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Ok, the title might sound weird, couldn't come up with anything else. This is my dilemma, I do have saddle bags, but no brackets so the bottoms are getting torn up on the shock bolts. I took them off, like the look better anyway. When I ride by myself, mostly to work and home, I just put stuff in a back pack and strap it on the passenger seat. Well school has started back and my daughter loves to ride but I don't have anywhere to store her back pack, mine, and any other miscellaneous stuff I might have to carry. Am I destined to only drive my truck now? What have you all done?

 

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I forgot about that small luggage rack that goes behind the seat. I already moved my turn signals, just never figured out a good way to make saddle bag brackets yet.

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Thanks! Don't know why I find it so hard to find parts like this online...
 

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The luggage rack is so small, it's basically useless for anything larger than a small satchel. When I've tied larger things down they have a tendancy to flop back and forth. With proper anchoring it can be done, but it's a pain. I do have saddle bags with supports, but when carrying something like a gallon of milk, the bottoms just don't have enough support, and they're starting to tear where they bolt onto the frame.

I'm in the middle of making a crate that can quick-snap onto the luggage rack when I need to transport a bulky item in a hurry, as well as a saddle-bag bracket with an 'L' profile to provide support on the bottom. Haven't seen either of those things in the existing market.
 

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Thanks! Don't know why I find it so hard to find parts like this online...
I got some bags like these:
https://www.vikingbags.com/kawasaki-vulcan-750-small-thor-series-motorcycle-saddlebags-8688-prd1.htm

Not exactly the same but I don't think they make mine anymore. Anyways, They're hard bags and have a mounting kit included. Gives you everything you need to bolt right into the... whatever the thing that holds the turn signals is, and provides spacers to clear the shocks. If you measure right, you don't have to get the Fire and Steel kit, but can bolt right into your existing setup
 

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The luggage rack is so small, it's basically useless for anything larger than a small satchel. When I've tied larger things down they have a tendancy to flop back and forth. With proper anchoring it can be done, but it's a pain. I do have saddle bags with supports, but when carrying something like a gallon of milk, the bottoms just don't have enough support, and they're starting to tear where they bolt onto the frame.

I'm in the middle of making a crate that can quick-snap onto the luggage rack when I need to transport a bulky item in a hurry, as well as a saddle-bag bracket with an 'L' profile to provide support on the bottom. Haven't seen either of those things in the existing market.
Just be sure that whatever you're attaching and carrying, it won't put too much stress on the mounting bolts
 

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I got some bags like these:
https://www.vikingbags.com/kawasaki-vulcan-750-small-thor-series-motorcycle-saddlebags-8688-prd1.htm

Not exactly the same but I don't think they make mine anymore. Anyways, They're hard bags and have a mounting kit included. Gives you everything you need to bolt right into the... whatever the thing that holds the turn signals is, and provides spacers to clear the shocks. If you measure right, you don't have to get the Fire and Steel kit, but can bolt right into your existing setup
Where are y'all finding all of these sites that still support our bikes? I have been searching the internet all over and haven't found anything. I'll have to bookmark this site. Thanks :smiley_th
 

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HA HA!! That's what I want!
 

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Just be sure that whatever you're attaching and carrying, it won't put too much stress on the mounting bolts
Like what? 600 pounds? LOL.

If the rack is "small" you can always bolt a larger plate on top of it. I suggest U bolting a stainless steel cooking grate from a BBQ grill. All the room you need. ;)
 

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DIY Weld free luggage rack
That looks good. Might have to copy cat you, how did you make it chrome? Did you send it to a chrome shop or is it polished aluminum or stainless?
 

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The side pieces came off a Suzuki Boulevard, i picked them up at a swap meet, (peeling) chrome over aluminum.
Cross bars are threaded rod through nickel finish curtain rod/aluminum tube.
All bolted to the extended turn signal bracket
 

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I got some bags like these:
https://www.vikingbags.com/kawasaki-vulcan-750-small-thor-series-motorcycle-saddlebags-8688-prd1.htm

Not exactly the same but I don't think they make mine anymore. Anyways, They're hard bags and have a mounting kit included. Gives you everything you need to bolt right into the... whatever the thing that holds the turn signals is, and provides spacers to clear the shocks. If you measure right, you don't have to get the Fire and Steel kit, but can bolt right into your existing setup
So, if I buy these bags, I don't need to buy these supports?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/181881988027
 

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Just noticed this OEM luggage rack for sale on ebay.
I am not the seller but just noticed it there.

 
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