October 31, 2013 A few months ago Andrew and I were busy working on other projects/jobs. This was just an idea. Then we decided to focus. Now the snowball effect is in full force. Yesterday I was in Portland meeting fabric suppliers and doing in-store research. This was eye-opening. There are so many fabrics to […]
October 24, 2013 Before we started Andrew told me that designing a bag is similar to building a house: the frame goes up fast but everything else takes a long time. That has certainly been our experience. Getting to the first round prototype was relatively easy but now there are so many additional details to figure out. […]
October 17, 2013 The trunk of my car is starting to look like a bag designer’s. In this pic, I count six different bags by five different companies. We have our first mockup from Chip and are making some changes. Our primary goal is to finalize the dimensions so we can move on to “features.” Some things we learned: 1) It’s too big. Our original design […]
A 2006 KLR 650. Came with these really bad-ass looking sidecases.
October 11, 2013 This week we’re working on creating a very rough mockup of our pannier shape. I’ve been learning a lot about things like patternmaking and stitching, which I really knew nothing about until this project. We want to create a very fast, simple prototype of our shape just to check dimensions and make sure we’re headed in […]
October 7, 2013 Most soft panniers mount to the bike with straps, so the bags bounce around a lot. Plus the straps are a total pain in the ass to get on/off the bike. I generally take my panniers off at night regardless of whether I’m camping or in a hotel. Last winter in Central America there were a lot of mornings where […]
October 4, 2013 Busy week at Mosko. Learning a lot about bag manufacturing and materials. We have some initial high level sketches of the panniers, but now we need to translate those into physical prototypes. We decided that it would be more efficient to work with a prototype as opposed to trying to design everything on the […]
October 1, 2013 I was born in Philadelphia and spent the early part of my career working in downtown Seattle. I quickly realized that I wanted to live closer to where I play, so I moved to a small town on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, just outside Hood River, Oregon. This […]
October 1, 2013 Man, putting together a harbor freight bandsaw is no joke. Took the two of us 3.5 hours… dang.
September 20, 2013 Ten years ago, on my first major overseas moto trip (Vietnam), I strapped a backpack to the passenger seat and hit the road. That worked ok, but when it rained my stuff got wet, and the center of gravity on the bike was way too high. Since then I’ve used all different types of moto luggage including aluminum boxes, plastic hard cases, and soft […]
My buddy Andrew and I are on a mission to create the best adventure-touring motorcycle luggage on the market. This blog will track our progress. This is partially about the bags, and partially about building a business. The adventure begins! Pete