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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-27-2015, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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storage on a bobber?

ok so since my rear fender has been cut and the rear frame section what do y'all think is the best way to get some storage on my bike? Thinking I want at least enough room to hold a 12 pack.

Here is how the bike looks on the back side. Note the rear fender is only held on by 2 bolts so too much weight slung over it and it will sag into the tire. Any good ideas on how to add support to it so i can just sling over a set of saddle bags?





Ideas that i've had so far include

1. Support fender so a set of toss over soft bags can be used.

2. Rig up maybe an old ammo can. However I'm not sure what size to look for but I know a 50 cal can looks way to big on the bike and a 9mm can just isn't large enough to hold enough stuff.

3. Make up a "sissy bar" back rest of some sort that i can Hang a duffle bag sized thing off of.

I'd really welcome any input. I'm loving the VN but if I'm gonna go on a 4 day trip by myself come march i'm gonna need more than a backpack. . .

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you dont need much for a 4 day ride just bungie cord a bed roll on the front and toss some clothes in a backpack and a bottle of what ever brand of "water" you like best

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you dont need much for a 4 day ride just bungie cord a bed roll on the front and toss some clothes in a backpack and a bottle of what ever brand of "water" you like best
you are forgetting beer and tools. i have a tendancy to be thirsty. hehe

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you are forgetting beer and tools. i have a tendancy to be thirsty. hehe
****, tools shouldn't be a problem, unless you need to do some major work a 10mm and 12mm wrench/socket would be about all you need. bungie cord a duffle bag to the rear fender should be able to hold enough.

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****, tools shouldn't be a problem, unless you need to do some major work a 10mm and 12mm wrench/socket would be about all you need. bungie cord a duffle bag to the rear fender should be able to hold enough.
rear fender currently won't support more than about 20 lbs. . . and that's a bit sketchy on rough roads.

I learned long ago that having too many tools isn't a bad thing. I keep a small jump pack, wire snippers, needle nose, regular pliers, a couple of allen wrenches a 6 way screw driver, a set of combo wrenches from 6 to 19, a socket wrench with a 10 / 12 / 14 / and 18 (spark plugs) a bit of extra wire, duct tape and electrical tape, some extra fuel hose. If that tool set doesn't fix it I don't need to try to do it on the side of the road. . .

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thats why i put quotations around the word water

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thats why i put quotations around the word water
I maybe had too much "water" at this point. I'm off tomorow maybie i'll play in photoshop.

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Storage on a bobber? That sounds like the guy that traded in his F250 for a Chevy Volt because he didn't like the gas mileage on his truck. After a week or two he was complaining about not having enough room to haul things because there was no cargo bed on the Volt. lol Sometimes you just can't have your cake and eat it too but you can increase what you are able to carry on the bobber without changing it into a cruiser or touring model. As mentioned already, a bedroll hung from the forks or bars is good and if you put that into a compression bag there are all kinds of things you can carry including your choice of "water" with the blanket or sleeping bag used for added insulation. Having it on the front keeps it in sight so there isn't a silent drop along the road. A tool bag roll is great also and easy to make yourself with potential room for additional items such as cell phone chargers or what ever. This can be hung from the rear as the weight will make enough noise if it falls unless your pipes are exceptionally loud. With these you can keep with the bobber style of eliminating most everything not necessary to make it go or stop. Good luck remember to post more pictures when you decide how you are going to proceed.

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I think beefing up your fender is going to be your best bet. You could make a simple luggage rack if you bolt it to the fender mount bolt and the top shock mount for stability. Maybe use some bent flat stock or some welded plate.

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