I have two questions. I am a new rider and just picked up an '03 WR450F a month ago and am so far having a blast. The bike is plated. I bought the bike to fit the following mission profile to get me to some great hiking trail heads. A lot of the amazing hikes in the PNW involve extended forest service road drives. I have been doing this for quite a while in my coupe but frankly riding the dirt roads is no fun in a car and the progress is slow. I have no desire to own a pickup. My typical hike looks like:
30-100mi road drive
0-30mi forest service road drive
park bike at trailhead for 5-48hrs.
In general fuel stops should be doable with the 2.6g tank.
I typically hike with a 40l backpack for day hikes and overnights to a 60l backpack for multi night or raft trips.
Question 1: How to manage carrying the backpack while riding the bike. I would really prefer to keep the backpack off my shoulders. I have ridden my mountain bike with a backpack and I find my back starts hurting quickly. On the other hand I have also ridden my mountain bike with a rear rack and the backpack tied to the rack and I didn't really like that solution either, it was not very stable. Hiking backpacks are somewhat awkward because they have an internal frame and lots of straps hanging from them. I can put the backpack in the waterproof bag cover or a dry sack to eliminate the loose straps issue. What is the best way to attach this to the bike. Would something like the pro moto billet rack be a good option?
Question 2: Trailhead security. This is my first bike but I am nervous about someone throwing the bike in the back of a pickup while I'm out hiking. Is this a real concern? If so, whats the best option? I could see using a long cable lock to a tree, but then again lots of pickups have bolt cutters in the back at all times. Also I would think the absolute minimum cable length would be 10ft. I could use a chain but it would be super heavy. I guess another option would be to stash the bike in the woods up road or down road of the trailhead. An invisible bike will not be messed with. This is not always a reasonable solution.