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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-07-2016, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Saddlebags, a different approach

I always like to try new things and mock up a version 1.0 before making it more permanent.
Think it just might work



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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-09-2016, 01:39 PM
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That looks kind of neat. How's it feel with your leg there?

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Would also like to know how it feels on the leg. I've been thinking about something like this with a little bit smaller bag. I love the canvas bag look... Maybe you could remove the cover so the bag sits more recessed?
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Empty it's just fine. Got a po boy on Sunday and rode home. It bulged out a little. Other wise quit nice. Thought about removing the side cover. It would only save a centimeter or so
Here it is on Amazon. The black on is kinda neat
Mens Boys Vintage Canvas Shoulder Military Messenger Bag Sling School Bags Chest Military Leather Patchwork Messenger Bag(Khaki)- Great Christmas Birthday Gift for Families and Friends https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S9279AU..._WEomxbX67FD5D



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What bag is that? I'd think it might be a good option for some tank panniers...

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Will the bag, or bags, end up "scuffing" the paint on the sidecover(s)?
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I'm really digging the look of that. I hate carrying things on my back when I ride. I think that would work to use as a commuter bag to put my lunch and rain gear in.
Can you take a pic of how you have it mounted to the frame without the seat?
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I'm really digging the look of that. I hate carrying things on my back when I ride. I think that would work to use as a commuter bag to put my lunch and rain gear in.

Can you take a pic of how you have it mounted to the frame without the seat?

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I'm with you man. I don't like carrying a back pack and I need a tool kit and sometimes I need to bring the old lady back a sandwich or breakfast burrito.

The back of the bag is a heavy duty canvass so over time it'll likely rub the clear off the covers. I may delete the right side one.

I can explain the mount. Will take a pic when I can. The bag has a simple rectangle link on both sides to hold the shoulder strap. The front link is connected with zip tie (for now) to the frame that comes down under the tank. The rear link is attached with zip tie to a cross member of the rear sub frame. It's almost as if it was made for the Bonny. So consider heavy duty Velcro to secure to bike. Carry some tools. It has three compartments under the flap so you can definitely separate your gear easy. There are magnetic buttons that hold the flap down. Has A mini pocket for business size cars or can accommodate an older small flip phone, as if anyone uses those any more. Super excited on this find. Riding to work in the morning and will take freeway with speeds of 70 mph. I'm pretty confident it will stay.
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Cool. Thanks for the description. Seems really straight forward. Let us know how it does on the freeway.
You could always put that clear paint protectant over the side cover where the bag sits.

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Holy crap, that is exactly what i've been looking for. I've been looking at amazon for some cheap messenger bags to build a rig like this, something easy i can throw over or under the seat and go. I dont know that it would actually work, but i figured cheap bags were worth a shot to try something like this with.



Thanks for the heads up on those bags dude! Just ordered one of both colors to see which looks better on the t100 black
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