I have carried on a bike all over the west. I had a kidney tool kit modified to hold a Charter Arms Bulldog 44sp with the hammer cut down, front sight removed and a one inch barrel. I also had Pachmyer grips.
In 20 years I only needed it once. I was crossing the desert in June midday and was feeling dizzy from the heat. I saw a tree on top of a little knoll and pulled over to wet my bandana and have some water from my saddlebags. I parked my bike off the road and climbed under the tree. Fortunately I took my gun but mainly was worried about snakes. About five minutes later a van with three 1%ers, pulled up opened the back of the van and were loading my bike. I yelled stop and they said f-off. I drew down on them and they dropped the bike and left.
Cell phones did not work out of town then, so I rode into town and called the CHP which was a waste of time.
Fortunately I had my weapon on me and loaded or I might have lost my bike or my life. Two lessons I learned. One when you are vulnerable, like being alone, don’t act the part of a victim. The second is a gun unloaded, in storage is worthless.
I will have to say the safest I have felt in 50 years of riding, is at true biker events. If you show respect, you will get respect. Go the other route you are in trouble.