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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, the title might sound weird, couldn't come up with anything else. This is my dilemma, I do have saddle bags, but no brackets so the bottoms are getting torn up on the shock bolts. I took them off, like the look better anyway. When I ride by myself, mostly to work and home, I just put stuff in a back pack and strap it on the passenger seat. Well school has started back and my daughter loves to ride but I don't have anywhere to store her back pack, mine, and any other miscellaneous stuff I might have to carry. Am I destined to only drive my truck now? What have you all done?


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Find some saddlebag supports, move the turn signals, and get bigger saddlebags...

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I forgot about that small luggage rack that goes behind the seat. I already moved my turn signals, just never figured out a good way to make saddle bag brackets yet.

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-1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Ear shaved
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Emissions removed
Lowered rear
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
Petcock gutted

- Wife's: 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited Pearl White
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Thanks! Don't know why I find it so hard to find parts like this online...

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Relay coil mod
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Lowered rear
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The luggage rack is so small, it's basically useless for anything larger than a small satchel. When I've tied larger things down they have a tendancy to flop back and forth. With proper anchoring it can be done, but it's a pain. I do have saddle bags with supports, but when carrying something like a gallon of milk, the bottoms just don't have enough support, and they're starting to tear where they bolt onto the frame.

I'm in the middle of making a crate that can quick-snap onto the luggage rack when I need to transport a bulky item in a hurry, as well as a saddle-bag bracket with an 'L' profile to provide support on the bottom. Haven't seen either of those things in the existing market.

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Thanks! Don't know why I find it so hard to find parts like this online...
I got some bags like these:
https://www.vikingbags.com/kawasaki-...-8688-prd1.htm

Not exactly the same but I don't think they make mine anymore. Anyways, They're hard bags and have a mounting kit included. Gives you everything you need to bolt right into the... whatever the thing that holds the turn signals is, and provides spacers to clear the shocks. If you measure right, you don't have to get the Fire and Steel kit, but can bolt right into your existing setup
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The luggage rack is so small, it's basically useless for anything larger than a small satchel. When I've tied larger things down they have a tendancy to flop back and forth. With proper anchoring it can be done, but it's a pain. I do have saddle bags with supports, but when carrying something like a gallon of milk, the bottoms just don't have enough support, and they're starting to tear where they bolt onto the frame.

I'm in the middle of making a crate that can quick-snap onto the luggage rack when I need to transport a bulky item in a hurry, as well as a saddle-bag bracket with an 'L' profile to provide support on the bottom. Haven't seen either of those things in the existing market.
Just be sure that whatever you're attaching and carrying, it won't put too much stress on the mounting bolts
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I got some bags like these:
https://www.vikingbags.com/kawasaki-...-8688-prd1.htm

Not exactly the same but I don't think they make mine anymore. Anyways, They're hard bags and have a mounting kit included. Gives you everything you need to bolt right into the... whatever the thing that holds the turn signals is, and provides spacers to clear the shocks. If you measure right, you don't have to get the Fire and Steel kit, but can bolt right into your existing setup
Where are y'all finding all of these sites that still support our bikes? I have been searching the internet all over and haven't found anything. I'll have to bookmark this site. Thanks

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Chieftain bars
Roadmaster heated seat

-1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Ear shaved
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Emissions removed
Lowered rear
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
Petcock gutted

- Wife's: 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited Pearl White
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All ya gotta do is ask my friend, and we'll find whatever you need. Except crash guards and luggage racks. That **** is hard to find
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