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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-15-2009, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle Bag Support question

I bought a nice set of saddle bag supports and when I went to install them I found that they won't work unless I remove the helmet locks. Has anyone else had this problem? I really don't want to lose the locks and would relocate them if I could find a suitable place. Any thoughts/ideas?

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My '01 has Saddleman bags and some pretty serious-looking bag supports, but PO relocated the helmet locks to the rear of the bike (a couple of brackets seem to be doing the trick). Hopefully someone here knows about a kit or something; if not, I'll shoot some pics and show you what I have. What kind of supports did you purchase?

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Pictures would be great, I might be able to fabricate something. I appreciate the help.

I got mine on e-bay from Calvary-Custom. They are chrome and look great but no instructions and didn't realize I'd have to move the locks. Here is what they look like:
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I'll go snap a couple o' pics and post 'em in a few. McGyver I am not, so if you see the pics and think, "Geez, Robins, that's not possible!", my apologies in advance!

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The easist thing to do is just make two simple L brackets and attach them to the licence plate mount, with the helmet locks on the sides.

I personaly never would use the locks, but would buy a cable lock to store in one of your saddlebbags. You could then lock two helmets to the seat, positioned so if it rains the inside does not get wet.
For full face hemets it be even more secure because you can run the cable through the visor cut outs.

These are pretty cool too:
http://www.barender.com/

Or you could get these and mount them to the frame members above the side covers:

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Hmm, these appear to be turn signal relocation brackets that also allow for the relocation of the helmet locks. That may be more involved than what you wanted to do (especially if there's no other reason to relocate the turn signals). Sorry I can't be more helpful to you!
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The clamp-on ones from JCW look nice, but what's to stop someone from just unscrewing the whole bracket? Or am I missing something?

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Thanks to you both, great ideas. I like the chome locks from JC Whitney, but think I'll look at the L bracket idea first. You just saved me about a million brain cells trying to figure this out!

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The clamp-on ones from JCW look nice, but what's to stop someone from just unscrewing the whole bracket? Or am I missing something?

Yes, this line in the description:

"2 keys and one-way mounting screws included"


Once you screw them on, they do not come off...........


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Yep - the screw heads are of the "tighten only" design. So you'd better want it where you put it.

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