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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2009, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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tailbox or bag

Greetings. I have an '05 and like it very much. I use a PF3 and it works well, but needs about a 1" shave, as I don't like looking through it...

Anyway, I currently have a JC Whitney plastic cheapie tailbox mounted on the luggage rack. I really can't stand the way it looks and would like to replace it, but the tailbags I've looked at really don't work for the VN750 configuration...they don't attach well to the "sissy bar" portion of the seat.

I'm thinking I might go with a sportbike-style tailbag attached to the rack.

Anyone have any thoughts on this or alternatives. Locking is not an absolute requirement, but would be a plus....

Your thoughts, please. And thank you...

Bob
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2009, 10:17 PM
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I have this on mine, inplace of the toolbox.........


It is lockable, in that I can lock the two zipper pulls together, but being only nylon,
it could just be cut if someone really wants in it.

It is a tiny backpack that I got from Walmart. As I've said before, I'm not sure if I got it in the luggage section, or photo section.


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I have a cortech mini tank bag attached to the rear rack. Not the magnetic one, but the one with straps. Ran the straps under the seat and they tuck into the rear of the seat tightly, holding the bad snug. I'll shoot a pic tomorrow for you. It's real slim-line and I can still open the toolbox. I put my gloves, sunglasses, bungee cords, etc in the bag, and I can snap it off any time.

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Thanks...I'd like to see the CorTech mini tank bag arrangement you have...

I'm still looking at alternatives and noticed a tank bag/fanny pack arrangement available through J&M....

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Here's some pics of my baby with the cortech mini tank bag on the rear rack. I installed the straps under the seat with the buckles just sticking out enough to clip on to the bag. Then I push the buckles under the toolbox and it holds the bag firmly against it, no wiggling when riding.

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Tried the larger tank bag but it didn't look like it fit as well. By the way, look at pic #3. Wouldn't she look much better if she had the chrome radiator cover with the VN750.com logo that we were working on a while back?

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Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

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Howdy, all. I ended up getting a pair of CorTech nylon saddlebags. They look good and have a lot of room...of course, locking them is another issue entirely...but so far, I'm happy. We'll see how they do after a run down the road....

Thanks for your advice!

Bob

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How about some pics, gumshoe4. Love to see how they look on your Vulcan. Might be interested in adding some storage space to mine, too.

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Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

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So where did you get the studded leather toolbox cover.

Also the cortech mini tank bag on ebay has a padded bottom. Is this easily removed.

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I use a PF3 and it works well, but needs about a 1" shave...

...tailbox... tailbag...
I shaved my PF3 by 1.5". Glad I did.

Here's my luggage array...
* Tour Master nylon slant saddlebags (medium) ~ too small, but I yoke them under my seat when I go on longer trips, strapping the front ends to the passenger pegs. (I don't use saddlebag supports.)
* Tour Master TB-17 tail bag ~ great soft bag; I put it on the back of my seat (in front of the Corbin back rest), attaching 2 hooks to the tail rack and 2 hooks to the helmet locks.
* Cortec mini tank bag ~ handy for long trips (wallet, camera, etc.).
* Emgo Portable Travel Trunk ~ cheap, lockable, large enough for a helmet, doesn't look like a Givi but doesn't look cheap either; very handy for the commute.

Here's a photo of the tail case...



Here's a photo of the whole package BEFORE I bought the hard case. Notice also the Airhawk pad on the seat, and the rolling LL Bean backpack bungeed to the tail rack (this works well too!).


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