After a bunch of research and searching both online and in person, I finally found an alternative to the Triumph leather saddlebags. The company is called Leatherworks, Inc. Their website has a search function so that you can select bags specifically for Thunderbirds. I personally went with their Model 112+2
, which has a dimension of 12”x16”x7”. I also opted for their key lock option. The bags mount on the bike via the quick release Easy Brackets.
They use 10-12 ounce leather that is treated at the tannery to be water resistant, which means it doesn’t spot or swell. They reinforce the top of the bags with conveyor belt rubber and ABS plastic. They utilize longer than normal straps to allow the option to secure cargo on top of the bags. They also have clips on the corners of the lids to attach gear.
I had some technical questions and sent them an email. I received a very prompt reply from Aimee Thacher who was extremely helpful. I followed up with a few more questions and again she replied with detailed information. I called to place my order and spoke with her directly. She is definitely a person that cares about quality and about making the best possible products.
In the October 2012 issue of RoadBike Motorcycle Cruising magazine there is an article on installing the Leatherworks saddlebags with the Easy Brackets.
Leatherworks also has a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/leatherworksinc
As soon as I receive the bags I’ll post some photos of my Storm with the bags attached.