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Old 08-28-2012, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alternative to Triumph Saddlebags

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 12x16x7. 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 doesnt 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 Ill post some photos of my Storm with the bags attached.
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Here is a pic from their website of the 112 Saddlebag:

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Does anyone out there know if the "Easy Bracket" system utilized by these bags interferes with the installation of the Triumph Quick Release Sissy Bar?
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Does anyone out there know if the "Easy Bracket" system utilized by these bags interferes with the installation of the Triumph Quick Release Sissy Bar?
If they are the official "easy bracket" http://greatbikegear.com/store/easyb...est-p-400.html they do not interfere. They actually have a special kit for installations that include the sissy bar.
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They are true Easy Brackets and you have to let Leatherworks know how your bike is set up. I have the removable Triumph sissy bar/back rest and told Leatherworks about it. They also mention on their website about the different mount for the sissy bar setup.
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The ez's have a special model number for the back rest . This just has a different bolt length. With the backrest, the bag will not clear the shock, at least on my bike. The hard street slimbags will however because the have cutouts. You can get bags that fit behind the shocks or put a spacer between the bag and the ez bracket.


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i got a set of hard bags for a harley duece on ebay used they worked out great I painted them to match and had to mod the brackets some but they have worked great for me I'll try to get some pics
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Expecting the new saddlebags soon. Can't wait to get them on the bike. Using a Camelbak backpack strapped to the seat just doesn't look right

BTW, saw a short video on YouTube on how Leatherworks makes their bags. HERE is the link.
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Just got back from another on location shoot and the Leatherworks saddlebags arrived while I was gone. I mounted the bags today and took some photos. The workmanship is outstanding. The bags are robust and well designed.








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