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"There are two ways to learn lessons in life, the first is by observing and learning from the behavior of
other folks and second is by getting hit in the face with a 2 x 4 yourself. Both will help you learn the lesson,
but one is certainly less painful."
~ Jefe Smith from his book, LIFE, AMERICA and the ROAD

Pizza Box

I have never been a big fan of large boxy tour packs on the back of motorcycles. While admitting that they are immensely practical for carrying and storing stuff including helmets, to me they make the motorcycle look a bit blocky. If you are traveling two-up, that is an appearance trade-off that is pretty much required since there is only so much one can ask a passenger to live without, especially a female passenger. On my long trips I tend to carry bike luggage hung on the passenger back rest or sissy bar. OK, that is pretty bulky too, but for some reason that more temporary, packed-for-travel look works for me. The operative word is “me” since I have never taken a long trip with a passenger and my luggage takes up the passenger space on my bike.

BUT, when Harley first started selling the Road Glide, what is now the older styler Road Glide with the larger front fairing and more substantial front fender, the CVO model came with a very narrow, sleek-looking tour pack. It was immediately branded the Pizza Box since that is about all one would think would fit in such a narrow container. Notwithstanding that it was still a tour pack, I always liked the look of the old style Road Glide with that narrow pizza box and since I own an older style Road Glide, I finally decided to suck it up and purchase a pizza box. And I really don’t eat much pizza. As usual, Harley sells this skinny tour pack for too much money, but I decided to go for it. Then I discovered after the box arrived at my dealer that the backrest was to be purchased separately as was the mounting bracket and even the damn lock (which had to be keyed to match my ignition switch.) By now I should have anticipated this, but I didn’t. It is embarrassing to say that even after assembling and installing the thing myself, I spent nearly $1200. on this stupid pizza box. I still like the look of it, but I don’t know if I would have liked the look of it enough to spend all that money if I had known up front what it was going to cost me.

The pizza box does carry enough stuff that for a solo traveler, I am good for a week on the road and if you don’t think it looks cool, please keep your opinion to yourself, at least until my bank account recovers.

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