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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2008, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Black Gloss Diamond Plate Saddle Bags

I was looking at a toolbox for my pickup. It is aluminum with the diamonds and it is powdercoated black gloss.

This got me thinking. What if someone made saddle bags out of the same material. A nice hard bag that wouldn't need mounting brackets and might be less $$ then the leather bags I have been seeing

I am curious what all of you guys and gals think of this idea.

If you want to see what I am thinking of looking at goto www.deezee.com and check out their toolboxes.

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cool idea, i saw a pic of a dimond plated touring bike somewhere. the owner went crazy with the stuff, he covered most of the bike. maby a chrome one would look good also.

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I had a custom rear rack made outta diamond plate for my old XR. Had built in turnsignals and tail light/license plate holder.
It was made from pieces of running boards from a buds pickup. Held up great to the off roading, so I'd imagine for saddle bags it'd hold up well too.
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Can't say I've ever seen anything like that on the market though.


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I was looking at a toolbox for my pickup. It is aluminum with the diamonds and it is powdercoated black gloss.

This got me thinking. What if someone made saddle bags out of the same material. A nice hard bag that wouldn't need mounting brackets and might be less $$ then the leather bags I have been seeing.....

So, how would that work? You just going to duct tape them on?...LOL

All hard bags I have ever seen need mounting brackets. The Givi monokey is one of the better systems.

If you watched the "Long Way Around" you may have noticed they used aluminum cases..not very pretty , but light and rugged.

You idea is simular to those that used Ammo cans or Pelican cases..with the right kind of mount you could bolt almost anything to a bike.


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IF you were able to source everything you needed from a metal scrap yard you could probably do the bags pretty cheap. If you needed to buy the material at retail prices the bags would cost a fortune to make...

That said, with a great source of cheap, durable, watertight hard bags available (ammo cans)... why?

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IF you were able to source everything you needed from a metal scrap yard you could probably do the bags pretty cheap. If you needed to buy the material at retail prices the bags would cost a fortune to make...

That said, with a great source of cheap, durable, watertight hard bags available (ammo cans)... why?
I think JamieB should buy some ammo cans and then wrap them in diamond plate. Powder coat the whole thing in gloss black and Voila! custom hard bags! DP and ammo cans - a marriage made in heaven!

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I think JamieB should buy some ammo cans and then wrap them in diamond plate. Powder coat the whole thing in gloss black and Voila! custom hard bags! DP and ammo cans - a marriage made in heaven!
great idea....not for me..but still cool
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Igloo coolers for me (soft side, hard shell). Just about as durable as the cheap plastic bags coming from China and they have outside pockets. Not a bad deal @ $14.95.

Some of the dual sport bikes with aluminum hard bags do look like tool boxes. Harbor Freight and Northern Tool have some stuff that would work.

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