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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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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 :smiley_th

Thanks Kanuck69 :smiley_th

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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Looks really nice,and now quite functional...enjoy!:rockon:
 

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Do you have any problem with the bags sagging in towards the bike when they are fully loaded? I had some ammo cans mounted with the same brackets and I had to take them off due to the sagging, though the ammo cans are much heavier.

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Thanks Niterider :smiley_th
The saddlebags were only $115 (for the pair), but the supports were at least $123.
I'm generally not a fan of hard bags, but those look pretty good.

How is the ride for the passenger?. Looks like they are a little forward

According to the Matazu website shipping is $30 per item and the only give a 7 day warranty.

Hows' the quality?
 

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why would you need more than 7 days of a warantee on hard bags...if any thing is wrong with them when you get them its due to shipping...and if any thing breaks after 7 days then it is owners misuse or neglect.
 

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Hi guys, thanks for the compliments. :smiley_th

No problems with sagging so far. Having said that, these are very light bags to begin with especially compared to ammo cans. The Mutazu website lists their dimensions as 17" L x 12 1/4" H x 7 1/2" W. Since these bags are a pretty modest size (so are our VN750s) and light weight, I have not been going out of my way to stuff them with heavy things. Last summer I went on a week long trip to Lake George NY for the Americade motorcycle rally www.tourexpo.com and I packed the heavy stuff in a duffel bag strapped to the passenger seat.



The things I mostly put in the saddlebags were some spare tools, rain suit, sweatshirt, warmer gloves, riding pants, spare face shield, baseball cap and a camera, with a little extra room left for souvenirs. Basically the good to have and nice to have stuff on daily rides went into the saddlebags and the trip stuff went in the duffel bag.

As mentioned earlier, the LeatherLyke bags http://leatherlyke.com/stores/showdetl.cfm?&DID=13&Product_ID=58&CATID=3 are a lot sturdier (will probably hold 20 lbs each without a problem) but they are lot more expensive, they are larger, and not the look I was going for with this bike. One more thing that the LeatherLyke bags have in their favor is that they can be removed and put back on the bike in seconds without any tools.

As for the Mutazu bags quality, it’s a little bit of you get what you pay for. The hinges in the front will keep honest people out. The hinges on the LeatherLyke bags are hidden away on the inside of those bags and are riveted on in a way that the rivets blend in with the overall look of the bags and you can’t even tell those bags have hinges at all when looking at them closed.

One of the “M” logos on the top of my bags popped lose and got lost on a ride (same thing happned to Niterider’s Mutazu LH saddlebags http://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9818 ). And the rubber gasket that seals the top part of the bags to the lowers seems to be pressed into place and is coming lose on my left bag. That doesn’t bother me as a little bit of glue will fix that just fine.

During that week long trip last summer I had a 5’2” passenger for three days and about 200 miles and there were no complaints about the bags being in the way. No issues with the front corners of the bags hitting the back of their knees at all. But that all goes back to the original placement of the bags on the saddlebag supports. These bags come with no markings on them for drilling. The left and right bags are identical. So before I drilled into them I made a template, taped it to the supports and had my wife sit on it to be sure it wouldn’t be in her way.

I originally stumbled upon the Mutazu website directly but I wound up buying them through Ebay. Dunno why, but I felt a little better having Ebay behind the deal as well as PayPal. Same cost both places. The Ebay feedback on these guys at the time wasn’t stellar but it was acceptable enough. They were straight forward with the shipping and everything, no surprises, just very little communication. Something tells me that English is not their first language.

So the bottom line question is: How happy am I with them? Answer: Thrilled so far. They hold all my daily riding stuff just fine. No more fumbling with tank bags or strapping down a backpack with a bungee net. They didn’t break my budget and they look pretty sharp too.

-Sloppy
 

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Great lookin' setup, 'burpfest!....:notworthy Sharp bike!!!....:rockon:

Yours looks almost like mine (same GA saddlebags), but I installed LED turn signals on the back of the bags--the stemmed stockers on my bike are gone.

The only negative you might watch for over time is to look (more?) carefully for corrosion starting to form on the shocks/springs, as they are now (mostly) hidden from view.

Wax will of course stop this process, but now of course the shocks/springs are that much harder to wax....:)
 

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The more I look at these bags the more I want a pair...I am still torn between these and the Harley Bags... These are cheaper and seam to fit the profile of the bike prety well...How hard would they be to paint to match the bike?
 

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Thanks Theauhawk for the compliment and the tip about the wax. I'll keep an eye out for grime collecting behind the bags. Since I paid so much for the Kawasaki F&S supports I wanted to make full use of them and I kept the stock turn signals. I may swap out their bulbs for LEDs in the future.

Slimvulcanrider these bags come pre-painted in high gloss black. They matched my bike's color scheme perfectly without painting them (one of the reasons I chose them). Sorry, I know nothing about painting. Mutazu also sells the GA bags in Silver and also in White if that helps.

I've seen the GA bags on a much larger Honda Valkyrie once. The bike was blue and it looked like the owner had spray painted the bags blue to mostly match. They lost some of the shine that the high gloss black has and the bags looked way too small in proportion to that large bike IMO. The Mutazu site has loads of pictures of customer's bikes to help give you some more ideas.

-Sloppy
 

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yes i saw the pics...the also said the bags were made of ABS plastic....wich if that is the case...painting them will be harder than if they had paint on em to begin with.
 

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Good looking bags and installation slbf. Looks way better than my throw over leather bags.
 
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