Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: North of Philadelphia
DIY Soft Saddlebag Supports
Just finished my shakedown ride with my new homemade soft saddlebag supports, supporting my venerable Cortech saddlebags and tail bag. 35 miles, no problems. When I got to work I stuck my hand into the right saddlebag and felt the bottom, which rests on the muffler at the very back. It was barely warm, but I will be adding a layer of heat-deflecting material to the bottom of that saddlebag anyway. I will also be rounding and smoothing the corners of the brackets. I really prefer the narrower profile of soft bags, which can hold an amazing amount of stuff. The soft bags can also act as pretty effective "air bags" if you happen to drop the bike.
I made these brackets out of one 4 foot section of aluminum strap from Home Depot. It's 1 inch wide, 1/8" thick. (May change to thicker material in the future; let's see how this works out.)