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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-12-2009, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Pro-Tac or Saddlebags

Well I took delivery of my Pro-tac backrest last night after work. I assembled it easily as expected and find it feels and looks good. I look forward to using it instead of that damn cooler. (not too comfy)

BUT... the yoke on the saddlebags I have is wide where it zips on the bags, covering the flange for the Pro-Tac, making the bags useless with the Pro-Tac in place. No - a hole can't be cut in the yoke, can't be moved back.

(dammit)

So I have to decide - keep the bags and give up the support, or keep the support and then have to spend MORE MONEY on new bags. Look - I know this isn't a catastrophe but cripes... I don't have a money tree in my yard!!

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Like my momma used to say, measure twice and buy saddlebags once.

Can you lower the bags to get around the backrest bracket? I have the pro-tac on mine and have my large bags on it as well, no cutting, just lowered them a 1/2 or so and they fit fine.

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Not my mom... she says stuff like "Who are you? What are you doing in here? NURSE!!!"

Who knew you had to measure???
First bike... first bags...

I could re-tie the yoke and lower them but I think they'd sit too low against the support brackets. I'll try that though.

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Mine fit nicely by lowering the. But if that didn't work and I had to make a choice, hands down it would be keep the back rest, it has saved my back and let's me ride longer! Might have to relocate the turn signals and move them back a little. I'm looking for a relocation kit so I can do mine, they are hard to find.

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Just don't let em sit on the pipes! I had to grind down my saddlebag support front mounts so the protac mount would sit back and rest on the side rail. Otherwise I was forced to lean forward which lasted one ride. It might take some riggin but hopefully you'll find the right combo! Maybe take some photos and post em for more off the wall ideas from the group...

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You can cut a hole in the yoke and then install the backrest.


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You can cut a hole in the yoke and then install the backrest.
Thought of that... it's a pretty thick zipper that at the moment rests right on the pro-tac bracket. I'm going to attempt to lower it some by re-tyeing the yoke, moving the zipper past that point and maybe clearing a spot for that hole, but there's not a lot of room before they get too close to the mufflers.

I really want saddlebags, but I want riding comfort more. I may just have to save up for a different set of bags if this won't work.

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Have you considered going yokeless?

Many have. With many different types of bags.

Depending on the bag, there are seveal ways to do this. Most folks make their own supports, but I think there are a few on the market, like this one:
http://www.chromeworld.com/index.cfm...categoryID=843


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You will have to alter the bag in some way. Usualy means punching some holes in it's back.

Am sure someone that has done this can give you more information.

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Have you considered going yokeless?
thats what i did with my saddlemen bags. i bought them yokeless. i used the bolts that the supports mounted with. went through the back of the bags, through the support, into the nut. there is a strap on the bottom of the bags that went around the support to secure the bottom of the bags.





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