Motorcycle CCW Holster:


November 16, 2008, 11:44 PM
My brother and I do a lot of summer traveling on touring bikes, being from Milwaukee you can guess what we ride. Several times we ended up in less the desirable places to stay for the night. This fall we decided to get Utah CCW permits and plan to carry next time weíre on the road where itís legal. Well now the conundrum is how to carry, a tank bag is out of the question, too easy to get left behind. Has anyone tried a SmartCarry or FIST INC #42 Driving Holster? Any other ideas would be appreciated, Thanks!

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November 17, 2008, 09:16 AM
I wear riding jackets, and most of them have an inside pocket that is sized appropriately for a small semiauto. My Aerostich jacket has an outside left chest pocket that is well suited for a larger semi-auto.

November 17, 2008, 11:21 AM
Pockets are an option and an Aerostich jacket is on my Xmas wish list. I’ve heard of guys using shoulder holsters too but being a minimalist at heart I would like to keep it simple. I guess a jacket pocket is about as minimal as one can get, I was just wondering what other ideas are out there.

November 17, 2008, 11:40 AM
check out they make some nice leather vests for concealed carry.

November 17, 2008, 11:52 AM

Couldn't resist :D

November 17, 2008, 12:34 PM
Shoulder holster might be a better position for a
hard metal object instead of an upper left chest
pocket in case of crashing.


November 17, 2008, 12:43 PM
not from Milwaukee but have road HD motorcycles since the mid 60's. I carry a Kahr pm9 in my jeans front pocket with ease. when wearing a leather vest, It rides in my vest pocket. due to the lite weight ad size it is a no-brainer.

If you carry something like the Ruger lcp, damn you can stick that baby anywhere.

November 17, 2008, 12:51 PM
Either a shoulder holster or a jacket pocket work better than belt carried holsters, IMO.

When using a holster, first an IWB at my 1:00 for lefthand crossdraw where the gun kept moving upward from my movement and the bike's vibes, or later an OWB
at my 8:00 for strongside behind hip draw the gun kept beating on me because of wind force or vibration - it got to really hurting sometimes.

The best place is out of the wind loading for sure. My leather jacket had a pocket on the left side so I switched from a 1911 to a Makarov in that pocket for righthand draw as a compromise. I always wanted to get something custom made to holster inside my jacket but never did before I had to give up riding altogether.

November 17, 2008, 01:09 PM
I recently purchased a maxpedition versipack for this very purpose. It fits my p-228 and whatever else I need while out on the bike. I know it's considered off body carry, and not the quickest to draw... but I'm very impressed with the quality and overall utility of the bag. Better to have a gun, then not right? Plus you wear it, so when you get off the bike it comes with you unlike a tank bag or anything attached to the bike.



November 17, 2008, 01:11 PM
I have the tactical pocket T-shirt by 5.11. A super T-shirt with gun pockets on both sides. It must be worn under somthing for concealment, A vest works perfect or a sweatshirt. My PM9 rides in there with ease with the other side under arm pocket available for the spare magazine.. or a ruger lcp

NRAstore com is where I got mine at. they are top quality and they do work great. read more with the description given..

November 17, 2008, 01:19 PM
Alaska is the next ride in spring so we won’t be carrying through Canada this year but sure would like something more then pepper spray or .380 for that trip; more like an S&W 500. Right now we have between us a P239 (9mm), BDA, PPK/s all will fit in a pocket of various sizes. I do like the Coronado vests and it makes for a good wind breaker when riding, hell I’d like a Coronado vest for casual wear, didn’t see that coming - this is nice stuff. I like the Versipac too but might be a bit to bulky on the outside. Good ideas here Thanks!

November 17, 2008, 01:24 PM
I'd just like all us fellow motorcyclists to know.

I'm currently working on designs for concealed, and open carry while riding a motorcycle.

They're little more than sketches at the moment, but if you'd like, you could PM me and I'll keep you posted on them.

November 17, 2008, 01:59 PM
FYI - I have almost a half a million miles on two wheels (commuting and rallying) and about half of that mileage was earned while wearing a 'Stitch Roadcrafter. I have subjected one of my Roadcrafters to, um, an unexpected high-speed abrasion test. The pistol in the outer front chest pocket was not an issue during this test. Unless you're hitting something hard with your chest, it's just not an issue (even when tumbling).

More to the point, if you're impacting anything hard with your chest sufficient to worry about having something hard in the pocket, you really are in trouble regardless of what you have/don't have in the front pockets.

SOB holsters and hip holsters and thigh pocket holsters would worry me much more.

November 17, 2008, 02:13 PM
No different from my normal carry, IWB behind the point of the hip.

The Lone Haranguer
November 17, 2008, 02:53 PM
Has anyone tried a SmartCarry or FIST INC #42 Driving Holster?
Given the seating position on most "standard" or sport bikes, I've got to believe those would be terribly uncomfortable.

November 17, 2008, 04:16 PM
I just carry mine at 4 o'clock IWB in an Uncle Mike's while riding. It is comfortable, out of the way, yet easily accessible with either hand. I am assuming that my piece will be toast if I take a spill, but then again I think I will have bigger worries if that happens.

November 17, 2008, 05:19 PM
Cut off Levi jacket. I carry a S&W Mod.642 in the inside pocket. Ride hard my friend and stay safe.

November 17, 2008, 06:19 PM
If you end up with a belt holster or IWB holster you might want to consider some kind of lanyard, just to be safe.

Five of Clubs
November 17, 2008, 11:00 PM
I had a little trouble with a dog in the back of a pickup and went through this process as well. The best I could do was a snubbie (or other non-huge pistol) in a Desantis pocket holster in the cargo pocket on my right leg. I could reach it riding or sitting at a light, and if the wind blows my shirt halfway up my back (I don't ride baggers) then I haven't been outed. It's also very comfortable. Good luck and keep the rubber side down.

November 18, 2008, 08:07 AM
Drawing and firing from a moving vehicle, at least here in Va, is asking for a boat-load of problems.

Another option for carrying on the bike is the Galco Escort waist pack. Very comfy, quick access (when off the bike), and you dont have to worry about getting outed. I like mine, as do others I ride with. I also have riding friends that pocket carry, which I may do next.

Or you can just open carry and be done with it (providing your state allows it).

November 18, 2008, 09:40 AM
I guess at this point I’m looking at what ever works, mostly kept in a pocket for easy access, doesn’t bind and goes where you go. I was thinking I was missing something because there doesn’t seem to be any consensus on “this is what you have to have” everyone seems to do it differently. A lot of good ideas here but the pocket of a jacket or the stand by IWB seem to be what’s working.

November 18, 2008, 12:55 PM
When on my bike, I carry a PCR 9mm
in a HBE holster (OWB) on a lanyard, the PCR has a lanyard loop on the butt of the gun-nice setup.

November 18, 2008, 01:20 PM
Inside the waist band on most bikes is a mistake.Get an old fashioned motorcycle jacket,they have an inside the left breast pocket perfect for a .380 or similar sized gun.

November 18, 2008, 01:35 PM
"Alaska is the next ride in spring so we won’t be carrying through Canada this year but sure would like something more then pepper spray"

Well you can skip the Canada trek... I really don't think you want to ride through upper western BC in the spring. -Really.

Ride through Washington, which is an 'open carry' state that also honors many other states CCW's, then mail your hand gun from Bellingham to Alaska. Which, I believe is an open carry/CCW state that honors other state CCW's.

Might be worth looking into.

I don't have experience with the holsters or jacket you mention, but I do have an SP101 in a spring type shoulder rig that I hardly know is even there when I ride. Otherwise it's a 1911 on my hip in a HOYT OWB with snap over the top, cocked and locked.


November 18, 2008, 07:39 PM
dw... come to the Wisconsin BACA Holiday Party, and you can take a closer look at a Coronado vest: that's what my colors are on. I'll PM you the details

I've heard a LOT of people talk about drawing and firing while on a bike. But you have THE best self defense tool already in your right hand: it's called "the throttle"... ;)

November 18, 2008, 09:51 PM
I carry a P7 in my left side jacket pocket when it's cool, or a S&W 340 in my front pant pocket when it's hot

November 19, 2008, 01:33 PM
Just got my Sportsman's Guide catalog (for this week) and they have a motorcycle jacket listed that has a built in holster that looks like it would fit the bill. Take a look - MASô Pistol Motorcycle Jacket (

Geezer Glide
November 19, 2008, 04:18 PM
You can guess what I ride by my user name.:D

When I ride, I use the same thing I do at any other time. I carry a Glock G26 in an MTAC holster at about 4 o'clock. No problems at all.

November 19, 2008, 08:44 PM
Back in 82 I bought my first HD a shovel FLH fell in love with the ride. I wasnít too sure if I had paid too much for the scoot $2500 cash was a lot of money for a 3 year old HD at the time. Had a few others in the mean time but in 06 I went back to the FLH this time I spent 10 times that :what:

From most of my responses Iím thinking if Iím carrying while Iím riding Iím going in the pocket, or an IWB. Originally I wanted to carry when with the wife and for less then respectable areas - motels I usually find at 11 at night. To have access to a loaded gun is a plus especially when someone pulls up behind you on the side of the road at night.

Iím not dw lost; I just discover an alternative destination.

November 20, 2008, 12:51 AM
S&S Sales.. (

i know it's not concealed, but you might find a way of concealing it, or developing one that fits your specific needs..

it looks like it's just a Uncle Mike's kydex with a locking frame that attaches to the bike's frame..

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