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Author Topic: saddle bag support rack  (Read 709 times)

Roeland

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saddle bag support rack
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:34:19 PM »
For the last 2 years I just have been throwing the saddle bags over the bike with a few connection points but now it is time for a more permanent solution - some sort of rack to support the bags and to prevent the one on the exhaust pipe to burn holes in it. I attach  a picture of how it looks now, but great ideas would be welcome.... Thanks

Roeland

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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 03:37:44 PM »
and some of the sketches I have been working on.....

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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 05:30:18 PM »
Maybe not the greatest idea out there, but it is working well for me.

http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,17702.15.html


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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 10:08:08 PM »
@Roeland:

We share the same saddle bags. I attached mine together, throw them over the seat and fix the bottom straps to the panniers frame.
 http://www.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com/accessory-frame-luggage

It is a frame that fits the Electra, not the Classic. Yet, it doesn't really matter what it is. Its only function is to have something to attach the bags to and keeping them from the wheel; so whatever that fulfills this purpose will do.
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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2014, 02:15:41 AM »
Your current setup looks quite lethal to me. Those straps on that old bag are inches from your chain!
Maybe some ideas here for a frame:
http://www.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com/accessory-frame-luggage
Some ammo cans might look sweet on your bike?

Roeland

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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 06:39:08 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions - I decided to make something as per the attached picture..... I plan to start this weekend.

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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2014, 02:22:13 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions - I decided to make something as per the attached picture..... I plan to start this weekend.
Check out "PANNIER RACK FOR WD BSA M20". That is what your picture shows. They are still available, even the correct canvas bags, & they are really nice - but not cheap. This is why I'm using the chrome Enfield Pannier rack.
  I gave my Dad a 1943 M20, just like the one he "liberated" in North Africa in WWII. it had those Pannier racks, we had the bags also.
Best Wishes, Craig McClure

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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2014, 02:31:57 PM »
Thanks - I will check it but this one I'm going to make - I have some leftover 2 mm thick stainless' which could do the trick.

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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2014, 10:33:56 PM »
Attached picture may give additional inspiration.

It is listed as "Ladakh panniers" and often seen on the roads to the rooftop. I think a vital element is the support to the bottom of the bags, providing extra attachment points for straps.

Looking forward to the finished product. Have fun creating.  :D
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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2014, 02:36:09 PM »
Finally finished - besides the paint work . This was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Instead of flat stainless steel I will opt for angle iron next time. Must have taken me at least a full working week to welds these together and now I'm not too sure if I really like them?

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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2014, 03:42:17 PM »
Certainly seems to work well enough, Roeland!
Beautiful welds!
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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2014, 08:37:44 AM »
An interesting observation - yesterday I was riding again in very strong wind and the bike seem to be handling it better than previously. Could it be that mounting the saddlebags away from the bike made the bike more stable? With the bags mounted directly against the bike I always seriously battled to ride in strong winds - especially cross winds.

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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2014, 11:44:13 AM »
You may be correct. Are the bags now providing the same effect as leaning your up-wind leg out to reduce buffeting? Seems logical to me...
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Re: saddle bag support rack
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2014, 12:01:07 PM »
Yes - they do.