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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-25-2007, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question travelcade bags (how to secure?)

A friend gave me some small saddlebags. I plan to throw them over the top of the seat because they wont ride properly under the seat. (no supports) There are four grommit holes in the top of the (cant think of the name for the leather part between the bags).........

There is also one loop on each side of the bags, and one loop on each bottom.

What would be the best way to attach the bags to the bike so that it wouldnt be easy / obvious to steal them?

I have two 72" leather bootstrings that I plan to use to tie them down. What I mean is, I woulndt want to be left with 2 neat little shoestring type bows right ON TOP of the bags so it'd be obvious right away how to remove them easily. I know it wont be hard to cut the strings but at least that will take a little more effort and show of INTENT to vandalize.
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I've got my old supports that I lost bought new ones and then found my old ones. Pm me if your interested. For lack of a better pic right now. I'll send actual later if you want.
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I have a set of throw-over bags that I attach with a bungee down around under the turn signals. I guess you could run a cable through a gromet and connect somewhere with a padlock. I never worried about getting them stolen.

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If you still have the helmet locks mounted on the sides of the bike you can tie the lace to the loop in the bottom and tie it off to the helmet lock on each side.

Before I got my saddlebag support I use to ride with the bags under the seat and resting against the shocks tied to the helmet locks and turn signals. There was some rubbing but it worked until I got the supports.

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Thanks for all the replies..... the way these bags sit, and the way my springs are, I dont think they'll rub. But if I put em under the seat, when I put the seat on they ride crazy..... like slant bags..... but they arent slants.

It's because the fender is curved and putting the seat on pushes the front of the bag to bend around the fender. If somone knows how to put em under the seat without this effect that'll be woderful, and as close to perfect as I could ask for.

Otherwise I have to go on top of the seat.
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Yep. That's the problem I had. I put them as far back as I could but still ended up with the back higher than the front

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You have to fasten the two tabs together at an angle, tighter at the front, looser at the rear. I only got one hole to line up on mine, so drilled new holes and used pop rivets to hold it together.

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What 2 tabs?
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There are 4 grommet holes in the top of the yoke.

I've been searching and I cant find any saddlebags quite like the ones I have.....

but my search did bring to my attention that most bags seem to have a yoke with a much narrower width. Perhaps cutting / timming the yoke? I am reluctant to do that.
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I have KAW supports and I used an aluminum bar 1/8 x 1-1/2 to drill mounting holes for my bags and put carriage bolts through the holes. Bag came with holes for mounting. There is flickr pic link in my signature, go to the saddlebag album for better idea of what I did.

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