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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-30-2011, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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Rearbag for Thunderbird

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...tview/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.

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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.

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This one from HD works well.

http://www.thehouseofharley.com/prod...8.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 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SXMRO4/sr=8-1/qid=1310928239/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1310928239&sr=8-1&seller= 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.

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