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post #1 of 5 Old 03-01-2010, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Soft luggage quick release idea

I've driven cars that are narrower than a pannier-laden Wee, so being an inveterate lane filterer bags aren't something I want on when commuting. I went for soft luggage because I got an OEM rack and a set of Dri Rider bags secondhand and they are big enough for my purposes. I don't like saddle mounts though as they aren't too secure. So out with the drill, some alloy bar and the universal duct tape.

There is a small cutout in the side panel marked with the yellow circle to allow the belt to hang under the seat lip when under tension. The hole on the OEM rack was already there, but you should be able to find somewhere suitable to bore another if there isn't one available. The straps were folded, hole-punched and heat sealed then brass eyes were inserted. It is fastened with a stainless bolt, stainless washer, eye, washer, frame metal, washer, and a locking nut.

The bottom rings on the bag are held in place with a formed piece of alloy bar so that the ends curve around the edges of the rack and the bend over the central bar is pressed on by the weight of the pannier, stopping it moving. A slight bend in the bar acts like a spring against the rear frame edge and the bar is easily slid into place and clicked over the rear edge. The bar is covered in duct tape to avoid wear - hence the lumpy bits in the middle and ends where there are quite a few wraps.

When the bags are off the front strap hangs out about 2" and the rear about 6" - but can be tucked in between the rear of the seat the the lip of the rack to keep them out of the way.

At some stage I'll make up a 12"x4" flat steel tray for the bottom using the two visible existing holes which can be unscrewed and turned flat against the inside of the pannier mount and screwed into place when the bags aren't on.







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Looks good... How wide is the bike with the soft bags though?

Personally, I'd opt for thinner pelicans if much too width was a concern.

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40" with the bags in normal mode, 48" when they have the collapsible extensions pulled out. The bags themselves are about 6" wide unextended. I decided against hard cases as they are just too expensive here and hard to find second hand. I did think about making up a set of metal ones but I don't need all the space and they probably would be wider still. I used the same set of big Krausers on my BMWs for years and rarely ever came close to filling them as I travel pretty light. The soft bags are cheap and big enough for my purposes. This just makes them a bit more like normal panniers to use.
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I agree with the width issue. I was rolling around the idea of a pair of Givi E21 cases, but need to find racks which fit close to the bike.
I've also considered trying to fab up some sort of plate or frame to mount a pair of Ortlieb-style bicycle panniers I have in the closet... I'd have to run a strap around the panniers as they weren't really made for 75 mph....
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I've driven cars that are narrower than a pannier-laden Wee, so being an inveterate lane filterer bags aren't something I want on when commuting. I went for soft luggage because I got an OEM rack and a set of Dri Rider bags secondhand and they are big enough for my purposes. I don't like saddle mounts though as they aren't too secure. So out with the drill, some alloy bar and the universal duct tape.

There is a small cutout in the side panel marked with the yellow circle to allow the belt to hang under the seat lip when under tension. The hole on the OEM rack was already there, but you should be able to find somewhere suitable to bore another if there isn't one available. The straps were folded, hole-punched and heat sealed then brass eyes were inserted. It is fastened with a stainless bolt, stainless washer, eye, washer, frame metal, washer, and a locking nut.

The bottom rings on the bag are held in place with a formed piece of alloy bar so that the ends curve around the edges of the rack and the bend over the central bar is pressed on by the weight of the pannier, stopping it moving. A slight bend in the bar acts like a spring against the rear frame edge and the bar is easily slid into place and clicked over the rear edge. The bar is covered in duct tape to avoid wear - hence the lumpy bits in the middle and ends where there are quite a few wraps.

When the bags are off the front strap hangs out about 2" and the rear about 6" - but can be tucked in between the rear of the seat the the lip of the rack to keep them out of the way.

At some stage I'll make up a 12"x4" flat steel tray for the bottom using the two visible existing holes which can be unscrewed and turned flat against the inside of the pannier mount and screwed into place when the bags aren't on.







Hi Mate, i like the idea of attaching the straps to the bike ,although i have a set of smaller Ventura panniers i can use on my wee for every day use and the larger Dririder panniers for weekends away ,the straps fit under the seat which makes the bags reasonably secure from theft ,i then cable tie the bags through the loops on the bags to the MTD luggage frames .thanks for posting the pics ,cheers Paul ....Ride Safe .

I RIDE A STROM .Suzuki V Strom when only the BEST will do.
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