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post #11 of 28 Old 09-10-2019, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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So what are you gonna charge for those that would like a set for themselves? Nice work.
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I'm going to see how they work for myself and if everything works ok I'll consider making some for people 👍
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From the other pic I thought the bags were suspended by the arm. Big difference between the strength needed to suspend and the strength needed to just keep the bottom out of the wheel!
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I got a Shad framework that keeps the Nelson Rigg bags way to far out.
That arrangement you built may be just the thing for soft luggage. Nothing more than it needs to be.
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I got a Shad framework that keeps the Nelson Rigg bags way to far out.
That arrangement you built may be just the thing for soft luggage. Nothing more than it needs to be.
It's simple and I'm happy with the width too. The bags are only an inch be it two wider than my bars and there is plenty of space between the muffler and the right bag.
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I did 513 miles today and I'm very happy with the bags and the supports. As I said this bike will at most see gravel roads but with the pavement pounding I did today they barely moved. I watched them periodically over all types of road conditions and they were very stable with no excessive bouncing or anything to cause immediate concern. I might add an additional support to each at some point but for now I see no reason to do it immediately. Each bag probably weighed about 15-18 pounds and the did not move or reposition against the supports. I had to tighten a couple of the straps a bit but that was from the soft bags and their contents settling. Nature of the beast with soft bags.

Again, I'm very pleased with the project and it's nice to use these bags on this bike.

Oh, and my Nelson Rigg XL bike cover fits ever everything perfect. What's more perfect is the peg feelers actual fit in the grommets of the cover when folded up and help keep the cover down . I don't have to worry about running the bungee cord underneath the bike against the exhaust.
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If you only need to keep the bags off the wheel and not hold the bags up I just used flat aluminium bar.

One end bolted down near the pillion pegs, then a bend or two and bolted to the licence plate holder.

This worked on my Wee and my V2 though each were built slightly differently.

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That's definitely one way to do it, nothing wrong with doing it differently.

Part of the reason I did it the way I did it is because I wanted more broad support against the back side of each bag and each bag has four straps to position and secure the bags to the bike. The bent up 3/8" round rod fulfilled both of those needs by giving the straps a surface to fasten to.
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I had the PMR soft saddle bag racks on my 650 and they were great. Very sturdy and cheap enough. I wish they made some for my Gen 2 1000.

No offense to any one but a couple of stand offs and a plastic plate doesn't seem worth $75 to me.

I would want the OPs rack attached into the frame like the OEM mounts. Where Adventuretech mounts their standoffs. My opinion is the main bar will bend if the bike tips over onto it, left side mainly. I've bent the bracket on the passenger peg that is used for the OEM hard luggage twice now when the bike has tipped over onto the left side.

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I had the PMR soft saddle bag racks on my 650 and they were great. Very sturdy and cheap enough. I wish they made some for my Gen 2 1000.

No offense to any one but a couple of stand offs and a plastic plate doesn't seem worth $75 to me.

I would want the OPs rack attached into the frame like the OEM mounts. Where Adventuretech mounts their standoffs. My opinion is the main bar will bend if the bike tips over onto it, left side mainly. I've bent the bracket on the passenger peg that is used for the OEM hard luggage twice now when the bike has tipped over onto the left side.
If you dump the bike you are going to bend 90% of the pannier brackets on the market.
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