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Carry while riding a motorcycle

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Citadel15L, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Citadel15L


    Jan 8, 2013
    Central Florida
    I am about to buy another motorcycle, my first since I have turned 21 and began carrying, and I was wondering what some of your opinions on carrying while riding are. I am looking at a Honda RC51. That's a sport bike so it's an aggressive, forward leaning position. Right now I carry with a glock 19 in an IWB galco holster. I don't think it will be an issue at all. I was just curious of some experiences you guys have had and if you have any tips.
  2. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    IWB for a while now and through a dozen states or so but I sit upright. I am far too old to lean forward for more than a minute or three.

  3. OldSchool64


    Sep 5, 2010
    As far as I'm concerned, carrying while riding is no different than carrying while doing any other activity.

    That being said, I always give consideration to my method of carry depending on any given activities.

    In short, find what works for you and dress accordingly.
  4. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    I carry all sorts of ways on my motorcycle - Glock in an IWB holstder. S&W J frame in a shoulder holster or jacket pocket. Walther PPK in a shoulder holseter, jacket pocket, IWB or ankle holster, Kel Tec P3At in jacket pocket, etc. Any way you can carry off the motorcycle, you can carry on it, but I don't ride a sport bike.
  5. yamen1999


    Oct 4, 2008
    Most sport bike riders I've seen have a problem with their shirt blowing up their back due to the angle they are sitting on the bike. I ride a cruiser and wear untucked button down mechanic shirts and I have no problem. I carry a G21 IWB at 4 o-clock.
  6. r3dot


    Sep 6, 2007
    Izzerwat TX
    As a sport bike rider, I've never carried on the bike. I've carried a j frame in the storage but that's about it. Too much hassle, and I usually wear 1pc leathers.

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  7. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    I haven't owned a motorcycle in decades but I fail to see the problem of carrying while riding one. I grant you that in hot summer months special care should be taken but when weather mandates layering of clothing I don't understand why concealment would pose a difficulty.
  8. I carry a little S&W 32 H&R magnum j frame with crimson trace grip (hard plastic type) in my right inside jacket or vest pocket. If riding a motorcycle and shooting I need to use weak hand as right hand runs the throttle.

    So think about your intended usage and then decide on strong versus weak hand. I got laser so I could shoot without 'aiming' if on the road. The hard plastic crimson slips out of pocket better than the rubber version. Lots of common sense thoughts like that guided my decisions.

    Small of back is no good on sport bike. IWB could be uncomfortable bent over. What kind of goober would wear a fanny pack on a motorcycle? Geesh. I would get a high quality desantis or galco shoulder rig, Miami II or NY rig if I recall is what I got for hiking and fly fishing trips in Alaska for use with my G20. Sweet rig and very comfortable. Less ideal in summer as you wouldn't likely be wearing clothes over it.

    However, in your case it would be accessible irregardless of your body position. Tough nut to crack though. I can see what has you scratching your head.

    Last edited: Dec 19, 2013
  9. Citadel15L


    Jan 8, 2013
    Central Florida
    That's a great point that I didn't think about. I would probably choose to keep my gun on my right hip because I would not want to have it on my left when I reached my location and resumed normal activity. I also think I would be better off riding away from a dangerous situation as fast as I can with both hands than trying to pull some sort of GTA V stunt and shoot and ride at the same time. But I guess it's nice to have the option.
  10. JDA58


    Aug 29, 2013
    PittsBurgh Pa.
    I would use something with a Thumb Break..for peace of mind..I would hate to get home with an empty holster..
  11. Nest


    Nov 3, 2009
    I know a few guys who carry on sport bikes. One has his in a bag that straps on the gas tank. Unfortunately that means he has to remove it when get gets to where he is going. Most put it in a backpack that they usually wear anyways. A couple just wear it on their hip and if it shows, it shows.
  12. RGbiker


    Oct 12, 2009
    In Arizona we riders OC during summer months and CC in jacket or coat pocket during cooler months.
  13. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    BTW, is it possible to draw a pistol while driving a motorcycle? Are both hands needed on the handlebar?
  14. technically no. have you ever ridden a bicycle with no hands? same effect. but the higher the speed the easier it is.

    well, i didnt want to say anything, but once i did have an ecnounter while riding and there is video evidence....

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  15. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Congrats on the RC51. That's a sweet mamajama.

    I've carried my snubbies inside the riding jacket pocket. If it were an aggressive riding day in the plan then the snubbies would to into a tank bag. Actually the tail section of my Ztuono can take a snubbie or pocket pistol.

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  16. ranger1968


    Mar 23, 2009
    They should be wearing a proper riding jacket, and that won't happen;

    I ride about 150 miles round trip per day on a sport bike, with a G-23 in an HH Holsters Ranger Rig

    And G-27 in a pocket holster with carpenter jeans; the pistols are never exposed, no matter how I ride, and I'm perfectly comfortable.

    I'm doing this in Florida, where it's Summer all year, so it's do-able pretty much anywhere.

    If you dress properly, and around the firearm, you will never have a problem.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2013
  17. uzimon

    uzimon team ftp

    Jul 11, 2007
    I rode a busa with a 26 in my front pocket, empty chamber
  18. ranger1968


    Mar 23, 2009
    Why an empty chamber?
  19. John Rambo

    John Rambo Raven

    Feb 15, 2010
    Tampa, Fl.
    Eating **** on a bike is bad enough without getting shot in the chest in the process, I reckon.

    I carry IWB strong side and never had a problem, but I ride cruisers.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2013
  20. ranger1968


    Mar 23, 2009

    How's he gonna get "shot in the chest", unless he somehow pulls the trigger? the pistol's not gonna fire unless the trigger gets pulled....