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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


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Reply #15 on: March 08, 2017, 11:17:11 am
Between the two bags and the outside small pockets and the different compartments, it gives me plenty of space for extra cables and tools on one side and extra shirt, socks, gloves etc on the other side. the leather is firm enough to give support to soft items, I have the tools etc wrapped in ziplocks just in case of rain, puddles and to not tear up the interior fabric green liner. The leather smell wasn't bad, I left them air our out in the garage and their fine.


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Reply #16 on: March 08, 2017, 06:27:12 pm
I have the tools etc wrapped in ziplocks just in case of rain, puddles and to not tear up the interior fabric green liner.

I did that once - in a tool bag strapped to the rear rack, hanging over the tail light housing.  300 miles later, it was time to rethink that plan - ziplocks and tool bag liner all ruined!  Never underestimate the power of vibrating sockets... ;)



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Reply #17 on: March 08, 2017, 09:31:48 pm
I'll keep an eye on the bag conditions.


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Reply #18 on: March 18, 2017, 07:45:19 am
   I snagged the only set of Saddlemen bags from CMW. In their words, they were experimental so they could figure how to mount them, but had no luck.
   Saddlemen bags don't have much, if any, mounting hardware. The only instructions come for the snap clip at the bottom, so I stared at them for a while to see how to get them to mount on my Electra saddlebag mounts.
   Pic #1:   I started with 2 each 1.5" (38.1mm) aluminum extrusion cut to 11" (279mm) with a notch cut in to allow for the upper mount, then drilled and attached with 3/4" (19mm) rubber lined clamps.
   I had originally thought of using only the clamps attached directly to the bag, but the angle extrusions eliminate stress on the clamps by resting directly on TOP of the clamps and upper run of the saddlebag mount, providing all the support needed for the loads I put in my saddlebags.
   Pic #2:   Shows the nut clips and ability to tilt up the support.
   
   
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Reply #19 on: March 18, 2017, 08:01:47 am
   Pic #3: Shows attachment of the bag using two each quick attach knurled handled screws. The wall of the bag is 1/8" (3.18mm) Kydex, so it's plenty tough enough to handle the loads. I added a split lock washer and wide area washer to allow for snugging it up without damaging either the nylon washer supplied or the Kydex.
   Pic #4: With the bag mounted I can unsnap the bottom and pivot it up if needed to give me room to work.  :)

   Took a couple hours and about $20.00 in parts.
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Reply #20 on: January 03, 2018, 08:54:15 am
Nice leather bags Dogboy and the price ain't bad.
I bought these canvas bags 20 years ago and had em on my Ural and they held up well, now I put em on my Bullet. I think I paid 10 dollars.
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