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Good Morning all,

I added some used ebay hardbags to my motorcycle over the winter. I thought you would like to see the new look of my bike, I'm pretty happy with how it came out.

click here to see the pictures (you have to click on each picture to open it)

http://physics.harvard.edu/~cotreau/motorcycle_hard bags/

enjoy.....Stan
 

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Hey, those look pretty nice on there Stan, and different. And nice because they're different. Good job.

They come in that color or did you paint them to match? Either way they look like they belong. ;)
 

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they came like that.........no painting for me!
 

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Looks great, Stan. You've done a nice job on the entire bike :beerchug:
 

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Looks sharp! :smiley_th

Paint some black on them and they could match the tank very well.
 

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Looks sharp! :smiley_th

Paint some black on them and they could match the tank very well.
I'm thinking I may paint the doors black.... rattle can black that is
 

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I have found out that rattle can works well, with the right amount of prep
 

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I have found out that rattle can works well, with the right amount of prep
sooooo.... what is the proper prep to paint abs plastic?????
 

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You have done a very nice job with the whole bike, Stan. I have several questions about the bags and other mods/items I noticed on the bike. The bags appear to be the Mutazu silver LN series. Did you mount them with a universal bracket set or fabricate your own? The Mutazu website sells a universal bracket and has mounting directions and pictures, but they are unclear to me on one point. They only show one mounting bolt attached from the bag to each bracket, and it is self threading into the bracket. It seems to me that there must be at least two bolts holding the bag to each bracket in order to maintain the geometry and stop fore and aft movement of the bags. It would also need two bolts to stop flexing of the plastic bag wall, leading to rapid fatigue and failure.

Also if you used self threading bolts into the brackets, did you back it with lock washers, nuts, locktite, etc?

Do you find the side opening bags easier to load and access than top opening ones? I think that I would like a set of the Mutazu Ga series that are top opening and an inch thicker than your LN series. I think the black ones would suit the `91 Vulcan`s red and dark maroon paint, but the lighter colored silver bags might be more eye catching in traffic to the sides and rear, and thus become a safety item as well. Unfortunately the GA series does not have any tail/brake lights, which I would like too.

You have removed your OEM rear signal lights. Do you use the red bag lights for signals? I thought later model motorcycles were supposed to have amber colored rear signals now.

Do you use the helmet locks in their new location?

I see you have Kury grips and brake pedal cover. I first learned of the brake cover only yesterday. What are the dimensions?..and did you add it for esthetics or for function? What are your impressions pro or con after riding with and without it? Would you recommend it to another rider?

Your Km style footboards look good too. Some others I`ve seen have the rubber grip coming right out to the edge. Yours rubber grip appears to be glued to a recessed, milled out area with a raised metal lip around the edge, giving a more finished look. Will your boards fold up without hitting the engine case? Hey, the gremlin bell is fun too!

Your black clutch and brake levers suit the bike. I`ve never seen them before. Are they stock or aftermarket?

I like the looks of your windshield for summer riding. What is it? I have a big tombstone shaped shield which is good for cooler weather, but could stand a little more airflow on hot days.

I think the strips of white reflector tape you have covering the bottom half of the toolbox door work well with the red refector already there.

Do you ever forget the sidestand ground plate? I`ve thought if a guy had a nice one, he should have a colorful tether from it tied to the handlebars so he would be reminded to retrieve it when mounting up. I usually end up using a crushed pop can when I need one.

You might want to take a look at the clutch basket cover, and clean off that peeling plastic/clear coat. Just a little bodge on an otherwise great looking bike. I won`t tell anybody about it if you don`t. <G> If your bike is a reflection of your personality, I think you have a good family and lucky friends. Keep the rubber on the road.
 

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You have done a very nice job with the whole bike, Stan. I have several questions about the bags and other mods/items I noticed on the bike. The bags appear to be the Mutazu silver LN series. Did you mount them with a universal bracket set or fabricate your own? The Mutazu website sells a universal bracket and has mounting directions and pictures, but they are unclear to me on one point. They only show one mounting bolt attached from the bag to each bracket, and it is self threading into the bracket. It seems to me that there must be at least two bolts holding the bag to each bracket in order to maintain the geometry and stop fore and aft movement of the bags. It would also need two bolts to stop flexing of the plastic bag wall, leading to rapid fatigue and failure.

Also if you used self threading bolts into the brackets, did you back it with lock washers, nuts, locktite, etc?

Do you find the side opening bags easier to load and access than top opening ones? I think that I would like a set of the Mutazu Ga series that are top opening and an inch thicker than your LN series. I think the black ones would suit the `91 Vulcan`s red and dark maroon paint, but the lighter colored silver bags might be more eye catching in traffic to the sides and rear, and thus become a safety item as well. Unfortunately the GA series does not have any tail/brake lights, which I would like too.

You have removed your OEM rear signal lights. Do you use the red bag lights for signals? I thought later model motorcycles were supposed to have amber colored rear signals now.

Do you use the helmet locks in their new location?

I see you have Kury grips and brake pedal cover. I first learned of the brake cover only yesterday. What are the dimensions?..and did you add it for esthetics or for function? What are your impressions pro or con after riding with and without it? Would you recommend it to another rider?

Your Km style footboards look good too. Some others I`ve seen have the rubber grip coming right out to the edge. Yours rubber grip appears to be glued to a recessed, milled out area with a raised metal lip around the edge, giving a more finished look. Will your boards fold up without hitting the engine case? Hey, the gremlin bell is fun too!

Your black clutch and brake levers suit the bike. I`ve never seen them before. Are they stock or aftermarket?

I like the looks of your windshield for summer riding. What is it? I have a big tombstone shaped shield which is good for cooler weather, but could stand a little more airflow on hot days.

I think the strips of white reflector tape you have covering the bottom half of the toolbox door work well with the red refector already there.

Do you ever forget the sidestand ground plate? I`ve thought if a guy had a nice one, he should have a colorful tether from it tied to the handlebars so he would be reminded to retrieve it when mounting up. I usually end up using a crushed pop can when I need one.

You might want to take a look at the clutch basket cover, and clean off that peeling plastic/clear coat. Just a little bodge on an otherwise great looking bike. I won`t tell anybody about it if you don`t. <G> If your bike is a reflection of your personality, I think you have a good family and lucky friends. Keep the rubber on the road.
OlHoss....

I'll try to answer all questions... thanks for the compliments and you should know that I teach machine shop and welding for a living (explains some of the mods :))

1) they are LN bags, I like the side doors a lot. they came with the mutazu hardware.... I threw it away!. I made my own S.S. mounts and used vibration mounts similar to those used on vacum pumps to mount the bags. (they are called barrymounts)

2) I did remove the rear signals. I am going to try to get an inspection sticker this weekend. If I can't, I'll buy some small led rear stalk signals to use.

3) yes, I do use the helmet locks

4) I love the kury grips. I bought the brake pedal cover because I had trouble consistantly putting my foot all the way on the brake pedal. It is easier to find with the cover on.

5) I made the KM floorboards with a recess.... just liked the look of it

6) bought the black levers on ebay.... cheap, but I like the look

7) it is the factory kawasaki windscreen, keeps the wind off my chest

8) the reflective tape is actually black, it reflects white when light hits it. Kind of cool stuff.

9) I have forgotten the plate..... always at work(where it is in the photos).... and it's always there in the morning waiting for me.

one comment on the bags. they ar inexpensive and some of the quality shows that but they are still a good bang for the buck.

best, Stan
 

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Thanks for taking the time to answer all my questions Stan. Answer# 8 explains why the reflector tape doesn`t show up on picture #1. That had me a bit baffled until now.

Do you have any pics of the stainless steel bag mounts and barrymounts. I`m as interested in how and why things are done, as the finished product. Or maybe you noticed that already. <G>
 

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Nice. I've been thinking about hard bags. Did you machine out that kick-stand puck or is that a part off something? Nice and thin. I have a thicker plastic one that will probably crack some day under the weight stress.
 

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Nice. I've been thinking about hard bags. Did you machine out that kick-stand puck or is that a part off something? Nice and thin. I have a thicker plastic one that will probably crack some day under the weight stress.
that is a 1/4" aluminum disc that I cut to the wrong size for a job in the shop. I like to think of it as recycling!
 

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