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Author Topic: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02  (Read 480 times)

azcatfan

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Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« on: December 30, 2013, 04:25:01 AM »
So I picked up a set of these:



The problem was the straps on the back made them look sloppy and pinched at the top:



So I tried to fix it with some basic fasteners and rings, which were better, but still crooked and not quite right:



So I spent about $3.00 on some conduit, end caps, clamps, and used some paint and clear coat I had sitting around:



Made some home made brackets to mount them on:



Here's how they came out:









Nice, straight, and level.  Went for a ride today and nothing came loose, I even had to take my leather jacket off, fold it up, and stuff it into one of the bags and none of the mounting flinched.  Pretty happy with the outcome.  I could have probably purchased some kind of generic mounting kit but not for as little as I invested here and besides, what fun would that be...

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Re: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2013, 01:24:57 PM »
Perfect!  Reminds me of an older discussion here about mounting bags on a C5 and keeping them off the fenders.  We talked about rigging some sort of bracket similar to yours:



Nice to see a simple and effective solution in place!

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Re: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013, 03:16:23 PM »
Nice job, azcatfan!
Simple, inexpensive, functional, and tough!
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Re: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2014, 11:01:51 PM »
Great idea and pictures by azcatfan. 

I followed the same for my G5, because the saddle side bags were rubbing the rear shocks and had completely scrapped its air tube.

By attaching a pipe to sissy bar, the bags hang further away from shocks and do not touch any part of rear shocks.

THANK YOU azcatfan.   
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azcatfan

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Re: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2014, 12:29:25 AM »
That's great singhg5! I'm glad it worked for you  8)
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Re: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2014, 03:58:30 AM »
What store did you get all those parts from?

azcatfan

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Re: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2014, 04:43:43 AM »
The saddlebags were from the local Royal Enfield Dealer, the other stuff was from an Ace Hardware Store.
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Re: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2014, 08:56:55 PM »
I am expecting my bags this week and will be mounting them.

I like your system but my question is will the Adel clamps slip/rotate? It seems to me a weight in the bags will apply a rotational force, and the bags will settle to their original position...

I also question the strength of the clamp, especially as it applies to fatigue fractures from vibration and flexing.
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azcatfan

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Re: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2014, 11:08:08 PM »
I've been using mine since I posted this.  I use those bags daily and I have even had them loaded for a camping trip.  I used some clear tubing to protect the subframe from the leather and the clamps, this also provided a tighter grip for the clamps.  I applied a bit of pressure once they're on and tight, where the two clamps meet, and I tweaked it until it had the right appearance for me.

You may get in there and figure something better out, so far this has worked alright for me.  If you're a fabricator at all, it wouldn't be hard to make a wire bracket then clamp it to the subframe, and it might be more secure.

Truth is, while I use the bags, I've only once used them for heavy things.  Typical usage would be my leather A2 jacket, a few tools, bike cover, baby wipes package, then whatever I happen to be picking up while running errands.

When I took the bike camping I had my gas, cooking gear (single person), and some water in them.  I was being mindful to keep as much of the weight down-low as I could, and I didn't have any worries about it failing.

When you run the leather straps in the back, you can still run them around the subframe for extra support, maybe even a few zip ties, but then they'll be harder to remove.
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Re: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014, 04:29:10 PM »
I like your method, and I appreciate the effort you put into documenting and sharing it with us. I will likely duplicate it. :)

It occurs to me I mostly use the RE for commuting, with maybe my lunch and some extra riding gear and a few DVD's to return to the library. So, I won't need to carry much that is heavy. I have other bikes with integrated hard luggage for that, like the Gold Wing and the Ducati.
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2002 Maule airplane
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Re: Nfield Gear Tan Saddlebags on '02
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2014, 03:42:27 PM »
Just a note if it helps anyone out there.

I received my saddlebags and I do not like the way they mount. To me, it does not seem safe and secure, especially with a passenger. They simply do not fit the bike to my satisfaction. I have them packed up to return today.

I could create a mounting system, but for over $200 a pair I'd expect them to work for me without extra time, expense, and effort.

YMMV, but in my case for the Enfield I'll use a backpack. To carry anything more than will fit in a backpack I'll ride something else.
« Last Edit: July 16, 2014, 04:08:07 PM by FastDoc »
Happily riding in the southeast Washington desert
Bikes owned:

2004 Ducati ST4S-ABS
2007 Honda Gold Wing 1800
2009 Kawasaki KLX250S Dualsport
1998 Yamaha YZ400F racebike converted to Dualsport
2011 Royal Enfield C5 Classic Chrome

Other stuff:

2002 Maule airplane
1996 Corvette
1992 Ranger 4X4