky like some other brands I looked at. Easy for traveling through airports and such as well as they all have removable shoulder straps. Been through lots of all day rain rides and have never had anything get even damp. Also carry a BMW 1-piece rain suit too and I am always perfectly dry.
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These work well.

http://www.aerostich.com/bags/seat-bags-and-tail-bags/dry-bags

You can find them at boat stores and camping stores too.
All I can add is that I've bought a lot of stuff from Aerostich and have always been more than satisfied. If you do order from them, check out the Euclid's Triangle. I have two and recommend the large and ultra-suede (for guys anyway). They really keep your (open) face warm when worn bandit-style.

https://www.aerostich.com/catalogsearch/result/?cat=0&q=euclid
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Bill Dog,

I have had several Simms bags over the years and they have proven to be reliable, water proof and tough. Simms is a fly fishing appareal company.

http://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/vests-packs.html
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Bill, I've just picked up a superb bag exactly for this purpose. As you know, I'm not a fan of top boxes and I've removed the box that Andrew (previous owner) had fitted.

I needed a bag to travel to World Vespa Days in Italy next month. I found this website www.over-board.co.uk they make bags for water sports like sea kayaking etc. I figured if you could chuck it in the sea it would be fine in the rain. They do all different shapes and sizes and are a good price. Posted out from the uk as well. Good tie down points and some reflective strips aswell.

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Overboard is a really good site. I just got a waterproof housing for my camera from them. Same kinda stuff as ortleib but cheaper.
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Ortlieb motorcycle-specific bags are orribly expensive, but their plain old drybags are cheap:

http://www.ortlieb.co.uk/mediumweight-drybag.html
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Yep. Ortlieb for me, plus a couple of Rok Straps to tie them down to the pillion space (or even the ones sold by GetGeared, which are pretty similar and have been on cheap offer at various times in the past, and which tend to come with more useful carrying handles imho).
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Oh, yes, I'm still cross that I missed those when they were a tenner!
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Just my 2 cents on this. I've had, limited maybe, success with my old duffle bag, purchased some 40 odd years ago from LL Bean, lined with a heavy duty plastic trash bag.
(Coincidentally the duffle bag is the same color of the scoot.)
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Dry bags that I use are from sailing. You could also check boating supply stores
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I've used the same dry bags we use on the kayak picked up at Academy which is a sporting goods store that sells lots of fishing gear. I don't know the UK equivalent but less pricy than REI. I picked up a Nelson Rigg Survival Edition motorcycle dry bag for the cannonball. I got the smaller size since we have a 42L topcase on the scoot I'm riding but I believe there is also a larger one since the one I bought would hold two full face helmets side by side without much room for anything else. So far I'm impressed with the quality and tie down points.
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Another vote for Ortlieb, and for Aerostich as the source. Ortlieb sells repair kits and kits for adding or replacing tie-down D rings so you can put them exactly where you want them. Very useful.
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Ohhhh I'm liking the Overboard stuff.

Thank you everyone for all of your input.

Cheers.

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Your favourite bag/rucksack placed in a garden waste bin bag or sturdy bin bag works well. Waterproof and folds to almost nothing if the weather is fine.
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I want to look slick, not like a homeless person.

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I want to look slick, not like a homeless person.

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I want to look slick, not like a homeless person.

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I ordered a dry bag last year, in a medium size. They sent the large instead and I stupidly decided to keep it. Way too big and clumsy for a two night ride.

Then I saw that Home Depot had a waterproof Husky bag for sale for less than $10.00. It was the perfect size in black, my favorite color. I haven't used it yet but it appears to be perfect for my needs. It is going to Alaska with me soon.

It is cheap, but doesn't make you look homeless.
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Any gym bag or backpack, just use a plastic garbage bag as a liner and "poof" waterproof bag ... hikers and backpackers have been doing this for years ... low on the "coolness" scale and if ya wanna to spend money, dry bags are great.
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Bills Bag !!!!

Oh spoilt for choice now !

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WalMart water proof
bags work fine and are reasonably priced.
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Re: Waterproof Bag Suggestions
Bill Dog wrote:
I'll be needing a big waterproof tote bag to carry all my riding gear to the US next month and then carry it on the back of a GTS when I take it North.

It should be big enough to carry a jacket, helmet and leathers plus cheese.

Any clues as to what would be good ?

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the best is Ortlieb here http://shop.touratech.com/travel-equipment/luggage.html
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