Just wondering if any riders here actually carry a gun with them when they ride. The TRUTH now. No macho stuff please. What kind and how do you store it?
I've sport-toured before on my ZX11, trips that sometimes lasted a few days. Being alone in the middle of nowhere, I felt much safer with a loaded .38 snubnose. I didn't really care too much about stopping power. I just wanted something I can fall back on in case things got really bad(it never did). I carried it in my tailbag's small pocket. A couple of times I got really sleepy during a long trip, so I'd pull over to some forrested area or a rest area, find a quiet bench and take a quick nap. I was usually alone in those areas so I'd keep my bag right there in case I needed to whip out the .38. Some folks will find this a bit paranoid(afterall, I wasn't in some 3rd world country), but seriously, I just felt better having my "friend" on stand by.
BTW, not once did I have the desire to pull out the gun to "right things" with other drivers while I was out on the road. Except for a couple of incidents near home, I hardly ever get angry at other motorists around me when I'm out touring on my bike. They just rarely got in my way. And when they did, I'd simply roll that throttle and go. No anger build up whatsoever. Anyway, I only bring my gun when on tour, not on by daily commute, nor my daylong sport rides.