Most of the miles that I’ve put on bikes in the past few years have been from commuting. It’s economical. My fuel up this run put me at 40.1 mpg @ 165 miles since the last fill up. It’s also a whole lot more fun than driving a car to work everyday. I find that I arrive at work in a better mood and am better able to clear my head from the workday on the way home. On my H-D I used to just slip my lap top bag into the side bag, latch it up, gear up and go. Figuring out how to do the same thing, in a practical way, on the Ninja has been a fun challenge.
The easiest way, for me, to carry my bag to work has been to strap it onto the passenger seat on the N1K with tie downs. I thought about trying to carry the bag like a messenger bag, but decided that was not safe with this bag. Tie downs proved to be a really easy solution because Kawasaki have provided some great attachment points on the back of the bike. There are two anchors/hooks located just behind the passenger foot pegs. The passenger grab handles and expansive room under the back seat provide more opportunities for lashing items to the bike. Here’s a look at my rig for commuting: