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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-02-2011, 07:51 AM
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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.
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...em=TUC_10-7251

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I think I may have found exactly the thing I'm looking for:

http://www.ventura-mca.com/

Does anyone here have any experience with this bag system?

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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.
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-moto...-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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Draeger,
Just wondering how this turned out for you. I am also looking for a good set up.
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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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Take a look at one of our suppliers "downunder".
Checkout www.andystrapz.com
They have some really good bags that are made for all conditions and are very waterproof.
Good luck
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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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