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Has anyone found a good tailbag for the Thunderbird?

I'm looking for a rearbag for my new Thunderbird. I'd like to not have to install saddlebags (although if I can't find a decent rearbag, I'd consider them).

None of the bags on Twisted Throttle seem to mention the Thunderbird as a bike they fit on http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/921/181/

If anyone has any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.

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My dad has put Givi or Givi knock offs on all sorts of bikes, i'm sure you can buy a mount or modify one. The last one he did was a knock off Givi he put on a honda 125 dirt bike.

Remember to shop around because you don't have to pay $300 for the combo (mount and trunk) and they come in many different sizes.

Ebay
Amazon
Craigslist (for the trunk after you found a mount)
 

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Though neither are very large Triumph does make two different ones that are made to fit the luggage rack/ sissy bar combo. One is really small and the other larger one fits the angle of the sissy bar. I have the larger one as I don't care to run saddle bags unless I'm on a few day ride but I like to keep a few things with me. Just a thought.
 

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I have the large Triumph tail bag. It fits all my gloves, water bottle, glasses, etc in it and is very high quality. If I'm just doing an overnight, that combined with my Triumph saddlebags is fine (I have an SE).

For longer trips, like the one I'm taking mid-September, I'm going to use my Route 66 T-bag. This is a fantastic bag, with tons of room, lots of compartments, and get this, rollers and a telescoping handle for wheeling through the parking lot up to the hotel. It's a bit spendy, but you won't regret it. You can also attach a top roll to it. My wife rides her own bike, so I usually end up carrying all the luggage.

Hope that helps,
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This one from HD works well.

http://www.thehouseofharley.com/product-p/93300008.htm?click=10

Has a nice sleeve that fits over the sissy bar and bag half rests on Triumph's small luggage rack. Two convenient built-in straps attach to the rack in seconds and the bag will stay on and tight. Also a roller bag with telescoping handle. I just used this bag on a weeklong trip and it worked fine. Here's a pic with it under the supplied rain cover.

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I have had great success with T-Bags. if you have a sissy bar, they make a number of bags in various sizes that fit over it. I have a VEGAS (large) and a RENO (small). If you don't have a bar, try looking at the saddleman tunnel bag. It comes in two sizes, you want the smaller version.
 

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I think I should probably have been more specific...

I'm looking for something that will go on behind me without having to install a sissy bar. All the longer trips I'll be doing will be just me ... no need for a rear passenger or a rack behind them.

I'm looking for a rear bag that can pack more stuff, fit right behind the main seat, and without having to get saddlebags.

I'm starting to think that perhaps a driver's backrest with a luggage rack attached would be ideal, but I've never actually seen anything like that. Have any of you?

Thanks for all the info so far.

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i've packed for four days in a nice expandable backpack i have. and my general rule is if your gona be gone more than four days to find a place to wash your stuff so you don't have to pack more.

but then again i live light when i travel so i'm not gonna say everyone i know can pack for four days in a backpack.

the key here is to buy a backpack that is self condensing so if its empty its thin and has side straps to keep it thin, but at the same time can expand enough to suit your means. it also needs to have a padded back and nice shoulder straps so its comfy.

i like the SwissGear Backpacks myself (that isnt a pick of mine i have had mine for a long time but it is a comparable model)

and they last, i got mine four years ago and i still use it on a daily basis.

if you buy any SwissGear bags keep the receipt because the bags have a lifetime warranty, receipt required.
 

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I bought a T-Bag on Craig's List. It does have an elastic sleeve to fit over a back rest, but also has straps that can be attached to other parts of the bike. The sleeve was too small to fit on the rather large Thunderbird back rest so I took it to a luggage repair shop and they did a perfect modification job. I bought Triumph saddlebags at the same time that I bought the 'Bird. They look great, but barely hold my lunch bag. The T-Bag is great. When traveling solo, I set it on the passenger seat with the sleeve over the back rest. If I have a passenger, then the bag sets on the mini-luggage rack with the sleeve over the back rest. I have the Triumph long-haul dual seat.
 

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I just received and installed the large Triumph rear bag. It does seem to be very good quality and fits nicely, but it looks sort of "clunky" to me. Maybe it's because I'm not used to having it back there - it's actually bigger than I thought it would be.

On a related subject, does the lockable sissy bar and rack get easier to remove over time? Mine is so tight I have to jerk it hard enough to move the whole bike to get it off - thought I was going to tip the bike the first time. :eek:
 

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I just received and installed the large Triumph rear bag. It does seem to be very good quality and fits nicely, but it looks sort of "clunky" to me. Maybe it's because I'm not used to having it back there - it's actually bigger than I thought it would be.

On a related subject, does the lockable sissy bar and rack get easier to remove over time? Mine is so tight I have to jerk it hard enough to move the whole bike to get it off - thought I was going to tip the bike the first time. :eek:
At least you were able to remove it. I have not yet been able to take mine off.
 

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The sissy bar does get easier to remove after the first couple of times, mainly because once you have done it you develop a technique and you know how much effort it takes.

I remove mine every time I wash the bike, along with the seat and saddle bags (the main reason I got the Easy Brackets). I find that removing the seat first helps, because the sissy bar brackets are narrower than the seat and can snag/rip the vinyl.

1. Pull back firmly on the release levers and hold them.
2. Lift the rear of the sissy bar, using your chest against the back rest to assist your hands and arms. It takes quite a bit of effort, but the thing will start to move.

Once you get it off, you can check the release levers for ease of operation and lubricate them. This helps a bit for future removals.

btw, I just bought one of these. The missus and I filled it with two nights' worth of stuff no problem, including her special beauty items. That leaves the saddle bags for rain gear, extra shoes and the like. I think it was on sale--I don't believe I paid that much for it at the store.

http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1=&L2=&L3=&L4=&item=TUC_10-7251
 

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I just received and installed the large Triumph rear bag. It does seem to be very good quality and fits nicely, but it looks sort of "clunky" to me. Maybe it's because I'm not used to having it back there - it's actually bigger than I thought it would be.

On a related subject, does the lockable sissy bar and rack get easier to remove over time? Mine is so tight I have to jerk it hard enough to move the whole bike to get it off - thought I was going to tip the bike the first time. :eek:
The other day I installed my sisy bar backrest. After following the instructions I wasnt able to get it on the bike with any reasonable amount of force. I decided after checking the fit with the alinment tool that it was wrong and loosend the rear two bolts, installed it and then tightend the bolts. It now goes on and off in a reasonable manner.
 

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A guy on a sportbike thread drew my attention to http://www.kriega.us/us40-combo-motorcycle-bags-luggage/

Very reasonably priced, excellent reviews, totally waterproof. Seems hard to beat. The fact that it goes directly onto the rear stock seat is a huge bonus.

The review on that page is from a guy who found the Ventura system didn't quite work for him - I wondered as well about how the Ventura bags sit so high and so far back.

I just ordered the 30/10 system with an extra 10litre bag and extra straps. I'll post a review once they arrive.

I also ordered the rear rack from the Triumph dealer a week ago and am waiting for it to arrive. I think in combo with the Kriega gear the stock rack would work very well.

 

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Here's what I found after a few months of riding with the Kriega bags.

My normal setup was the single 20L bag attached to the Triumph luggage rack right behind my rider's seat. I removed the pannier seat. I got two 10L add on bags initially, but have never used them.

PROS
Waterproof
Small and unobtrusive
Knowing I could add one of my 10L any time I wanted more space
The 20L fit my satchel, laptop, extra cloth and googles but just barely

CONS
Lots of fiddling around with straps and clips every time you add or remove stuff
Top exterior zippered compartment got my Triumph manual a wee bit wet in a rainstorm. Interior compartment 100% dry.
I didn't want to add a 10L because then it would be just another set of straps and clips to have to mess with

If I would do it again, I would order a 30L Kriega instead of the 20.

I actually just ordered the small bag from www.bikersfriend.com and I'm looking forward to seeing if it can replace or augment my Kriega system.
 

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I have the Saddleman roll bag and attach it to my riders backrest. It holds my jacket,pants for cold/rain and cold weather gloves without expanding it. It sits nicely on the pillion part of the seat and straps to the backrest and my luggage rack mount. When 2-up it attaches to the luggage rack easily.
 

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I use Kriega gear (albeit on my W800) all the time :)

I have even had the US-30 on the pillion seat - with two US-20 strapped either side to it for a two week touring ride of Tasmania.

Worked a treat.
Great quality, very waterproof, and you would be amazing how much you can fit in each bag! Their clever hook system I leave on my bike all the time now - as all you can see when I'm not using any bags - is four small black loops that I've attached to the subframe under the seat. Means I then put a bag on the seat, and secure it in seconds :)
 
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