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post #1 of 57 Old 04-18-2019, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Crash bar bags

Can’t any one recommend some crash bar bags?
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I have the small givi 5L crash bar bags. Made very well, great construction. They are handy to add a bit more storage, but I would prefer 10L or larger. Considering I now have stacked 35 and 60L SW-Motech drybags, the additional litres of these bags doesn't do much for me, unless they are for big trips for gear that I would rarely need/use to avoid cramming it in other bags, maybe a tire repair kit.... haven't used them yet

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Buck83 had some crash bar bags at last year's Eastern V-Strom Rally adapted from Molle tactical slings bags. Not sure where he got them, but they are readily available on eBay.

Like these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Men-Backpac...2W7pcD3-QE5dkA

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I can, but it depends on how much of a DIY guy you are. I bought a couple M40 Gas Mask Carriers at a surplus store and reworked them into crash bar bags. When they were on the V-Strom, they looked like this:



They had full length velcro on the flap, so they stayed closed. I just cut all the straps off and added some two sided velcro tape on the back of the bags, positioned so it would wrap around the crash bars. I sewed a nylon webbing handle to the top of the bag, so it was easy to carry. They were dirt cheap when I bought them (maybe six bucks each, it's been a while). The nylon is really heavy duty, and these things wear like iron.

Eventually I got a new bike, and reworked the bags to fit that one. I got rid of the velcro closure, and sewed some straps with quick release buckles to them. I had to move the velcro straps around on the back to fit the new crash bars. Now, they look like this:





They were even black for a while, when I used some Krylon Fusion paint on them. That stuff was supposed to work on nylon, but the results were less than satisfactory, so I washed them about five times and got rid of most of the paint.

Alternately, you can find a lot of choices for potential crash bar bags if you look for front panniers that touring bicyclists attach the front forks of their bikes. A lot of them are sized just right for crash bar bags.
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I use crash bar bags to carry the stuff I hope I never need. Air compressor, JB Weld, zip ties and lots more.
These bags are meant for bicycle frames. They are called "Triangle Bags".
I have the OEM crash bars and it was easy to pick the bags that fit right into the space. About $12 USD.
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I have my heavy tools and tire plug/ compressor kit in there. They are model/ crash bar type specific.

EDIT: Mine are 2014 V2 OEM crash bars. They were the prototype he made based on my template.

They have waterproof zipper and fabric but are not watertight I think. I have the contents in additional plastic bags and had no issues with the contents being wet or soggy when I need it.
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Buck83 had some crash bar bags at last year's Eastern V-Strom Rally adapted from Molle tactical slings bags. Not sure where he got them, but they are readily available on eBay.

Like these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Men-Backpac...2W7pcD3-QE5dkA

I was looking into doing that it I can figure out a way to water proof them.
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I was looking into doing that it I can figure out a way to water proof them.
We have some that we use for their intended purpose; sling bags used for hiking and as a camera bags too. The ones we have are waterproof though we have not tested it. So you might want to do some searching and double checking.

I think here is where I got ours: https://www.ebay.com/itm/8L-10L-30L-...item9537643443

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Look into bicycle touring bags. They'll be easily fitted to crash bars and will be waterproof. The only concern you might have is how they'll stand up to 70mph winds vs ... whatever slow speed bikes travel as. But it shouldn't be much of a concern.

Google "bicycle front panniers" or click HERE.

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