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Old 01-11-2008, 08:46 AM   #1
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Weekend Trips & Bags

I have a luggage question concerning taking weekend trips on the DX. In the past, on another bike, it was easy by strapping a T Bag to the backrest. On the DX, in order to attach a T Bag, I would have to add a backrest along with the base plate, which I really prefer not doing. Another option is throw over saddle bags. My concern with this option is ugly bags supports that keep the bag from hitting the rear wheel. The other concern is the bags rubbing and scratching the fender. I know if I go by myself, I can just strap a bag to the rear seat. Not a problem. If I take a passenger, Iím not sure how to take our luggage with us. I really donít want to load the bike on a trailer just because I canít haul our luggage. I really would like some suggestions of what everyone else is using.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:00 AM   #2
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I have a luggage question concerning taking weekend trips on the DX. In the past, on another bike, it was easy by strapping a T Bag to the backrest. On the DX, in order to attach a T Bag, I would have to add a backrest along with the base plate, which I really prefer not doing. Another option is throw over saddle bags. My concern with this option is ugly bags supports that keep the bag from hitting the rear wheel. The other concern is the bags rubbing and scratching the fender. I know if I go by myself, I can just strap a bag to the rear seat. Not a problem. If I take a passenger, I’m not sure how to take our luggage with us. I really don’t want to load the bike on a trailer just because I can’t haul our luggage. I really would like some suggestions of what everyone else is using.
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You can put a base plate on with no fender modifications. There are already holes on the fender under the passenger pillion for you to put a baseplate on. The pillion is really easy to remove and replace. I have had mine off all the time and only put it on for trips and such. Recently I installed it on my buddy's bike in about 10 minutes in the middle of a ride because his girl was hurtin without a backrest. Literally, 10 minutes to put it on. Then you would have no problem putting a luggage rack on the baseplate and strapping a bag to the backrest.
Also, and I hate to tell you this, but you're kinda screwed if you want to travel 2 up with a lot of luggage on these things. You bought the wrong bike for that kind of riding.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:01 AM   #3
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For X-mas I got a set of Cortech throwover Sportbike bags.
They are nylon with foam pads on the inner sides. The straps connecting them are velcro adjustable to draw them up and closer together so that they do not interfere with the wheel/tire in anyway. When cinched up to where the bag tops are just below or level with the passenger seat they fit between the shocks and turn lamps.
Check picture, though I got them in black, not the red shown.
They are very similar to the HD nylon bags and like the HD bags come with pull over rain covers.
Price $135
If you like I can take a photo this weekend of them on my bike as a better actual example than the sportbike pictured below.
Additionally they have a zip open expansion area like luggage for increased internal room.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:10 AM   #4
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I hear you about long distance rides & tons of luggage. Curently I have a Softail for that until I sell it. I'm thinking of one bag to head to local rallies like Durango & Ruidoso. Further rallies like Laughlin yes I will be a trailer queen.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:12 AM   #5
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I hear you about long distance rides & tons of luggage. Curently I have a Softail for that until I sell it. I'm thinking of one bag to head to local rallies like Durango & Ruidoso. Further rallies like Laughlin yes I will be a trailer queen.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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I have no problem with a trailer. Hell, we trailered ours to Durango last summer in lieu of riding and I was much happier because of all the extra necessities we could bring. Plus, my ass starts to hurt after a few hours. And so what if its my own fault, that sundowner seat may be comfy but its fugly and distorts the look of the bike IMO.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:13 AM   #6
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rc4man,
If it's not too much trouble to take a picture, that would be great. Can you remove the bag on the passenger portion and just have the 2 bags on the sides in order to take a passenger?
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:16 AM   #7
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If it's not too much trouble to take a picture, that would be great. Can you remove the bag on the passenger portion and just have the 2 bags on the sides in order to take a passenger?
I did not get the center bag, thats a separate item.
I'll shoot a pic this weekend.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:17 AM   #8
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I always go to Durango. Last year I decided to go to Thunder in the Rockies, the one in Loveland. I did trailer it out to COS and then rode the rest of the way. Great rally if you never been. Most of the time I'll be solo but I want an option to bring along some cloths and a passenger.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:26 AM   #9
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RC4man I have those same bags in black I bought for the Ninja I traded in..... had not even thought that they might work on the V-Rod! Will have to try that.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:40 AM   #10
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Bag photos, shown installed, straps attach to turn signal stalk and around shock spacer, when removed bags have handle to be carried as luggage, also shown in combination with my HD overnight bag.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:11 PM   #11
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almost the same as the Cortech, there's a new member from Nelson-Rigg. He's posted some pictures in this thread...
https://www.1130cc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71757
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:50 PM   #12
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I have one of these in Medium size for weekend trips. Just me, no wife, couldn't fit all her stuff in this. I just need underwear and toothbrush and I'm good to go.

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here are my cortechs mounted with the cortech tail bag

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Old 01-14-2008, 02:29 PM   #14
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here are my cortechs mounted with the cortech tail bag
What size bags are those, Elizabeth?
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Old 01-14-2008, 04:27 PM   #15
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I have a Cool, SAC set and a set of removable sadle bags.
http://www.coolsac.com/ProductGroup.aspx?page=1&SKU=310-css300l!studgrp&category_code=LUGGAGE
They served me well during my trip from the DC area to Texas. Water proof inserts came in handy in Louisanna. Aside from all the crap it permitted to take, including a laptop, it worked well as a back rest.
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