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mballmur

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on: March 08, 2011, 08:19:25 pm
When I put my RE down this last fall, the cost of repairing my bike took precedence over the new leather saddlebags I was about to buy. So, as an alternative, I thought I would try to save some money and try to fit my bike with some of these Musette bags (see picture) from an Army surplus store. They only cost $13 a piece so I figured why not give it a shot. I'm sure somebody has tried this already, how did it turn out? What modifications did you need to make them work? I don't have a luggage rack behind my solo seat, but I thought at under $30 for a set, I'd see if I can make them work. Any experience or thoughts would be helpful.


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Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 08:54:26 pm
It has been covered here. There are even pics! I bought a set in black but I decided just to use one as a backpack.


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Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 09:05:00 pm
Oops, sorry. Should have been more thorough on my forum search. Thanks!
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Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 07:48:47 am
Think I might have been the first to find them... those folks might owe me a commission for the increased sales... ;D   

BTW, I used squares of plastic corrugated sigh board slid in the pockets to give them some shape... really pleased with the result...!

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Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 09:44:01 am
[quote author=mbevo1 link=topic=9906.msg113971#msg113971 date=1299678527

BTW, I used squares of plastic corrugated sigh board slid in the pockets to give them some shape... really pleased with the result...!

Mike and S&S in Michigan
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From what I understand there is a document pocket in the back you can just cut a rigid material for, like your signboard. Did you put some in the bottom of the bag too, or was that not necessary? I have seen the pictures on the military, I'm actually putting some black ones on my red Sixty-5. I'll post pictures of how they turn out. Thanks for the help guys...


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Reply #6 on: March 09, 2011, 12:46:41 pm
[From what I understand there is a document pocket in the back you can just cut a rigid material for, like your signboard. Did you put some in the bottom of the bag too, or was that not necessary? I have seen the pictures on the military, I'm actually putting some black ones on my red Sixty-5. I'll post pictures of how they turn out. Thanks for the help guys...

I used the signboard in the document pocket... didn't want the bags to sag into the spokes/chain/shocks...

I got another hunk... gonna try making some "walls" for the sides and bottom... thinking of a "u" shape... maybe riveted through the top lip to hold everything together...

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Reply #7 on: March 09, 2011, 02:47:31 pm
i used them back in the 60s when they were .50 cents ( or was that the 50s/)
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Reply #8 on: March 11, 2011, 10:42:29 am
II got another hunk... gonna try making some "walls" for the sides and bottom... thinking of a "u" shape...

Worked a treat... ;D  Nicely square-shaped canvas bags... Made a plastic "u" for the sides and bottom... used wire spreaders front and rear to hold the sides apart.  I like it...

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Reply #9 on: March 12, 2011, 02:15:53 pm
I got my bags on today. I made sides out of extra casket headpanel material I had :o, but didn't make any for the sides. I might do that now to get better shape. I tried attaching them using canvas and rivets, but it didn't work well, so I ended up using some black zip-ties that seem to work great. I can just cut and replace them if I want to detach the bags too. Hopefully they hold up, but for under $30, they'll work for now...


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Reply #10 on: March 12, 2011, 02:18:33 pm
Another picture...


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Reply #11 on: March 12, 2011, 02:23:25 pm
Looks good !
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Reply #12 on: March 13, 2011, 10:16:28 am
I like those, they look great on your bike.
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Reply #13 on: January 06, 2017, 05:20:31 am
Hi there, just bought military saddle bages like in the post. Can anyone advise how to install them please.


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Reply #14 on: March 07, 2017, 07:30:06 pm
I'd thought about going with canvas saddlebags for my Battle Green C5, but I decided to go leather so I bought this set and they are very nice and worth the money. Shipping wasn't that bad and was quicker than expected. Very easy to install on the fender rails with zip ties and using the two straps on the back of each bag. No throw over and they give the Battle green a nice vintage look: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Side-Pouch-Brown-Leather-Motorcycle-Side-Pouch-Saddlebags-Saddle-Bag-Panniers-/112260223423?hash=item1a233b11bf:g:UOMAAOSwnHZYbzYQ