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post #1 of 89 (permalink) Old 02-17-2009, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Mutazu GA Hard saddlebags on Kawasaki F&S bag supports

Mutazu GA saddlebags on Kawasaki F&S bag supports




OK, I admit I was too lazy to make my own brackets, and I like chrome.





It was nearly impossible to get a good idea of where to place the bags on the brackets. Taping a cardboard cutout to the bike allowed some easy adjustments until the placement was just right.




Wood is easier to measure for accuracy than holes in cardboard.

Overall I'm very happy with this setup. I have LeatherLyke bags on my other bike and those are a lot more robust (would even protect the bike from a spill I bet), but they are a lot more expensive and weren't the look I wanted for this bike.




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That's a job well done.

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I agree that looks great! My only question.... Where'd you get the chrome extender to move the turn signals back and attach the helmet locks. I would LOVE to be able to mount my helmet locks somewhere like that!

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Thanks Niterider

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JWenhart, the "chrome extender to move the turn signals back and attach the helmet locks" is part of the Kawasaki Fire & Steel Saddlebag Support Kit (# K53021-094).

The saddlebags were only $115 (for the pair), but the supports were at least $123. On the upside - they're a Kawasaki factory part so they were thoughtfully designed for our bikes and they fit, they're nicely chromed and the use of both helmet locks was kept.

I'd describe it roughly as a piece of steel, 1/8" thick, about 1" high, maybe 10" or 11" long. Take the last two inches of it and bend it at a 90° angle and weld a metal triangle on top to help keep its shape. Drill holes to mount the rearward moved turnsignals and the rear facing helmet locks and chrome it.

Hope that helps. -Sloppy

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Saddlebags

I like your setup but I have a question. One of your pictures after the one with the F/S Saddlebag supports laying on the piece of cardboard looks like metal frame shaped like the F/S Saddlebag supports. What is that and is it part of your support for the saddlebags? Thanks
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I like your setup but I have a question. One of your pictures after the one with the F/S Saddlebag supports laying on the piece of cardboard looks like metal frame shaped like the F/S Saddlebag supports. What is that and is it part of your support for the saddlebags? Thanks
I think that he traced the support frame and colored it in with a marker. He also has holes in the card board.

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Hey guys,

The wood template just made measuring exactly where to drill the holes easier than trying to guess the measurements of the holes marked on the cardboard template. The cardboard and wood templates are not used with the finished setup.

Basically, I traced the bottom part of the bag on to a cardboard template. That template was taped to the F&S support and adjusted as desired until the fit and look were right. (At this point I was careful to get it level and to place it far enough back so a passenger could reach the pegs, but still have the bags and the locks on the back of them clear the turn signals.) Afterwards the cardboard template was transfered to wood. The wood was mounted to the bike for a moment just to check fit and take more accurate measurements. Then those measurements were transfered to the bags for drilling.

Call me paranoid, but I'm a big fan of 'measure twice - cut once'.

Thanks for asking -Sloppy

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Küryakyn LED battery monitor
Kawasaki F&S luggage rack, bag supports & headlight visor
Splines lubed at 700 miles (they were dry from the factory!)
Anodized black SuperBrace fork brace < Link >
Mutazu GA hard saddlebags < Link >
Kawasaki F&S floorboards < Link >
Chrome Küryakyn wide brake and clutch levers < Link >
Clear Alternatives LED tail light board
National Cycle N2220 Windshield
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Looks really nice,and now quite functional...enjoy!

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