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rpnix

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Saddle bags...
« on: July 31, 2007, 03:36:40 PM »
Will any of the saddle bags available in the Enfieldmotorcycles.com store fit on the Electra with the standard bench seat? Are there any modifications that need to be made to install them? Are the braces required to keep them away from the wheel?
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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 09:16:06 PM »
Will any of the saddle bags available in the Enfieldmotorcycles.com store fit on the Electra with the standard bench seat? Are there any modifications that need to be made to install them? Are the braces required to keep them away from the wheel?

Bob,

I think the bags here:



will work with the bench seat. You can see how the braces connect to that upper frame over the fender. (The stock bench seat bolts on via the grab-rail bolts). In this picture, the luggage rack shares the mounting points from the top while the braces utilize them from below. You obviously would only use thetwo mounting holes for the brace.

There were no mods required.

The bags are bare-bones basic, but have held up well so far and have a good (3-point) mounting system that utilizes the braces. The braces are expensive by comparison, but I'd still recommend the overall package.

Matt
« Last Edit: July 31, 2007, 09:18:00 PM by Thumper »

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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2007, 02:26:22 PM »
The saddle bags mount with a strap over the bench seat and the shock does a fair job of holding the bags out of the wheel.

The saddle bag brackets do a nice job of holding the bags in place.
http://www.royalenfieldusa.com/royal-enfield-electra-saddlebag-brackets-style-p-7026.html

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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2007, 10:33:08 PM »
I'm looking at getting bags for my RE too, but decided not to go with the oned in the catelog. I have found very nice, heavy duty leather bags with adjustable yokes for a fraction of the cost. I am, however, going to get the combination rack/bracket setup from the catelog. It is chrome and includes a small rack over the tail light. This setup will allow me to also strap on a duffle bag for multi-day trips.

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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2007, 12:51:26 PM »
Can you list here, or send me privately, the source of the bags you found?
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2007, 04:02:56 PM »
You can look on the internet, places like ebay, but the best thing is to just go to any large bike shop and look around. I have found generic, adjustable heavy leather bags for about $80-$140 on average. They aren't stamped "Enfield," but the bike advertises itself on the tank just about every engine panel, so it's not really important. I plan on buying the bag brackets from the catelog that come with the small chrome rack, so I can strap on a duffle bag, and the bags I'll get from a local source. I figure the whole thing will run me about $150.

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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2007, 06:51:51 PM »
I just bought a set of bage today for about $100. They are synthetic leather rather than the real thing, but look good and built heavy. They detach from the yoke so they can be handled like luggage. I have the brackets/rack on order, along with higher handlebars (does anyone else think the stock bares are just a bit too low?). I'll post pictures when all is assembled.

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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2007, 02:12:52 PM »
i dont wanna sound like an idiot here but i have located someone in india who sells tank and saddle bags that fit the enfields properly.
the saddle bags are for around $55
the tank bags are for around $35

the prob lies in the shippin charges for these to the US.. what to do?

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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2007, 05:32:24 PM »
My own opinion after discussing this with various knowledgeable sorts is that you might play hell getting things from India.  The problem lies partly with the Indian postal system, which is said to be unreliable.  One dealer there in Mumbai (Bombay), suggested a courier service for needed parts, such as DHL or Fedex, but with them I think cost might be a big factor.  I also had someone from Beijing recommend DHL for the shipment of canvas goods, but I have never seen actual courier shipping costs from such countries.

I think I'd bite the bullet, pay a little extra, and go for something American made.

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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2007, 06:17:05 PM »
i dont wanna sound like an idiot here but i have located someone in india who sells tank and saddle bags that fit the enfields properly.
the saddle bags are for around $55
the tank bags are for around $35

the prob lies in the shippin charges for these to the US.. what to do?

I got a set of Cramster Stallion saddlebags from India.  They are designed specifically for Bullets with the dual seat.  I got the saddlebags, a helmet bag, and a waistpack and the total cost (including international courier) was about $170.  This was for shipping to Washington state.  Here's their website, if you're interested:
http://www.cramster.in/prod_stallion.php

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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2007, 07:05:38 PM »
Thank you for the link, a very interesting site.
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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2007, 11:37:33 PM »
mAn , those are serIOUs saddleBaGs :o

I could live ou of them foreVeR 8)

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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2007, 02:10:30 AM »
Hi There,
For those of you who don't care whether the Royal Enfield logo is embossed on the bags, you may want to check out www.rockinleather.com. They have a ton of different styles to accommodate any Bullet style, and prices for the leather bags are really cheap. They have a bunch of different styles, too. I'm still not sure what style I want to go with. Anyway, check them out. :o
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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2007, 05:20:44 PM »
Personally I like those tan bags from RE USA with Royal Enfield embossed on the top.....they are soooo koooool.......Dew.
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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2007, 04:32:07 AM »
Personally I like those tan bags from RE USA with Royal Enfield embossed on the top.....they are soooo koooool.......Dew.

I love those (and the black ones of the same style), but they're just too small for me.  I like to keep rain gear in the bags and still have room for a bag or two of groceries.  They do look sharp though!

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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2007, 02:33:51 PM »
I recently bought the tan RE leather bags while they were discounted with free shipping.  Yes, they are small, but they are beautiful.  I figure with these saddlebags and my medium size Moto Fizz tail bag (the best bag on planet earth), I can go anywhere and pack everything I need. 
Good luck in your search.
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Re: Saddle bags...
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2007, 07:10:10 PM »
Moto Fizz - what's that?

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« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2007, 09:50:14 PM »
Moto Fizz - what's that?

Its a camping tail bag.  Small-medium or large.  I have the medium, the large would be too big for my bike.  The best place to buy is "Aerostich Rider Wearhouse".  The medium is stock #: 9029, priced around $137.00.  I promise you, you won't find a better or more durable bag.  It holds a ton of stuff, and a ton of stuff can be attached to the outside of the bag, such as a tent, ground cloth, rain gear, etc.  Easy to attach to just about any bike with a rear rack or seat.  Comes with a raincover and a decated compartment to store it on the side of the bag.  Water bottle holder.  The bag will extend for more room.  Everything is top quality, from the zippers to the seams.

Trust me on this. 

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« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2007, 11:41:18 PM »
I trust you... I trust you...how about trusting me with a $137 loan? :)

Thanks for the info - always great to hear about quality.

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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2007, 01:33:15 PM »
I trust you... I trust you...how about trusting me with a $137 loan? :)

Thanks for the info - always great to hear about quality.

Larry

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« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2007, 04:48:20 PM »
I bought my first car from a shark with rates like that. :)
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« Reply #21 on: November 09, 2007, 05:40:40 PM »
Well, the banks here are charging similar rates - upwards of 20% if you add in all the fees, so your offer is...yeah.

Had a look at your Aerostich site and there was one photo showing a couple of big bikers at the top of Pike's Peak.  Interesting that one of them had sort of a zebra striped saddlebag setup (big boxes really) that looked to be made out of wood.  Also, if you've looked at the Enfield 1901Forecar (see Campfire Talk) there is a small wooden box at the back, indicating just how traditional with Enfield wood is.  I'm going to go that route with mine, using the safari (like the Military model but larger) setup I ordered with the bike.  It may not look real cool, but I will be hauling groceries from town back over our presently closed-to-cars "foot bridge".