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    Wow, that case looks terrific!!


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    Cosmetically, this would make a cool "biker uke." May or may not need any setup work. Not a huge investment should something happen to it on a trip.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/21-Soprano-U...oAAOSwGtRXyrvO

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    I've struggled with this same issue. I ride motorcycle, and always want to have a Uke with me. I could fit a Soprano in a gig bag diagonally in one of my Harley saddlebags. But now I'll be riding a Triumph Bonneville, and its a smaller motorcycle, with smaller bags. I'm thinking about all the different positions where a Concert size Uke could go. Tied vertically against an old fashioned sissy bar would be a good solution, but unfortunately I don't have one. That may, in itself, be a good excuse to get one. I used to enjoy putting my bike on its center stand, and laying back against the sissy bar with my feet up on the gas tank. Ah, those were the days! I'm thinking a Uke case could strap down on the top of a saddlebag, with the neck pointing toward the back. That would be a safe position for it. Or, it could be strapped down on top of my tail bag. But either of those solutions would require removing the Uke every time I wanted to get into the bag. Not so good. I'm going to keep on thinking about this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reidlake View Post
    I enjoy cycling, and it's an experience that can't be replicated by traveling by car. On such trips, they use a rented motorcycle not to risk ruining their bike themselves. When I choose a bike, I always want to choose a different one than the previous one. I like to ride all kinds of motorcycle models. I was thinking about buying another motorcycle, but I do not know which bike to choose. Maybe someone understands the technical characteristics of motorcycles and can help me with advice?
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    You could try one of these lol. I just throw my uke in the basket and tie it down with Rok-straps.IMG_20180409_141002983.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reidlake View Post
    I enjoy cycling, and it's an experience that can't be replicated by traveling by car. On such trips, they use a rented motorcycle not to risk ruining their bike themselves. When I choose a bike, I always want to choose a different one than the previous one. I like to ride all kinds of motorcycle models. I was thinking about buying another motorcycle, but I do not know which bike to choose. Maybe someone understands the technical characteristics of motorcycles and can help me with advice?
    Motorcycle go vroom vroom and fast. I like riding motorcycles. Buy one size bigger than you need. Power is good. The technical aspects are fun to understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain-janeway View Post
    IMG_20161224_124957835.jpg
    You could try one of these lol. I just throw my uke in the basket and tie it down with Rok-straps.IMG_20180409_141002983.jpg
    I'd be scared to ride those on the road. How fast can they accelerate? I owned a Yamaha Majesty maxi scooter (I think it was 250cc?? or 400cc??, can't remember); when I was merging onto the highways the first time, the thought about getting off and help push it came to mind.

    BTW, since you are in the bay area, are you on BARF?

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    WRT the OP's question. I think a soft backpack style bag or some other bag that can hook onto your backpack (if you wear one) might work well. Many motorcycle packs come with rain cover; or you can use a thick garbage bag; hopefully it shouldn't rain that much on your trips, I assume you check weather often (I was really up and up on the weather when I was riding, especially on a long trip).

    The tenor is longer, which probably will create more carry problem than thickness because more motorcycle cases are more limiting on long objects than fat objects.

    Make sure you consider crash situations. I'd hate to crash wearing something that can catch onto objects (like a backpack that won't separate from me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    My bike was stolen and I could not afford to get a replacement in the quality I wanted. I could have bought and older model which needed work. So I picked up a higher end electric bicycle to get around the urban area. It is great fun and works well for trips that are under 40km from a railway station, but its much to slow for 1000km day trip. But I can still do a 1000km fortnight trip on the bike if I want to.

    I just use plywood ukes for touring on long trips on bicycles and when I had my motorbike. Just in a simple bag, you could use a pillow case if you lost the soft case. Or even without a case, just tied on top of the luggage. In the sun mostly, and a little bit of rain. The beauty of leaving the (soft) case packed away is that when you stop for lunch, the uke is on top, easy to access and play while the water boils. As long as it does not interfere with your vision, you can tie a uke on top, where ever you choose. It is very light and if you work it out, you will not need a high tension strap to hold it on safely, maybe just an octopus strap. Another option for a shorter trip is to hang it off your back, which might be dangerous if you do fall off. You really do not need a hard case on a bicycle or motorbike, you just need to carefully tie the uke on top of the luggage, and you need to bring the right uke.

    If you are going to a festival or job or event where you have a playing part, maybe then you would pack a nicer uke inside a hard case and strap it onto the bike. But you can find plywood ukes which will do the job for most other two wheel adventures. If you are really keen, you could even commission a custom plywood uke which has some stronger attachment points so you can tie it on. Maybe you could order a nice little plywood soprano with a painted finish to match the bike, and with stronger strap pins fitted and a headstock with an attachment point so you can just tie it on top? Give everyone a surprise when they think you have a painted over $30 Mahalo and it has an amazing tone and is easy to play, but its actually a custom uke from a well known maker?
    How about removable Command hooks and your own paint job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    I would not trust Command Hooks on a long hot day on the road. They are great for normal circumstances, but it is no fun at all if something falls off the bike during a 1000km day when the glue lets go due to heat and tension combined and you have no idea where. I tied the uke onto the bike with a tie point on the headstock and an octopus strap over the body under just the right tension.
    Oh good point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clear View Post
    I'd be scared to ride those on the road. How fast can they accelerate? I owned a Yamaha Majesty maxi scooter (I think it was 250cc?? or 400cc??, can't remember); when I was merging onto the highways the first time, the thought about getting off and help push it came to mind.

    BTW, since you are in the bay area, are you on BARF?
    Can't take them on the freeway. They're on 50 cc. Put on a 70 cc cylinder so it can hit 50 but still... I ride in a moped gang. Picture 150 of them going over the Golden Gate. People all stand with cameras and wave at us lol. They're great for slow rides in those Oakland hills. Can go play a uke up there. Don't get on BARF. I'm just on a bunch of moped sites. They're like 35+ yo so the motto is Mopeds, no problems. Drive safe.

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