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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-20-2006, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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Finally finished my saddlebag brackets

Well, I'm finally ready to mount my homemade saddlebag brackets. I got them powdercoated semi gloss black at work. It's the same coating we use on the subway car axles we make, so it should hold up really good.
I decided against attaching brackets for the helmet locks. I hardly used them before because of them being under the saddlebags, and when I did want to lock the helmet up, I'd just use my padlock and lock it to the mirror post. Works just as good !
Well, here's what they look like before being mounted. I'm gonna try to get the on Wednesday, before work.

Before painting....


After painting


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They look great, especially after painting!
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Nice job! Very professional looking.
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now the question is.....how many orders are you gonna receive for them lol
great job, they turned out clean
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I wanna see them on the bike. How are you going to mount the bags to the brackets? I've still got to come up with some mount for my bags. They are both so big that they practically sit on the exhaust.

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Thanks all

I'll try to get a pic of them on the bike this afternoon (thursday).
I'm really pleased with how the powdercoat made them look.

As far as mounting the bags (the nylon 'Moto Pak' ones I got recently from ebay), I was going to use some of the wire clamps I mentioned in a thread about mounting Wing racks for Givi bags awhile ago. They would've been clamped on the brackets and riveted to the bags. But I didn't like the idea of not being able to remove them easily.
Luckily, the bags are zipped to the strap between them, so I'm just putting them under the seat. I might put some small straps of velcro on the bags that can wrap around the brackets, just so they don't flop around too much while riding.

Would be nice if I could take some orders for these, only trouble is, if you'd hold these brackets side by side, they're both a good bit different in shape. The only thing really the same is the mounting locations.
Maybe soon, I could make up a jig to make it alot easier for the bending part. I don't mind having them on my bike (they'll be under the bags most of the time anyhow) but I really wouldn't want to sell them like this to anybody.


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Well, here are the brackets mounted..............


And with the bags mounted...............


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Those Bags are wide. Looking good.

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great job....they even look good without the bags on, which is something that most supports don't do
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