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post #1 of 22 Old 03-11-2006, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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HELP w/SB900 saddlebags

Stromette acquired a used Nelson Rigg SB900 saddlebag but not the instructions or tips for mounting. I'm not sure how the large velcro straps fit on the bike, specifically the 2nd (neartest tail). From most pics this strap is hidden but I'm not able to get it under the seat. Bike is 05 DL1k w/Givi V46. Any suggestions or tips here? I can't get the bags over to my buddies w/my bike so they can help me figure this out so I'm kinda stuck. :cry: I'm betting one of my Stromtroopers has the answers for Stromette. It's windy and rainy here today in Phoenix (the 150 day drought has ended!) and I kinda wanted to see how these bags did in this weather.

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-21-2006, 09:53 PM
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I just noticed your post. I have the same bags. I just lay both straps over the seat and attach the small clip straps to the turn signal stalk and passenger foot peg bracket. The rear strap has to be right to the rear edge of the seat. The bags work great.
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I just lay both straps over the seat
Thanks for your reply. Re both straps on TOP of the seat.... how could this work (comfortably) for a passenger?? I find it hard to believe saddlebags would only work for riding solo but I can't seem to get BOTH straps under the stock seat. Anyone able to accomplish this??

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I tried soft bags last summer and wasn't satisfied one bit. Bought a 28 L Kappa top box and backrest pad. Worked well for small stuff and am now waiting for Shad luggage set with lots of room.

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I tried soft bags last summer and wasn't satisfied one bit. Bought a 28 L Kappa top box and backrest pad. Worked well for small stuff and am now waiting for Shad luggage set with lots of room.

Hmmm, this doesn't help me w/the SB900's. My original question was about mounting them not whether or not people liked/disliked them. Please don't let this thread become a debate on soft bags.

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Many apologies Stromette, I wasn't trying to start a debate about soft bags. I didn't write down my complete thought. I found the bags just to hard to try to mount with satisfaction and decided to take the top case option. Ride On.

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Many apologies Stromette, I wasn't trying to start a debate about soft bags. I didn't write down my complete thought. I found the bags just to hard to try to mount with satisfaction and decided to take the top case option. Ride On.
No apology necessary; Stromette's just trying to get these dang saddlebags on correctly so they don't wind up resting alongside some cactus or something! :cry: I too have a top case (Givi V46) and am just supplementing w/the SB900's for now. Doubt it'll be on my bigger runs this summer though.

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Re: HELP w/SB900 saddlebags

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Stromette acquired a used Nelson Rigg SB900 saddlebag but not the instructions or tips for mounting. I'm not sure how the large velcro straps fit on the bike, specifically the 2nd (neartest tail). From most pics this strap is hidden but I'm not able to get it under the seat. Bike is 05 DL1k w/Givi V46. Any suggestions or tips here? I can't get the bags over to my buddies w/my bike so they can help me figure this out so I'm kinda stuck. :cry: I'm betting one of my Stromtroopers has the answers for Stromette. It's windy and rainy here today in Phoenix (the 150 day drought has ended!) and I kinda wanted to see how these bags did in this weather.
I saw somewhere on the board that you're very pleased w/the SB900's. What was the solution that you came up with for a good install? I've been shopping around for soft luggage for the *sixfidy*. I solved the "no muffler on the left side for support" issue - ready for some good bags.

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Re: HELP w/SB900 saddlebags

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I saw somewhere on the board that you're very pleased w/the SB900's. What was the solution that you came up with for a good install? I've been shopping around for soft luggage for the *sixfidy*. I solved the "no muffler on the left side for support" issue - ready for some good bags.

Cheers
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Hi Paul,

The answer is a resounding "YES" --I'm very pleased w/the bags. So much so that I've almost decided they will accompany me on my USA 4Corner jaunt (10,500 mi in less than 21 days) later this summer. Some of my long distance riding pals think I'm nuts for taking soft saddle bags (and not the Jesse's which have been offered to me) but I just really like the soft bags. (Maybe I just like the underdog?! :wink Nelson Riggs gets one of my FIVE STAR awards for products AND customer service so I highly recommend them.
As far as these specific SB-900 bags... I mount the front strap OVER the seat (where a passenger would sit) and the back strap UNDER the seat. I have the Givi mounting plate for the V46 and so I slide the lip of the strap under that plate and the rest of the strap goes under the seat. I've run the bags 2up and was able to get BOTH straps under the seat but it's easier and quicker when riding solo for me to do the front-over-seat and back-under-seat menthod. I've run these bags in ridiculously high winds, hellaciously high temps, and they have been flat out ROCK solid. A common question is do they burn or scratch the muffler or melt or disengrate into space as you're flying down the road and the answer (at least my answer) is *NO*. No scratches, burns, melting--nothing. I'm currently on the road (with the bags ) but I'll see if I can't find a pic of the bags mounted on my bike so you have a visual. Let me know if you have any other questions I might be able to address.

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Let me say b/f my mailbox is inundated that the white vertical strips on the back of the bags are reflective strips that I added for additional safety reasons. Stromette is all about safety and being seen ya know. :wink: Oh, and my riding partner extraordinare's mount is a BMW R1200RT.




See, even "RTJohn" gives the bags (and the snow) two thumbs up as well: :wink:

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