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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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2018-2019 Speedmaster - passenger and pannier issue

Hi everyone,

After having purchased my 2019 Bonneville Speedmaster, I set out to equip it for riding comfort. My main modifications included installing a right side pannier bag, left side swingarm bag and footboards. In addition, I replaced the stock rider and pillion seat with a Corbin dual saddle and backrest.

To my great surprise, once my wife sat on it, she quickly pointed out that she could not get her feet to the passenger pegs because the front part of the pannier bag is in the way. I was shocked by this, considering that even Triumph advertises the "Highway kit" for the model with a passenger comfort seat and backrest, and the same saddle bags. This is quite frustrating. Any experiences you've had riding this bike with a passenger?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 01:33 PM
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That bag looks low and too far forward. I put my bags on with easy brackets which are made for the speedmaster and mounted the bags so they just miss the rear lights. No problems with a passenger.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-22-2019, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks JJC1957! Yes these bags look like they are mounted in a much better position, farther back on the bike. That’s great. The problem with the Triumph rail kit and pannier is that unless it’s as far forward as possible, it’s really loose and can flip-flop around on the rail... really disappointing. I should have looked at aftermarket options; you’d think Triumph genuine accessories would fit better!
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Unfortunately, I think you have just discovered a major design flaw with the new Speedmaster. The Triumph bags do not work with a passenger. Brilliant.

You should talk to your dealer and get a refund.

There are some aftermarket bags that folks have installed that work better like the poster above.
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It looks like you came across the same problem that we did. Purchased a new 2018 about a month ago and the dealer had another Speedmaster with the bags already on it. I had my wife sit on the seat and noticed right away that she couldn't get her feet on the passenger pegs. Not only that but even when if I were to push the bags all the way to the rear her leg was rubbing against the front of the bag.

Last week we received our new Corbin dual saddle just like yours. I was thinking of getting some throw over bags that would go underneath the seat but I'm not even sure that would work. The Corbin seat fits pretty close to the fender and I'm not sure their would be enough of a gap for something to go underneath it.

The dealer is looking for some alternatives to bring in. In the meantime I'll be curious to see what you come up with.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-23-2019, 08:17 AM
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Good looking bikes but they are just too small for two up riding. Unless you're some small people. Now I'm sure someone will chime in and tell me I'm wrong and I probably am. But imo for most of us two up on this bike just not going to work. Unless we're talking about short trips. 50 miles etc.
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Well I'm about 5'8" and weigh around 170 lbs and my wife is 5'1" and weighs about 110 lbs. This bike works well for us but I do understand for some it would be to small. I'm to the point where were not going to do 2 to 3 week trips on a bike anymore, maybe a couple of nights but that's about it. We were gone all day yesterday and put on around 400 miles round trip with no issues and the both of us were quite comfortable. We came from a BMW K1600GTL which was just getting to much for me to handle. I was worried that my wife would not be comfortable, however with our new Corbin seat she's happy.
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Interesting that this issue is happening for others out there. I’m curious if anyone got the «*Highway*» inspiration kit fitted by the dealer to then find out this issue... and what was Triumph’s answer to it?!

It’s certainly disappointing. I think the Corbin Dual Saddle will still be great for comfort when riding with my wife. Truth is, we’re unlikely to go on rides longer than a day or two together anyways as our kids are still very young. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that it will still be a great tourer with the saddlebags, but more for me as a single rider (which is 90% of my riding anyways). In all honesty, the Corbin seat is awesome, but I will stick with Triumph stock seat on most days unless I’m riding with my wife or going on longer trips like I’m doing next week for 4 days. The bike looks so much better with the solo seat in my opinion, and it’s actually really comfortable.

When our kids are older, either I’ll get a better two-up bike, or fit some other bags. Let me know if you guys find anything nice aftermarket! Here’s a pic with the swingarm bag on the left side. I love the appearance of the 2 bags that «*unbalanced*». 🙂
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Has anybody had to replace the rear brake rotor? If so did anybody find an after market unit.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 06:47 PM
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2018-2019 speedmaster

i absolutely hated the stock seats and handlebars on my 2018.. i made a bigger pan and covered it for the boss lady and mounted a solo saddle i had accumulated for myself, but will probable will go with a corbin this winter. put the original rk handlebars on, much better then those beach bars.i'm 5'11 and 175 lbs, boss lady is 4"9 1/2" 110 lbs.+- asian . i was getting afraid of my roadking, couldn't handle the weight any more so the speedy is working well for us. i ordered a set of viking bags and fabricated my own mounts making sure they didn't interfere with the boss's comfort, my only complaint is i miss those big h d bags. can't get much in those vikings and the triumph luggage rack is an undersized joke. we do the occasional overnighter
at 300 or so miles, hard to carry much luggage. no more long multiday trips for me at 74 years
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